Universities

How Alan Johnson responded to Norman Finkelstein at King's College Israel debate

By Alan Johnson, March 11, 2015

Alan Johnson, Bicom's senior research fellow, was allowed five minutes to respond to anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein at a debate at King's College, London. Here is what he said:

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Oxford students reject anti-boycott measure

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Oxford students have voted down a motion which would have ordered its National Union of Students delegates to reject a tie-up between NUS and the Israel boycott movement.

The motion, put forward by RSY Netzer member Ben Goldstein, alleged that the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement “indiscriminately targets all Israelis”. It fell by 72 votes to 30, with 28 abstentions.

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Students meet SOAS head over campus intimidation

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

The director of SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London) has held an emergency meeting with Jewish students who say they are too scared to go to lectures following a campus vote to boycott Israel.

On Wednesday, Jewish students complained to Paul Webley about the intimidation they had experienced as they campaigned against the vote.

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Scared away as hate grows at SOAS

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

The text message arrived at 7:30am, just a few hours before my appointment with the Jewish students.

Could we meet away from the university, they asked, as they felt "uncomfortable" about being on campus.

This is the reality for a number of Jewish students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London.

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Activists backing for BDS in student union poll

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

Staff and students at SOAS voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel in what was described as a "referendum".

Backed by the union's boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, last week's poll saw 1,283 students vote to break SOAS's ties with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. That represented 75 per cent of the people who voted. There were 425 votes against a boycott.

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A challenging place for Jewish students but they are better for it

By Colin Shindler, March 5, 2015

The Qatari-owned website Al Araby proudly proclaimed that "SOAS becomes the first UK university to boycott Israel".

This was patently untrue. It was not "SOAS" the institution that voted - not the governing body, not the administration, not even formally the lecturers' union, but an invented "SOAS community".

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SOAS student union vote backs full Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2015

Staff and students at a London university have voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel following a referendum.

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) had run a vote last week as part of its Israel Apartheid Week activity.

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'It is intimidating. We are ashamed'

February 26, 2015

Israel Apartheid Week - now in its 11th year - sees campaigners erect fake Israeli checkpoints and walls, stalls promoting boycotts, and a stream of speakers on campuses across the country.

Jewish students, and those who support Israel, have come to dread the annual event.

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Fear over anti-Israel protests at SOAS

By Naomi Firsht, February 26, 2015

Anti-Israel students targeted fake machine guns at each other and recreated shootings at a university campus this week.

The scenes were part of Israel Apartheid Week at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London.

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Leaders discuss future

February 26, 2015

The concerns of Jewish students were raised by community leaders in a meeting with university chiefs.

Representatives of the Union of Jewish Students, Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies, and Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, met four vice-chancellors from Universities UK .

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