Universities

Reading students union halts boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, May 21, 2015

A vote to boycott Israel was halted by Reading University Students’ Union over concerns it conflicted with the union’s charitable status.

Voting began last week for a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions policy against Israel, which if passed would have tied the union to the international political BDS campaign for the next two years.

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Southampton University cancels anti-Israel conference over 'safety concerns'

By Naomi Firsht, April 2, 2015

Southampton University has confirmed it has cancelled a conference challenging Israel's right to exist, citing police concerns over safety.

A statement published on the university website officially withdrew permission for the conference to take place on the campus.

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University's lesson in bigotry

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 26, 2015

What are we to make of recent events at the School of Oriental & African Studies, where a ballot of students and staff appears to have resulted in a 73 per cent majority in favour of "a full academic boycott of Israel?" The ballot was organised by the SOAS students' union, with the support of two campus trade-union branches known for their anti-Zionism, the University & College Union and Unison.

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Thousands sign up to oppose anti-Israel event

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition protesting against the University of Southampton for planning to host a conference questioning Israel's legitimacy.

Advocacy group Academic Friends of Israel launched a petition this week urging the university to move the three-day event, due to take place next month, away from the campus.

The group also said it was backing plans by Sussex Friend

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This house believes it's time to wake up!

By Alex Davis, March 19, 2015

Chants of "Free Palestine" echoed around the chamber of the world's oldest debating society, the Cambridge Union. The brightest students in the country had just passed the motion - "This House Believes Israel is a Rogue State" - and few in the audience seemed surprised. And if you're not worried about that, you should be.

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Southampton conference - should Zionists take part?

March 19, 2015

YES - says Geoffrey Alderman

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Israel activists plan protest at university

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The University of Southampton is said to be reviewing its position over the conference it is due to host on the legitimacy of Israel.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the university's vice-chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, on Wednesday to discuss concerns that the three-day event would be a vehicle for anti-Zionists to challenge Israel's existence.

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Oxford and Cambridge turn on Israel

By Naomi Firsht, March 12, 2015

The Jewish president of Oxford University's student union has admitted he felt "uncomfortable" during his union's debate over boycotting Israel.

Louis Trup also revealed that he had received complaints from fellow Jewish students over the hostility they face when expressing pro-Israel views on the campus.

Oxford students last week defeated a motion that would have ordered its delegates at Ap

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I debated with Norman Finkelstein at King's College. It was dire, and scary

By Alan Johnson, March 12, 2015

Debating Israel with Norman Finkelstein at King's College, London, was never going to be easy. He is a ferociously anti-Zionist Jew, a tough political street fighter forged in the ranks of American Maoism, and a hugely experienced and skilful debater who once gave Alan Dershowitz a hard time.

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I'm bringing Orthodox feminism to college

By Rebecca Filer, March 12, 2015

My batmitzvah was unconventional. Instead of just reading a dvar torah in shul, or having a big party, I leyned in a women's teffilah service on Rosh Chodesh Kislev. From a chumash.

I was extremely lucky to have been able to do so in my own community, making me, apparently, the first girl to leyn in a United Synagogue building.

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