Extremism

Ex-Islamist Ed Husain attacks hate speaker

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2010

University vice-chancellors must do more to protect Jewish students from hatred on campuses, according to the director of a counter-extremism think tank.

Ed Husain, co-founder of the Quilliam organisation, was speaking at the Union of Jewish Students' annual campaigns summit.

He attacked appearances on campuses of speakers such as Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi.

Dr Tamimi is a regular speaker at universities and has told students that he "longs to be a martyr" and believes Israel "must come to an end".

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Chaos over government counter-terrorism plans

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

The government is working to allay fears that its counter-extremism policy is floundering, three months after the coalition came to power.

Jewish leaders have expressed concern that not enough is being done to tackle the threat posed by extremists in Britain.

The Tories are thought to be ideologically split on the issue, with ministers also facing a backlash from civil servants opposed to Conservative policy.

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Cameron's comments are a measure of Israel's PR failure

By Martin Bright, July 29, 2010

David Cameron's description of Gaza as a "prison camp" during a visit to Turkey may have caused deep offence in Israel and parts of the Jewish community around the world, but the Prime Minister can be safe in the knowledge that his comments are relatively uncontroversial elsewhere.

Like most British politicians of his generation, Mr Cameron has no great knowledge of foreign affairs. But ignorance cannot explain why the Ankara speech did not make the usual diplomatic nod towards Hamas extremism and the threat to Israel's security.

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Interview: Andrew Dismore

By Simon Round, May 21, 2010

The boxes are piled high in Andrew Dismore's Hendon constituency office. There are unused leaflets, posters and some of the records and documents he has managed to salvage from Westminster. In the middle of the chaos sits a shell-shocked former MP.

He points to the campaign map of the constituency, each district marked with the canvassing returns that he and his small team carried out through the election campaign. The map says he should have won. The map was wrong.

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UJS: I'm proud we tackled Islamic group at NUS

By Carly McKenzie, April 22, 2010

The primary aim of the Union of Jewish Students is to maintain the welfare of our students and uphold Jewish values on campus. At the NUS conference, this is no different.

While it is tempting and easy to belittle the very real politics of NUS, it is integral that the efforts of Jewish students who attended Conference - as delegates and volunteers - be applauded.

Our record at this year's NUS Conference included:

● Combating a broad Left attempt to re-affiliate with the Stop the War Coalition. We won.

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Douglas Murray blasts 'foolish' UJS, who uninvited him

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

An anti-extremism campaigner has attacked the Union of Jewish Students and claimed that it bowed to pressure from Islamic students by withdrawing an invitation to him to appear in a panel debate.

Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, was expected to take part in a UJS-organised discussion on hate speech at the National Union of Students conference in Gateshead last week.

But UJS dropped him after the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) refused to share a platform with him.

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Think tank chief attacks UJS

April 16, 2010

An anti-extremism campaigner has attacked the Union of Jewish Students and claimed the organisation bowed to pressure from Islamic students by withdrawing an invitation to him to appear in a panel debate.

Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, was expected to speak at the National Union of Students conference in Gateshead on Thursday night.

But he claims UJS dropped him after the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) refused to share a platform with him.

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Tony Blair: His speech to Aipac in full

By Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2010

"My job is to try to get agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, for the Quartet which tries to get agreement between the US, the UN, the EU and Russia. I thought after being Prime Minister of Britain for ten years I should try something easy.

I am always described as a friend of Israel. It is true. I am and proud of it and I will tell you why.

Israel is a democracy. The politicians are in fear of the people, not the people in fear of the politicians.

Citizens are governed by the rule of law. Men and women are equal before the law.

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Palestine group gets student union ban

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

A pro-Palestinian group which launched an angry protest against an Israeli speaker has been banned from using a student union's facilities.

Leeds University Union took action against the student Palestine Solidarity Group after protesters interrupted a talk given by Ishmael Khaldi, Israel's deputy consul.

They chanted and banged on the doors of the lecture theatre as Mr Khaldi spoke at the Jewish Society event.

The union's activities executive has stopped PSG booking rooms in the union building until the start of the next semester in April.

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David Cameron: I will banish extremists from Britain

By Martin Bright, March 11, 2010

A Conservative government would ban extremist Islamist groups, refuse visas to hate preachers and insist that universities identify and root out radicals promoting violence, antisemitism and other racial intolerance on campus.

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