Israel boycott

Arsenal confirms no restriction on Israel in Emirates deal

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

Arsenal Football Club has confirmed that its sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline does not contain a clause which would discriminate against Israel.

Emirates has exclusive naming rights to the Premier League club’s stadium in north London.

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EcoStream beats boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, July 19, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton has reported growth in its business of 40 per cent despite being targeted by boycott activists.

EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, is picketed every Saturday afternoon by anti-Israel activists.

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Sainsbury’s rejects calls for a ban on Israeli goods

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Sainsbury’s has rejected anti-Israel activists’ calls for the company to ban Israeli goods being sold in its supermarkets.

Chairman David Tyler told the firm’s annual general meeting that no boycott of Israel would be considered.

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UK pushed for more exacting EU guidelines on Israel

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

It has emerged that during the EU discussions over its new guidelines prohibiting the provision of funds to Israeli organisations with operations beyond the Green Line, the UK suggested that the instruction should apply to every Israeli citizen living in settlements.

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So what exactly is a boycott?

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

There is deep concern within the Israeli government that new European Union guidelines on funding for organisations that operate beyond the Green Line will open the door to a widespread boycott of the country’s academic and educational institutions.

This runs contrary to the view of the EU, which believes the move will have a minimal impact on Israel.

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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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