Israel boycott

Thanks for nothing, RIBA. Zero.

By Stephen Pollard, July 3, 2014

A few years ago I was mugged at the bottom of the escalators at Charing Cross Station. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the young men responsible.

They could so easily have gone further and slashed me with a knife, or given my head a kicking. As it was, all they did was push me over and grab my wallet.


SodaStream shop closes in Brighton after boycott row

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

The Israeli-owned EcoStream shop in Brighton has closed in the wake of weekly boycott protests.

EcoStream, which sold SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, was boarded up on Monday. This time last year, the management had reported a 40 per cent rise in sales.


Methodists will hold off on boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

The Methodist Church will defer any move to boycott Israel for at least the next two years.

Church members agreed not to put forward motions on Israel and the Palestinians until after their 2016 conference.

Delegates voted to back the church council's recommendations following a 90-minute debate at their annual conference in Birmingham on Monday.


Israeli architects applaud Riba retreat from call for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The British architects' union's decision not to pursue an anti-Israel motion has been welcomed by its Israeli counterpart.

Members of Riba voted in March to call on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.

Riba's council had been due to debate the issue last week, but members were asked only to ratify the creation of a new international division.


Riba says Israel boycott issue is now closed

By Marcus Dysch, June 20, 2014

The president of the Royal Institute of British Architects has said the organisation will not discuss its controversial stance on Israel any further.

Riba's council had been expected to debate an anti-Israel motion at a meeting in London on Thursday.

In March the institute's members voted for a motion calling on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.


Investment fund 'regrets' Israel boycott move

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2014

A major investment group reportedly regrets its decision to blacklist Israeli banks.

A Dutch fund manager has told the Financial Times that senior executives at Netherlands pension fund PGGM wish it had not pulled funds from Israel's five top banks earlier this year.


Hope for Riba row resolution lies in ruins

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

As a showdown over the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) anti-Israel position moves ever closer, a resolution to the issue drifts further into the distance.

Revelations in the past month have offered hope and despair to Israeli architects who are threatened with removal from their international union, and their supporters in Britain.


Israeli professor drops NHS bias case

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

An Israeli conflict resolution expert has dropped his legal case against a health trust which he claimed had discriminated against him.

Moty Cristal had been seeking damages totalling £26,500 and an apology from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust after it cancelled a workshop he was due to run for its staff in 2012.


Methodist Church delays Israel boycott decision

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2014

Methodist leaders have recommended the church put off any decision on whether to boycott Israel for at least two years.

A resolution to be debated at its policy-making conference in Birmingham next month says that members need more time to reflect and should not submit any motions on “Israel/Palestine” until after their conference of 2016.


Architect institute officials seek to end Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2014


British architects will attempt to overturn an anti-Israel motion within the next month.

Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) president Stephen Hodder, and Peter Oborn, vice-president of its international division, are expected to support a new proposal at a meeting in mid-June.