Israel boycott

UK Jewish Film Festival banned from the Tricycle Theatre: But some won’t attack boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council have condemned the Tricycle Theatre’s decision to ban the UK Jewish Film Festival as “shameful”.

But despite the communal outrage, a number of Jewish figures involved with the north-west London theatre have refused to criticise the boycott.

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Racism in Kilburn

August 7, 2014

These are dark days. There have been more than 240 antisemitic incidents since the start of Operation Protective Edge and an outpouring of antisemitism on social media the like of which has never been seen before. But the decision of the Tricycle Theatre to bar the UK Jewish Festival from its doors unless it disowned Israel is the most worrying incident for many years.

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Tricycle Theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film Festival over Israeli sponsorship

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2014

A major London theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy.

The Tricycle Theatre was scheduled to be the main venue for the UKJFF in November, with 26 films due to be screened there as well as six gala events.

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Product withdrawal has no link to Gaza, says Tesco

By Daniel Easterman, July 31, 2014

Tesco has denied that its decision to stop selling a product from the West Bank is a response to Israeli action in Gaza.

From September, the UK's largest supermarket chain will withdraw a brand of dates which are packaged in the territories but grown in Israel.

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Staff at Israeli store face death threats

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Police are investigating racist death and fire-bomb threats by pro-Palestinian boycotters against a shop which sells Israeli cosmetics.

Kedem, in Manchester, reported phone calls, at one point every five minutes, from callers threatening to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.

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Thousands expected at London pro-Israel rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Thousands of Israel supporters are expected to attend a rally outside the country’s embassy in central London on Sunday.

The two-hour event, led by the Zionist Federation (ZF) and backed by 60 organisations, will recreate the sirens heard by Israeli citizens since Operation Protective Edge began last week. Deactivated missiles will also be on display.

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Ecostream: This is a betrayal - Israeli firm would not take on boycotters

By Jonathan Goldberg, July 10, 2014

Whatever doubts some may have had about the viability of opening a shop in Brighton in 2012 to sell their products, it was refreshing to hear assurances from the SodaStream management at the time that "we have no intention either to be the next Ahava in the UK or to close our store - we will not back down".

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EcoStream supporters will fight on

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have denied that the closure of the Israeli-owned EcoStream store is a victory forboycotters.

The shop, which sold SodaStream products made in a West Bank factory, was closed last week, with SodaStream saying that, after a two-year test period, it had decided to focus its business in other areas.

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EcoStream: This is a blip - trade with the UK is thriving

By Alex Brummer, July 10, 2014

The closure by SodaStream of its Ecostream shop and the reported decision by John Lewis to stop selling the Israeli company's drinks products can hardly be regarded as a positive development. Not surprisingly it has been hailed as a great victory for the BDS movement.

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Thanks for nothing, RIBA. Zero.

By Stephen Pollard, July 3, 2014

A few years ago I was mugged at the bottom of the escalators at Charing Cross Station. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the young men responsible.

They could so easily have gone further and slashed me with a knife, or given my head a kicking. As it was, all they did was push me over and grab my wallet.

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