03/06/2015 12:11 BST | Updated 03/06/2015 12:59 BST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Slams NUS For Boycotting Israel - But Not ISIS

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli's prime minister has slammed the National Union of Students for boycotting Israel - but refusing to boycott terrorist group ISIS.

Benjamin Netanyahu called the NUS hypocrites after the group passed a motion boycotting the country and calling on the UK government to stop arming Israel.

"They boycott Israel but they refuse to boycott ISIS," Netanyahu said on Wednesday. "They condemn Israel and do not condemn ISIS; they condemn themselves. Israel has an exemplary democracy. We have academic freedom, press freedom, human rights. ISIS tramples human rights to the dust."

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The comments were made alongside the Canadian foreign minister Robert Nicholson, who was visiting the country.

"[ISIS] burns people alive in cages and the national student groups in Britain refuse to boycott ISIS and have boycotted Israel. It tells you everything you want to know about the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement."

Last year, the NUS voted against a motion to condemn ISIS, over fears a boycott of the terrorist group would be "Islamophobic".