Oxford University has launched an investigation into allegations of
anti-Semitism surrounding a "Jewish themed" under-21 rugby team party, to which
the attendants were told to bring "pretty Jewish girls," the British newspaper
Telegraph reported Friday.
One of the team members reportedly arrived at
the party dressed as a Jewish caricature - holding a money bag - despite the
fact that the party organizers had announced scrapping the event, following
complaints from Oxford's Jewish community.
The original event was
planned as part of the team's weekly socials, to which team members invite a
different group of girls each week.
Yair Zivan, from
the Union of Jewish Students, told The Daily Mail "the actions of a few
individuals have caused real offence to Jewish students. UJS is appalled that in
2008 old myths and anti-Semitic stereotypes are still appearing amongst
supposedly educated students."
Anna Harwood, from the university's
Jewish Society, told the Telegraph "it's very offensive and it's very
unfortunate that sometimes some students do not think before engaging their
According to the report, a spokesman for the university said
"we are currently investigating a report about inappropriate and unacceptable
behavior by two or three students. We have yet to establish the facts."
The incident comes a month after the University of Gloucestershire
launched an inquiry into video footage of a student initiation ceremony showing
students dressed with plastic carrier bags tied on their heads being led through
streets by another dressed as a Nazi officer, the Telegraph reported.