Israel boycott

Birmingham Hippodrome: no to Israel boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

The chief executive of one of the largest touring venues in Britain has rejected calls by anti-Israel activists to cancel a show by Israeli dancers.

Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is set to take to the stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome next month, following its successful shows at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Massive majority opposes Israel cultural boycott

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

An overwhelming majority of the British public opposes a cultural boycott of Israel.

New polling figures reveal fewer than one in five Brits believe that Israeli actors, dancers or musicians should not be welcome to perform here, and three-quarters can see no reason why British performers should not travel to Israel.

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Israeli theatre plans legal action over British director's boycott

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

The Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv is considering legal action for breach of contract against the veteran British theatre director, Peter Brook, after he pulled out of its annual International Festival of Plays in December.

The Paris-based Mr Brook, 87, is director of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, which was due to perform The Suit, a play set in apartheid South Africa, at the festival.

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British views on a cultural boycott of Israel: full table

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2012

A poll was conducted for the JC by YouGov looking into British attitudes toward a cultural boycott of Israel.

Analysis of the results can be found here.

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British views on a cultural boycott of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2012

A poll was conducted for the JC by YouGov looking into British attitudes toward a cultural boycott of Israel.

Analysis of the results can be found here.

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Brits say no to BDS

September 27, 2012

Barely a week goes by without some triumphant claim from the anti-Israel campaigners who push for a boycott. And most weeks indeed bring news of an artist or organisation having announced that it will not visit Israel, or a British organisation that is debating severing ties.

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Anti-Israel activists condemn Barcelona invite to Gilad Shalit

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Anti-Israel activists have called on Barcelona football club to withdraw an invitation to Gilad Shalit to attend a derby game against Real Madrid.

The four-time European Cup winners offered the former prisoner of war tickets to the October 7 El Clásico match as a gesture of goodwill.

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Good and bad in Israel boycott poll

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2012

It is hugely reassuring that the people calling for a boycott of Israeli actors, dancers and musicians are not in the majority in this country. Sometimes, in the heat of the debate, it is easy to lose perspective. The voices branding Israel an apartheid state are so shrill and vocal that it is easy to forget that they command only limited support.

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Claire Danes and the boycotter's dilemma

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2012

I'm 90 per cent of the way through the first series of Homeland, and I'm as hooked as everyone said I would be (nb: do not tell me what happens, I'll get there eventually). Its almighty awards grab at the Emmy awards on Sunday has confirmed it not only as the programme of choice for the masses, but the top pick of the critics too.

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Israel boycott group recruit at War on Want

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

War on Want, a charity whose mission statement says that it fights global poverty, has appointed a leading anti-Israel activist as its senior campaigns officer.

Rafeef Ziadeh, who co-founded the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and identifies herself as a "refugee from occupied Palestine", was appointed following an "open recruitment" process advertised by the charity.

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