Friday, 23 April 2010

Dr James Renton on "Philosemitism, Antisemitism, Colonialism? Zionism and the British Empire"

We are very happy to announce the Cambridge World History Graduate Workshop will be hosting the following event:

"Philosemitism, Antisemitism, Colonialism? Zionism and the British Empire"
Dr.James Renton (Edge Hill University):

Thursday 29 April, 1.30pm, College Library Seminar Room, St John's College

ABSTRACT: How Zionism is understood in international politics continues to be a point of great controversy. To what extent are approaches to Zionism in the international community shaped by philosemitic or antisemitic attitudes? Is Zionism seen as a colonial or national movement? Is Zionism viewed as a part of the West? James Renton will examine the origins of these debates by considering the ideas that shaped British rule in the Holy Land from 1917 to 1948-- the crucial period which culminated in the establishment of the Jewish State and the defeat of the Palestinian Arabs.

All welcome

Friday, 5 March 2010


Colonel Kemp CBE - 'The reasons for the UK's engagement in Afghanistan and why we must not fail.'

Date: Monday 8th March
Time: 7:10pm - 8:15pm
Venue: Cambridge Union (Kennedy Room)

The Wilberforce Society is delighted to announce that Colonel Richard Kemp CBE, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, will be delivering the Society's inaugural lecture.Colonel Kemp will be speaking on: 'The reasons for the UK's engagement in Afghanistan and why we must not fail.' He will also focus more generally on the difficulties of conducting asymmetric warfare and reconciling it with public opinion. Colonel Kemp will allow ample time for questions from the floor on a range of issues. The lecture will provide a fantastic opportunity to hear from, and pose your questions to, a man with unrivalled insight and experience. Whatever your angle of interest, the talk will be most stimulating.

Colonel Kemp served in the British Army from 1977-2006. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan and has completed 14 tours of duty. He has served in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2001-2006 he was also attached to the Cabinet Office where he worked with the Joint Intelligence Comittee and the national crisis management group COB during the period of the 2005 London bombings. After retiring from the army, Kemp turned to writing and his first book, Attack State Red (2009), was listed as a Sunday Times Bestseller. Following the Gaza conflict, Colonel Kemp gave testimony to the UN disputing allegations that Israel had committed war crimes and challenging the UN's fact finding 'Goldstone' report. For further information on Colonel Kemp please see:

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Dr Anthony Julius on New Anti-Semitism

Anthony Julius, author of, among other publications, Trials of the Diaspora - A History of Anti-Semitism in England, will be giving a lecture. Anthony Julius, alumnus of Jesus college, is best known for being Princess Diana's Divorce Lawyer, as well as defending Deborah Lipstadt in her case against Holocaust denier David Irving.

Often referred to as 'Anthony Genius', so much so that former client Stephen Fry called Julius 'the cleverest man I’ve ever met'

The talk will be taking place on 2 March 2010 at 7:30 in the Riley Auditorium, Memorial Court, Clare College.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

BENJAMIN POGRUND: "Israel Today: Ethnicity, Democracy, Tenacity"

BENJAMIN POGRUND: "Israel Today: Ethnicity, Democracy, Tenacity"
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
20:00 - 21:30
St. John's College - Dirac Room

Benjamin Pogrund applied his experience of 26 years as a journalist in South Africa and 12 as director of a dialogue NGO in Jerusalem to assess whether Israel is the new apartheid state.

He was actively involved in reporting the racist practices in South Africa in the 1960s and thus earned the respect of many prominent leaders such as Nelson Mandela (on whom Benjamin Pogrund wrote a book afterwards). Because of his work as a journalist, he was put on trial several times, charged with threats to the state security and was even imprisoned once. Mr. Pogrund is currently living in Israel and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations World Conference on Racism in Durban. He is also a recipient of the 2005-6 Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award

You can find some of his articles on the following sites:

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- This event is organised by the SPS Society in association with the Israel Society and Embassy of Israel.

- Wine and nibbles will be served

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Visiting Professor from TAU in Cambridge and speaking...


Dr NOAM REISNER will give a talk on 'The Paradox of Mimesis in Sidney's
'Defence of Poesy' and Marlowe's'Doctor Faustus''.

Dr Reisner is a Doctor in English Literature from the University of Oxford
and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University. He is a visiting scholar at Homerton
College this week

The talk will take place at 5pm in the Horobin Room (Homerton College). Drinks will be served

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Recent Campus Activities

The following was sent out this afternoon to the CU Islamic Society, CU Jewish Society, CU Palestine Society, CUSU President, relevant CUSU officers and those following the story from the Cambridge student press:

Dear all,

CU Israel Society believes in direct, healthy, honest contact with other societies and in promoting peaceful approaches to sensitive issues that connect us. Our events and actions this term reflect this.

When we find out - indirectly - 24 hours before their arrival that somebody is coming to campus to attempt to rationalise the indiscriminate killing of Israeli Jews, our approach is threatened by the speaker, the society inviting him/her and the student union allowing it.

We urgently propose a meeting between all involved to discuss these issues further and to reach a much needed understanding of mutual respect, face-to-face, to ensure that these obstacles don't present themselves again.

Best wishes,
CU Israel Society Committee

Saturday, 6 February 2010


The Zero Sum Game of Israel's Multiculturalism"

By Professor Menachem Mautner
A graduate of Yale Law School, a distinguised teacher and
author, Mautner teaches at Tel Aviv University in the areas of
contract law, law and culture, and multiculturalism.

MONDAY 8TH FEB, 8pm, Sidney Sussex, William Mong Room