Universities

EXCLUSIVE: SOAS taught Gaddafi son and hosts al-Qaradawi on editorial board

By Martin Bright, June 15, 2011

The country’s most prestigious university for the study of the Middle East provided one-to-one English tuition to Mutassim Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, who acts as his national security adviser. It also hosts the controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board for its Journal of Islamic Studies.

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Israeli honour for Sir James Wolfensohn after Beirut petition

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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Baroness Deech: Universities should break with UCU

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2011

Universities should consider breaking off links with the union representing academics in the wake of its new policy on antisemitism, Baroness Deech told the House of Lords this week.

The peer, a former principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, launched a scathing attack on the University and College Union for rejecting a definition of antisemitism adopted by the European Union.

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Time for actions now, not words

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's new, tougher approach to tackling terror and extremism is, in theory, a step in the right direction.

In practice the Prevent review contained little that we did not already know. There were no great revelations into the previous Labour government's failures, or solid facts on the coalition's future intentions.

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Is Prevent a clear anti-terror map?

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's reworked counter-terrorism strategy has received a cautious welcome from Jewish and anti-extremist groups.

The Prevent strategy review was published this week after months of internal wrangling between government departments over how tough measures against Islamist extremists should be.

Home Secretary Theresa May pledged to tackle the ideology behind terrorism, prevent peopl

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After Israel controversy, Tony Kushner to accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

Tony Kushner will accept an honorary degree from New York's City University (CUNY) today, a month after one of its board members attempted to block him from the award because of his stance on Israel.

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SOAS bite victim in court battle

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A pro-Israel activist who was left with bite marks on his cheek at the School of Oriental and African Studies has launched a legal campaign after he was charged with the same offence as his attacker.

The man required medical treatment after the attack at an Israel Apartheid Week event in March.

His attacker was charged with common assault, but he was charged with the same offence.

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Building on the past to secure our future

By Martin Samson, June 2, 2011

St Andrews JSoc has come on leaps and bounds in the past two years, developing into Scotland's largest and most active Jewish society.

We now have two events every week, and more than 50 members in our diverse society, continuing last year's success of creating an open atmosphere.

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UCU antisemitism motion passes

By Martin Bright, May 30, 2011

The Universities and Colleges Union has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism at its annual congress in Harrogate.

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