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The politics of the UJS (Union of Jewish Students)

Joseph Findlay reports on the recent elections in the overwhelmingly Zionist Union of Jewish Students where, last year and this, non-Zionist candidates have run (and lost). Their very existence – with Jewdas having created space in recent years for radical Jews to meet, practice Judaism, and organise politically together – has put squarely on the agenda the question of what being Jewish means today.

David Davidi-Brown, CEO of the UJS, responds. He doesn’t see it that way at all. […]

Union of Jewish Students presidential candidate, Annie Cohen

Involved in Jewish left wing activism with Jewdas, a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and much more, Annie Cohen is running for President of the Union of Jewish Students. “Over the last few years,”, she says, “not being a Zionist has become more normalised and accepted within British Jewish communities, and that’s a really positive change so we want to keep it going.” Her campaign challenges the work UJS does with “ aggressively pro-Israel organisations”, and notes that, while “antisemitism is often weaponised to silence others” is is also clear that “antisemitism is getting worse [and] UJS is not tackling it.” […]

“Trust me, I was once a first-year Jewish student too.”

Robert Cohen, blogger extraordinaire in his Writing From the Edge: Rescuing the Hebrew Covenant One Blogpost at a Time remembers what it was like to be a Jewish fresher at university 30 years and gives good advice to others just entering now. […]