Stu­dents gear up for cam­pus Óg^t oler 8:S

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

THE FIGHT against the Boy­cott Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paign on UK univer­sity cam­puses is about to get a boost.

A prom­i­nent Is­rael ed­u­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion has an­nounced the UK launch of its fel­low­ship pro­gramme.

StandWithUs’s year-long UK Emer­son fel­low­ship, mod­elled on their Amer­i­can fel­low­ship, aims to se­lect stu­dent lead­ers and “em­power each of them to teach their peers about

Is­rael and com­bat an­tiIs­rael rhetoric”.

The Amer­i­can fel­low­ship, which has been op­er­at­ing since 2007, has grown to around 100 stu­dents a year.

For the first UK pro­gramme, 22 stu­dents from 20 uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Birm­ing­ham, Manch­ester, Not­ting­ham, New­cas­tle and UCL, will be tak­ing part, in­clud­ing mem­bers of both the Con­ser­va­tive and Labour par­ties.

The year-long pro­gramme be­gins this week in Lon­don, and will in­clude a trip to StandWithUs’s in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Los An­ge­les next March, when UK stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to meet their US coun­ter­parts.

Jonathan Far­rell, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s UK direc­tor for stu­dent af­fairs, said: “Since its in­cep­tion in 2010, the SWU UK of­fice has been ef­fec­tively help­ing stu­dents share Is­rael’s story and also counter the dele­git­imi­sa­tion of Is­rael on cam­puses.

“The UK Emer­son Fel­low­ship for­malises the pro­gramme and ac­cel­er­ates the po­ten­tial for stu­dent lead­ers to ex­cel as ed­u­ca­tors, not just on cam­pus, but in ev­ery fo­rum where Is­rael ed­u­ca­tion should be pre­sented.”

One par­tic­i­pant, Maya Ster­rie, a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Leeds, said she was “su­per ex­cited to be able to fa­cil­i­tate more Is­rael ed­u­ca­tion and dis­cus­sion on my cam­pus”.

She added: “Hav­ing been an NUS del­e­gate, I would also like to en­cour­age stu­dents from other uni­ver­si­ties to at­tend events to ex­pe­ri­ence a greater un­der­stand­ing about Is­rael within the move­ment.”

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