Israel boycott

BDS put in its place

June 13, 2013

For all the noise they make, the BDS mob are proving spectacularly unsuccessful. The 21.9 per cent increase in trade between Britain and Israel between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013 is a far more eloquent denunciation of the campaign to get the British people to boycott Jews than any words from us.

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Record surge in Israel-UK trade

By Sandy Rashty, June 13, 2013

Trade between Britain and Israel rose by 21.9 per cent year-on-year between the first quarter of 2012 and 2013.

And despite the vociferous boycott campaign, imports from Israel rose by 55.6 per cent in the same period.

The figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel show a £170 million overall increase in bilateral trade.

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When the Israel boycott goes mainstream

By Jonathan Freedland, June 7, 2013

Sometimes it takes just a single word. This particular word, used three times in a newspaper article, offered a glimpse of an unwelcome future - one in which Israel is seen all but universally as a pariah state.

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Union to stop Israel visits over boycott issue

By Marcus Dysch, June 5, 2013

The GMB Congress has banned its members from visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on Trade Union Friends of Israel-organised delegations.

Union members at the annual congress in Plymouth voted through a motion which said funding for participants in trips should be stopped because TUFI opposes a boycott of Israel.

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Pride as Uefa under-21 tournament set to kick off in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

The biggest football tournament ever to be staged in Israel kicks off in Netanya this evening.

Despite a lengthy campaign mounted by boycotters urging Uefa to move the Under 21 championship, the first games are set to go ahead as planned. Israel will take on Norway, followed by England playing Italy.

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Credit to UEFA

May 30, 2013

Next week, the Israeli team will kick off the Uefa Under-21 tournament against Norway in Netanya. Much as we would love to see the Israelis win, this is one of those instances when the result really is the least important thing. Of much greater significance is the simple fact that the tournament is taking place in Israel. The BDS movement makes a lot of noise.

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Boycotters urge Alicia Keys to cancel Tel Aviv show

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2013

Alicia Keys has become the latest musical star to face calls for her to boycott a planned performance in Israel.

The 12-time Grammy Award winner is due to sing at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on July 4 – the first time she will have performed in Israel.

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Labour councillor joins the Co-operative Group

May 23, 2013

Munir Malik, a supporter of the boycott of Israel, has joined the board of the Co-operative Group.

A Labour councillor in the London Borough of Bexley and twice an MEP candidate, in his campaign statement Mr Malik disclosed that he had been at the heart of the group’s policies on “international issues like banning products from illegal settlements in Palestine”.

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London protest planned against Israel hosting Uefa Under-21s

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Anti-Israel protesters are planning a demonstration in central London on Friday in the latest bid to prevent Israel from hosting the European Under-21 football championship next month.

Red Card Israeli Racism has called for boycott supporters to protest outside the Grosvenor House Hotel, where European football’s governing body, Uefa, is holding its annual conference.

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When hypocrisy met vanity

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 20, 2013

Coincidence is a funny thing. Take last Wednesday. I had reserved that morning to prepare a lecture on the intellectual origins of Nazism. I intended asking why so many apparently sane academics saw fit to endorse Nazism, and indeed promote it.

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