Jewish students heading to university are being armed with pro-Israel “resource cards” in a new initiative to combat boycotters and anti-Israel sentiment on campus.

Up to 2,000 Fresher’s Packs have been stuffed with links and information, including a legal guide for students who encounter potentially discriminatory efforts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

A spokesperson for the Union of Jewish Students said: “Israel is a big part of many Jewish students’ lives, and they should not feel targeted because of that.”

UJS partnered the Board of Deputies to produce the resource cards “to help students combat [the] delegitimisation of Israel” and “promote peace and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians”.

The Board’s vice-president Marie Van der Zyl said: “Boycotts are damaging to the university experience; they do nothing but sow hatred and division. This resource will empower those who want to bring a more positive message to campus”.