Israel boycott

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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Fury as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters likens Israel to Nazi Germany

By Daniel Easterman, December 12, 2013

Rock musician Roger Waters has compared Israel’s policies towards Palestinians to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

In an interview with the left-wing American online magazine, Counterpunch, the former Pink Floyd front-man said: “The parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious”.

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Boycotters fined for ‘provoking violence’

By Shirli Sitbon, December 5, 2013

An appeals court in Colmar, eastern France, has handed 12 pro-Palestinian activists suspended 1,000-euro fines for organising a boycott of Israeli products.

The court, which also ordered the boycotters to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees of 24,000 euros, condemned them for “provocation to discrimination, hatred or violence” against people belonging “to a nation, race or religion”.

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Co-op stands firm on Israel settlements boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

The Co-operative movement has confirmed there are no plans to alter its policy of boycotting companies which source produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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South African government boycotts Israel

By Moira Schneider, November 7, 2013

There was alarm among South African Jews last week after the country’s International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told reporters of a government policy not to engage with Israel at ministerial level until progress had been made in the peace process and in addressing Palestinians’ grievances.

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