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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Anti-Zionist NUS president to attend main Holocaust Memorial Day event

Malia Bouattia will be at the national Shoah commemoration in London on Thursday 


The controversial president of the National Union of Students is to attend the national commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day in London tomorrow.

Jewish News understand Malia Bouattia will take up an invitation issued annually to the union’s head.

It comes amid a continuing tense relationship with the Union of Jewish Students and just two weeks after the Oxford Students union called on her to resign if she doesn’t issue a “full and formal” apology over past comments including about “Zionist-led media”.

Bouattia told the Jewish News: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an incredibly important occasion for reflection on the horrors that fascism can cause. By keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, we also commit to the anti-fascist principle to never let this happen again.

“It is a powerful reminder that we must remain vigilant and determined in challenging antisemitism, racism and bigotry wherever we see it.”

Last summer at NUS conference, a motion for commemorating the Holocaust was passed. However MPs criticised the debate after arguments were made against marking the Holocaust.

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