Israel boycott

Musicians’ anti-boycott petition gathers 18,000 signatures

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2013

A petition calling for musicians to perform in Israel has received more than 18,000 signatures, as Alicia Keys stands firm on performing in Tel Aviv next month.


Pet Shop Boys Israel tonic

By Martin Bright, June 21, 2013

Those of us who have struggled over the years to argue against a cultural boycott of Israel have been put to shame this week by a 1980s pop-synth duo better known for their commentary on nightlife and consumer culture than their analysis of global geopolitics.


Pet Shop Boys defy boycotters to play in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2013

Pet Shop Boys will perform in Tel Aviv later this week after defying anti-Israel activists’ calls for them to pull out of a planned concert.

Pop stars Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said that while they opposed “crude and cruel defence policies” of the Israeli government, comparisons with apartheid South Africa were “a caricature”.


Through the EU, you fund boycotting groups

By Robin Shepherd, June 14, 2013

A report from watchdog group NGO Monitor makes for more grim reading about the European Union’s seriousness in promoting fairness and peaceful outcomes in the Israel-Palestine conflict.


BDS put in its place

June 13, 2013

For all the noise they make, the BDS mob are proving spectacularly unsuccessful. The 21.9 per cent increase in trade between Britain and Israel between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013 is a far more eloquent denunciation of the campaign to get the British people to boycott Jews than any words from us.


Record surge in Israel-UK trade

By Sandy Rashty, June 13, 2013

Trade between Britain and Israel rose by 21.9 per cent year-on-year between the first quarter of 2012 and 2013.

And despite the vociferous boycott campaign, imports from Israel rose by 55.6 per cent in the same period.

The figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel show a £170 million overall increase in bilateral trade.


When the Israel boycott goes mainstream

By Jonathan Freedland, June 7, 2013

Sometimes it takes just a single word. This particular word, used three times in a newspaper article, offered a glimpse of an unwelcome future - one in which Israel is seen all but universally as a pariah state.


Union to stop Israel visits over boycott issue

By Marcus Dysch, June 5, 2013

The GMB Congress has banned its members from visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on Trade Union Friends of Israel-organised delegations.

Union members at the annual congress in Plymouth voted through a motion which said funding for participants in trips should be stopped because TUFI opposes a boycott of Israel.


Pride as Uefa under-21 tournament set to kick off in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

The biggest football tournament ever to be staged in Israel kicks off in Netanya this evening.

Despite a lengthy campaign mounted by boycotters urging Uefa to move the Under 21 championship, the first games are set to go ahead as planned. Israel will take on Norway, followed by England playing Italy.


Credit to UEFA

May 30, 2013

Next week, the Israeli team will kick off the Uefa Under-21 tournament against Norway in Netanya. Much as we would love to see the Israelis win, this is one of those instances when the result really is the least important thing. Of much greater significance is the simple fact that the tournament is taking place in Israel. The BDS movement makes a lot of noise.