Universities

Universities and Gaddafi: is there more?

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

The MP driving the investigations into the Gaddafi regime's controversial relationship with British universities has pledged to expose the full extent of their Middle East funding.

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Israeli lecturer attacked by Belfast pro-Palestine activists

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An Israeli law lecturer had to be rescued by security officers when a seminar was abandoned after being disrupted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

Solon Solomon, a former legal adviser to the Knesset Foreign Affairs committee, had been invited to speak to law school students at Queen's University in Belfast.

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Nottingham: Dealing with the transition

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Freshers week began on Rosh Hashanah. Then I discovered the university held Saturday exams – "I've never seen this before," said my tutor looking at my religious observance form. From day one, it was apparent Nottingham wasn't set up for Jewish student life.

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Ron Prosor ignores silent Palestinian protest

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

Pro-Palestinian protesters taped their mouths and turned their backs on Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor as he spoke to students during a heavily policed lecture this week.

Nine students, wearing red sweatshirts, stood up after Mr Prosor began his speech at Edinburgh University on Monday. One by one they called out the names of Palestinians whom they claimed had been killed by the IDF.

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Secret sanctions after Gaza death camp jibe

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

The University of Birmingham union has refused to explain what disciplinary action it has taken against its Friends of Palestine Society after it hosted a US army veteran who compared Gaza to a concen

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Students attack 'weak' college hate report

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

A report on tackling extremism and hate speakers at British university campuses has been widely criticised as weak and ineffectual.

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Enough is enough

February 24, 2011

It has become a truism of Jewish community life in recent years that students are on the front line, facing verbal and occasional physical abuse of the kind that few adults ever have to endure.

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LSE attacked for scrapping banker's talk

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

The London School of Economics has been accused of hypocrisy after it cancelled a lecture by a controversial German banker following threats from anti-fascist demonstrators.

Thilo Sarrazin, who has previously referred to the existence of a "Jewish gene", was due to speak in a debate organised by the university's German Society on Monday.

Just before the event was due to start, the university's management cancelled it, though it later took place off campus at a nearby hotel.

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Going through the motions

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 24, 2011

Those of us who attended the boycott debate held at the London School of Economics last week were privileged to learn some valuable lessons about the boycott issue itself, the motives of those - including some Jews - who identify themselves as boycott sponsors, and the manner in which their arguments may be comprehensively confounded.

We were also given a demonstration of how, on an emotive issue, a civilised academic dialogue can nonetheless be conducted.

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Take that! Academic slaps out

January 20, 2011

A senior LSE professor threatened to slap the senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, Jonathan Arkush, following Thursday night's debate.

The incident occurred as people were leaving the auditorium where the debate had taken place.

Mr Arkush approached anthropology professor Martha Mundy, who had been watching the debate, on the top floor of the auditorium.

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