Campus news

University Palestinian group banned after hosting man who killed Israeli

By Naomi Firsht, March 4, 2016

A students Palestinian society has been banned from running events after hosting a man convicted of killing an Israeli.

The Queen Mary University Palestine Solidarity Society had Ahmed Alfaleet appeared via a video link at an event on campus in January.

Alfaleet, 42, served 20 years in prison for the death of the Israeli in Gaza in 1992.


Cambridge University defends mock Israeli checkpoint as Jewish group waits for response to complaint

By Naomi Firsht, March 2, 2016

Jewish Human Rights Watch has expressed “disappointment” with Cambridge University’s response to its complaint about anti-Israel activities on campus.


York Jewish students invited to meetings to discuss hate concerns

By Naomi Firsht, March 1, 2016

Jewish students at York University who complained their fears about antisemitism on campus were being ignored have been invited to talks with college officials and the student union.

The move comes after pro-Palestinian supporters staged performances of Seven Jewish Children, a play which has been described as antisemitic.


Our complaints about campus antisemitism are being ignored, say Jewish students

By Naomi Firsht, February 29, 2016

Jewish students at York University have complained that both the student union and the university administration are ignoring their concerns about antisemitism on campus.

Last week, Palestinian supporters at York performed Seven Jewish Children, a play about modern Jewish history which has been widely described as antisemitic.


Pro-Palestinian students perform 'antisemitic' play as part of Israel Apartheid Week

By JC Reporter, February 25, 2016

A pro-Palestinian student group co-run by the son of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has performed a play widely described as antisemitic as part of Israel Apartheid Week.

York University’s student Palestinian Solidarity Society staged two productions of "Seven Jewish Children - A Play for Palestine" on Thursday afternoon.


NUS accused of hypocrisy after “pushing out” Jewish student from anti-racism campaign

By Naomi Firsht, February 25, 2016

The National Union of Students has voted to “push out” Jewish students from an anti-racism campaign, according to a leading Jewish member of the union.

The NUS’ National Executive Committee this week passed a motion ending the practice of giving an automatic leadership place on its Anti-racism Anti-Fascism (ARAF) campaign to a Jewish student.


Student cooks serve up Insta-grub

By Naomi Firsht, February 25, 2016

Spaghetti hoops and microwave meals are not on the menu in Ben Nathan's kitchen.

The Jewish student and his six housemates are making their mothers proud after setting up a food blog on social media photo-sharing site Instagram, featuring meals they have cooked themselves.

The friends' account has attracted more than 1,000 followers since Mr Nathan launched it last October.


Students unite to defy Apartheid Week hate

By Naomi Firsht, February 25, 2016

Jewish students this week joined together to fight back against a nationwide anti-Israel campaign on campus.

Groups from more than 10 campuses, including Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and London, took part in countering Israel Apartheid Week, the annual campaign mounted by pro-Palestinian activists.


Controversy over Oxford Labour students continues as Momentum group denies links to antisemitism allegations

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2016

An article written by an Oxford university student linked to the hard-left campaign group Momentum has attracted controversy over comments relating to Zionists.

James Elliott, a history student, wrote in the university's newspaper, Oxford Student in 2014: "Antisemitism is a tired old accusation from Zionists, retreating behind mendacious slurs."


Investigation into ‘antisemitism’ at Oxford Labour student club to take place

By Naomi Firsht, February 18, 2016

Members of the student Labour club which has come under fire over antisemitism allegations this week will give evidence as part of an investigation on Friday.

The probe into the Oxford University Labour Club was called after Jewish students at the university revealed a list of what they say are examples of antisemitism from Labour-supporting students.