Universities

Respect MP George Galloway storms out of Israel debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Respect MP George Galloway walked out of an Oxford University debate after discovering a fellow panellist was Israeli.

Mr Galloway was on a panel alongside Eylon Aslan-Levy on Wednesday night discussing whether Israel should pull out of the West Bank.

The Bradford West MP had initially spoken for around 10 minutes in favour of a motion supporting immediate Israeli withdrawal.

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Israeli drive to reverse ‘brain drain’

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2013

University leaders in Israel have launched projects to bring back academics and end the “brain drain”.

Moshe Kaveh, president of Bar Ilan University (BIU), said: “We now have more professors abroad than in Israel. It’s the most dangerous thing because Israel needs these brains — they build our economy.”

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Making more of Holocaust Memorial Day

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

A student who revolutionised her university’s Holocaust Memorial Day activities says she “felt obliged” to help.

Hava Kranat was surprised when she first attended Warwick University’s HMD service two years ago and found it was a simple candle-lit vigil attended by around 20 people.

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Student teacher speaks out for Israel at ‘extreme’ debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

An anti-Israel event held in the heart of London’s Jewish community spurred a group of students to organise a counter-protest and redress the balance.

Ben Rosenberg and members of Middlesex University’s Jewish Society handed out leaflets supporting Israel outside the university in Hendon.

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Oxford, Cambridge work together to preserve Jewish texts

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

Oxford and Cambridge universities are putting aside an historic rivalry in a bid to acquire thousands of rare texts that give insight into Jewish life and culture from the medieval era until the 19th century.

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A lot to digest ­– and I don’t enjoy cooking

By Jordan Jacobs, January 31, 2013

The second term has begun, and university life has commenced. Exams, coursework, society trips and work experience are just a few of the things to consider.

It is so different from home life, how I miss not having to cook every night, the dishwasher, sky satellite and other home comforts. To all those waiting to move away from home, do not take them for granted, you will miss them.

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Stand with Israel, make a difference

By Shlomie Liberow, January 24, 2013

There is no shortage of causes in campus life. A brisk stroll through freshers’ fairs sees one bombarded with pleas to join numerous societies and campaigns.

I wanted to make a tangible difference and Israel is a cause close to my heart. Was it this that compelled me last year to join the inaugural Stand With Us UK Fellowship?

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Oxford Union's Nick Griffin invitation 'a mistake'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

The Oxford Union has rescinded an invitation to Nick Griffin

The BNP leader had been sent a letter asking for him to take part in a debate this week titled: "This House Would be Glad to Have Gay Parents".

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Oxford Union's Nick Griffin invitation criticised

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

BNP leader Nick Griffin may be set to speak at an Oxford Union debate this week.

The far-right MEP has been invited to argue over the motion: "This House Would be Glad to Have Gay Parents".

Although it is unclear whether or not Mr Griffin has accepted the invitation, anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate urged students to say no "to Griffin spreading his vile hatred.

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The European union that bucks the trend

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

An industrial estate on the outskirts of Barcelona may seem an unlikely setting for one of the year’s biggest Jewish social events.

But for 350 students and young professionals from across Europe, the four-day break provided a lifeline to help them meet like-minded Jews for friendship, romance, and boozy revelry.

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