Israel boycott

Amnesty International orders official Kristyan Benedict to apologise for 'antisemitic' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

An Amnesty International disciplinary process has concluded that a senior official’s tweet about three Jewish MPs was “inappropriate and offensive”, but not antisemitic.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza last month.


Israeli shop ‘set to sue’ protesters in Brighton

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

An Israeli shop in Brighton is set to issue legal proceedings against pro-Palestine activists who have picketed at the eco-friendly store for the past three months.


Drogba denies backing Israel soccer boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2012

Big name footballers including ex-Chelsea player Didier Drogba are vehemently denying that they backed a call for Uefa to strip Israel of hosting the European Under-21 Championship.


BDS failing again

December 6, 2012

There could be no better proof of the failure of the boycott movement than the revelation that it has been reduced to lying about celebrity endorsements. Earlier this week there was a media flurry about apparent support by footballers such as Didier Drogba for a statement calling on UEFA to remove next year’s European Under-21 Championship from Israel.


Anti-Israel activist Carole Swords wins appeal

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been cleared of hitting a Jewish man during a boycott protest.

Carole Swords, former chair of Tower Hamlets Respect Party, successfully appealed against a public order offence conviction which followed the pair clashing in a Tesco Metro store.


Didier Drogba: I did not sign Uefa Israel boycott statement

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

Former Chelsea player Didier Drogba has denied signing his name to a statement urging Uefa to stop Israel from hosting the European Under 21 championship next year.

The Ivory Coast captain, who now plays for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, took to Twitter to clear himself of any involvement in the boycott call.


BBC rules no fairness breach over Habima protest report

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

The BBC Trust has ruled that a Today programme report about the protests against Israel's Habima Theatre Company when it performed at the Globe in May did not violate its standards on impartiality or fairness.


Alanis Morissette performs in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

Alanis Morissette defied boycott campaigners and took to the stage in Israel last night.

The Canadian star, who has won seven Grammy awards in her career, was urged not to keep the Israel concert as part of her international tour, in protest against the political situation.


Footballers back Israel boycott call for 2013 tournament

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2012

Premier League stars are among those who have backed a call for Israel to be barred from hosting next summer’s European under-21 football championship.

Arsenal player Abou Diaby, along with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, offered his name in support of the demand for Israel to be stripped of its hosting duties.


Boycotters target Alanis Morissette over Israel show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Canadian singer Alanis Morissette is being targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel over her plan to perform in the Jewish state.