LSE union twins with Gaza despite protests

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

The London School of Economics (LSE) will be twinning its union with the Islamic University of Gaza, despite protest from students.

A motion which called for the twinning was carried after 161 students voted in favour and 131 against in a debate organised by LSE Palestine Society.

Students from the Israel Society protested outside with banners saying “Say yes to hummus, no to Hamas”.

The decision was made after Ben Grabiner, chairman of the LSE Israel Society, demanded a recount of the votes after allegations of fraud.


Gilead Amit, the student storming University Challenge

By Candice Krieger, December 3, 2009

Fingers on buzzers: Which Israeli-born student captained his team to a thrashing victory on University Challenge this week? Answer: 20-year old Gilead Amit.

A physics undergraduate at Imperial College, London, Gilead astonished viewers as he led his team almost singlehandedly to a second-round victory over St Hugh’s College, Oxford, to land a place in the quarter-finals.

Gilead, who speaks four languages was the top points scorer in the 280-80 trouncing, shown on BBC Two on Monday.


Antisemitism institute to be opened at Birkbeck

By Leon Symons, November 19, 2009

The first academic institute in Britain to deal solely with antisemitism — only the second in Europe — is to be set up in London, funded by £1.5 million from the Pears Foundation.

The new institute will occupy a building on the campus at Birkbeck College, part of the University of London, and will be next to the proposed new home of the Wiener Library, the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial institution, which will offer its resources to the project.


Scars yet to heal on Canada hate campus

By Blake Lambert, October 8, 2009

A month into the new academic year, Toronto’s York University is attempting to restore the confidence of the Jewish community after anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist harassment and intimidation dominated its campus last year.


Hard-up students aided

By Chloe Markowicz, September 10, 2009

A charity supporting Jewish students in financial difficulty has made a record number of disbursements this year as the recession bites.

The Finnart House School Trust has awarded scholarships totalling over £180,000 to 30 students starting at universities including Oxford, Manchester and UCL this autumn.

Clerk to the trustees Peter Shaw said that although the awards were based on need, students had to prove they were capable of completing their degrees.


Israeli lecturer's boycott call attacked

August 23, 2009

A Ben-Gurion University lecturer who called for an international boycott against Israel has been attacked by his own university.

Dr. Neve Gordon told the Los Angeles Times that he thought Israel had reached a historic crossroads and only dramatic measures could ensure its survival.

"It is indeed not a simple matter for me as an Israeli citizen to call on foreign governments, regional authorities, international social movements, faith-based organisations, unions and citizens to suspend co-operation with Israel," he wrote.


Gerald Ronson receives university honour

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2009

Gerald Ronson, one of the UK’s most successful Jewish businessmen has received an Honorary Doctorate.

Mr Ronson, 70, a property developer, has received his Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Northumbria University.

Mr Ronson founded the Heron Group at the age of 17 and by the early 1980s, his company was worth more than £1.5 billion.


Brown: We'll match £4m donation to students

By Jessica Elgot, July 1, 2009

Britain is to match a £4 million donation to UK universities made by the Iraqi-born Jewish philanthropist, Naim Dangoor.

Dr Dangoor, 94, who has previously funded a thousand £1,000 scholarships at UK universities, wrote to Prime Minister Gordon Brown with his offer of a £4 million donation in April.

He explained that he had heard on radio and television that young people were being told that “because of the credit crunch, they can’t obtain new jobs and they can’t go to university.”

He said: “I want to make life easier for them”.


Cambridge mulls rival mikveh plans

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2009

A public showdown is looming over plans to open Cambridge’s first mikveh.

An open meeting has been called by the Cambridge Community Mikveh Charity (CCMC) for Sunday week, in the presence of a dayan from the London Beth Din, which held a hearing into the mikveh controversy six months ago.

David Gilinsky, a trustee of the CCMC, took his fellow-trustees to the Beth Din, complaining of “procrastination” over the project. He and his wife Ofra have offered land they own in Milton Road as a location for the ritual bath.


UCU ‘in internal court war’

By Leon Symons, May 14, 2009

Reports of a legal clash between the trustees of the University and College Union and its executive were circulating on Wednesday afternoon.

The JC was told that the trustees had gone to the High Court ahead of publication, due on Thursday, of the list of motions to be debated at UCU’s annual congress in Bournemouth at the end of the month. It is understood that the trustees were seeking an injunction to prevent publication of the list in case it contained an anti-Israel boycott motion.