NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.


Nazi defender will visit SOAS

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

A lawyer who has defended Nazi war criminals, Holocaust deniers and Palestinian terrorists, will speak at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, shortly after Holocaust Memorial Day.


Professors duel over 'colonialist' line on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

A London-born academic at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has refuted allegations that he compared Israel to the Nazi regime after he cited a well-known poem condemning bystanders during the Holocaust in a piece that was heavily critical of Israel.

Professor David Newman was accused by King's College London Professor Efraim Karsh of being anti-Israel and a "pseudo-academic" following an arti


King's College opens faiths programme

December 29, 2011

One of Britain's largest university theology departments is to launch a new programme on the three Abrahamic faiths with a Jewish scholar of Islam at its head.

Adam Silverstein, who lectured for six years in Muslim-Jewish relations at Oxford University, has joined King's College, London, as its first director of Abrahamic religions to promote the joint study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


Anti-Zionist Warwick professor faces investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2011

The conduct of an anti-Israel professor is to be investigated by the agency that reviews the performance of universities.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will consider whether Warwick University's Nicola Pratt breached guidelines on impartiality when marking Israeli student Smadar Bakovic's dissertation.

QAA chief executive Anthony McClaran received a complaint about


Anti-Zionist professor's low marks for Israeli - now a distinction

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

An Israeli postgraduate student has succeeded in having her dissertation re-marked to a distinction after it was originally supervised and given a poor mark by a professor who campaigns for an academic boycott of Israel.

Smadar Bakovic repeatedly told Warwick University she was uncomfortable with Nicola Pratt overseeing her master's dissertation on Israeli Arab identity.

Professor Pratt is a


Return (home) of the graduate

By Lauren Davidson, December 13, 2011

A thud resounds as a box of books lands on the hallway floor. The front door shuts with a bang behind me and the keys jingle as they are thrown into the drawer. Three noises, one sentiment: despair. The dreaded has become reality. I have moved back home.


Students vote to strengthen union

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2011

Students converged on Leeds University last weekend to mark the relaunch of the Union of Jewish Students' flagship event.

Once a regular fixture, UJS conference has been absent from the campus calendar since 2005, due to a decline in the number of delegates attending.


What LSE needs to do next

By James Maltz, December 6, 2011

The revelations of the Woolf Report made for painful reading for the London School of Economics. The outcome was that there must be a coherent ethical investment policy.


NUS calls to end Ahava and King's College project

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

The National Union of Students executive has unanimously voted to condemn King’s College London and demand that it ceases participation in a research project with Israeli cosmetics company Ahava.

King’s College Palestine Campaign organised a petition with 1,000 signatures, included Noam Chomsky and pro-Palestinian campaigner Omar Barghouti.