Universities

Full extent of LSE Atwan fury is finally revealed on video

By Robyn Rosen, December 16, 2010

The journalist Abdel Bari Atwan has been accused of "cowardly, bullying tactics" and breaching policy on antisemitism after a recording of his speech to students at the London School of Economics was made public.

The lecture, held by the student union's Palestine Society at LSE last week, descended into chaos after 30 Jewish students walked out in protest.

The visual and audio quality of the recording, taken by the Palestine Society, is poor and repeatedly skips sections. It was only made publicly available on Sunday, six days after the lecture.

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Universities show signs of taking issue seriously

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2010

Campaigners believe there is "light at the end of the tunnel" in the ongoing effort to restrict hate speakers' appearances on university campuses.

Jewish community representatives working with vice-chancellors say that despite an initially "slow and poor response", higher education bodies have now accepted action must be taken against campus extremism.

At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, David Cameron said: "We have not done enough to deal with the promotion of extremist Islamism in our country… to deradicalise our universities we have to take a range of further steps."

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Police probe into 'antisemitic' speech at LSE

December 9, 2010

Police are investigating allegations of antisemitism after a lecture by a controversial speaker at the London School of Economics descended into chaos and 30 Jewish students walked out in protest.

The subject addressed by Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, was "How much influence does the Zionist lobby exert in the US and UK?"

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Community, students welcome north-east chaplain

November 18, 2010

Newcastle community members joined students from Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham universities at a Friday night dinner to welcome the first dedicated north-east Jewish student chaplain, Rabbi Mati Kos, and his wife Vanessa.

University Jewish Chaplaincy chief executive Ian Kamiel says the appointment is a timely one, given the growing Jewish student population. The official recognition by Durham University of Rabbi Kos as a student chaplain is considered a major step forward.

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Inspired by international interfaith

By Joshua Dresner, November 11, 2010

Last month I was part of the British delegation attending the Inter Faith Youth Core (IFYC) Campus Leadership Institute conference held at Georgetown University in Washington.

For three days we talked, learnt, played and strategised interfaith. The 150 student and chaplain participants came from around the world and were selected from more than 500 applicants.

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London campus was 'launch pad for Islamist terrorism'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

A university's Islamic society promoted a "hard-line Islamist ideology" which intimidated minorities and struck fear into Jewish students, researchers have revealed.

The counter-radicalism think tank Quilliam, which compiled the report into the Islamic society at London's City University during the past year, said such extremism could provide a "launch-pad for Islamist-inspired terrorism".

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UCL Detroit bomber report a 'whitewash'

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

Critics have attacked a report into a university's approach to tackling campus extremism as "complacent" and a "whitewash".

An investigation was launched at University College London following former student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's arrest last December after he allegedly attempted to blow up
a plane flying from Europe to Detroit. Abdulmutallab studied at UCL between 2005 and 2008 and was president of its Islamic Society. He is currently detained in the United States awaiting trial.

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Israeli wins mathematics 'Nobel prize'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 19, 2010

A Jerusalem scientist has become the first Israeli winner of a prestigious mathematics award.

Hebrew University professor Elon Lindenstrauss has been named as the recipient of the Fields Medal for 2010.

The prize, which is described as the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize, is given out every four years to an outstanding academic under the age of 40.

Mr Lindenstrauss, born in 1970, is a reserve major in the IDF and a graduate of the Talpiot programme for outstanding students in the Israel Air Force.

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Christian convert loses discrimination case

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

An Israeli lecturer in modern Hebrew who claimed she was made redundant after converting from Judaism to Christianity has had her case of religious discrimination dismissed.

At an employment tribunal in Reading, Judge Robin Lewis upheld Dr Tali Argov’s complaint of unfair dismissal, but ruled that the academic is not entitled to any compensation.

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UCL to host radical Islamic preachers

By Robyn Rosen, August 12, 2010

A series of radical Islamic preachers will speak at University College London at a conference which will give "every Muslim in the UK a special chance to realise the satanic traps around them".

The University College London Union (UCLU) Islamic Society is holding its 2010 National Ramadan Conference, entitled the Dunya Deception, later this month.

Speakers include Jalal Ibn Sa'eed, Zahir Mahmoud and Uthman Lateef, who have all made controversial comments about Israel and martyrdom.

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