Campus news

Reading students union halts boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, May 21, 2015

A vote to boycott Israel was halted by Reading University Students’ Union over concerns it conflicted with the union’s charitable status.

Voting began last week for a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions policy against Israel, which if passed would have tied the union to the international political BDS campaign for the next two years.

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York students feeling unsafe after boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Pro-Israel students at York University say they feel unsafe after the student union passed a motion to boycott Israeli settlement goods.

Jewish undergraduate Zachary Confino said: "Quite a lot of Jewish students are not happy about being openly Jewish or pro-Israel on campus. I feel it is not the safest thing to do. It is not the most welcoming place to be pro-Israel."

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Students vote to fight hate but back Cage

By Naomi Firsht, April 24, 2015

Students have voted to combat anti-Jewish hatred and ban a neo-Nazi group from speaking at UK universities.

Delegates voted to “fight antisemitism” in an amendment to an anti-racism motion at the National Union of Students annual conference this week.

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Christians back beleaguered Israel supporters in Exeter

By Naomi Firsht, April 8, 2015

A Friends of Israel group set up by Christians has come to the rescue of Jewish students at Exeter University who feel intimidated by Palestinian activists on the campus.
The 20 members of the Jewish Society said they were reluctant to show support for Israel for fear of being targeted by the much larger Friends of Palestine Society (FoP).

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Get involved, Israelis urged

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Israeli students are being urged to take more of a role in Jewish life on campus.

"Most of them go straight through the university when they come to study here and are not in touch with any Jewish organisations, said Orly Goldschmidt, a campus worker for Jewish Agency for Israel.

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'Outsider' UJS president: 'At last, I finally fit into the community'

By Naomi Firsht, December 18, 2014

Newly elected Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady regards herself as very different from her predecessors in the job.

"I have had quite an unusual route to this position," she said. "I've I come as northerner, as a complete outsider. JSoc life for me hasn't always been inclusive, I haven't always been welcomed with open arms."

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Javid denounces 'smokescreen' arts censorship

December 18, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid spoke out against Israel boycotts in a speech that took a strong stance on artistic censorship at the UJS conference.

"I will always be proud to stand up and resist calls for boycotts of Israel, he said. "I know that such calls are nothing more than a smokescreen for the oldest hatred."

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Greek Orthodox priest launches King's College London's Israel Society

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2014

King's College London's newly launched Israel Society held its first event last week, when Father Gabriel Nadaf visited campus.

The Greek Orthodox priest, who encourages Arab Christians to participate in military and national service, is a leading and sometime controversial voice in Israeli politics.

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Jewish students get ahead at NUS conference

By Charlotte Oliver, April 15, 2014

Jewish students made their mark at this year's National Union of Students (NUS) conference, held last week in Liverpool, with a variety of activities that worked to strengthen the Jewish contribution to mainstream life on campus.

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Glitzy night out at the UJS 'Oscars'

By Mark Larah, April 3, 2014

“Dazzling”, “inspiring” and “where’s Ellen?” were just some of the phrases heard at the UJS awards night.

It was a glitzy affair with some 200 people — nominees, parents and guests — gathered at JW3 to celebrate the contributions to Jewish student life made by hundreds of JSoc committee members, activists, and educators throughout the year.

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