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BoD’s Arkush: The Consequences of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘antisemitic views’

31 May, 2018

By Anna Mikhailova, Telegraph, 30.05.18 Jeremy Corbyn has been accused by one of Britain’s most senior Jewish leaders of holding “anti-Semitic views” which could drive Jewish people out of Britain if he becomes Prime Minister. Jonathan Arkush, the outgoing President of the Board of Deputies, said British Jews were for the first time asking “do […]

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Sociologist David Hirsh Digs Deep to Explain Antisemitism and The Left

3 May, 2018

Sussex Jewish News, February 2018, p. 14 Book Review by Winston PickettSometimes the first two sentences of an author’s work explain everything. At other times they offer hints of what’s to come. In David Hirsh’s case, they do both.“This book is about antisemitism in social spaces which think of themselves as anti-racist and democratic,” writes Hirsh, a […]

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Jeremy Corbyn can’t pretend he has only just noticed

27 March, 2018

The Labour leader refers to ‘pockets’ of antisemitism in his party but fails to say that for 30 years he was in them too   Hugo Rifkind, The TIMES, 26 March 2018   Did you know that Jeremy Corbyn’s mother fought at the Battle of Cable Street? I know it’s a well-kept political secret, a […]

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Statement On Proposed Neo-Nazi Demonstration In Golders Green on July 4th

2 June, 2015

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As many of you will be aware a very small number of far right neo-Nazis are planning a static demonstration in Golders Green on July 4th. Sussex Friends of Israel along with Pro-Israel Response Group deplore and condemn this obvious attempt to incite our community.  SFI, along with all major community groups have called on […]

Labour and Conservative Parliamentary Candidates Address Jewish Community in SFI Hustings Event

2 May, 2015

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Labour MP candidate Peter Kyle HOVE — 2 May 2015, by Winston Pickett With little more than a week before one of the most closely contested general elections in years, approximately 30 people gathered in Ralli Hall Wednesday night to hear first hand the views of two main candidates for the parliamentary seat of Hove and Portslade. In a meeting organised by Sussex Friends […]

Anti-Semitism, Palestinian state factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election

23 April, 2015

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Ahead of the British election, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (pictured), who is Jewish, has drawn criticism from his own religious community for his party’s support of a Palestinian state. Credit: Ed Miliband – Flickr via Wikimedia Commons. By Alina Dain Sharon/ 23 April 2015 Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be […]

Legal bid to save anti-Israel Southampton conference rejected

23 April, 2015

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Jewish Chronicle, April 16, 2015 Plans to hold a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist have been scrapped after a legal challenge by its organisers was rejected. Professors Oren Ben Dor and Suleiman Sharkh applied for a judicial review after Southampton University said it would not host the conference this weekend because of security concerns […]

SFI Statement on Cancellation of Southampton Conference

2 April, 2015

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Sussex Friends of Israel are very pleased with the decision made by the University of Southampton to withdraw permission for the International Law and the State of Israel Conference to take place on its campus. In taking a leading role organising a demonstration we did not, nor do not seek to stifle free speech. On […]

Southampton University conference questioning right of Israel to exist ‘scrapped’ after protests

31 March, 2015

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Southampton University has withdrawn permission for a controversial conference questioning Israel’s right to exist to be held on its south-coast campus, claim the event’s organisers THE TELEGRAPH, 31 March 2015 By Patrick Sawer and Jonny Paul The University of Southampton is understood to have withdrawn permission for the three-day conference to be held on its […]

Professor dropped from university institute over controversial Israel conference

24 March, 2015


JEWISH CHRONICLE 23 March 2015 An academic institute has removed from its board the organiser of a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist. According to the Academic Friends of Israel blog The Parkes Institute, a study centre for Jewish – non-Jewish relations at Southampton University, has dropped Professor Oren Ben-Dor over his role in arranging […]

Politicizing Scholarship to Question Israel’s Existence

24 March, 2015


ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Dr Richard Cravatts, President, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East 22 March 2015 Seeming to give credence to Orwell’s quip that “some ideas are so stupid they could only have been thought of by intellectuals,” faculty at the University of Southampton in England will be sponsoring a three-day conference in April, […]

Southampton conference – should Zionists take part?

24 March, 2015


THE JEWISH CHRONICLE 19 March 2015 Prof. Geoffrey Alderman, a participant at the Southampton conference and Fiona Sharpe from Sussex Friends of Israel square in opposing columns YES – says Geoffrey Alderman On April 17 I shall be making a presentation to a gathering of academics convened under the auspices of the University of Southampton. […]

Israel activists plan protest at university

24 March, 2015


THE JEWISH CHRONICLE 19 March 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 […]

University’s ‘anti-Semitic’ Israel conference condemned

24 March, 2015


THE TELEGRAPH Southampton University’s decision to organise a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist has been condemned as ‘legitimising anti-Semitism’ By Patrick Sawer, and Jonny Paul, 21 Mar 2015 A leading British university has been condemned for hosting a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist which critics say will legitimise anti-Semitism. Pressure is growing on Southampton […]

Dons Face Fury Over Anti-Israel Summit

24 March, 2015


THE SUNDAY TIMES Sian Griffiths Education Editor; Published: 22 March 2015  A ROW has broken out over plans to hold a conference at Southampton University questioning the legitimacy of Israel’s right to exist under international law. More than 4,000 people have signed a petition on the website calling on the university to cancel the three-day […]