The internet is abuzz with news that the NUS voted last month not to condemn terrorist group Islamic State. Allegedly, Malia Bouattia suggested that condemnation of ISIS equated to islamophobia and support for military intervention.
By intentionally conflating genuine islamophobia and solidarity against the vile ISIS, Ms Bouattia is suggesting that to be muslim is to be violent. There is an enormous difference between the vast majority of ethical, peaceful muslims and the minority that choose to use genocide to further their twisted ideologies. To suggest otherwise is an insult to all those that follow islam.
Not only that, but by refusing to condemn ISIS, the NUS block of 15 have shamefully failed to speak over the slaughter of scores in the middle east, most of them muslim.
This is precisely the kind of self-defeating prevarication that has led to most of civilised society accepting that the NUS has passed its prime. Ms Bouattia should resign immediately - she has proven herself incapable of representing anybody. The NUS should also issue a formal apology.
I’ll even start the ball rolling. My role with the NUS has been limited to Conference delegate in 2012 and 2013 but I suppose as I had a vote for the NUS NEC I should bear part of the responsibility - to all those that have lost their lives to Islamic State, to all those responsible muslims that feel frustrated at the work you’ll have to put in to convince people you’re worlds apart from these brutal maniacs appropriating islam, sorry.