Israel boycott

Israel must act to discredit boycotters

By Alistair Burt, September 6, 2012

Last week Israeli dance troupe Batsheva’s performance at the Edinburgh Festival was repeatedly interrupted by a small number of protesters. Sadly, this is not the first time that Israeli artists performing in the UK have been targeted in this way.

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Lebanese band pulls out of Chili Peppers gig before they head to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2012

The Lebanese support act to US rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers has pulled out of their scheduled concert together

The Chili Peppers are set to play in Beirut on Thursday night before heading to Tel Aviv for a concert on Monday night.

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Co-op boycott push

September 6, 2012

On the face of it, the fringe meeting at this week's Co-operative Party conference, on "international development and fair-trade", is laudable. Until one looks at the complexion of the panel, who seem to have only one thing in common: a commitment to boycotting Israel.

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‘South Africa boycott is Nazi move’

By Moira Schneider, September 6, 2012

British MP Denis MacShane has likened the boycott of Israeli products to the kauf nicht bei Juden imperative of Nazi Germany.

Addressing a gathering under the auspices of the Cape Council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, he noted that old forms of antisemitism were being replaced.

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Fears of a Co-operative Group Israel boycott

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 6, 2012

Concerns are growing over the possibility of a full-blown Israel boycott by the Co-operative Group, which currently restricts only produce from Israeli settlements in its supermarkets.

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Standing ovations for Israel's Batsheva despite disruptions

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Protesters who disrupted the first of three performances by an acclaimed Israeli dance troupe were "sowing hatred", said a spokesman for the Israeli embassy in the UK.

The Batsheva Dance Company performed "Hora" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Protesters in Edinburgh for Israeli Batsheva show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Protesters interrupted a performance by an Israeli dance troupe on three occasions at a show on Thursday evening in Edinburgh.

The Batsheva Dance Company performed "Hora" as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Two more performances are scheduled for this week.

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Israeli dancers in Edinburgh to defy boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Almost a year to the day after anti-Israel protesters disrupted an Israeli orchestra at the Proms, hopes are that activists will not blight an Edinburgh display by an Israeli dance troupe.

The world-famous Batsheva Dance Company will be in the Scottish city to perform Hora, choreographed by artistic director Ohad Naharin, for three shows from Thursday evening onward.

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The Co-op needs to remember its ethics

By Jamie Slavin, August 30, 2012

Last week I found myself outside the Co-op’s Manchester HQ, surrounded by dedicated members of the local community… dressed as a giant orange.

Surreal? Yes. More surreal than the Co-op’s policy to boycott Israeli companies sourcing from settlements? Probably not.

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Fear that Co-op boycott could spread further

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 30, 2012

An Israel boycott by the Co-operative supermarket could deepen if a key pro-Palestinian campaigner wins her election bid today (Friday) to become a company official.

Pia Feig, 59, was behind the boycott of Israeli professor Moti Cristal, whose ban at a Manchester NHS conference as an Israeli is currently being challenged by legal action.

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