The National Union of Students has rejected a motion condemning the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, claiming the vote would be “Islamophobic”.
The motion, which can be read here, called on the union to condemn ISIS and support the Kurdish forces fighting against it.
The motion was rejected, however, after Malia Bouattia, the black students officer, told the meeting it appeared to be a form of Islamaphobia.
Daniel Cooper, who proposed the motion, said it lost support after Bouattia's speech, in which she also claimed it was “pro-USA-intervention”.
An NUS spokesperson told BuzzFeed News:
At our most recent NEC meeting, a motion on this issue was presented and voted on by all members. Some committee members felt that the wording of the motion being presented would unfairly demonise all Muslims rather than solely the group of people it set out to rightfully condemn.
Of course NUS does not support ISIS and a new motion will be taken to the next NUS National Executive Committee meeting, which will specifically condemn the politics and methods of ISIS and offer solidarity for the Kurdish people.
Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.