Universities

Campus aid for disabled

April 7, 2009

A disability charity is rolling out a new initiative across campuses offering support for disabled Jewish students.

Working in conjunction with UJS Hillel, Jewish Blind and Disabled aims to give the students greater independence through providing specialist equipment, help with living arrangements and improved access to facilities. JBD chief executive Hazel Kaye said: “We’re really testing the water to see what students need from us.”

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Chief's advice for students

April 2, 2009

The importance of student activism was stressed by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks when he addressed a Friday night dinner at Finchley Synagogue organised by Tribe Campus and University Jewish Chaplaincy, with Union of Jewish Students’ input.

He told over 250 students that they should also offer support to those beyond the campus world.

Among Jewish societies represented were Birmingham, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, University College London, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Nottingham and Oxford.

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LSE students win antisemitism vote

March 19, 2009

Jewish students at the London School of Economics (LSE) celebrated a victory in their fight against antisemitism.

Around 350 students voted in favour of the motion ‘Stop Anti-Semitism Now’ at a student union general meeting.

The motion will now be implemented by the LSE Students’ Union.

Ben Grabiner, who proposed the motion on behalf of the university’s Jewish students said:

“It’s a great relief to have finally got this through. Over half the people who voted were from the Jewish Society or Israel Society.

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LSE dialogue breaks down in chaos

By James Martin, March 19, 2009

Dialogue between the Israel Society and the Palestine Society at the London School of Economics (LSE) has stopped after a PalestineSoc member suggested that Holocaust denial was wrong but not necessarily antisemitic.

Talks between the two groups were held last Friday over how far to include Holocaust denial in a motion on antisemitism, which the Palestine Society filibustered last Thursday.

But talks broke down after the PalestineSoc claimed their confidentiality had been breached by Israel Society secretary Patrick Jones leaking the details of the meeting.

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UCL's Jewish studies faculty gets top rating

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2009

The UK’s only Jewish studies and Hebrew department, at University College London, has been officially rated as one of the country’s top research centres in the field of religion.

UCL was ranked third with Oxford and Cambridge out of the UK’s theology and religion departments after the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the system used by government to evaluate universities for funding.

The top institution in the country was Durham.

Dr Ada Rapoport-Albert, head of UCL’s Hebrew and Jewish studies department, said the result was particularly notable.

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Rallies against Israeli scientists fall flat

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2009

Anti-Israel protestors have failed to disrupt a series of lectures by academics and scientists promoting the country’s achievements to British students.

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) had called for Thursday’s event, at the Science Museum, in west London, to be cancelled.

But its members were joined outside the museum by less than 50 demonstrators from other groups, including Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG) and students from the adjacent Imperial College.

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SOAS marks Israeli ‘apartheid’

By Simon Friend, March 5, 2009

SOAS Union marked its support for the fifth annual Israeli Apartheid week (IAW) with two motions strongly critical of Israel.

The first, entitled “Make Apartheid History”, declared that “Zionism promotes racism and xenophobia through acts of parliament, supported by a set of racist laws.”

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Harassment officer posts ‘racist’ cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2009

Student groups have condemned a university for failing to discipline a harassment officer who posted an antisemitic picture on the internet.

Andrew Collingwood, who works in the University of York’s biology department, added the image to a Palestine Solidarity Campaign group on social networking site Facebook.

The photograph was taken during a protest in the city against Israel’s actions in Gaza last month.

It shows a placard bearing an image of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni wearing a witch’s hat and waving a Star of David-topped wand.

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Manchester students lose boycott motion

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2009

A motion to boycott Israeli goods and condemn Israel’s Gaza operation as an “atrocity” has been passed at Manchester University’s Student Union.

In an emergency general meeting on Wednesday afternoon, 550 students voted for the motion, defeating 200 voting against.

The motion will mean the union now resolves to boycott “all companies that support or benefit from the Israeli occupation” and will lobby the university to take similar action.

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Muslim peer in ‘student war’ slur

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2009

A Muslim peer has claimed that student societies are recruiting young British Jews to join the Israeli army. They fought, he said, in last month’s Gaza conflict and should be prosecuted for war crimes on their return to this country.

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham said student unions had been “actively recruiting young people in Britain to join the Israeli Defence Force”.

British citizens had, he claimed, “gone out to fight against the Palestinian people”.

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