Universities

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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