Israel boycott

Former MP Andrew Dismore attacked over union ties

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

A Parliamentary candidate has denied that his links to an anti-Israel trade union are hypocritical.

Andrew Dismore, the former Labour MP for Hendon, has a long-standing association with the Fire Brigades Union, which has repeatedly campaigned for a boycott against Israel.

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BBC to cut Kennedy slur from Proms broadcast

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

Anti-Israel statements made by renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy will be cut from a BBC Proms television broadcast later this month.

Mr Kennedy used a Royal Albert Hall performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons last week to launch a thinly-veiled attack on Israel, likening the country to apartheid South Africa.

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Protests fail to halt Brighton EcoStream party

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton saw record sales during its first anniversary celebrations last weekend — despite being picketed by boycott activists.

Israel supporters from London and along the south coast flocked to the EcoStream store for the festivities.

Sussex Friends of Israel member Daniel Laurence described the event as “excellent — the shop was packed”.

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Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements.

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'Christian Limmud' offers platform to anti-Israel Jew

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

A pro-Palestinian platform is to be launched later this month at a Christian festival, whose invitation to an American Jewish critic of Israel to speak has already troubled the Council of Christians and Jews and Board of Deputies.

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Cable car deal with Emirates airline amended

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Transport for London has confirmed that a cable-car sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline has been rewritten to remove a clause which appeared to discriminate against Israel.

The original wording of the contract, for the Thames cable car in east London, made clear that TfL must have no ties to anyone the United Arab Emirates considered to be a “conflicting person”.

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Police alert over Brighton shop protests

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton will celebrate its first birthday this weekend — and Sussex police are preparing for potential trouble.

Hundreds of anti-Israel activists and members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) are expected to picket EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim.

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Library urged to ban anti-Israel Urdu novel

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

Fears have been raised over antisemitic books being stocked by public libraries.

Concern surrounds an Urdu novel, whose cover displays a star of David at the centre of what appears to be an American flag.

It features a Jewish central character called The Storm who is leader of a fictional country that appears to represent Israel, and who seeks world domination.

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Irish teachers’ ban challenged

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Israeli students are expected to travel to Ireland to challenge a teachers union’s academic boycott.

The initiative, planned by the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (Nifi) group, follows the Teachers Union of Ireland vote in April to boycott all collaboration with Israel.

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Co-op overhaul could change political view

By Alex Brummer, August 4, 2013

Months after the Co-operative Bank’s financial difficulties were brought to our attention, the actual scale of the damage has been revealed to the public. As well as affecting the Bank, issues are likely to impact the whole Co-operative Group.

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