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Boycott motion flops at Reading University

By Naomi Firsht, June 12, 2015

An Israel boycott motion at Reading University’s student union failed today.

Students were able to vote from Monday to Friday this week on a motion to boycott Israeli organisations operating beyond the Green Line, but the total number of votes only reached 180, 20 below the minimum 200 needed to make a quorum or valid vote.

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Shabbat meals for central London students

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

Students in London will have a new option when it comes to Friday night dinners, thanks to the University Jewish Chaplaincy service.

From October, the group will host Shabbat meals at synagogues in the capital in co-ordination with the Union of Jewish Students.

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Fury as NUS leaders vote to boycott Israel

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

The National Union of Students’ decision to boycott Israel has been condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders in Britain.

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National Union of Students votes to boycott Israel

By Naomi Firsht, June 2, 2015

The National Union of Students has passed a motion to boycott Israeli companies and to affiliate to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The proposal was passed with 19 votes for, 14 against and one abstention on Tuesday at a meeting of the NUS National Executive Council, which is made up of elected NUS representatives.

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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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