A model solution

By Simon Johnson, September 16, 2015

So-called academic conferences on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have been a constant thorn in the side of our community.

They are not only an affront to us by questioning the legitimacy of Israel but they have also sought to undermine the position of our community by “weaponising” academic discourse to advance a political cause.


This is a way forward others can follow

By Sir Steve Smith, September 16, 2015

It is a primary duty of universities to uphold the fundamental principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech within the law.


Exeter University agrees to compromise over Israeli settlements conference

By Naomi Firsht, September 16, 2015

The organisers of a conference on Israeli settlements “in Palestine” have agreed to let pro-Israel academics take part after fears from the community that it was biased.

Exeter University said it would invite two lecturers to present the Israeli position, and would also hold a second academic event later in the year co-hosted with the Jewish Leadership Council.


Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ‘clashed over settlements’

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to have clashed with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis over the building of settlements.

A media report in Israel claimed the men had disagreed over the issue during a private meeting in London on Wednesday evening.

Mr Netanyahu met Jewish community leaders for talks at the start of his visit to Britain.


EU votes to label settlement products

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

The European Parliament has expressed its support for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements. 

A total of 525 EU parliamentarians voted for the motion on Thursday; 70 voted against and 31 abstained.


Across Israel, thousands protest over hate attacks

By JC Reporter, August 2, 2015

Thousands of people took to the streets across Israel this weekend to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims of the West Bank arson attack on Friday and the stabbings at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride march the day before.


Palestinian baby burned to death in arson attack

By JC Reporter, July 31, 2015

A one-and-a-half year-old baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously hurt late last night after their house was firebombed by settlers in the village of Douma, near Nablus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack as a “horrific, heinous” crime that is “a terror attack in every respect.”


Israeli plan to demolish village sparks UK rage

By Charlotte Oliver, July 30, 2015

British Jewish groups have waded into an international row over the planned demolition of 37 Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

A group of 30 rabbis and UK-based advocacy group Yachad this week condemned a recent Israeli High Court order for the houses in Sussiya to be dismantled.


Bibi stuck between settlers and international pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 30, 2015

The dispute over Sussiya and other battles over land ownership involving Israeli settlers has raised the potential of right-wing split in the government.

Confrontations between security forces and settlers broke out on Tuesday following preparations by police to demolish the Dreinoff Houses on the settlement Bet El.


'Sussiya has only been an Arab village for 20 years'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 30, 2015

As left-wing Israeli groups fight to avert demolitions at Sussiya, members of the Israeli right are arguing that there is no Arab heritage there and that Arab dwellings have only been in place for a decade or two.

"Arab Sussiya is a contradiction in terms, it's all a myth," claimed Nadia Matar, joint head of the women's pro-settlement movement Women in Green.