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.


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.


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.


Dialogue worked - threats did not

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A group of Israeli students are celebrating the "phenomenal" success of their tour of British universities.

The 25 students made up part of the largest pro-active pro-Israel campaign in recent years and travelled to campuses in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham on a "battle bus" to mark Israel Awareness Week.

Individual university Jewish Societies also ran their own events.


'I felt like a Jew in Nazi Germany': SOAS Israel supporter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Members of the Israeli education organisation Stand With Us have said they felt "shaken and distressed" and like victims of the Nazis after a pro-Israel protester was bitten on the cheek at an Israel Apartheid Week event at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Pro-Israel protester attacked at SOAS

By Jenni Frazer, March 20, 2011

A pro-Israel protester has been taken to hospital after being bitten on the cheek outside SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, today. Police arrested two men on suspicion of affray. They have been bailed without charges for dates in April.


Israeli students take battle bus to war on campuses

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2011

The largest pro-active pro-Israel campus campaign in years has been launched by a group of young Israelis and the Union of Jewish Students.

A group of 25 Israeli students will spend the next week touring British universities on a "battle bus" after volunteering to lead the fight against anti-Israel activity at student unions.


More universities quizzed over Middle East funds

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

Further details emerged this week about the funding of British universities from authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.

As the JC reported last week, 100 of Britain's top universities have now come under increased scrutiny as a result of Freedom of Information requests, early day motions and parliamentary questions from the Harlow MP Robert Halfon.


Muslim student conference looks at extremism

March 17, 2011

The organisation which represents Muslim students has held its first conference on campus extremism.

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies' Radical Thinking event took place at UCL last Friday.

It heard from speakers including David Knowles, a police liaison officier with the government's Prevent anti-terror strategy, and Mehri Niknam of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation.


Israeli students fear disclosing where they are from

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

Israeli students at British universities have spoken about the "hostility" they feel on campus. One says she hides her nationality.

In the past year alone, police have been called to anti-Israel protests at Manchester and Edinburgh universities and the London School of Economics.