An open letter to OULC

first_imgJacob Turner (Co-Chair TT 2009)Ben Lyons (Co-Chair 2009)Ayo Ajanaku (Co-Chair 2009)Emily Benn (Executive TT 2009)Jamie Susskind (Co-Chair TT 2009)Martha MacKenzie (Executive Committee 2009)David Green (Co-Chair TT 2008)Sarah Hutchinson (Co-Chair TT 2008)Alice Taylor (Co-Chair 2008)Mark Baker (Co-Chair TT 2007)Harriet Myles (Co-Chair 2007)Phillip Patterson (Co-Chair TT 2006)Martin McCluskey (Co-Chair MT 2005)Stephen Longden (Co-Chair HT 2005)Alex Brodkin (Co-Chair 2005)Jack Graves (Co-Chair 2005) Vladimir Bermant (Former JSoc President) Yoni Stone (Current JSoc President)Aaron Simons (Former JSoc President)Jake Berger (Former JSoc Vice-President)Matt Rose (Former JSoc President)Paul Erdunast (Former JSoc president)Rachel Grabiner (Former JSoc Vice-President)David Miron (Former JSoc Vice-President)Rebecca Freedman (Former JSoc Vice-President) Andrew Freedman (Former JSoc President, barrister) Oxford University Liberal DemocratsJack Ford (Co-Chair)Matt Sumption (Former Co-Chair)Anne Cremin (Secretary) Oxford University Jewish Society Oxford University Labour ClubElla Taylor (Executive Committee)center_img Dear Sirs,On Monday 15th February, the members of Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) voted to endorse Oxford’s so-called “Israeli Apartheid Week”. As former and current Chairs and Executive members of OULC, Jewish student leaders and other members and friends of Oxford University, we condemn and oppose this poorly considered course of action. We also congratulate the bold decision of one of the current Co-Chairs, Alex Chalmers, to resign in response. “Israeli Apartheid Week” purports to be a conference promoting intellectual discussion. In reality it is little more than a gathering of activists promoting a one-sided narrative, seeking to dismantle the only majority-Jewish member-state of the United Nations.It principally serves as a vehicle for promoting the academic, cultural and economic isolation of the Jewish state. In doing so, it strengthens the hand of those who oppose the two-state solution and emboldens extremists who seek to “resolve” the conflict by extinguishing one of the parties to it.It is wrong to contend that Israel – a multiracial democracy – even remotely resembles the horrors of South Africa’s racist dictatorship. Israel is a nation largely composed of refugees and their descendants – from both Europe and the Arab world, living in a land to which they have deep historical and religious ties. It is not a settler-colonial state. It belongs to the Middle East’s rich tapestry of religious and ethnic diversity. Today, more than ever, minorities in the Middle East need their own states. Worse still, the appropriation of the term “apartheid” is an affront to black South Africans. The supporters of “Israeli Apartheid Week” would do well to remember the words of Nelson Mandela: “As a movement we recognise the legitimacy of Palestinian nationalism just as we recognise the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish nationalism. We insist on the right of the state of Israel to exist within secure borders, but with equal vigour support the Palestinian right to national self-determination.” We share this vision and believe it is in the best traditions of OULC – and more importantly, the ethos and values of Oxford University. Oxford University Chabad SocietyJonathan Hunter (Former Oxford Chabad President, Former Vice-President of JSoc)Sam Bodansky (Current Oxford Chabad President)Fien Barnett-Neefs (Current Oxford Chabad Vice-President) We don’t pretend for a second that there are no problems in Israel-Palestine. We don’t ignore the imperfections of Israeli society. We don’t overlook the tragedy of conflict. But we are troubled by OULC’s decision and feel compelled to speak out. In a climate of rising anti-Semitism, we have a duty to oppose initiatives that foster an intolerant political culture which intimidates Jewish students.Lastly – but most distressingly – we observe with horror what Mr Chalmers describes in his note of resignation: “members of the Executive throwing around the term ‘Zio’ (a term for Jews usually confined to websites run by the Ku Klux Klan)”; senior members expressing “solidarity” with Hamas; claims that “most accusations of anti-Semitism are just the Zionists crying wolf” and the fact that “a large proportion of both OULC and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews”.We note that OULC and the Labour Party have a long and distinguished history of fighting racism and injustice – and we therefore urge current members to remember that tradition and to reconsider their distressing decision.Yours sincerely,Baroness Ruth Deech, QC (Hon) DBE, Former Principal (St Anne’s College)Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QCLord Pannick QCJohn Mann MPJohn Bowers QCProfessor Richard Susskind OBE Louis McEvoy (Executive Committee)David Klemperer (Co-Chair MT 2015)David Cesar-Heymann (Co-Chair HT 2015)Helena Dollimore (Co-Chair MT 2013)Aled Jones (Co-Chair MT 2013)Jonathan Metzer (Co-Chair TT 2013)Tom Adams (Co-Chair MT 2012)Anthony Breach (Co-Chair TT 2012)Kevin Feeney (Co-Chair TT 2012)Claire Smith, Co-Chair 2012Lincoln Hill (Co-Chair TT 2011)Colin Jackson (Co-Chair 2011)Kathleen Shields (Co-Chair HT 2011)Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson (Executive Committee TT 2014)Jack Evans (Co-Chair HT 2011)Tom Rutland (ex OUSU President 2013-14, OULC Executive Committee 2011)Hannah Cusworth (Co-Chair HT 2010)Alistair Strathern (Co-Chair TT 2010)Kieran Cunningham (Co-Chair MT 2010) Oxford University Conservative AssociationThomas Jackson (President)Shane Finn (Treasurer)William Robert Rees-Mogg (Committee Member)Richard Black (Ex-Publications Editor, Former JSoc Publicity Officer)Dan Freeman (Ex-Political Officer)Jack Matthews (Ex-President)Jan Nedvidek (Ex-President)Benjamin Woolf (Ex-Returning Officer)last_img read more

The Legend of Georgia McBride Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The Legend of Georgia McBride Dave Thomas Brown View Comments Some off-Broadway queens are sticking around to serve more fish. Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride has extended its run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The MCC production, directed by Mike Donahue and starring Heathers alum Dave Thomas Brown, will now run through October 11. It was initially scheduled to play its final performance on October 4.The Legend of Georgia McBride follows Casey (Brown), a down on his luck Elvis impersonator in the Florida Panhandle, who, in order to help his pregnant wife, turns to the world of drag. After he becomes an overnight sensation, Casey must juggle his unexpected career and family life.The cast also includes Matt McGrath, Keith Nobbs, Afton C. Williamson and Wayne Duvall. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 11, 2015 Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

NAFCU: Election night good for CU friends

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Providing credit unions with an update from Tuesday’s midterm elections, NAFCU Director of Political Affairs Chad Adams said it was a good night overall for friends of the industry. As returning and newly elected lawmakers soon begin a new Congress, NAFCU will continue its award-winning advocacy to further the needs of credit unions.The NAFCU/PAC participated in more than 100 campaigns of candidates and members of Congress who support credit union issues. Of those NAFCU-supported candidates, about 88 percent of them won their elections. “This figure is a testament to the accuracy of NAFCU’s government affairs team, who has time and time again shown the ability to accurately identify and engage with the right candidates for credit unions,” Adams wrote.Recapping the election results, Adams noted that the Senate will remain in Republican hands while the Democrats won control of the House. Despite a “split” Congress, he wrote, “NAFCU’s lobbying team remains well positioned, as we were in 2018, for continued success on Capitol Hill and looks forward to welcoming, and working with, the many new members next Congress.” continue reading »last_img read more

UK forms partnership to hunt for vCJD treatment

first_img MRC news release About 150 people in the UK have died of vCJD, the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. There is no cure for the fatal brain-wasting disease, which people can contract by eating meat products from BSE-infected cattle. BSE spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s, and it is assumed that many Britons were exposed to the disease before rigorous controls were imposed in 1996. The United Kingdom Medical Research Council’s (MRC’s) Prion Unit in London will work with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the country’s largest drug manufacturer, the MRC announced in April. The Prion Unit is in the Institute of Neurology at University College London. See also: The incubation period for vCJD lasts a decade or longer, and no one knows how many people in Britain may be silently infected. The MRC said the long latency period offers an opportunity to develop an effective treatment, but because the disease is so rare, normal commercial drug development is unrealistic. Professor John Collinge, director of the Prion Unit, said in the news release, “There is only so far we can take things on our own as academic scientists and, while there is no guarantee of success, now having the enormous resource and expertise of GSK with us is extremely exciting.” The partnership between the Prion Unit, University College London, and GSK “brings together for the first time all the relevant expertise and resources to make such a development feasible and may act as a stimulus to such academic-industry collaborations in other areas of medicine,” the MRC said. May 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Academic researchers will join with a drug manufacturer in the United Kingdom to screen hundreds of thousands of compounds in a hunt for a treatment for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), British officials announced recently. Officials estimate it will take at least 6 years to find a potential treatment and develop it for use in human trials. To find such a drug, researchers will screen hundreds of thousands of potential drug-like molecules from GSK’s collection, which contains more than a million such compounds and is one of the largest collections in the world, the MRC said. “Such libraries form one of the most important commercial assets of any pharmaceutical company and making such a library available to an academic group in this way is unprecedented,” the agency stated. The MRC said the Prion Unit has been working for years to understand the propagation of prions, the misfolded proteins that cause vCJD in humans and BSE and scrapie in animals. The unit “has shown in prion-infected laboratory animals that the disease process in the brain can be halted by targeting this protein, without apparent deleterious effects,” the MRC said. “The aim is now to develop a drug that is capable of readily entering the brain and binding to the normal prion protein” to keep it from misfolding and turning pathogenic.last_img read more

Opal J. White, 96

first_imgOn Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 Opal J. White loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Greensburg, Indiana at the age of 96.Opal was born in Bath County, Kentucky on March 24th, 1924 to the late Steven and Martha (Cox) White. Opal married John Willard White in December of 1940 and they had eight children. Johnnie (Jr) (Nancy) of Ohio, James (Treva) of Indiana, Virginia (Jenny) (Thomas) Wilhelm of Indiana, Carolyn (Dale) Owens of Indiana, Dorothy (Thomas) Murray of Indiana, William (Sherry) of Indiana, Richard (Luci) of Ohio and Jackie (Lori) of Tennessee.She was proceeded in death by her brother Lodi, sister Mary, parents Steven and Martha, husband John, three children Richard, Carolyn, Johnny (Jr) and seven grandchildren, David Christman, Christina White, Brian Traylor, Rickie White, Vickie Wagoner, and Johnnie White. A very special brother-in-law James Clarence (Red) White.She is survived by five children, 32 grandchildren, and many great and great-great grandchildren, step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a best friend of 60+ years Beula Purvis.Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Hedrick Church.Funeral services will be held at Hedrick Church and Cemetery in Bath County Kentucky, 5308 Old Sand Rd. Salt Lick, Kentucky 40371, on Saturday August 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.Richardson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements in Kentucky. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

Son at the double as Spurs thump Crystal Palace

first_imgTottenham fans may have feared another frustrating afternoon against London rivals Palace.Roy Hodgson’s side arrived lying fourth in the league table and boasting the best defensive record, having conceded just two goals in their opening four matches.The Eagles have also developed a reputation for winning away against top-six sides, having triumphed at all of those elite teams apart from Spurs since the start of the 2016/17 season.But Mauricio Pochettino’s side blew their visitors away with four first-half strikes, Son Heung-min scoring either side of a Patrick van Aanholt own goal before Erik Lamela got in on the act in a victory that took the north Londoners up to third in the table.Pochettino made just one change to the side that had drawn 2-2 with Arsenal before the international break, selecting Serge Aurier at right-back in a 4-2-3-1 formation.It was Aurier’s first league start since February 23, and the Ivorian would probably have been overlooked once again if Juan Foyth or Kyle Walker-Peters had been available.– Spurs warning –In the very first minute, Son found himself in space inside the box and sent a low shot at goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Toby Alderweireld then dissected Palace’s centre-backs with a ball over the top to Harry Kane, who was also unable to beat Guaita.The visitors should therefore have spotted the danger when Alderweireld sent another long pass up towards Son but Mamadou Sakho got caught underneath the ball, allowing Son to bring it down, cut inside and find the bottom right corner.Eleven minutes later Aurier fired in a low cross that deflected in off Van Aanholt at the near post, and two minutes after that the right-back hung up a cross to the far post, where Son arrived unmarked and volleyed home six yards out.It was the South Korean’s fifth goal in his four home league matches against Palace, and he was involved in the move for the final goal before the break, passing wide to Kane, whose low cross was finished by Lamela.Son nearly completed his hat-trick after half-time when he burst past Sakho and lobbed Guaita from a tight angle, only to find the near side netting, while a powerful Aurier shot was blocked.Pochettino said at the start of this month that when the European transfer window closed, ending speculation about the immediate futures of some of his players, he would “make a big party and celebrate”.Content his side were safe, the Argentine’s thoughts turned to Wednesday’s Champions League match against Olympiakos and he withdrew Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Kane.Palace, having suffered a ninth straight league defeat to Spurs, will wonder how long it will be before they are next in the top four again.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham’s Son Heung-min celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal against Crystal Palace © AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Tottenham emphatically allayed concerns about their ability to break down teams at home with a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.Spurs had laboured in their previous home matches this season, having to come from behind to beat newly promoted Aston Villa and then falling to a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle.last_img read more

Milkha Singh advocates resumption of Indo-Pak sporting ties

first_imgPatna, Dec 17 (PTI) Sprint legend Milkha Singh today advocated resumption of sporting ties between India and Pakistan, as sports help in developing friendship between countries.”In sports, our teams should go there (Pakistan) and their teams should come here,” Singh said.He was talking to reporters here in the state capital, after flagging off a half marathon race.”I would ask both Pakistan and India that it would be better if they live with love and affection… We should play games as much as possible as sports help in developing friendship,” Singh said. PTI AR RBT LNSlast_img