British media is reporting that, in early December 2022, a motion was passed at the Students Union at London’s Queen Mary University for it to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students (NUS) over what it sees as “anti-Palestinian racism” in the sacking of NUS President-elect Shaima Dallali. According to the article:
December 6, 2022 A motion has been passed at the Queen Mary Students’ Union for it to disaffiliate with the National Union of Students (NUS). Justifications given by the motion’s proposer include the NUS’s alleged contribution to “the spread of anti-Palestinian racism,” citing its recent dismissal of ex-president Shaima Dallali over claims of antisemitism.
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The motion’s proposer also accused the national union of defying its democratic nature by sacking NUS President-elect Shaima Dallali.
In March 2022, Dallali had been elected as NUS National President for a two-year term but was stood down after an investigation was launched into allegations of anti-Semitic posts on social media. Among other things, 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.” 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. Subsequently, several GMB groups in the UK came out in support of Dallali, including the Muslim Council of Britain, among the UK’s most prominent GMB groups. In September 2022, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, a national umbrella organization representing Islamic societies at universities throughout the UK, promised to launch disaffiliation campaigns against the NUS.
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.