Student protests

Aaron Porter faces 'antisemitic' abuse at student march

January 31, 2011
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Footage of the National Union of Students (NUS) fees rally in Manchester on January 29, during which NUS president Aaron Porter faced antisemitic abuse.

Mr Porter, who is not Jewish, was led away as protesters chanted “Tory Jew scum”.

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) has expressed its outrage. In a statement, UJS said: “Legitimate criticism and debate are an important part of NUS, but abuse such as ‘Jew scum’ has no place in our student movement.

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Wheelchair protester Jody McIntyre on 'schizophrenic lunatic' Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 17, 2010

The political campaigner who accused police of pulling him from a wheelchair during last week’s student protests in London has a long history of anti-Israel and anti-western activism and has described Israel as a lunatic and racist state.

In August, on his personal blog Jody McIntyre, London-born but whose great-grandparents came from Lebanon, wrote of “the system of apartheid that Israel is imposing on the Palestinians”.

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Student protester Jody McIntyre's anti-Israel rant

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010
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Political activist Jody McIntyre speaks at an anti-Israel rally in London in June 2010.

He told the crowd: "If I was to return to Gaza today, the sea would be tinged red, with the blood of the innocent civilians murdered."

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Youth groups call for gap year clause in tuition fees bill

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

Members of Britain’s Jewish youth movements have launched a campaign to challenge the government’s position on the tuition fees rise and gap years.

Bnei Akiva (BA) and the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY) started the “Mind the Gap” petition out of concern that the prospect of paying fees of up to £9,000 would discourage students from taking a year out before university.

Both movements, along with several other Anglo-Jewish organisations, run popular schemes taking British school-leavers to volunteer and study in Israel.

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Conservative cabinet aide Lee Scott pledges to abstain in tuition fees vote

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

Jewish MP Lee Scott has joined the list of possible government rebels in tomorrows vote on plans to raise university fees.

The Conservative MP for Ilford North has said he will abstain at the vote, despite being a senior cabinet aide in the coalition government.

In an email to the JC, he said: "I am not voting for a fees increase.”

He added: “I am working on proposals to help students and will have further details in the new year.”

Before the general election Mr Scott was one of four incumbent Conservatives to sign a pledge to block higher fees.

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