Israel boycott

Sussex students vote for Israel boycott

By Naomi Firsht, March 30, 2015

Students at Sussex University have voted overwhelmingly to implement a boycott against Israel.

A referendum held by the student union saw 1286 students vote with 806 - 68 per cent – backing a motion in favour of a boycott. There were 373 votes against and 113 abstentions.

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University's lesson in bigotry

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 26, 2015

What are we to make of recent events at the School of Oriental & African Studies, where a ballot of students and staff appears to have resulted in a 73 per cent majority in favour of "a full academic boycott of Israel?" The ballot was organised by the SOAS students' union, with the support of two campus trade-union branches known for their anti-Zionism, the University & College Union and Unison.

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Pro-Israel regional groups lead boycott battle

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

Communal organisations and grassroots groups must work together to tackle the threat posed by the boycotts, divestment and sanctions movement, delegates were told at the We Believe in Israel conference.

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Thousands sign up to oppose anti-Israel event

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition protesting against the University of Southampton for planning to host a conference questioning Israel's legitimacy.

Advocacy group Academic Friends of Israel launched a petition this week urging the university to move the three-day event, due to take place next month, away from the campus.

The group also said it was backing plans by Sussex Friend

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Government announces £1.2 million UK-Israel cyber security project

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

British and Israeli academics will take part in a £1.2 million joint cyber security research project announced by the Cabinet Office.

There will be three partnerships – with two teams at Ramat Gan’s Bar Ilan University working with the University of Bristol and University College London, and a University of Kent link-up with the University of Haifa.

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Tory and Labour frontbenchers join in support for Israel at We Believe conference

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s win in the Israeli election and the upcoming general election in the UK were at the forefront of people’s minds at the We Believe in Israel conference in London on Sunday.

Around 1,500 people flocked to the event to hear politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives from 58 communal organisations talk about their solidarity with Israel.

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Israel activists’ conference set to attract hundreds

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2015

MPs and senior shadow ministers will speak at a pro-Israel conference in central London on Sunday.

Politicians from the Conservative and Labour parties, and representatives from the Liberal Democrats and Ukip, will appear at the We Believe in Israel event, organised by Bicom and other pro-Israel groups.

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Oxford and Cambridge turn on Israel

By Naomi Firsht, March 12, 2015

The Jewish president of Oxford University's student union has admitted he felt "uncomfortable" during his union's debate over boycotting Israel.

Louis Trup also revealed that he had received complaints from fellow Jewish students over the hostility they face when expressing pro-Israel views on the campus.

Oxford students last week defeated a motion that would have ordered its delegates at Ap

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Oxford students reject anti-boycott measure

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Oxford students have voted down a motion which would have ordered its National Union of Students delegates to reject a tie-up between NUS and the Israel boycott movement.

The motion, put forward by RSY Netzer member Ben Goldstein, alleged that the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement “indiscriminately targets all Israelis”. It fell by 72 votes to 30, with 28 abstentions.

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Students meet SOAS head over campus intimidation

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

The director of SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London) has held an emergency meeting with Jewish students who say they are too scared to go to lectures following a campus vote to boycott Israel.

On Wednesday, Jewish students complained to Paul Webley about the intimidation they had experienced as they campaigned against the vote.

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