Campus news

Jewish students tackle NUS presidency candidate over 'Zionist' comments

By Sandy Rashty, April 13, 2016

Jewish student leaders have called on an anti-Israel activist who is standing to be president of the National Union of Students to clarify her past comments on Zionists.

In an open letter to Malia Bouattia, who hopes to be elected next week, heads of Jewish Societies said they were “extremely concerned” by her remarks.


‘Diverse’ UJS team will lead campus challenge

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

The new leadership team at the Union of Jewish Students will include a prominent political activist when it starts work later this year.

Liron Velleman will take on the role of campaigns officer, often seen as one of the most challenging and significant positions at UJS.


Anti-Israel graffiti and protests as new Israeli ambassador Mark Regev visits Soas

By Charlotte Oliver, April 8, 2016

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has begun to remove anti-Israel graffiti that appeared after new Israeli ambassador Mark Regev visited the campus this week.

The graffiti included the slogan “F**k Regev, Amos and Israel. BDS or else!” daubed across the university’s main building in central London.


Anger as Edinburgh University students vote for Israel boycott

By Jessica Weinstein, April 4, 2016

Edinburgh University's Israel Engagement Society (IES) has described a motion to boycott Israel passed by the student union as "irresponsible" and "intolerant".

The motion to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy was passed by 249-153 votes with 22 abstentions, giving a majority of 74.


Report points to concern over speakers on campus

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2016

London universities hosted a series of controversial speakers in the first months of the current academic year, including one who had tweeted that “Jews are evil”, a counter-extremism group has revealed.


Students celebrate success at UJS awards night

By Naomi Firsht, April 1, 2016

Students celebrated their academic and campus success in fine style with salt beef and vodka shots at the annual Union of Jewish Students awards evening.

Co-host and UJS campaigns development officer Josh Nagli showed Jewish students have a sense of humour by kicking off Thursday night’s proceedings with a dig at King’s College London.


Pro-Israel students face boycott vote at Edinburgh University

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2016

Pro-Israel students at Edinburgh University are fighting to prevent a boycott motion being passed by their student union.

A Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) motion against Israel will be voted on at a council meeting of Edinburgh University Student Association on Thursday night.


Student concern over spate of antisemitic graffiti at London university

By Naomi Firsht, March 24, 2016

A student union has reported “recurring incidents” of antisemitic graffiti after a new daubing was spotted by a Jewish student.

Aaron Isaac noticed the graffiti in a building at Goldsmiths University in south-east London.

It read: “Goldsmiths it’s the symbol of world Jewry!”


Student union says it will not reveal results of investigation into officer who allegedly used antisemitic slur

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

A student union which investigated one of its officers who referred to a fellow student as a “Zio”, says it will not release the results of the probe.

Edinburgh University Student Association launched the inquiry, after Ada Wells, the convener of the Edinburgh University Students Association LGBT, used the abusive term to refer to union presidential candidate Theo Robertson-Bonds.


Professors plan High Court challenge over Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, March 16, 2016

The organisers of a scrapped academic conference which had planned to question the legitimacy of Israel are to take their university to court for the second time.

Professors from Southampton University had been given permission from the institution to hold their previously cancelled conference this year if they covered security costs amounting to £24,000.