Israel boycott

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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Scared away as hate grows at SOAS

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

The text message arrived at 7:30am, just a few hours before my appointment with the Jewish students.

Could we meet away from the university, they asked, as they felt "uncomfortable" about being on campus.

This is the reality for a number of Jewish students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London.

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Activists backing for BDS in student union poll

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

Staff and students at SOAS voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel in what was described as a "referendum".

Backed by the union's boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, last week's poll saw 1,283 students vote to break SOAS's ties with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. That represented 75 per cent of the people who voted. There were 425 votes against a boycott.

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A challenging place for Jewish students but they are better for it

By Colin Shindler, March 5, 2015

The Qatari-owned website Al Araby proudly proclaimed that "SOAS becomes the first UK university to boycott Israel".

This was patently untrue. It was not "SOAS" the institution that voted - not the governing body, not the administration, not even formally the lecturers' union, but an invented "SOAS community".

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SOAS student union vote backs full Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2015

Staff and students at a London university have voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel following a referendum.

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) had run a vote last week as part of its Israel Apartheid Week activity.

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Fear over anti-Israel protests at SOAS

By Naomi Firsht, February 26, 2015

Anti-Israel students targeted fake machine guns at each other and recreated shootings at a university campus this week.

The scenes were part of Israel Apartheid Week at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London.

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Parkinson’s and diabetes in scientists’ sights in new £3m Britain-Israel deal

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The British Embassy in Israel has announced millions of pounds of funding for medical research projects to be carried out jointly by British and Israeli scientists.

At least £3.2 million is expected to fund eight projects that will study long-term illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

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David Ward could lose Lib Dem whip again, says party’s senior Jewish minister

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2015

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward could be stripped of the party whip for his offensive tweets about Jews and Israel, according to the party’s most senior Jewish minister.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Bradford East MP was treading a “thin line” with his regular attacks on social media.

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Union anti-boycott plan

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

A network of pro-Israel trade unionists has held its inaugural meeting to discuss combating boycotts.

Around 50 delegates representing 15 unions from across Britain met in London on Sunday for the networking and strategy session.

Speakers at the meeting included Labour peer Lord Glasman who called on unions to strengthen their links with Israel's Histadrut general federation of workers.

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BBC attacked over 'provocative' George Galloway Question Time appearance

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

The BBC has been attacked for its decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway to appear on a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be part of the programme filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country’s largest Jewish population next week.

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