Campus news

‘Universities setting tone for Scottish anti-Zionism’

By Naomi Firsht, February 4, 2016

The situation facing Jewish and pro-Israel students on Scottish campuses is a microcosm of the scenario facing Scottish Jewry as a whole.

That was the view of students at an Israel advocacy conference in Glasgow on Sunday - the first such event run by Israel advocacy organisation Stand With Us (SWU) in Scotland.

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Scottish Jews feeling under threat, says Tory MSP

By Naomi Firsht, February 1, 2016

A member of the Scottish Parliament has said the country’s Jewish community has “started to feel under the threat” from rising anti-Zionism and antisemitism

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Students terrified as violent thugs attempt to halt Israel meeting

By Naomi Firsht, January 21, 2016

Two Jewish students held off a mob of pro-Palestinian thugs as an Israel event at a London university descended into violence this week.

Esther Endfield and Joseph Stoll, president and vice-president of the KCL Israel society, barred at least 10 protesters from forcing their way into the room at King's College where former Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon was giving a talk.

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Survey shows boycotters flourishing at British universities

By Naomi Firsht, January 21, 2016

A study has revealed that increasing restrictions on free speech on campus are having a profound impact on pro-Israel students.

There are currently 13 student unions at British universities that have adopted BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanction) policies against Israel, according to research by online magazine Spiked.

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Police called as pro-Israel meeting at King's College London disrupted by protesters

By Naomi Firsht, January 20, 2016

Police were called to a pro-Israel meeting at a London university after pro-Palestinian protesters smashed a window, threw chairs and set off fire alarms.

Over 100 people arrived at King's College London to hear former head of Shin Bet Ami Ayalon speak at an event organised by the university’s Israel Society.

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At last - it's London's turn to have a ball

By Naomi Firsht, January 14, 2016

Campus Jewish Societies in London are to hold a joint charity ball for the first time in four years as part of renewed efforts to get JSocs across the capital to work together.

The ball will be held next month and tickets are already selling well.

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Leader who thought he was too frum for UJS

By Naomi Firsht, January 14, 2016

The next leader of the Union of Jewish Students never expected to get involved in campus politics, but was thrown in at the deep end after experiencing at first hand anti-Israel hostility at his London university.

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Tarsh elected

By Naomi Firsht, December 29, 2015

Former Union of Jewish Students president Joe Tarsh has been elected as chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students.

Mr Tarsh was elected chairperson at the WUJS General Assembly in Israel on Tuesday. He will serve for two years as leader of the organisation which brings together 48 national Jewish student unions from around the world.

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NUS apologises to UJS for failure to mention Israeli victims of terror

By Naomi Firsht, December 16, 2015

National Union of Students president Megan Dunn has apologised to Jewish students for failing to include Israel in a solidarity statement with victims of terror.

The Union of Jewish Students had previously called on NUS to apologise for the remarks made by Ms Dunn at an NUS national executive council meeting earlier this month.

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New chief appointed for University Jewish Chaplaincy

By Naomi Firsht, December 15, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ parliamentary affairs officer Sophie Dunoff has been appointed as chief operating officer at University Jewish Chaplaincy.

The organisation that provides chaplain services for students across the country made the announcement on Tuesday.

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