A response to a report of NUS NEC: ‘solidarity with the Kurds’

This is a response to NCAFC member Daniel Cooper’s report of NUS NEC.

The NUS Black Students’ Campaign stands in support of Black communities across the globe and uncompromisingly against imperialism and Western interference which history shows all too often leads to the suffering of Black people.

We stand in complete solidarity with the Kurdish people against the recent attacks by ISIS and join many others in condemnation of their brutal actions. In doing so we recognise that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamaphobia. This rhetoric exacerbates the issue at hand and in essence is a further attack on those we aim to defend.

The NUS Black Students’ Campaign will be working with Kurdish students and the International Students Campaign to raise this issue within the NUS. A motion will be taken to the next NUS National Executive which truly reflects the situation. This motion will pose a condemnation of the politics and methods of ISIS as well as unequivocal support for the Kurdish people. It will in no way pander to Western imperialistic intervention or the demonisation of Muslim peoples.

Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students’ Officer

Zekarias Negussue, NUS Black Students’ Campaign NEC Representative

Aaron Kiely, NUS NEC

Zarah Sultana, NUS NEC

Abdi Suleiman, NUS NEC

 

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