Israel boycott

Council makes U-turn on its boycott pledge

By Josh Jackman, February 4, 2016

A council has reversed its offer to end its boycott policy against Israeli companies.

The local authority in Swansea, south Wales, had said it would withdraw its policy following a series of High Court hearings.

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Government adviser praises Israeli scientists as important partners for the UK

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.

Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.

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Labour amends G4S boycott to remove Israel reference

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2016

A planned boycott of global security giant G4S by the Labour Party will no longer make reference to the firm’s work in Israel.

Members of Labour’s national executive committee agreed to remove all mentions of Israel from the record of its discussions on G4S at a meeting on Tuesday.

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Labour Party urged by Israeli counterpart to drop G4S boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2016

The future of Labour’s proposed boycott of a leading security firm over its work in Israel remains unclear as the party’s executive members prepare to meet for the first time since backing the initial decision.

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Survey shows boycotters flourishing at British universities

By Naomi Firsht, January 21, 2016

A study has revealed that increasing restrictions on free speech on campus are having a profound impact on pro-Israel students.

There are currently 13 student unions at British universities that have adopted BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanction) policies against Israel, according to research by online magazine Spiked.

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Police called as pro-Israel meeting at King's College London disrupted by protesters

By Naomi Firsht, January 20, 2016

Police were called to a pro-Israel meeting at a London university after pro-Palestinian protesters smashed a window, threw chairs and set off fire alarms.

Over 100 people arrived at King's College London to hear former head of Shin Bet Ami Ayalon speak at an event organised by the university’s Israel Society.

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Top Tory joins Glasgow's guest list

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson condemned anti-Israel boycotts as "futile and wrong" during an open meeting organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council on Monday.

Mrs Davidson, who attended with her deputy Jackson Carlaw, stressed her party's support for Israel and dealt with topics including antisemitism during an hour-long Q&A.

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New York state mulls anti-boycott bill

By Josh Jackman, January 5, 2016

New York’s state government is considering a bill that would stop the state from hiring or investing in companies which boycott Israel.

Both houses of the New York State Legislature have begun examining the bipartisan bill, which would also involve dropping any pro-boycott companies currently in the pay of the state.

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Thousands expected to take part in IsrAction Day

By JC Reporter, December 13, 2015

Thousands of people across the UK and internationally are expected to take part in a campaign to help the homeless and beat the boycott at the same time.

IsrAction Day, which takes place today, will see activists and members of the public buy Israeli goods and donate them to homeless charities.

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He's at it again: Sir Mick hits out at Israel for failing its defenders

December 3, 2015

Sir Mick Davis, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, has said that the Israeli government's actions are hindering the fight against the boycott.

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