Earler this year at St Andrews university in Scotland, American Jewish student Chanan Reitblat suffered an attack on his Jewish identity when student Paul Donnachie desecrated his Israeli flag. In a landmark ruling, a Scottish judge found Mr. Donnichie guilty of a racially aggrevated offence for his desecration, done whilst verbally abusing Chanan. Chanan flew back from New York to give evidence, and ultimately Mr Donnichie was found guilty, in a case which re-affirms the right of Jewish students to express their Jewish identity through Zionism.
The case has gained widespread media coverage in the United Kingdom and beyond, and I sat down with Chanan, to find out the effect this experience has had on him, and what he hopes the long-term effects will be.
Read the full interview here.
At the initiation of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS), WUJS Chairman Oliver Worth, and six students from the “What Is Rael’ delegation to South Africa, joined three South African Jewish Students in meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.
Though critical of Israeli policy, Tutu reaffirmed his belief in Israel’s right to exist as a secure sovereign State. At the request of delegation member Avnet Kleiner, he also offered prayers for the eight Israelis murdered in last weeks terror attacks.
This visit was a part of the ‘What Is Rael’ visit, hosted by SAUJS, that saw 22 Israeli students visit five South African universities, including The University of Cape Town, University of the Witswatersrand, and the University of Johannesburg. The aim of the trip was to engage with the Jewish community of South Africa, and create meaningful dialogue on South African university campuses. The participants on the trip represented the broad range of Israeli society, whom during the trip had the opportunity to meet representatives of various student and political organizations, as well as the Palestinian ambassador to South Africa.
WUJS is delighted to announce that we shall be launching, together with our partners AJC-ACCESS and New Voices Magazine, a global Jewish blog/online paper. The site, called Global Jewish Voices, will be updated dailly with the best of young Jewish writers from around the World.
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