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'Vital' new Chair for students

March 1, 2012

Veteran publisher, Lord Weidenfeld, has described a new chair in Israel studies at Sussex University as vital in the fight against anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

The Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies, named after the renowned captain of the Exodus ship that transported Jews to Palestine in 1947, would, claimed Lord Weidenfeld, "provide a rallying point not only for teaching but general


Soccer official calls for help at local level

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 1, 2012

The biggest threat to fighting antisemitism in football is the lack of competence in grassroots organisations, according to the Football Association's former director of corporate affairs.

Simon Johnson, who worked for the FA for more than seven years and led its first strategy group to tackle antisemitism, said that a process started by the football body to make county FAs robust enough to dea


Strauss-Kahn invitation sparks Cambridge row

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

Cambridge University students have launched a campaign to block the visit of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to one of the country's oldest debating chambers.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, who resigned from his post last year amid allegations of sexual assault, and who more recently was questioned by police about his involvement in a prostitution ring, is due to speak about economic policy at the Ca


Greens denounce JNF as 'racist' and colonial

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

The Green Party has called for the JNF to be stripped of its charity status and has pledged to sign up to a campaign which calls the charity "racist".

Delegates voted unanimously in favour of a motion condemning JNF's activities and denouncing its "claims to be an ecological agency" at the England and Wales party's spring conference on Sunday.

The motion was proposed by Deborah Fink, co-foun


Lorna bids a sudden farewell to Bicom

March 1, 2012

The chief executive of the UK's top Israel pressure group is to step down to "pursue new opportunities", after almost six years at the helm.


LSE student 'trivialises' Holocaust

March 1, 2012

London School of Economics Students Union has disqualified a candidate in its elections after he "trivialised the Holocaust".

Jason Wong was campaigning for a position as a student union trustee. After breaching two election rules last week he was suspended from campaigning for 48 hours.


Israel and UK top cops meet at Scotland Yard

March 1, 2012

For the first time in recent years, Israel's police chief has made an official visit to Britain.

During a five-day trip that ended on Saturday night, Commissioner Inspector-General Yohanan Danino met Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, and invited him for a return visit to Israel after the Olympics.

He also held meetings at the Serious Organised Crime Agency and at the count


George Osborne tells of his warmth for CST and Israel

By Jenni Frazer, March 1, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne robustly defended the decisions of his colleague, Education Secretary Michael Gove, when he addressed the annual Community Security Trust dinner on Wednesday night.

Mr Gove recently came under fire over his decision to make funding available for security for Jewish schools through grants given via the CST.


Police investigate Mavi Marmara man hate speech

March 1, 2012

A controversial former US Marine is being investigated by police following allegations that he incited racial hatred at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Ken O'Keefe screamed at audience members, said Israel "must be destroyed" and claimed Mossad was "directly involved" in the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.

He told an audience at Middlesex University's Free Palestine Society


Palestinians will be free says activist Barghouti

By Simon Rocker, March 1, 2012

Palestinian political activist Mustafa Barghouti has no doubt where to put the blame for the latest unproductive round of Mid-East peace talks.