Israel boycott

Methodist Church delays Israel boycott decision

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2014

Methodist leaders have recommended the church put off any decision on whether to boycott Israel for at least two years.

A resolution to be debated at its policy-making conference in Birmingham next month says that members need more time to reflect and should not submit any motions on “Israel/Palestine” until after their conference of 2016.

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Architect institute officials seek to end Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2014

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British architects will attempt to overturn an anti-Israel motion within the next month.

Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) president Stephen Hodder, and Peter Oborn, vice-president of its international division, are expected to support a new proposal at a meeting in mid-June.

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Majority of Labour Euro candidates back anti-Israel measures

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2014

Dozens of Labour’s European election candidates have pledged to support anti-Israel measures if elected, with one referring to a "holocaust in Palestine".

They have signed up to five policy points - including a boycott of settlements - promoted by the Labour Friends of Palestine group.

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What protests? Livni enchants the crowd at JNF event

By Daniel Easterman, May 16, 2014

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has revealed that she proudly displays a “wanted" picture of herself in her home alongside a similar photograph of her father when he was a militia leader during the pre-state British Mandate period.

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Israelis threaten walkout over architect boycott plans

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2014

Israeli architects will resign from their international union if a boycott policy is pursued, a leading figure has revealed.

Yitzhak Lipovetsky-Lir, former president of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA), issued the warning as he arrived in London to meet British architect union leaders yesterday.

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Pink Floyd founders call on Rolling Stones to drop Israel concert

By JC Reporter, May 2, 2014

Two founders of the Pink Floyd rock band have called on the Rolling Stones to cancel a concert in Israel in an op-ed for news website Salon.com.

In the article, titled “Why the Rolling Stones shouldn’t play in Israel”, Roger Waters and Nick Mason wrote: “Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid.”

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Teaching union tweet backs demo against EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014

A British teaching union has been condemned for backing a planned picket of an Israeli-owned store in Brighton this weekend.

A representative of Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers used Twitter to alert members of the boycott, led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), outside Israeli softdrinks shop EcoStream.

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Israeli embassy attacks Methodist report

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy has attacked a briefing paper produced by the Methodist Church on the case for and against boycotting Israel.

The document, which makes no recommendations either way, is set to go to the church’s policy-making conference in Birmingham next month.

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The therapists in need of therapy

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2014

On April 2, at the London HQ of the Guild of Psychotherapists, 60 practitioners of the psychotherapeutic arts resolved to establish “The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.” Being neither a psychotherapist nor a psychotherapeutic fellow-traveller I knew nothing of this gathering until Almighty God arranged for me to receive the official “report” of this meeting.

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Scottish gallery cancels Israel embassy sponsorship cash

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

A Scottish art gallery has cancelled the Israeli embassy’s sponsorship of an exhibition after anti-Israel activists threatened to mount a 90-day protest.

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