Campus news

Police probe alleged antisemitic incidents at York University

By Naomi Firsht, March 11, 2016

Police are investigating allegations of antisemitic activity at York University following a complaint from the father of a Jewish student.

A spokesperson from North Yorkshire Police confirmed that they had received the complaint and had contacted the student whose father had made the allegations.

The spokesperson said officers were due to meet university officials.


York students refuse to back university statement after raising antisemitism concerns at meeting

By Naomi Firsht, March 11, 2016

Jewish students in York have refused to sign a joint statement with their university over their complaints of antisemitism, as they claim it does not acknowledge the issue properly.


LSE student who apologised over ‘Zionist’ comment fails to win union vote

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2016

A student who apologised to the Jewish community for claiming “leading Zionists” had tried to swing a university election has failed to win the poll.

Rayhan Uddin had been running for the post of general secretary of the London School of Economics student union.

But neither he, nor his rival candidate received the required percentage of votes, and voting will now be re-opened.


Students at top London university vote for Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, March 9, 2016

University College London students have voted to endorse the anti-Israel boycott movement as “official policy”.

UCL student union officers passed the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion by 14 votes against four. There were three abstentions.


Extent of claims of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club revealed in student testimony

By Naomi Firsht, March 7, 2016

Members of Oxford University Labour Club discussed Zionists rigging British elections, frequently used the abusive term “Zio” and said European attacks on Jews were justified because of Gaza, according to leaked details seen by the JC.


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.