On 22 October 2022, UK National Union of Students President-elect Shaima Dallali, currently suspended over allegations of anti-Semitism, was given an award at a London Palestine advocacy event organized by the Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB). According to a post about the event on the PFB Facebook page:
Thousands of members of the Palestinian and Arab communities, along with activists in solidarity with Palestine, were invited by the Palestinian Forum in Britain to participate in the 18th edition of the “Annual Palestine Festival” in London yesterday, Saturday, October 22 […]. [Translated from Arabic original using Google.]
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According to the post, the event included activities for children, live performances, and award ceremonies for pro-Palestine activists. The festival, which the PFB said aimed to “contribute to furthering the Palestinian narrative of the conflict under the sea of lies promoted by Israeli occupation,” saw a total of five thousand participants from the Palestinian and various other Arab communities. In a photo taken at the event, NUS President-elect Shaima Dallali can be seen holding an award and standing next to former Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) Deputy Secretary General Daud Abdullah. Also depicted is Palestinian Forum in Britain Chair Zaher Birawi, who heads the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), described by Israel as “Hamas’s organizational branch in Europe” and designated as an illegal association by the Israeli government. Other award recipients included Richard Boyd Barrett, an MP for Ireland’s People Before Profit-Solidarity, an alliance of several left-wing parties supporting anti-capitalism and promoting Irish reunification through a socialist European federation. Barrett has fought for Ireland’s Israeli ambassador to be expelled and is known for his harsh anti-Israeli rhetoric. In March 2022, Barrett participated in a virtual panel debate on “Israeli Apartheid” that was hosted by the PRC.
Shaima Dallali has been under investigation since March 2022 over allegations of anti-Semitic social media posts, including labeling a Jordanian cleric critical of Hamas a “dirty Zionist” and penning an article that called Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) spiritual leader Youssef Qaradawi the “moral compass for the Muslim community at large.” In April 2022, a Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) investigation showed that Dallali has had additional problematic ties, including serving as Project Manager for the pro-Palestinian advocacy group Europal Forum, a group whose leaders have historically been close to the GMB and the European Hamas support infrastructure. In September 2022, the GIOR reported that the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) had published a press release threatening to lead “disaffiliation campaigns” against the British National Student Union over the suspension of Dallali.
The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine,” and a Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons. Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the GMB.