SOAS student union vote backs full Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2015

Staff and students at a London university have voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel following a referendum.

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) had run a vote last week as part of its Israel Apartheid Week activity.


'It is intimidating. We are ashamed'

February 26, 2015

Israel Apartheid Week - now in its 11th year - sees campaigners erect fake Israeli checkpoints and walls, stalls promoting boycotts, and a stream of speakers on campuses across the country.

Jewish students, and those who support Israel, have come to dread the annual event.


Fear over anti-Israel protests at SOAS

By Naomi Firsht, February 26, 2015

Anti-Israel students targeted fake machine guns at each other and recreated shootings at a university campus this week.

The scenes were part of Israel Apartheid Week at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London.


Leaders discuss future

February 26, 2015

The concerns of Jewish students were raised by community leaders in a meeting with university chiefs.

Representatives of the Union of Jewish Students, Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies, and Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, met four vice-chancellors from Universities UK .


Student union apologises after Nazi logo used on poster

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2015

Officials at a students’ union have claimed the use of a Nazi logo in advertising material for a German-themed social event was “a genuine mistake”.

Students at Aberystwyth University in Wales complained after the advert appeared on Facebook featuring an SS emblem.


LSE probe praise for bomber

By Naomi Firsht, February 5, 2015

The London School of Economics is investigating comments made at a meeting held on Holocaust Memorial Day after complaints from Jewish students.

At a panel discussion, hosted jointly by the Palestine and Feminist Societies, speaker Rana Baker allegedly said Lebanese suicide bomber Sana Mehaidli was "admirable" and "deserves a standing ovation".

Mehaidli killed two IDF soldiers when she explo


Get involved, Israelis urged

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Israeli students are being urged to take more of a role in Jewish life on campus.

"Most of them go straight through the university when they come to study here and are not in touch with any Jewish organisations, said Orly Goldschmidt, a campus worker for Jewish Agency for Israel.


Mid East debate cancelled over campus security fears

By Josh Jackman, January 20, 2015

A debate on the Israel-Palestinian conflict at York University has been cancelled due to security fears.

The session, scheduled for Tuesday, would have featured a speech and questions and answers with former Labour councillor Luke Akehurst, who is also director of the campaign group We Believe in Israel.


Students slug it out over twinning plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

Manchester University Union has been accused of running an unfair vote over a motion to twin with a Palestinian university union allegedly linked to Hamas.

Jewish and non-Jewish students running a campaign against the motion said the university had unfairly cancelled the week-long student ballot over a complaint that their campaign had received external funding.


Student politics isn’t working

By Maggie Suissa, October 24, 2014

Last week, while we were sitting in our succahs, student politics took a worrying turn.

Goldsmiths students union rejected a motion which called to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as other days marking genocides in Europe.