Israel boycott

Call to label medicines made in Israel rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, October 30, 2012

The Department of Health has rebuffed calls for medicines produced in Israel and sold in this country to be labelled as such.

Colchester Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell this week asked if the Health Secretary would "introduce measures to ensure that any medicines available across the counter made in Israel are clearly marked as being a product of that country".

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ANC backs Israel boycott

By Hadas Haimov, October 29, 2012

An African National Congress (ANC) International Solidarity Conference has backed the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

The support for BDS follows an international statement presented by Dutch former anti-apartheid activist Adri Nieuwhof signed by 35 organisations from 19 countries.

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UN Palestine expert criticised for settlement boycott call

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

The UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on his personal blog last year has urged the international community to boycott companies with links to settlements.

The US, the UK and Israel have criticised UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk over the boycott call, with the US envoy to the UN stating that such action would not further the progress of a peace deal.

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Batsheva director: the show will go on

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

The artistic director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company has said he is saddened by the fact that his performers are being targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

The company appeared on three consecutive nights at the Edinburgh International Festival at the end of the summer, but each show was disrupted on a number of occasions by pro-Palestinian activists.

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Israel’s envoy Daniel Taub deploys movies and high-tech to beat the boycott

By Jenni Frazer, October 25, 2012

In the year since his appointment as Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub has barely drawn breath.

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University students disrupt Israeli ambassador talk

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A talk by Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub at Edinburgh University, organised by the Politics and International Relations Society and attended by 150 students on Wednesday evening, was disrupted by chanting students waving Palestinian flags.

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‘Security’ scuppers Israel dance event in Brighton

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

A concert venue in Brighton has been accused of “giving in too easily” for cancelling an Israeli dance company’s performance following a campaign by anti-Israel activists.

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MEPs vote to remove drug trade barriers

By Martin Bright, October 25, 2012

A major new agreement to open up the trade in medicines between Israel and the European Union has been hailed as a significant victory over the boycott movement.

The deal removes barriers to trade in pharmaceuticals in both directions, and will have a direct effect on Britain by making Israeli medicines more quickly and more cheaply available in this country.

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Israel's Batsheva Ensemble: Deca Dance

By Jennifer Lipman, October 23, 2012

The Batsheva Ensemble are touring the UK throughout November with the Dance Consortium. They will be staging Deca Dance, which brings together two decades of work by choreographer Ohad Naharin.

For tickets and tour dates, click here.

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Green Party MP backs anti-Israel protest in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

Parliament’s only Green Party MP has been accused of “selling out” after she backed constituents’ protests against an eco-friendly concept store.

Caroline Lucas has entered the row over the EcoStream store in her Brighton Pavilion constituency after she backed demonstrations outside the Israeli-owned company, but also said she did not believe the store should close.

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