Union of Jewish Students

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


London students entertained by reality TV star at Friday night dinner

By Naomi Firsht, October 12, 2015

More than 130 students attended the first central London Friday night dinner of the new university year.

Reality television star Judge Robert Rinder entertained students at Western Marble Arch Synagogue last weekend.

The dinners, co-organised by University Jewish Chaplaincy and the Union of Jewish Students, will continue on a weekly basis throughout the academic year.


NUS refusal to work with Cage welcomed by Jewish students

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed the National Union of Students’s decision to rule out future work with a campaign group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

NUS president Megan Dunn said on Friday that her union would not co-operate with Cage.

David Cameron had previously criticised the student body for its links to the controversial group.


Students work to aid refugees

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2015

International student groups have launched a campaign in response to the refugee crisis.

The European and world unions of Jewish students have encouraged campus leaders to sign their "call to action", and published a list of 20 ways for groups to help refugees.


Anti-extremism legislation will help students

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed new legislation to tackle extremism on campus.

Universities must have risk assessment procedures for speakers and provide a counter narrative at events where those with extreme views are speaking, according to the legislation that came into effect this week.