Israel boycott

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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Councillor withdraws boycott motion

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2013

A proposal to boycott trade and investment with companies which work with Israeli settlements in the West Bank has been ditched by local councillors.

Members of Newry and Mourne District Council in Northern Ireland were expected to vote on a motion at a meeting last month, but initially postponed the decision until September.

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Tom Jones to play in Israel

By Hannah Pupkewitz, July 29, 2013

Pop icon Tom Jones has announced that he will be performing in Israel this autumn.

The 73 - year - old Welsh singer is due to appear at the Nokia Stadium in Tel Aviv on October 26 in a one-off concert.

Meanwhile Eric Burdon, former lead singer of 60s rock band The Animals, has reversed his decision to cancel a gig in Israel.

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Water company agrees to Israel boycotter's demands

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

An anti-Israel activist sat in a hole in the ground as part of a protest which convinced a water company not to fit an Israeli meter at her home.

Caroline O’Reilly was one of around a dozen boycotters to have lobbied Southern Water over its deal with Israeli water technology company Arad.

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Travel firm Kuoni says sorry after Israel complaint

By Josh Jackman, July 19, 2013

Leading travel company Kuoni has apologised to a customer after he complained about its policy of not offering holidays in Israel.

The customer, who did not wished to be named, claimed that he had made a phone inquiry about booking a holiday and was told by a Kuoni employee that the company did not sell trips to Israel because it was worried about how surrounding Arab nations would react.

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Arsenal confirms no restriction on Israel in Emirates deal

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

Arsenal Football Club has confirmed that its sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline does not contain a clause which would discriminate against Israel.

Emirates has exclusive naming rights to the Premier League club’s stadium in north London.

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EcoStream beats boycotters

By Sandy Rashty, July 19, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton has reported growth in its business of 40 per cent despite being targeted by boycott activists.

EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, is picketed every Saturday afternoon by anti-Israel activists.

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Sainsbury’s rejects calls for a ban on Israeli goods

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Sainsbury’s has rejected anti-Israel activists’ calls for the company to ban Israeli goods being sold in its supermarkets.

Chairman David Tyler told the firm’s annual general meeting that no boycott of Israel would be considered.

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