Sacks calls for action over campus hate

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has called on university vice-chancellors to take greater action to defend Jewish students who are made to feel like “pariahs” on campuses around the UK.

He told the JC this week that vice-chancellors “must defend freedom of speech on all sides and all arguments. It must never be students of this or that faith who feel vulnerable or at risk or like pariahs on a university campus.


Dangoor’s gift for Bar-Ilan

May 8, 2008

Naim Dangoor, the London-based Iraqi Jewish philanthropist, has donated £336,000 to Israel’s Bar-Ilan University for a programme to further his ideas of universal monotheism.

The programme, under the auspices of the university’s faculties of humanities and Jewish studies, will include a think-tank on monotheism and a conference marking Israel’s 60th anniversary.


Oxford, city of dreaming spires and perspiring camels as Israel drops in

By Candice Krieger, May 8, 2008

A little bit of Israel invaded Oxford this week — complete with hummus, pitta and camels. But this was no guerrilla tactic designed to preempt an academic boycott — merely the launch of the Oxford Israeli Cultural Society (OICS).


Hoffman honorary degree

May 1, 2008

Writer Eva Hoffman will receive an honorary degree from Warwick University in July. The Krakow-born academic, whose parents survived the Holocaust hiding in Ukraine, is professor of literature and creative writing and an ex-New York Times writer and editor.


New post for researcher

May 1, 2008

Francois Guesnet, research fellow in Russian-Jewish history at the Oxford Centre, is leaving to join University College London’s department of Hebrew and Jewish studies as the Elizabeth and Sidney Corob lecturer in modern Jewish history.


College rejects Shoah denier

By Daniella Peled, April 24, 2008

Auschwitz inmates ‘enjoyed swimming pool and water polo’, UCL fellow claims

A university has withdrawn a researcher’s fellowship after he published an article claiming that the gas chambers of Auschwitz never existed.

Nicholas Kollerstrom, an academic specialising in astronomy, posted the article, The Auschwitz “Gas Chamber” Illusion, on the website of the revisionist Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.


Challenge to renewed boycott bid

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

The University and College Union’s attempt to launch a new academic boycott of Israel could be scuppered by legal challenges from the anti-boycott movement.

The leaders of the Stop The Boycott campaign have confirmed that they will instruct lawyers to examine the legality of a motion to be put to the UCU’s annual conference next month.

Last year’s motion was halted by the union itself, but only after it had been warned by its own lawyers that it would have been illegal to proceed. The union has refused repeated requests to make public the advice it was given.


New student leader to fight Israel boycotts

By Rachel Fletcher, April 17, 2008

Campus moves to boycott Israel are “counterproductive” and “drive a wedge” between communities, the newly elected National Union of Students president said this week.

Tower Hamlets-born Wes Streeting, a Cambridge history graduate and for two years vice-president of education at the NUS, was elected to the position earlier this month.

He told the JC he had “always been strongly opposed to boycotts of Israeli institutions and universities. This is something I led on when I was vice-president for education and something I will take a hard line on.


How one settler upset American academia

By Alex Brummer, April 17, 2008

The New Yorker examines a battle over the tenure of an American-Palestinian professor


Nottingham students are the kings of Sherwood

April 11, 2008

Nottingham University Jewish Society football team have been crowned champions of their Sunday League Division One.

They now face a showdown against the winners of the Intra Mural Saturday League Division One for the right to represent the University against Loughborough University.

The side, created at the beginning of the academic year in October, got off to an outstanding start in the Semester One League, winning their first six games on the bounce, which included 10-2 and 5-0 victories.

Unfortunately, the team lost the final game, leaving them second in the table.