Israel boycott

Boris the anti-boycotter

By Josh Jackman, July 14, 2016

Boris Johnson, the new Foreign Secretary, has a history of support for Israel.

In November 2015, during a trip to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah, he told reporters that he could "not think of anything more foolish" than the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.


Board urged to stop work with boycotters

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to be asked to approve a new policy banning partnerships with organisations which support boycotts of Israel or refuse to recognise it as a Jewish state.

A group of deputies plan to table a resolution proposing the ban at the next meeting in July.


Pro-Israel groups to hold rally to protest against Al-Quds Day march

By Josh Jackman, June 14, 2016

A counter-protest to oppose a demonstration “intended to incite hatred against the Jewish people” will take place next month, it has been announced.


Church group that sends volunteers to the West Bank to "witness life under occupation"

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

In a meek, gentle voice, young Hannah Griffiths informs the crowd that she has an important story to tell.

The largely female, 40-strong audience that has come to hear her speak at a south London bookshop await her story with stern, concerned looks.


Cheers! Why some Israeli farmers are raising their glasses to the boycotters

By Shira Rubin, May 5, 2016

When the European Union issued guidelines on labelling products from West Bank settlements last November, the winemakers at Shilo Wineries lost almost all of their European clients.

"Many businesses here stopped production to see what the impact of the law would be, but I wasn't worried for a moment.


Shop ban for activist

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

A man has been ordered to stay away from an Israeli shop which was the subject of mass protests during the last Gaza conflict.

A two-year restraining order will prohibit David Addison, 47, from entering the area around Kedem Cosmetics in Manchester city centre until April 2018.


Police re-open inquiry into anti-Israel posters on the tube

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2016

British Transport Police have re-opened an investigation into anti-Israel posters which were put up across the London underground.

The inquiry into more than 200 posters, which were placed on tube trains during Israel Apartheid Week in February, was closed last Thursday after police said they had pursued all lines of inquiry.


Peer's anger over boycott move

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2016

Baroness Deech has condemned a student union's support for a boycott of Israel as "an outlet for antisemitism".

University College London student union council passed a boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) motion by 14 votes against four earlier this month.


She asked why UK did not bomb Israel - ideal candidate to head UN probe into the conflict

By Tim Marshall, March 17, 2016

Imagine: You're on trial and you discover the judge appointed to hear the case has already decided you are guilty and has a long history of publicly saying so. That appears to be the UN Human Rights Council approach to justice when it comes to one particularly country.

The council's first choice to become the new Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories is criminologist Penny Green.


Labour MPs attack government plans to stop councils boycotting Israel as ‘assault on local democracy’

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2016

Labour MPs have led a wide-ranging attack on the government’s plans to stop local councils and public bodies boycotting Israel.

They said guidelines unveiled by Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock last month, which leave authorities open to fines if they target Israel, were an attack on local democracy.