Union of Jewish Students

Volunteers join forces to stand behind Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

Grassroots supporters of Israel are rallying to defend the country from the "assault on its legitimacy" in Britain, according to the man tasked with co-ordinating a new advocacy project.

Steven Jaffe said community groups were now increasingly running their own letter-writing campaigns, sharing successful ideas, and co-ordinating media appearances.

After May's We Believe in Israel conference

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NUS want to send students on Gaza flotillas

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The National Union of Students has adopted a vehement anti-Israel policy in a move that has stunned Jews on campus.

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Jewish student leader on Bin Laden death

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011
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Listen to UJS chair Alex Dwek (in New York) speaking about the news of Osama bin Laden's death and the reaction around Manhattan.

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Students meet the Zionists at NUS conference event

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students hosted a fringe event at the National Union of Students conference on Tuesday, inviting students to "meet the Zionists".

Alex Dwek, UJS chair, said Zionism was "central to the majority of Jewish students", but added that the term "Zionist" had been hijacked in political and media circles.

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Students elect two who back Caliphate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "unacceptable" that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by the University of Westminster Students' Union despite the NUS's no-platform policy for the radical group. UWSU does not implement the NUS ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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UJS awards recognise top student achievers

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc honour, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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UJS awards: results in full

April 4, 2011

Large JSoc Committee of the Year – Birmingham

UJC Ruth Marriott Award for Developing JSoc – St Andrews

Hillel Alan Senitt Outstanding Contribution Award – Ilana Fenster (Nottingham JSoc)

Israel Connect Events Award – Stuart Bernstein, Benjy Levey and Charlotte Sapier (Birmingham JSoc)

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Jewish students celebrated at UJS awards

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc award, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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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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UJS lobbyists deliver concerns to Westminster

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Students from around the country united to call on the government and universities to do more to tackle hate speech on campuses.

More than 100 students attended the Union of Jewish Students' annual lobby day at Parliament last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, addressed lobbyists.

Students met their constituency MPs and encouraged them to pressure Universities Minister David Willetts and vice-chancellors to deal more effectively with extremism on campus.

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