Israel boycott

Boris Johnson tells TfL to revise Thames cable car contract after boycott fears

July 17, 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson has intervened in a row over a controversial sponsorship deal between Transport for London and Emirates airline for the Thames cable car.

Emirates sponsors the cable car, but details of the contract show that TfL must abide by United Arab Emirates rules on having no ties to Israel or Israeli businesses.

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Concerns raised over TFL deal with Emirates airline for Thames cable car

By Marcus Dysch, July 16, 2013

Transport for London is facing criticism over its sponsorship deal with Emirates airline for a major cable car project in the capital.

Details of the contract show that TfL must abide by United Arab Emirates rules on having no ties to Israel or Israeli businesses.

Amir Ofek, spokesman at the Israeli Embassy in London, said the case raised "serious concerns".

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Board of Deputies concern over Methodist Conference boycott plans

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

The Board of Deputies has expressed its concern after the Methodist Church's annual conference voted to investigate the "arguments for and against" a boycott of Israel.

Conference delegates in London had been expected to vote on a motion expressing concern over the "deteriorating situation in the West Bank".

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Jewish teachers building bridges with unions over anti-Israel rhetoric

By Marcus Dysch, July 8, 2013

The Jewish Teachers' Association is to concentrate on improving links with the National Union of Teachers in the coming year.

At its annual meeting, the JTA agreed to focus on assisting newly-qualified teachers and increasing support for Holocaust Memorial Day during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Good books and bad boycotts

By Alex Brummer, July 8, 2013

Paul Theroux has long been among my favourite writers. I enjoyed his early African novels, have admired his travelogues, and was immensely excited to read of the publication of his new book, Last Train to Zona Verde.

Then I remembered an interview with Theroux published in the Guardian in May.

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Northern Ireland council backs down on boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2013

A council’s plan to boycott Israel has been shelved after pro-Israel lawyers warned that it could break the law.

Members of Newry and Mourne District Council in Northern Ireland were expected to vote on a motion at a meeting on Monday.

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Alicia Keys defies boycotters to perform to packed house in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 5, 2013

American singer Alicia Keys performed to a full stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday night after refusing to bow to calls for her to boycott the show.

The multiple Grammy - award winner welcomed her Israeli audience by asking in Hebrew, “Ma koreh Tel Aviv?” (“What’s happening Tel Aviv?) before opening with her hit single Karma.

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Minister: Israel has lost support in UK

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Israel has lost support from politicians and the British public because of its occupation of the Palestinian territories, according to Middle East Minister Alistair Burt.

He said Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians meant it had given up the “moral high ground” it had held when neighbouring states threatened to destroy the country.

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Alexander bang on

July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander hit the nail squarely on the head in his speech to Labour Friends of Israel this week. Tackling the boycotters within his own party, he made clear that "now is the time to deepen, not weaken" economic and cultural links with Israel. Quite so.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander warns Labour over Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has warned critics of Israel on the left that “now is the time to deepen, not weaken” economic and cultural links.

Mr Alexander said Labour supporters must “desist from language of delegitimisation” and stop attempts to cut academic and trade union ties with Israel.

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