Union of Jewish Students

Look past the boycott motions – the situation on campus is hopeful

By Maggie Suissa, April 24, 2015

When you consider that in the past year a radical minority within the UK student movement have tried to demonise Israel and trivialise Jewish students’ concerns about antisemitism, it is inspiring to see so many Jewish students taking an active role in their student movement, going beyond their own universities to fight racism and seek a positive and pragmatic approach to Israel and Palestine.

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Young Jews ‘more engaged’ in EU vote than other ethnic minorities

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2016

Young Jews are more likely to register to vote in the EU referendum than young people from other ethnic minority communities, according to a leading campaigner.

A YouGov poll of 1,300 young adults aged 18 to 30 found that young people from black and ethnic minority communities (BME) were less likely to vote than people from a white background.

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Swastika and ‘SS’ symbol daubed on student homes

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2016

Students in Durham were shocked to discover antisemitic graffiti daubed on their doors this weekend.

According to a report in the Tab student newspaper, vandals drew swastikas and upside down crosses on doors of student accommodation, alongside the words “rape Ali” with an arrow pointing underneath.

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Frontline students

By Leader, April 26, 2016

It is not for the JC — or anyone else — to tell Jewish students what they should do about the election of Malia Bouattia as NUS president. They are the ones who bear the brunt of what happens on campus, and it is for them to decide how to react to this latest provocation.

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Leading UJS officer rules out meetings with Malia Bouattia over fears they would be used to “improve her PR”

By Naomi Firsht, April 25, 2016

A senior officer of the Union of Jewish Students has attacked the new NUS president Malia Bouattia for using their meetings as a PR stunt.

UJS campaigns director Russell Langer met Ms Bouattia last week after she was elected at the NUS national conference.

But he has ruled out any further discussions after she wrote about the encounter in a Guardian article.

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Malia Bouattia is symbolic of the poison of the regressive Left

By Maajid Nawaz, April 20, 2016

The words below are not mine. But because of their gravity, it is important that you read them in full.

“The notion of resistance has been perhaps washed out of our understanding of how colonised people will obtain their physical emancipation...With mainstream, Zionist-led media outlets …resistance is presented as an act of terrorism.

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Tarsh elected

By Naomi Firsht, December 29, 2015

Former Union of Jewish Students president Joe Tarsh has been elected as chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students.

Mr Tarsh was elected chairperson at the WUJS General Assembly in Israel on Tuesday. He will serve for two years as leader of the organisation which brings together 48 national Jewish student unions from around the world.

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Students launch Chanucah campaign for Israeli terror victims

By Naomi Firsht, December 7, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has launched a Chanucah campaign to commemorate Israelis killed in terror attacks since September.

The move comes as a response to recent vigils for Palestinian terrorists on campuses and the National Union of Students’ failure to include Israelis in a statement expressing solidarity with global victims of terror attacks.

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Football triumph for Birmingham and Manchester in student Juefa Cup

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2015

Brum Girls football team swept to victory for the second year running at the Juefa Cup five-a-side student football tournament.

It was an all-Birmingham women’s final as the Brum Girls beat rivals Mitzvah Balls, while in the men’s final, Manchester Oak Hill beat the Jewish Campus USA team.

Over 150 students gathered in Manchester to watch 20 teams compete.

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Israeli journalist gives students an insight into the Middle-East conflict

By Naomi Firsht, October 19, 2015

Israeli journalist and writer Ari Shavit spent a week visiting campuses across the country to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the current situation for Israelis.

Over 550 students attended the talks in Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Leeds and Oxford, organised by the Union of Jewish Students.

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