Israel boycott

Students at top London university vote for Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, March 9, 2016

University College London students have voted to endorse the anti-Israel boycott movement as “official policy”.

UCL student union officers passed the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion by 14 votes against four. There were three abstentions.


Sadiq Khan – 'Why I changed my mind about boycotts'

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2016

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has explained why he switched from lobbying for sanctions against Israel to opposing boycotts of the country.

The JC revealed yesterday that Mr Khan had repeatedly called on ministers to impose sanctions in 2009, despite using his campaign for City Hall to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.


SodaStream sacks its last Palestinian workers

By Naomi Firsht, March 3, 2016

Israeli drinks company SodaStream has sacked its last 74 Palestinian workers after the firm was forced to move one of its factories out of the West Bank following pressure from the BDS movement.

The company shut its largest production plant in the settlement of Mishor Adumim last year and has moved it to Lehavim, in southern Israel. The closure has left around 500 Palestinians without work.


MPs urge TFL to review procedures after unauthorised anti-Israel adverts appeared on tube trains

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2016

Transport for London has been urged to outline the measures it will take to stop unauthorised anti-Israel posters appearing on the tube network in future.

Labour MPs Tulip Siddiq and Wes Streeting have today written to the transport group’s managing director to ask for a clearer response to this week’s spate of “subvertisements” on trains in the capital.


Students unite to defy Apartheid Week hate

By Naomi Firsht, February 25, 2016

Jewish students this week joined together to fight back against a nationwide anti-Israel campaign on campus.

Groups from more than 10 campuses, including Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and London, took part in countering Israel Apartheid Week, the annual campaign mounted by pro-Palestinian activists.


Anti-Israel posters on London tube network are 'unauthorised vandalism'

By Rosa Doherty, February 22, 2016

Transport for London has said a series of anti-Israel posters seen on tube trains across the capital are "unauthorised acts of vandalism".

The posters appeared in advertising slots on trains at the weekend ahead of the annual "Israel Apartheid Week" campaign which began on Monday.


Councils face fines if they boycott Israel

By Rosa Doherty, February 18, 2016

A series of guidelines aimed at prohibiting local authorities from boycotting Israeli goods has been revealed by the government.

They ban councils, public bodies and university student unions from boycotting "unethical" companies.


Boycott at Warwick defeated

February 18, 2016

A boycott motion against Israel has failed by a large majority at Warwick University student union.

The motion was defeated when 644 students voted against it. There were 376 votes for a boycott and 249 abstentions. Results of the online vote were published last Friday.


Take action against discrimination

By Matthew Hancock MP, February 17, 2016

Let’s be clear.Town hall boycotts of Israeli goods undermine good community relations, poison and polarise debate, weaken integration and fuel antisemitism.

These locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain’s export trade and harm international relationships.


Government's plan to battle Israel boycott set to be launched

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2016

A senior minister is due to announce more details this week of the government’s intention to stop local authorities boycotting Israeli goods.

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock is expected to visit Israel to issue guidance which will be applied to councils, NHS trusts, universities and other British public bodies.