Universities

Suicide bombing row halts Liverpool medical course

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Liverpool University has suspended a course at its medical school after a lecturer handed out pamphlets which defended Palestinian suicide bombings.

Two Jewish students complained to heads of the Faculty of Medicine after attending a lecture on Palestinian suffering and being given a pamphlet produced by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Kushner responds to university on Israel views

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Playwright Tony Kushner has criticised New York's City University for delivering a "grotesque caricature" of his views on Israel after the university's board voted against plans to give him an honorary degree.

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University bans anti-Zionist Atzmon speech

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, but was called off last week.

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University blocks honour over Tony Kushner's Israel stance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Tony Kushner will not be honoured with an honorary degree after a New York university cancelled plans because of the award-winning Jewish playwright's stance on Israel.

After one of the City University of New York (CUNY) board members objected to the institution celebrating Mr Kushner's career at its commencement ceremony later this year, the rest of the board voted against the plans.

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Westminster university cancels anti-Zionist event

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, May 3, but will not now go ahead.

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Apology for LSE professor slap threat

April 28, 2011

A senior LSE professor has apologised for threatening to slap a Board of Deputies vice-president.

Anthropology specialist Martha Mundy was listening to a debate on Israel at the school in January when she clashed with Jonathan Arkush.

She told him: "I want to give you a slap in the face" and accused him of "professional defamation" over comments about her chairing of a previous event.

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Reprieve for Israel studies at SOAS

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

One of British Jewry's leading family charities, the Pears Foundation, has stepped in to safeguard the immediate future of Israel studies at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies.

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New questions on Exeter's Middle East funding

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

An MP campaigning on the funding by the Arab world of British universities has demanded an explanation from Exeter University over a donation from the Middle East broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

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London's Westminster university votes in Islamic extremism linked leaders

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is “unacceptable” that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a university student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by University of Westminster Students’ Union members despite the NUS’s no-platform policy for the radical group.

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The limits of academic debate

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 11, 2011

I spent last week indulging two of my dearest passions.

One is to be in Israel, to dwell in the land. The other is to teach, or rather to sit with, a group of interested individuals and explore with them common interests and common problems.

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