Israel boycott

High security at Sussex University BDS event

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Two people were asked to leave an anti-Israel event at Sussex University last Thursday.

The event, which was held to coincide with Israel Apartheid Week, was organised by students from the university's Friends of Palestine group at a campus lecture theatre.

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Galloway's boycott a 'bully' act

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

The British-Israeli student boycotted by Respect MP George Galloway during an Oxford University debate says he was the victim of "an act of bullying".

Mr Galloway walked out of a debate with Eylon Aslan-Levy last Wednesday after discovering the student had joint citizenship.

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Oxford students reject Israel boycott proposal

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2013

Students at Oxford University have rejected a proposed boycott of Israel.

A motion proposing the student union join the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement was rejected by 69 votes to 10, with 15 abstentions. If successful it would have been put to the National Union of Students conference in April.

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Essex University opens investigation into Israel deputy ambassador visit

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2013

The University of Essex has launched an investigation into potential breaches of discipline during an incident in which Israel’s deputy ambassador to Britain was forced to flee from the university campus.

Alon Roth-Snir was speaking at the university in Colchester last week but was evacuated after around 40 students disrupted the lecture.

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Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode to perform in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

Alicia Keys and the band Depeche Mode have become the latest artists to be targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel.

The US singer is due to perform in Tel Aviv in July for the first time in her career, while the English band, who rose to fame in the 1980s, are set to entertain an Israeli audience in May.

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York University keeps Israel produce despite boycott claims

By Marcus Dysch, February 22, 2013

A university students’ union store has ruled out a boycott of Israeli products in a further blow to anti-Israel activists.

There had been confusion at the University of York after a student newspaper claimed the manager of a union-based Costcutter store had agreed to ban Jaffa oranges.

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Swansea red-faced over Shechter’s Dubai ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Premier League club Swansea City has admitted it considered cancelling a training trip to Dubai after striker Itay Shechter was refused entry because of the country’s ban on Israelis.

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Quakers to ‘improve’ Israel work through EAPPI programme

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

A controversial human rights programme on the West Bank, which caused a rift between the Church of England and the Board of Deputies last year, is set to include a new Israel component.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme to Palestine and Israel was branded “inflammatory and partisan” by the Board, which was dismayed when the scheme was endorsed by the Church’s governing Synod.

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Israel's deputy ambassador forced to flee Essex University lecture

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Israel’s deputy ambassador to Britain was forced to flee from a university campus after protesters caused a lecture on the Middle East to be abandoned.

Alon Roth-Snir was speaking at Essex University in Colchester on Wednesday when 40 students disrupted the meeting.

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Respect MP George Galloway storms out of Israel debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Respect MP George Galloway walked out of an Oxford University debate after discovering a fellow panellist was Israeli.

Mr Galloway was on a panel alongside Eylon Aslan-Levy on Wednesday night discussing whether Israel should pull out of the West Bank.

The Bradford West MP had initially spoken for around 10 minutes in favour of a motion supporting immediate Israeli withdrawal.

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