Israel boycott

Chelsea signing Salah 'refused to shake Israeli hands'

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2014

Chelsea's new Egyptian midfielder once refused to shake hands with Israeli footballers after apparently being pressured by extreme groups in his home country.

Mohamad Salah, signed this week from FC Basle for £11 million, sparked controversy when his Swiss side played Maccabi Tel Aviv in Champions League qualifying matches last year.

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'Israel is losing support' warns ambassador Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Israel is losing support across Europe due to its approach to the Palestinians and West Bank settlements, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould said changes were “slowly” becoming apparent in the way British politicians and the media approached Israel.

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G4S denies it is being probed over West Bank contracts

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Security company G4S has said it is unaware of a possible investigation by British authorities into its work in Israel.

The firm has been repeatedly attacked for running security services in the West Bank, and confirmed six months ago that it would not renew some existing contracts with the Israeli government when they expire in 2015.

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Dutch pension fund pulls out of Israeli banks

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

One of the largest pension asset management companies in the Netherlands has said that it divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance Jewish settlements in occupied territories.

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Anger over church’s replica of Israeli security wall

By Charlotte Oliver, January 2, 2014

The Israeli Embassy has accused St James’s Church in Piccadilly of attempting to “incite against Israel and Israelis” by unveiling a replica of the West Bank barrier.

Embassy officials were originally signed up to speak during the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival which opened on December 23.

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How Sussex Friends of Israel are fighting back against the boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

There is a “war” going on in Brighton, with grandmothers as troops and cakes and bagels among the weapons.

The conflict involves a band of pro-Israel supporters who have adopted an imaginative approach to the business of combating activists who support a cultural and commercial boycott of the country.

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Return of the Jewish native

By Stephen Pollard, December 24, 2013

They’re back.

One of the many privileges of editing the JC is that my postbag helps me to sniff out the various “on trend” and “so last season” themes doing the rounds.

For a while it seemed as if there was one group that had almost disappeared from view. But I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that they’re back.

The AsAJew has returned.

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Don’t need no education? Shallow Waters really does

By Martin Bright, December 19, 2013

When I was growing up, Roger Waters and his band Pink Floyd were considered self-indulgent rock dinosaurs by any self-respecting hipster.

Punk rock was supposed to sweep aside this sort of pretentious nonsense and replace it with snappier, more politically engaged song-writing.

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Israel fears sanctions tsunami

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

Israeli diplomats are concerned that a large wave of sanctions could hit the country if the current round of talks with the Palestinians fails.

A recent spate of boycott actions in Europe and the US will have a limited effect but Israelis fear that they could be just the beginning.

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American academics vote to boycott Israel

By Daniel Easterman, December 18, 2013

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin has hit back at the American Studies Association (ASA) for its decision to boycott Israel.

The Minister described the association as a "radical leftist" group but raised concerns that their boycott could spread to similar organisations.

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