Israel boycott

Teachers encouraged to join unions to combat anti-Israel rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2013

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are backing a drive to encourage Jewish teachers to join or return to unions after years of disillusion, particularly over rhetoric on Israel.

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David Cameron's assurances on boycotts

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has reassured Jewish community leaders of the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel and determination to protect religious slaughter.

In a Downing Street meeting last Thursday, Mr Cameron also told members of the Jewish Leadership Council about the government’s position on the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Arriva bus driver has apologised for Batsheva incident

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

The bus company Arriva has apologised for “inappropriate” behaviour after an on-duty driver offered express support to anti-Israel protesters.

The incident in November, outside Sadler’s Wells theatre in London, was during a demonstration against a performance by the youth arm of Israeli dance company Batsheva.

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Oxfam project in chaos after secret meeting

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

Chaos surrounds the Board of Deputies’ proposed project with Oxfam after a secret meeting aimed at rescuing the plan, which has drawn huge opposition from some deputies, ended unresolved.

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Veolia pulls out of waste bid contract

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

A company with links to Israel has pulled out of a bid for a major waste contract in Britain.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed Veolia Environmental Services had withdrawn its attempt to secure contracts to manage water and fuel services in the capital.

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Gould: Boycotts divide people and reduce understanding

By Jennifer Lipman, December 27, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel has criticised those "who would rather go down the route of boycott than engagement".

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ANC makes Israel boycott official

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2012

South Africa’s ruling party announced that the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement will now form part of its official policy.

The African National Congress (ANC) endorsed the campaign in response to a call from pro-Palestinian activists, including BDS South Africa.

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Veolia withdraws from waste authority bid

By Marcus Dysch, December 21, 2012

A company with links to Israel has pulled out of a bid for a major waste contract in Britain.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed Veolia Environmental Services had withdrawn its attempt to secure contracts to manage water and fuel services in the capital.

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University bosses rebuke anti-Israel lecturer

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

A lecturer has been chastised by Brighton University officials for using university equipment to promote anti-Israel discourse.

Tom Hickey used the university’s communication system to distribute a student and staff email entitled: “Palestine: the dispossession of a people.”

A university administrator called him in to discuss the email.

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Amnesty International orders official Kristyan Benedict to apologise for 'antisemitic' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

An Amnesty International disciplinary process has concluded that a senior official’s tweet about three Jewish MPs was “inappropriate and offensive”, but not antisemitic.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza last month.

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