Another successful National Union of Students (NUS) Conference has come and gone for Britain’s National Union of Jewish Students (UJS). UJS prides itself on taking its best activists to this annual conference, and putting forward the case for Jewish students on campus.
This year UJS preceded the conference with a superb training seminar for Jewish campaigners, that covered everything from how to prevent hate speech to how to mobilise against anti-Israel activity on campus.
During NUS National Conference, UJS had one of it’s most successful fringe events (a side event to the main conference), ever. The ‘Meet the Zionists’ fringe had the aim of showing regular students the face of Zionism they don’t see, and exposing the nuanced pluralistic nature of the ideology. Speaking on the panel, which was chaired by UJS Chairman Alex Dwek were;
Oliver worth; WUJS Chairman – Speaking on Ideological Zionism
Joel Braunold; former Bristol Student – Speaking on Religious Zionism
Deborah Blausten; UCL Student – Speaking on Liberal Zionism
Daniel Gindus; IDC Student – Speaking on Practical Zionism
The event was attended by over 100 students, and the panel were asked challenging questions which they addressed frankly and head on. You can read UJS’s press release with more information here.
Apart from the fringe, UJS saw out great success in ensuring a balanced debate on Israel, preventing hate speech and contributed towards a fantastic and electric campaign for Rachel Wenstone (her Glee style campaign even receiving mention on the BBC no less!) for the National Executive Committee of the NUS. Rachel has served a year long term already has a fantastic reputation for tireless work on student issues both in terms of Jewish and non-Jewish students.
Overall the week was a huge success for UJS, and a tribute to years of fantastic work by UJS and its campaigns team.
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