A quarter of Jewish students fear anti-Semitic hate crime, NUS report finds

first_imgIn a statement to Cherwell, JSoc said: “We are proud that Oxford is one of the best campuses in the country for Jewish students; there is a thriving Jewish life, a fact which has been recognised by both OUSU and the UJS (Union of Jewish Students) in recent years.“We are thankful for the positive relationships with the University, the colleges and OUSU, and are hopeful that these will continue.“However, many of the concerns in the report resonate with the Jewish Society’s members and, alongside recent events, demonstrate that more can be done to improve the Jewish student experience.“In particular, Jewish students regularly encounter hostility and offensive debate when engaging in discussions around the Israel-Palestine conflict. Jewish students have also faced difficulties regarding the provision of kosher food and the scheduling of exams on religious festivals.“We call upon OUSU to adopt the report’s recommendations, and to continue their effort to make Oxford more welcoming for Jewish students.”The report also explored Jewish student representation in university student unions.It found that a majority of Jewish students feel able to engage with their individual student unions, with 75 per cent saying that they voted in student elections and 69 per cent saying that they always or usually were able to participate in student union societies.However, 43 per cent said they did not feel their student union understood their needs as Jewish students, and 51 per cent said they did not feel represented by their student union. A quarter of Jewish students in the UK fear anti-Semitic hate crime on campus, a new study has found.A report released by the National Union of Students (NUS) found that 26 per cent of Jewish students were either fairly worried or very worried about being subjected to a physical attack, property damage, verbal abuse or theft as a result of their belief.Almost two-thirds of Jewish students had not been the victim of crime at their place of study, but two thirds (66 per cent) said they believed they were targeted a result of their faith.28 per cent of students said they had received personal abuse over social media.However, the report found that a majority of Jewish students do not believe the NUS would respond appropriately to allegations of anti-Semitism if they arose. The NUS must “regain the trust of Jewish students”, the report concluded.It comes amid ongoing concerns over allegations of anti-Semitism within the NUS.The organisation’s president, Malia Bouattia, was recently denounced for “outright racism” by the Home Affairs Select Committee, after describing Birmingham University as a “zionist outpost”.Bouattia has denied claims of anti-Semitism but apologised for any offence caused.The report also raised concern that “Jewish students have reported that they do not feel their institution understands their needs.”42 per cent of students reported there was no kosher food on or near campus, while 59 per cent said their university did not avoid scheduling classes and exams during Sabbath and Jewish religious festivals.Almost half of students said they did not feel comfortable voicing their opinions on the Israel-Palestine conflict.Oxford University Jewish Society (JSoc) welcomed the report, and urged the University and OUSU to adopt its recommendations. Sandy Downs, OUSU VP for Welfare and Equal Opportunities, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Jewish students have high engagement with their students’ unions across the country, and we should be using that relationship to help affect change.“I look forward to working with JSOC and the NUS to consider how best to interpret and enact the recommendations in the report, and its good to see that lots of the suggestions are things which OUSU is already working on (including Kosher food provision and religious festival considerations in timetabling).”The report’s author, the NUS VP Rob Young, said: “In a wider context of increasing anti-Semitism across the UK, we know that Jewish students have been feeling increasingly uncomfortable on University campuses and that there is a lot of work to be done to change that.“This research has given us a greater understanding of some of the challenges faced by Jewish students in Universities and in the student movement. I hope that the sector will act on the recommendations in this report.“Everyone should feel able to participate fully in campus life and NUS and I are fully committed to ensuring that that is the case.”An Oxford University spokesperson said: “We welcome the NUS report and are encouraged to hear that so many Jewish students across the UK are actively engaged in university life, and that Oxford’s JSoc values its positive relationship with the University. We are working with colleges to address specific issues mentioned in the report, such as the provision of kosher food and the scheduling of exams.“On the subject of hostility and antisemitism, we have always made it clear that no form of harassment or victimisation will be tolerated at Oxford. We expect all members of the University community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration, including when engaging in political debate. “We would strongly urge anyone who has experienced harassment or intimidation on the grounds of religion or belief to come forward and report any incident to their college or to the University.”last_img read more

Chefs and scientists partner to promote healthy, sustainable food

first_img Read Full Story Harvard School of Public Health nutrition researchers teamed with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 2013 to create the Menus of Change initiative, which integrates the latest findings from both nutrition and environmental science into a single set of recommendations for the food service industry. The initiative provides guidance to help culinary professionals and food service companies make informed choices and become successful in the business of healthy, sustainable, delicious food.“We need culinary professionals working with nutrition professionals, the supply chain, the agriculture community and the environmental community. You have to engage a lot of people in the conversation to find the right directional guidance to move forward,” the CIA’s Amy Myrdal Miller told the Christian Science Monitor in an April 3, 2014 interview.The second annual Menus of Change Leadership Summit will be held June 9-11, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Read the initiative’s annual report, published in conjunction with last year’s summit.last_img read more

Weinstein accuser demands deposition as settlement looms

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A producer who says disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped her over seven years says she wants him deposed for a lawsuit despite a looming settlement. Alexandra Canosa maintained late Monday that she wants the deposition before deciding whether to join a settlement approved last week by a Delaware bankruptcy court judge. The settlement calls for roughly $17 million to go to Weinstein accusers. A lawyer for Canosa said in a Manhattan federal court filing that a deposition will help her decide whether to settle. The Manhattan judge reiterated Tuesday that Weinstein must be deposed by Feb. 12 unless the judge scraps the deadline. A Weinstein lawyer said evidence shows the Weinstein-Canosa relationship was consensual.last_img

Brazil Hosts Navy Summit of Portuguese Speaking Countries

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo September 25, 2018 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) hosted the V Conference of the Navies of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP, in Portuguese), August 7-9, 2018. The summit took place at the Brazilian Navy War College, in Rio de Janeiro. The objective of the conference was to promote dialogue, improve cooperation, and exchange organizational experiences among the navies. Delegations from the Angolan Navy, Cape Verde Coast Guard, Equatorial Guinea Navy, Mozambique Navy, Portuguese Navy, and the São Tomé and Príncipe Coast Guard participated. The theme for the 2018 summit was cooperation among the navies. Participants discussed partnership possibilities to monitor and control maritime traffic, while allowing each country to exercise sovereignty in their waters. Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, MB commander, described the conference as an opportunity to increase cooperation among CPLP navies. “The union among countries gives us the tools to counter maritime traffic, such as human and drug trafficking, terrorism, and cyber warfare,” he said at the event. More efficient navies Among the decisions reached at the conference, Brazil and Portugal vowed to provide technical support in the implementation of a maritime surveillance system for the navies and coast guards of the community. “It will be an opportunity for younger navies to acquire the capacities to guarantee sovereignty in their waters,” said MB Captain Emilson Paiva de Faria, from the Navy General Staff’s International Affairs Division. The officer highlighted the leadership role of the navies of Brazil and Portugal in increasing activities with those of CPLP. “The goal is to foster agreements to enable learning and training for others,” Capt. Paiva said. Participants also committed to advising their respective governments in defining their maritime borders and expanding continental platforms. CPLP members will also develop and increase information exchange among navies and coast guards’ maritime traffic control centers to counter maritime threats. “Currently, none of the navies can single-handedly patrol all waters against transnational crimes,” Captain Pedro Santana, commander of the Cape Verde Coast Guard, told the Brazilian Navy’s TV Marinha. “We must cooperate and create partnerships with nations to fight these crimes.” Admiral Mendes Calado, chief of the General Staff of the Portuguese Navy, also stressed on the importance of integration between CPLP countries. “In addition to the language, another element that unites us is the sea, which is a space of opportunities, and also great threats and risks to our nations,” he said. Capt. Paiva also pointed out additional noteworthy activities defined during the conference. “The delegations committed to promote the development of the ‘dual use navy’ concept, that is, for military and civilian purposes, to avoid duplication of costs and increase efficiency,” he said. “We also agreed on the creation of courses, exchanges, and internships with educational institutions and command-and-control operations of the Angolan Navy, Brazilian Navy, and the Portuguese Navy for officers and noncommissioned officers.” Cooperation protocol According to Capt. Paiva, the Portuguese Navy organized the first Conference of CPLP Navies in Lisbon, in 2008, to comply with the CPLP Cooperation Protocol in the Defense Domain of 2006. “At the time, the summit was a symposium and evolved into a conference with executive power in 2012,” the officer said. The goal of the CPLP Cooperation Protocol in the Defense Domain is to promote and facilitate cooperation among member states by systematizing and clarifying upcoming measures. According to Capt. Paiva, cooperation among the navies on maritime matters is active and efficient within the community. “The protocol is the most important document, which enables the Brazilian Navy to continue to cooperate with the navies of the CPLP countries,” he said. The biennial conference is the main discussion forum among the navies and coast guards of Portuguese speaking countries. The VI Conference will take place in 2020, in Cape Verde.last_img read more