Student protests

Israelis deport activist over his involvement in violent protest in Belfast

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2014

A British activist has been deported from Israel because of his role in a university protest.

Gary Spedding, a Newcastle-based student, was detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli officials said he was thrown out of the country due to his involvement in a violent demonstration in Northern Ireland in 2011.

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Student walks out of George Galloway lecture

By Rosa Doherty, October 16, 2013
The tables were turned on George Galloway this week after a student launched a protest and then walked out as the Respect MP gave a lecture to the Oxford Union.

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Students raise £1,000-plus for charity at ‘secret’ venue

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2013

Defiant students raised more than £1,000 for Jewish and Israeli charities after ensuring their annual ball went ahead despite attempts from anti-Israel groups to stop it.

St Andrews University Jewish Society was forced to relocate its event after the St Andrews Golf Hotel cancelled its booking with only 48 hours’ notice.

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University building occupied as Gaza protests spread to campus

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

Protests have taken place on university campuses across Britain in response to the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

At the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London, the students’ union AGM voted in support of a motion pledging solidarity with the people of Gaza.

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'I couldn't miss out on lower fees'

February 24, 2011

Hatch End High School pupil Sophie Lipton has opted to go straight to university to avoid the rise in fees. She plans to take Middle Eastern studies at Manchester University.

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'It's worth it for the experience'

February 24, 2011

Mitchell Cohen, a 17-year-old Hasomean pupil from Bushey, is taking Bnei Akiva's Torani scheme and will study at Yeshivat Hakotel for the year.

"I have had a Jewish education my whole life and wanted to take it further," he says. "It's so important before you socialise with the wider world to learn more about Judaism and Israel advocacy. The experience is something I will never get again.

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Mind the gap - and tuition fees are to blame

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

A coalition of communal organisations has launched a 10-week mini-gap year experience to attract those giving up the traditional gap year in Israel to start university before the rise in tuition fees.

Youth movements are concerned that those trying to beat the increased fees of up to £9,000 annually, effective from 2012, will miss out on the gap year experience.

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University to act after Israeli diplomat 'mob riot'

February 10, 2011

A university has pledged to take action after the Israeli Foreign Ministry's most senior Muslim diplomat faced a student mob which shouted him down and called him a Nazi.

Ishmael Khaldi had to be surrounded by security guards as he began to speak at Edinburgh University last week.

Protesters marched towards him screaming "Viva, Viva Palestina" and "boycott Israel" as they unfurled Palestinian flags.

At one stage the mic was ripped from his lectern and a demonstrator shouted: "We don't discuss with the Ku Klux Klan, why should we discuss with this thug?"

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Protesters disrupt Ismail Khaldi Edinburgh talk

February 7, 2011
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Footage from the speech by Israel's senior Muslim diplomat Ismail Khaldi, which was cut short after anti-Israel protesters began chanting and surrounded him.

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NUS president subjected to antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 31, 2011

The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) was the target of antisemitic abuse as he attempted to speak at a student fees protest.

Aaron Porter, who is not Jewish, was escorted away from the demonstration in Manchester last Saturday as protesters chanted “Tory Jew scum”.

The Union of Jewish Students has condemned the abuse, which is thought to have been started by a group of five to 10 protesters before others joined in.

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