What is wrong with these people
Deluded student politicians have rejected a motion to commemorate the Holocaust – after claims it would be “eurocentric” and “colonialist”.
A motion was proposed at the Goldsmiths Students’ Assembly yesterday to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and victims of genocide.
Education officer Sarah El-alfy urged students to vote against the proposal, rejecting it as “eurocentric”.
This comes a day after it emerged the NUS voted against a motion to condemn ISIS and support the Kurdish resistance on the grounds of “Islamophobia”.
One student added: “The motion would force people to remember things they may not want to remember.”
Another suggested she couldn’t commemorate the Holocaust because she thought the Union was explicitly “anti-Zionist”.
One of the students present said the proposal should be voted against as it would affect the Union’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The unfortunately-named President Howard Littler said after: “Someone brought up Israel-Palestine out of the blue but I made a point of information and said I didn’t want to conflate the two.”
He later audaciously added that the whole thing is just “a storm in a teacup”.
The motion was proposed by Goldsmiths student Colin Cortbus who is also a Tab reporter and helped write this story.
His motion – which is posted below in full – failed with just one vote in favour from Colin out of an estimated 60 present.
Would you vote for or against the motion? Read it in full and have your say
Motion for the Student Union to commemorate the victims of genocide, totalitarianism and racial hatred
The Student Union recognises the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust, of the other genocides, of totalitarianism and racial hatred. It further recognises that commemorating the victims of genocide, racial hatred and totalitarianism, and promoting public awareness of these crimes against humanity, is essential to sustaining and defending democratic culture and civil society, especially in the face of a resurgence of neo-fascism, racial hatred and neo-Stalinism across Europe.
The Student Union shall organise commemorative events for students and members of the public on Holocaust Memorial Day (27th of January), on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism (23rd of August annually), on the Holodomor Genocide Memorial Day Act (4th Saturday in November, Annually) and on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (24th April annually).
The SU have yet to release minutes as they agree on the contents for the next meeting on 18th November.
But those attending are encouraged to live-tweet the event using the hashtag “GSUAssembly”.
One student named T. Walpole, present at the Assembly, objected: “Our union is anti-Zionist.”
They added: “This is a colonialist motion. Vote it down.
“White people should not be proposing motions to condemn genocides without a lot of thought. This does not have that thought.”
LGBTQ* Officer Cyd Thomlinson also said the motion was “time wasting” and called the proposer “a toddler throwing a tantrum”.
They boasted: “We did just collectively destroy his self esteem if that helps.”
Thomlinson also argued for the inclusion of the Transgender Day of Remembrance in the motion but did not propose an amendment for it.
Union President Howard Littler said: “I think this is a storm in a teacup to be honest.
“There was a broad range of political backgrounds in the room. There was the opinion that the motion could have been more inclusive.
“We intend to bring in a more exhaustive list to add to the Holocaust motion at the next meeting.
“If we are going to support memorial days we want to make it a better motion.
“We have put on events to commemorate the Holocaust before. The opposition here came from wanting to make the motion include a broader list of things to remember.”
Sarah El-alfy added: “While the motion seemed sound at first, and I completely agreed with its sentiments, remembrance days should not be reduced to a list of European historical dates only.
“With our long history of pushing for diversity and recognition of multiple struggles, and considering it is currently Black History Month, I feel the motion didn’t go far enough.
“If we’re going to pass a commemorative motion, we ought to do it properly, hence why I offered to sit down with the Proposer and rewrite it in time for next Student Assembly.
Just yesterday it was revealed the NUS voted against a proposal to condemn ISIS and support the besieged Kurds on the grounds of “Islamophobia”.
The proposal offended Black Students Officer Malia Bouattia, who said: “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.”
In the same meeting the NUS passed a motion to boycott UKIP and email every student in the country on polling day telling them to do the same – effectively meaning they find it easier to condemn UKIP than ISIS.