Campus Comment

Channel Four and a cartoonish stereotype

October 23, 2012

To visit my dad's office, I need to drive through the centre of Manchester and past HM Prison Manchester, formerly and notoriously known as Strangeways - a name that sends a shiver down the spine of every law abiding Mancunian (we do exist, and Shameless is fictional).

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Blackadder and Israeli elections

By Sahar Zivan, October 19, 2012

In an episode of 1980's British comedy Blackadder, while discussing Baldrick's lack of a criminal record, Edmund Blackadder exclaims: "Come on Baldrick, you're going to be an MP! I'll just write fraud and sexual deviance."

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Creating a cross-communal atmosphere

By Daniel Bratt, October 11, 2012

At Birmingham JSoc, cross-communalism is at the centre of our ideals, in line with UJS policy which states that "UJS and J-Soc activities should be open to all Jewish students regardless of religious affiliation or denomination". In reality however, this ideal presents a number of challenges.

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Time to step out of my comfort zone — and start cooking

By Jordan Jacobs, October 4, 2012

Having lived in the Jewish bubble of North-West London for my entire life, I am now taking my first steps into the big, wide world.

Unlike almost all my friends and cohorts at JFS, I have not chosen to go to a “Jewniversity” and instead I am going to be studying at the University of Warwick.

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The Mohammed video and freedom of speech

By Adam Walker, September 27, 2012

As the oldest Muslim youth organisation in the UK, we denounce the utterly reprehensible film Innocence of Muslims The film, we believe, amounts to a grossly unprincipled use of the right to freedom of speech and a flagrant attempt to incite the emotions of a large proportion of the world.

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We are ready for new challenges

By Alex Green, September 13, 2012

Everything we do is based around our core values — cross-communalism, peer-leadership and representation.

Our focus this year is prioritising these values and ensuring our work always reflects them.

We aim to ensure that JSoc and UJS events are open to every Jewish student, regardless of how they choose to express their Jewish identity.

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Why Yom Tov need not ruin your Freshers' Week

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

It didn’t bode well. We pulled up at the entrance to my university accommodation about seven hours after everyone else.

The reason? Rosh Hashanah, which that year unfortunately coincided with the first day of my Freshers’ Week.

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Yachad conference will give students a new voice

By Aimee Riese, September 6, 2012

Having attended the JStreet conference in Washington earlier this year, I’ve seen first-hand the successes and momentum that students in the US have achieved through bringing a new type of Zionist debate to universities.

On campuses in the UK, we too need to create spaces to discuss and learn. It is important that students can define their Zionism and not be defined by it.

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Israel must relinquish ownership over Kafka

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 16, 2012

With the impending verdict of a three year legal battle regarding Franz Kafka's unpublished papers due to be announced imminently; Israel hopes the decision will allow Kafka's work to be restored to the National Library of Israel.

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My not-so-stereotypical year in the deep South

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2012

My first reaction to finding out that I was going to be spending my third year of university at the College of Charleston in South Carolina was, it’s fair to say, not entirely positive.

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