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The former president of the UK’s National Union of Students – who was dismissed after an investigation into antisemitism allegations – has begun employment tribunal proceedings against the organisation.

Shaima Dallali contended that her dismissal in November last year formed part of a course of discriminatory conduct against her, and was seeking compensation for damages.

The NUS has maintained that the independent King’s Counsel-led investigation – which found “significant breaches” of the organisation’s code of conduct – was robust.

In a statement announcing proceedings, Carter-Ruck, the law firm acting on Ms Dallali’s behalf, said she had “deeply held, publicly articulated beliefs on the right of Palestinians to live free of occupation”, but complaints were made that these “amounted to antisemitism”.

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