Thousands sign up to oppose anti-Israel event

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition protesting against the University of Southampton for planning to host a conference questioning Israel's legitimacy.

Advocacy group Academic Friends of Israel launched a petition this week urging the university to move the three-day event, due to take place next month, away from the campus.

The group also said it was backing plans by Sussex Friend


This house believes it's time to wake up!

By Alex Davis, March 19, 2015

Chants of "Free Palestine" echoed around the chamber of the world's oldest debating society, the Cambridge Union. The brightest students in the country had just passed the motion - "This House Believes Israel is a Rogue State" - and few in the audience seemed surprised. And if you're not worried about that, you should be.


Southampton conference - should Zionists take part?

March 19, 2015

YES - says Geoffrey Alderman


Israel activists plan protest at university

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The University of Southampton is said to be reviewing its position over the conference it is due to host on the legitimacy of Israel.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the university's vice-chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, on Wednesday to discuss concerns that the three-day event would be a vehicle for anti-Zionists to challenge Israel's existence.


Oxford and Cambridge turn on Israel

By Naomi Firsht, March 12, 2015

The Jewish president of Oxford University's student union has admitted he felt "uncomfortable" during his union's debate over boycotting Israel.

Louis Trup also revealed that he had received complaints from fellow Jewish students over the hostility they face when expressing pro-Israel views on the campus.

Oxford students last week defeated a motion that would have ordered its delegates at Ap


I debated with Norman Finkelstein at King's College. It was dire, and scary

By Alan Johnson, March 12, 2015

Debating Israel with Norman Finkelstein at King's College, London, was never going to be easy. He is a ferociously anti-Zionist Jew, a tough political street fighter forged in the ranks of American Maoism, and a hugely experienced and skilful debater who once gave Alan Dershowitz a hard time.


I'm bringing Orthodox feminism to college

By Rebecca Filer, March 12, 2015

My batmitzvah was unconventional. Instead of just reading a dvar torah in shul, or having a big party, I leyned in a women's teffilah service on Rosh Chodesh Kislev. From a chumash.

I was extremely lucky to have been able to do so in my own community, making me, apparently, the first girl to leyn in a United Synagogue building.


Former minister voices concerns over Southampton conference on Israel legitimacy

By Naomi Firsht, March 12, 2015

A university has been criticised over its plans to hold a conference on the legitimacy of Israel.

The three-day event will be hosted by the University of Southampton’s Law School and is due to take place next month. It will focus on “themes of legitimacy, responsibility and exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel’s very nature”.


How Alan Johnson responded to Norman Finkelstein at King's College Israel debate

By Alan Johnson, March 11, 2015

Alan Johnson, Bicom's senior research fellow, was allowed five minutes to respond to anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein at a debate at King's College, London. Here is what he said:


Oxford students reject anti-boycott measure

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Oxford students have voted down a motion which would have ordered its National Union of Students delegates to reject a tie-up between NUS and the Israel boycott movement.

The motion, put forward by RSY Netzer member Ben Goldstein, alleged that the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement “indiscriminately targets all Israelis”. It fell by 72 votes to 30, with 28 abstentions.