Israel boycott

Credit to UEFA

May 30, 2013

Next week, the Israeli team will kick off the Uefa Under-21 tournament against Norway in Netanya. Much as we would love to see the Israelis win, this is one of those instances when the result really is the least important thing. Of much greater significance is the simple fact that the tournament is taking place in Israel. The BDS movement makes a lot of noise.

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Boycotters urge Alicia Keys to cancel Tel Aviv show

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2013

Alicia Keys has become the latest musical star to face calls for her to boycott a planned performance in Israel.

The 12-time Grammy Award winner is due to sing at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on July 4 – the first time she will have performed in Israel.

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Labour councillor joins the Co-operative Group

May 23, 2013

Munir Malik, a supporter of the boycott of Israel, has joined the board of the Co-operative Group.

A Labour councillor in the London Borough of Bexley and twice an MEP candidate, in his campaign statement Mr Malik disclosed that he had been at the heart of the group’s policies on “international issues like banning products from illegal settlements in Palestine”.

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London protest planned against Israel hosting Uefa Under-21s

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Anti-Israel protesters are planning a demonstration in central London on Friday in the latest bid to prevent Israel from hosting the European Under-21 football championship next month.

Red Card Israeli Racism has called for boycott supporters to protest outside the Grosvenor House Hotel, where European football’s governing body, Uefa, is holding its annual conference.

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When hypocrisy met vanity

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 20, 2013

Coincidence is a funny thing. Take last Wednesday. I had reserved that morning to prepare a lecture on the intellectual origins of Nazism. I intended asking why so many apparently sane academics saw fit to endorse Nazism, and indeed promote it.

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Prize author: Hawking is wrong over boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2013

Two writers with links to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have been nominated for a major British-based literary prize.

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Students reject boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

The National Union of Students has rejected a proposal to join the international boycott movement against Israel.

At a national executive meeting only five NUS officers voted in favour of an anti-Israel motion, with 15 against and three abstentions.

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Church agrees to tone down anti-Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

A “truly hurtful” report about Israel is to be rewritten in an attempt to diffuse a row between the Church of Scotland and the Jewish community.

The discussion document compiled by the Church’s church and society council provoked outrage after apparently suggesting that Jewish claims to the land of Israel could be invalidated by the treatment of Palestinians.

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Hawking’s shame

May 16, 2013

Looked at overall, the BDS campaign is miserably unsuccessful. Trade between the UK and Israel is at record levels and growing ever higher. But, on an individual level, there are still those who are willing to single out the Jewish state for boycott.

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Hytner: Othello's race 'not a big deal' to the Venetians

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2013

The racism in Othello is not as pronounced as the antisemitism in the Merchant of Venice, the director of the National theatre said this week.

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