The Lewisham Islamic Centre expresses its concern about the treatment of the former NUS President, Shaima Dallali

The manner in which she was dismissed, where she learned of her dismissal from social media and media outlets associated with islamophobic agendas, appears to be in keeping with how she has been treated throughout the process. To add insult to injury, she was dismissed on the first day of Islamophobia Awareness Month.

Ms Dallali has apologised for inappropriate comments she made as a teenager, but what message does this send out to BME and Muslim youths if there can be no redemption for impetuous mistakes of juvenescence even after they have learned from those mistakes, apologised and matured to see the grey areas in discussions that are not necessarily always black and white? In this case, no one should be a prisoner of their past.

It seems to us and the Muslim Community at large that the real issue here is Ms Dallali’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and the continued prominence her position as NUS president will bring to it. 

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