Self-interest that hurts the state

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 16, 2012

Everything that infuriates me about Israeli politics and society was encapsulated in two decisions taken in Jerusalem last week. The first concerns the status of Ariel University Centre in the West Bank. The second relates to the arrangements by which Israel's so-called "ultra Orthodox" citizens are able to avoid military service.


Scientist says Higgs boson discovery 'just the beginning'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

An Israeli scientist whose efforts led to the discovery of the “God particle” has stressed that the project is far from over.

Technion professor Shlomit Tarem is one of 2,500 physicists from 37 countries who helped build Atlas, the largest of the six particle detector experiments constructed at the Large Hadron Collider at the Cern facility.


Google investor donates £75 million to Oxford scholarship fund

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

A Jewish philanthropist has pledged a landmark £75 million for a scholarship programme to help underprivileged students to go to Oxford, in what is being described as the biggest such gift in European history.


West Bank college to remain without university status

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2012

A college in the West Bank will not be given university status after an Israeli government-funded committee voted against the move.

Campaigners had pushed for Ariel College to be upgraded, but members of Israel's Council of Higher Education blocked this.


Students host radical Islamist

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

A controversial Islamic speaker was due to appear before 300 people at York University’s Islamic Society on Wednesday evening.

Yusuf Chambers is a founding member of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), which organises lectures and speaking tours.


Amid the failures, bright hopes for future on campus

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

It would be easy to highlight the antisemitic attack which left a young Jew with a broken nose on a student union ski trip as evidence of another depressing and desperate year for Jewish students.

But the past nine months have been a period of relative calm on campuses, albeit one peppered with occasional serious incidents acting as reminders of the constant threat of racism and extremism.


Campus notebook: Chaplains tackle exam stress

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

● University Jewish Chaplaincy is working hard to ensure students’ exams do not clash with Yomtov and Shabbat.

Chaplains have liaised with university examination offices to provide dates and times in order to maintain the integrity of exams.


Tell me, what do university fees have to do with Israel?

By Ben Carroll, April 30, 2012

At the NUS Conference I was once again astounded by the attention given to the Israeli-Palestinian debate. For three days numerous students wore stickers calling for a boycott of Israeli goods, while candidates for the NUS executive committee mentioned the "siege on Gaza" and the "apartheid state that is Israel" in their speeches.


Rachel Wenstone elected as NUS vice president

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

A Jewish student has been voted on to a senior position on the UK's umbrella student organisation.

Rachel Wenstone was elected as the next vice president higher-education of the National Union of Students at its annual conference in Sheffield on Wednesday.


UJS stand vandalised by anti-Israel activists at NUS conference

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has urged "strong action" to be taken after anti-Israel activists attacked their stall at the annual National Union of Students conference on Tuesday.

UJS staff returned to their stall to discover their logo had been covered with anti-Israel stickers, including over the star of David symbol. The stickers called for people to "boycott Israeli goods".