Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 14, 2013

One of the UK’s leading academics says supporters of Israel need to accept historical facts that Israel committed “ethnic cleansing” in 1948 — and be clear that there is no contradiction between this and their support of Israel.


Take my advice — go out, have fun, and call Mum

By Jordan Jacobs, March 14, 2013

Being Jewish and a law student makes me rather opinionated. I am not afraid to speak out and make a point. I will use this opportunity to provide you with some guidance for your time at university.

Despite what you may hear about the first year of university being a breeze, it isn’t. That’s not to say that I’m not enjoying it.


Turing Award won by Israeli second time in a row

By Anna Sheinman, March 13, 2013

The Turing Award, known as the Nobel Prize of computing, has been won by an Israeli for the second time in a row.

Professor Shafi Goldwasser of the Weizmann Institute of Science near Tel Aviv won the 2012 prize along with Prof Silvio Micali of MIT for their work creating the foundations of internet security.


Livingstone to deliver anti-racist talk

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2013

Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone is to address a National Union of Students conference later this month looking at challenging antisemitism, racism, Islamophobia and fascism.

He is one of several speakers invited to address the NUS Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism event, with MP Margaret Hodge and the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies also on the bill.


Offer an alternative to boycotts

By Judith Flacks, March 7, 2013

Attention was back on the campus Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign last week when Oxford’s Student Union rejected a motion in support of a blanket BDS policy, a motion that would then have been taken to the National Union of Students conference in April.


Hebrew U helps Arab students

By Zoe Winograd, March 7, 2013

The Hebrew University has high hopes of dismantling the “obstacle course” facing Arab students in higher education.

In a forum at Birkbeck University hosted by British Friends of the Hebrew University last Sunday, a panel of three Hebrew University guests discussed the current situation for Arab students on campus.


Student group's ‘unforgettable experience’ at Ukraine orphanage

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Dozens of students travelled to Ukraine to volunteer on a mission to help Jewish orphans and abandoned children.

The Genesis Challenge weekend, run by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange, saw 56 Jewish students from across Britain visit Odessa to work with the Tikva charity. It provides care and homes for deprived youngsters.


Clog classes a hit as revellers go Dutch

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Students from 30 countries around Europe took part in a weekend of Purim activities in Amsterdam.

The annual European Centre for Jewish Students (ECJS) Purim on the Rocks event featured a visit to the city’s famous Dam Square and a boat ride along the canals.


Hebrew University recognised by Times Higher Education list

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

An Israeli university is one of only two institutions in the Middle East to appear on an annual list of the top 100 universities around the world.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem was named in the 71-80 category – rankings beyond 50 are grouped in tens - of the annual Times Higher Education world reputation rankings.


High security at Sussex University BDS event

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Two people were asked to leave an anti-Israel event at Sussex University last Thursday.

The event, which was held to coincide with Israel Apartheid Week, was organised by students from the university's Friends of Palestine group at a campus lecture theatre.