Israel boycott

Jewish group appeals for judicial review of council’s Israel boycott

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

A Jewish activist group has said it will issue legal proceedings against Leicester City Council over the local authority’s boycott of Israeli products.

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Inside the web campaign that aims to shine a spotlight on Israel boycotters

By Edwin Black , August 12, 2015

A number of America's most vituperative anti-Israel activists woke up one morning in February to discover they had been named and shamed by a mysterious new website called Canary Mission.

The site boldly aggregates public statements, videos, and photographs of leading members of the organised movement against Israel in their most telling and often most demonstrative moments.

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Don't vote for Jeremy Corbyn, urges new Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan

By Marcus Dysch, August 10, 2015

The new chairman of Labour Friends of Israel has acknowledged the “deep concerns” around Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign and urged supporters to instead back a figure who could play a key role in the Middle East peace process.

Joan Ryan was appointed to lead LFI in Parliament on Monday, replacing Anne McGuire who stood down at the general election.

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Pro-Israel group wants War on Want’s charitable status removed

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

The Charity Commission is considering a request to remove War on Want’s charitable status over its boycott of Israel.

In a formal complaint to the commission, activist group Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) said the anti-poverty charity should be downgraded because it is carrying out a “demonisation of the state of Israel” which is “a proxy war” against British Jewry.

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Israel supporters forced to leave trade union festival over safety fears

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2015

Pro-Israel activists were forced to pack up their stand at a trade union event in Bournemouth after being harassed by supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Members of the Bournemouth Action for Israel (Bafi) grassroots group have claimed that their stand was defaced and they were verbally abused by PSC supporters at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ festival last weekend.

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Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.

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Anti-Israel activists shut down drone factories

By Josh Jackman, July 6, 2015

Protesters shut down four factories in a co-ordinated move against Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.

Three British factories, owned by Instro Precision, a subsidiary of Elbit, were forced to suspend operations after sit-ins by pro-Palestinian activists.

A factory in Melbourne, Australia, was also targeted.

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The isolation of art's true freedom fighters

By Lana Melman, July 2, 2015

The cultural boycott against Israel strikes at the heart of freedom of expression. The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement seeks to rob the world of one of its most valued treasures - freedom of expression - one artist, one performance, one exhibit at a time.

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The best way to defend is not to attack

By Marc Cohen, June 18, 2015

When will they learn? In PR terms, it is the equivalent of a defender receiving the ball in his own penalty box, having a rush of blood to the head, turning to face his own goalkeeper, slipping, falling on his backside and prodding the ball into his own net.

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Security firm claims ‘vindication’ over its work with Israel

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

Britain’s largest security firm has claimed it has been “vindicated” following an investigation into its work with Israel.

G4S said the results of an 18-month probe of its work with Israeli officials in the Palestinian territories had shown there was no “general failure” in its respect for Palestinians’ human rights.

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