Universities

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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Jewish students celebrated at UJS awards

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc award, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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Our Johannesburg boycott 'not academic'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

The vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has denied that his university supports an academic boycott of Israel, despite announcing earlier this week that it is severing ties with its longtime Israeli partner, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

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Ron Prosor: Israel hate at UK universities worst ever

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor has delivered a devastating attack on British universities for their role in educating members of the autocratic elites of the Middle East, tolerating extremism on campus and becoming the focus of the boycott movement against Israel.

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Anti-Zionist Nir Rosen resigns from LSE, after two days

By Jessica Elgot, March 28, 2011

Pro-Hizbollah journalist Nir Rosen has resigned from a controversial fellowship at LSE, just days after announcing his appointment.

Mr Rosen, a staunch anti-Zionist, announced on Friday that he had been appointed a Fellow at LSE's Centre for Global Governance.

He was widely criticised in February for comments he made about the sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan.

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Prof: Johannesburg Israel boycott 'not a boycott'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

The vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has denied that his university supports an academic boycott of Israel despite announcing earlier this week that it is severing ties with its longtime Israeli partner Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

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MP Robert Halfon faces Libya libel suit

By Martin Bright, March 24, 2011

The tory MP campaigning for an inquiry into the funding of British universities by authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes has been threatened with a libel action by one of his targets.

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Birmingham embraces EU

March 24, 2011

All speakers invited to appear at the University of Birmingham will, in future, be required to adhere to the EU Monitoring Committee's working definition of antisemitism.

Birmingham Guild of Students passed a motion last week requiring all societies and speakers to work with the EUMC guidelines to ensure incidents on campus do not allow antisemitic language or behaviour.

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No boycott at LSE or Edinburgh Union

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The president of Edinburgh University Students' Association has confirmed a proposed boycott of Israeli products will not be enforced.

Around 270 students at the university last week voted in favour of a motion which described Israel as an apartheid state and called for a boycott of goods.

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