By Gilad Atzmon
Malia Bouattia has become the first Black Muslim president of the National Union of Students winning 50.9 per cent of the vote. The Jews are upset. Bouattia won despite an orchestrated Jewish campaign against her. 50 Jewish student leaders wrote an open letter saying that they were “extremely concerned” by her views amid rising extremism and anti-Semitism on campus.
Bouattia has criticised “Zionist-led media outlets.” Jewish student leaders complained that in her prior role as a member of the NUS’s executive committee, Ms Bouattia blocked the Union from passing a motion condemning ISIS, calling it “Islamophobic.” If anything, this makes Bouattia a philo-Semite rather than an anti Semite.
British Jews have already declared war against young Muslim Bouattia. Jonathan Arkush, the President of theBOD (Board of Deputies of British Jews) a body that claims to represent British Jews said: “We are deeply concerned by the failure of new NUS president Malia Bouattia to satisfactorily clarify past remarks and associations.”
The Zionist Federation’s chairman Paul Charney said her election is “a deeply challenging day for Jewish students.”
Israel advocacy group StandWithUs said Bouattia's previous comments were “dangerous and inflammatory” and “echo traditional and pernicious anti-Semitism.” Good to know that when an Israeli advocacy group crudely interferes in British students affairs they do so openly.
Why are British Jewish institutions at the forefront of a battle against a single democratically electedBlack Muslim? This is exactly what we would expect from a bigoted and racist society. Those Jews who subscribe to choseness, and many Jews do, believe that Jews and their political institutions are beyond criticism. To them, a “Jew hater” is anyone who interferes with Jewish exceptionalism. Another example that, in the Jews’ eyes, an anti Semite is anyone the Jews hate.
But there is good news. In spite of an intensive campaign against Bouattia by Jewish institutions, the young Muslim won the trust of the voters. It turns out that British society is much more tolerant than the Zionist bodies want it to be. I would advise Jewish institutions to back off. The vote for Bouattia despite the ugly Jewish campaign is a clear sign of public fatigue of aggressive Jewish politics. If Jews are genuinely afraid of anti Semitism, they should consider not provoking it.