Campus news

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.


Rabbi on the road to success

By Naomi Firsht, February 18, 2016

"They call me the 'rabbi on wheels'," said Yossi Bodenheim, the Scotland student chaplain who spends half his week on the road in order to tend to the eight universities in his region which are home to young Jews.

The University Jewish Chaplaincy rabbi has been in Glasgow, with his wife Sarah and four children, since moving from Israel in 2012.


Boycott at Warwick defeated

February 18, 2016

A boycott motion against Israel has failed by a large majority at Warwick University student union.

The motion was defeated when 644 students voted against it. There were 376 votes for a boycott and 249 abstentions. Results of the online vote were published last Friday.


New student groups working to defend Israel

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

Life has been tough for Israel-supporting students over the past few years.

At Edinburgh University, a new Israel Engagement Society (IES) was set up last month, despite attempts to block it by the Students for Justice in Palestine group.