Universities

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.

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In pictures: London JSoc Charity Ball

February 23, 2016

Campus Jewish Societies in London have held a joint charity ball for the first time in four years as part of renewed efforts to get JSocs across the capital to work together.

The ball was held earlier this month and highlights included a cocktail bar, live jazz performances and a raffle in support of the charity Save A Child's Heart, which raised nearly £2,000.

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Rabbi on the road to success

By Naomi Firsht, February 18, 2016

"They call me the 'rabbi on wheels'," said Yossi Bodenheim, the Scotland student chaplain who spends half his week on the road in order to tend to the eight universities in his region which are home to young Jews.

The University Jewish Chaplaincy rabbi has been in Glasgow, with his wife Sarah and four children, since moving from Israel in 2012.

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Boycott at Warwick defeated

February 18, 2016

A boycott motion against Israel has failed by a large majority at Warwick University student union.

The motion was defeated when 644 students voted against it. There were 376 votes for a boycott and 249 abstentions. Results of the online vote were published last Friday.

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Jewish Society makes new allegations in Oxford Labour antisemitism row

By Naomi Firsht, February 17, 2016

Labour-supporting students backed Hamas terrorists’ efforts to kill Jews, sang about rockets over Tel Aviv, and discussed “an international Jewish conspiracy,” it has been claimed.

Jewish students at Oxford University revealed a list of what they say are examples of antisemitism within the university’s Labour club.

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Student Labour leader quits amid antisemitism claims

By JC Reporter, February 16, 2016

The co-chair of a leading student Labour group has quit amid accusations that colleagues “have some kind of problem with Jews”.

Alex Chalmers said he was leaving the "poisonous" Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) after it endorsed Israel Apartheid Week, due to take place next week.

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New student groups working to defend Israel

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

Life has been tough for Israel-supporting students over the past few years.

At Edinburgh University, a new Israel Engagement Society (IES) was set up last month, despite attempts to block it by the Students for Justice in Palestine group.

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Students fuel a Scottish revival

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

Hailstones pelted down and stooped pedestrians battled for balance in the 50 mile-per-hour winds.

This is Glasgow, where most residents joke you can see all four seasons in one day. It is not an obvious choice for Jewish students who usually head to campuses in Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham.

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College violence 'could happen again'

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

A student who held off violent pro-Palestinian protesters at a talk given by an Israeli former security chief has said he is worried a similar incident could happen again.

King's College London Israel Society vice-president Joseph Stoll said: "KCL Action for Palestine have interrupted our events in the past with the same goal of shutting down free speech and intimidating students.

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Israeli journalist accused over ‘Elders of Zion’ comment

By Josh Jackman, February 1, 2016

An Israeli journalist has been condemned for “blatant antisemitism” after referring to “the Elders of Zion” during a university lecture.

Amira Hass, a reporter for Ha’aretz, alluded to a conspiracy which involved Israel planning “from the start” to take Palestinian land as their own, during a lecture she gave to 200 people at Kent University.

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