Recently elected NUS President Malia Bouattia was asked by Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman last night to clarify her views on Zionism, boycotts and Palestinian terrorism – stances which have ignited a firestorm of criticism.
As we’ve noted in previous posts, statements by Bouattia prior to the interview clearly indicated that she opposed boycotting ISIS (yet supports BDS against Israel), supports Palestinian terrorism and is hostile to the right of the Jewish state to exist.
Here are the answers she gave on Channel 4 News:
(You can see the entire Channel 4 News segment here)
- Her position on BDS against Israel and ISIS: Bouattia was unable to defend her astonishing double standards.
- Her position on Palestinian terrorism targeting Israeli men, women and children: She considers such acts of violence legally justified acts of self-defense.
- Her position on Zionism: Bouattia was unclear in her answer, but provided no reason to believe she supports Israel’s right to exist within any borders – and, in fact, openly characterized herself as an anti-Zionist.
Though Bouattia maintained in her Guardian op-ed last week that she does not support extremism, her positions on Palestinian terrorism and the fundamental Jewish right to self-determination clearly undermine this claim.