Israel boycott

Union anti-boycott plan

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

A network of pro-Israel trade unionists has held its inaugural meeting to discuss combating boycotts.

Around 50 delegates representing 15 unions from across Britain met in London on Sunday for the networking and strategy session.

Speakers at the meeting included Labour peer Lord Glasman who called on unions to strengthen their links with Israel's Histadrut general federation of workers.



BBC attacked over 'provocative' George Galloway Question Time appearance

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

The BBC has been attacked for its decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway to appear on a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be part of the programme filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country’s largest Jewish population next week.


Nottingham council debate boycott motion

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Nottingham City Council debated a motion to boycott Israel this afternoon.

The 15 minute session at around 2pm today took place after a petition signed by 5,107 people was put forward by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Labour government would weaken Israel-UK relationship, says cabinet minister

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

The impact of a Labour government on Britain's relationship with Israel could be "chilling", the Northern Ireland Secretary has claimed.

Theresa Villiers told the JC that this country's role as a key ally of Israel would be seriously diminished if Ed Miliband were to become prime minister in May.


Protest over boycott move in Nottingham

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2015

Community leaders in Nottingham have called on the city council to reject a motion to boycott Israel put forward by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

The motion, which was signed by 5,107 people, will be debated next Monday.

But the Orthodox and Liberal congregations have written a joint letter in protest.


Shul members support boycott call

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

Fifteen Jews from the Leicester area have signed an open letter supporting the city council's decision to boycott products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The signatories, who include seven members of the local Progressive community, acted after the Board of Deputies, in consultation with the Leicester Orthodox and Liberal congregations, wrote to the council opposing the boycott.


Boycott fears dismissed as trade hits record high

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The impact of boycotts against Israel has been overstated by activists opposing them, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv believes.

As bilateral trade between the UK and Israel hit a record high, Matthew Gould said: “Collectively, opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement end up amplifying its voice.


IsrAction Day organisers hit back at criticism

By Rosa Doherty, December 19, 2014

Pro-Israel activists have hit back against accusations they are “manipulating the homeless” by encouraging the community to donate Israeli products to shelters.

In a letter to the JC this week, reader Marilyn Leeman said the IsrAction Day campaign “abused poverty and manipulated charity for political ends”.


Ready to help the homeless

December 18, 2014

People all over the country will be donating food to the homeless this weekend in a bid to spread some Chanucah cheer while beating the boycott.

IsrAction Day takes place on Sunday, with shoppers encouraged to buy Israeli products and give them to homeless shelters.

The initiative is the brainchild of grassroots groups Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) and the Manchester-based North West Friend


Comedians fall out over Israel charity boycott

By Naomi Firsht, December 11, 2014

A group of Jewish comedians will not be performing at an annual festive show this year after being boycotted because of their support for a pro-Israel charity.

Veteran performer Ivor Dembina has told his fellow stand-ups that he will not book them for his Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show later this month if they perform at the JNF's annual Kosher Komedy Night.

Comedian Mark Maier, who appear