The endless shouting of “She’s only anti-Zionist!” rings hollow against a rhetoric reminiscent of Neo-Nazism. For Bouattia’s political critique is anything but nuanced. There are intelligent analyses to be made of the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac, the US pro-Israel lobbying group), or of media bias in international conflict. Then there is the claim that “Zionist lobbies” control the UK government’s counter-terrorism policy and that the “Zionist-led media” orchestrates the misrepresentation of the “global south”. This is dog-whistle anti-Semitism at a deafening volume, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as 21st-century text.
The National Union of Students has allowed itself to become the tool of hatred, anti-Semitism, and apologists for terror. Henceforth, we shall refer to it as the National Union of (Islamist) Students.