Professors lose High Court case over university Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Two professors have lost their High Court challenge over the way Southampton University handled their proposed controversial conference on Israel.

Professor Oren Ben-Dor, who was born in Israel, and Professor Suleiman Sharkh claimed decisions made by the university had effectively blocked the conference for two years.

They argued that “academic freedom” was at stake.


After Malia, should Jewish students leave the NUS?

April 27, 2016

By Joseph Stoll and Jonathan Hunter

● The Jewish community understandably lamented the "shock" result of last week's National Union Students presidential election. Yet far from being unexpected, Malia Bouattia's victory is the predictable consequence of a movement which has long tolerated ideas hostile to Jews.


Students facing campus Seder test

By Naomi Firsht, April 21, 2016

Why is this university term different from all other terms? With Pesach falling late this year, the majority of UK students are faced with the challenge of celebrating the festival on campus, something that last happened in 2008.

But student organisations and local communities have rallied to provide students with Passover packs, discounts and support to ensure a joyful Pesach away from home.


Out of control? The truth about hate at US universities

By Dan Friedman, April 14, 2016

Anyone outside the US reading about Jewish American campus life will have come across a stream of troubling stories of late.


Anger as Edinburgh University students vote for Israel boycott

By Jessica Weinstein, April 4, 2016

Edinburgh University's Israel Engagement Society (IES) has described a motion to boycott Israel passed by the student union as "irresponsible" and "intolerant".

The motion to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy was passed by 249-153 votes with 22 abstentions, giving a majority of 74.


Peer's anger over boycott move

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2016

Baroness Deech has condemned a student union's support for a boycott of Israel as "an outlet for antisemitism".

University College London student union council passed a boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) motion by 14 votes against four earlier this month.


Student union says it will not reveal results of investigation into officer who allegedly used antisemitic slur

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

A student union which investigated one of its officers who referred to a fellow student as a “Zio”, says it will not release the results of the probe.

Edinburgh University Student Association launched the inquiry, after Ada Wells, the convener of the Edinburgh University Students Association LGBT, used the abusive term to refer to union presidential candidate Theo Robertson-Bonds.


Professors plan High Court challenge over Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, March 16, 2016

The organisers of a scrapped academic conference which had planned to question the legitimacy of Israel are to take their university to court for the second time.

Professors from Southampton University had been given permission from the institution to hold their previously cancelled conference this year if they covered security costs amounting to £24,000.


Jewish students and York University agree over way forward in tackling antisemitism on campus

By Naomi Firsht, March 14, 2016

Jewish students and York University have pledged to tackle antisemitism together.

Members of the university’s Jewish society met university officials last week to discuss their complaints over the performance at York of the play Seven Jewish Children, which has been described as antisemitic.


Hypocrites who don't take hate seriously

By Russell Langer, March 3, 2016

As someone who spends a lot of time working with the National Union of Students (NUS), it has been particularly interesting to watch the reaction from some of those on the far left of the organisation to allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club.