Universities

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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LSE 'vote' strikes a blow at the boycotters

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

A motion calling for an academic boycott of Israel has been overwhelmingly rejected at a debate at the London School of Economics (LSE).

The motion, "This house believes in an academic boycott of Israel", was debated on Thursday in front of a packed audience.

Consultant oncologist Professor Daniel Hochhauser argued against the motion and Dr John Chalcraft, Reader in history and politics, argued in favour.

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Calls for Solomon to quit

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2010

A university society has called for a student union president to resign over apparently antisemitic remarks.

The Model United Nations Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies said Clare Solomon, president of the University of London Union, had "clearly lost the authority to represent all students equally".

Last month Ms Solomon claimed in a Facebook post that the persecution of Jews had been fabricated to justify attacks on Palestinians. The 37-year-old mature student said her comment had been "badly-worded" and apologised for any "misunderstandings".

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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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