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Anti-Zionist to contest election for UJS leader

The Union of Jewish Students has announced the names of the three candidates aiming to be its next president.

    Annie Cohen: Jewdas member, Lawrence Rosenberg: ex-JSoc head, Hannah Rose: family connection
    Annie Cohen: Jewdas member, Lawrence Rosenberg: ex-JSoc head, Hannah Rose: family connection

    The Union of Jewish Students has announced the names of the three candidates aiming to be its next president.

    Hannah Rose, Lawrence Rosenberg and Annie Cohen all secured the number of nominations required to run for the office.

    A spokesperson said the union was “particularly encouraged that this year’s election features two female candidates after two all-male contests.

    “In the words of last year’s president, Josh Seitler, we are confident that a well-engaged electorate will ensure that the UJS president’s ‘leadership reflects the passions, values and identities of the overwhelming majority of Jewish students’.”

    A hustings will be held on Saturday evening during the UJS summit, which takes place this weekend. Voting will run from Monday November 27 until Friday December 8, and is open to all members of UJS.

    The results will be announced at the UJS conference, which is due to take place on Sunday December 10.

     

    The Candidates

    Annie Cohen: A member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Ms Cohen, who is taking a history degree at Queen Mary’s University in London, is also a member of Jewdas, which describes itself as a “radical Jewish diaspora group”, known for its far-left anti-Zionism. Last year, another member of the Jewdas collective, Eran Cohen, stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for UJS president.

    Lawrence Rosenberg: The former president of Manchester University Jsoc, Mr Rosenberg is now the associate director of the Pinsker Centre, “a coalition of students and graduates of all backgrounds, both Jewish and non-Jewish, with an unwavering commitment to defend the State of Israel’s legitimacy in campus discourse”.

    Hannah Rose : The younger sister of Ella Rose, a former UJS president, Ms Rose is studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Bristol and is a former vice-president of Bristol Jsoc. A member of the Jewish Labour Movement (where her sister is now director), she describes herself in her Twitter biography as “Jewish + Zionist + Feminist”.

     

    This article has been amended to reflect the fact that Annie Cohen is a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, rather than the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

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