Several Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) groups in the UK have come out in support of National Union of Students (NUS) President-elect Shaima Dallali, who, on 1 November 2022, was dismissed by the union over allegations of publishing anti-Semitic social media posts. According to a Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) statement :
The announcement of Shaima Dallali being dismissed as president of the NUS is deeply troubling and raises questions on proper due process.
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Dallali was also supported by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), a national umbrella organization representing Islamic societies at universities throughout the UK. In September 2022, FOSIS had promised to launch “disaffiliation campaigns” against the NUS, saying it was “no longer fit for purpose.“ FOSIS, where Dallali formerly held leadership positions, accused the NUS of failing to address “institutional Islamophobia” and being negligent in communicating with FOSIS.
In March 2022, Dallali was elected as NUS National President for a two-year term and would have been due to take office in July but was stood down after an investigation was launched into allegations of anti-Semitic posts on social media. Among others, she was accused of 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.”The affair prompted the British government to cut ties with and stop funding the NUS, removing it from all Department for Education student groups and replacing it with alternative student representation. Ultimately, on 1 November 2022, the NUS published a statement that an independent panel had found “significant breaches of NUS’ policies” and had terminated Dallali’s contract. Dallali herself criticized her dismissal, calling it “unacceptable” and saying she was considering “all available legal remedies.”
An April 2022 investigation by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) found that Dallali has had additional problematic ties. This included serving as Project Manager for the pro-Palestinian advocacy group Europal Forum (aka European Palestinian Communications Forum), whose leaders have historically been close to the GMB and the European Hamas support infrastructure. In November 2022, the GIOR reported Dallali had accepted an award from a British Hamas support group.