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I see a discussion broke broke out yesterday in these here parts on the subject of boycotting Israel. I’m generally not in favour of these things. Voluntary trade is the height of civilised human behaviour, and harming individuals isn’t the same thing at all as campaigning against a state.

Nevertheless, Israel should welcome some boycotts

Last week the (British) National Union of Students, as puffed up on its own self importance as ever, voted to boycott Israel. Fine, it’s their grouping, they’re free to do that. This must put Israel in the same category as UKIP, which the NUS has also voted to oppose.

But ask them to deplore and condemn the headchopping lunatics of ISIS? Oh no, the NUS will not do that. It would be “islamophobic”, you see.

Netanyahu has criticised the NUS for the boycott decision. Goodness knows why. He should be proud to be hated by these student lunatics.

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  1. The NUS would be a delightful strawman only for the fact that it does indeed exist and is totally polluted by political correctness of the “four legs good, two legs bad” variety.

  2. //But ask them to deplore and condemn the headchopping lunatics of ISIS? //

    An official NUS statement on the matter said:

    “At our most recent NEC meeting, a motion on this issue (condemnation of ISIS) was presented and voted on by all members.

    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.

    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.”

    (my highlighting)

  3. I would love to see how the NUS is now going to act on the motion that it is not going to be boycotting and condemning ISIS. Is it going to arrange exchange students between Mosul and Manchester ? Is it going to propose fraternal ‘twinning’ exercises between UK student union groups and Jihadist training camps ? 😉

  4. // it is not going to be boycotting and condemning ISIS.//

    Forget it. Pete got that one wrong.

  5. BTW, great news from Turkey. AKP has lost its absolute majority, which saved Turkey from dictatorship in the nick of time. Big gains for the Kurds with leftie support.

    A fine was to end a fine weekend.

  6. Noel

    I am just treating the whole pettiness of these daft motions as a joke. These student political activists arguing over the minutiae of the exact wording of a motion as if NUS student union policy towards the nihilists of Islamic State is of grave international importance !

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