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 18, 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 18, 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.


NUS ejects hate group

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

The Union of Jewish Students has praised NUS for ejecting purveyors of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel material from its Blackpool conference last week.

Leaflets featuring offensive cartoons and slogans were distributed by Palestinian student group GUPS. After a complaint by a delegate to the conference steering committee, the GUPS members responsible were asked to leave the premises. They verbally abused students on the UJS stall before being escorted out by police.


Future leaders relish university challenge

April 4, 2008

A learning-and-leadership initiative designed to meet the challenges of life on campus and beyond is being rolled out by the Jewish Learning Exchange.

In partnership with the Union of Jewish Students, Tribe and University Jewish Chaplaincy, the JLE’s Genesis programme has been extended to Nottingham after a successful pilot scheme in London.

One-hundred hand-picked students are expected to complete the course this year.

Genesis director Rabbi Avi Hill said that leading communal personalities ran sessions.


Tributes for chaplaincy

March 28, 2008

The Chief Rabbi and Lady Sacks welcomed 60 guests to their London home for a reception to honour the work on UK campuses of the University Jewish Chaplaincy Board.