Israel boycott

William Hague backs Israel over Uefa football tournament

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed Israel’s right to host this summer’s Uefa under-21 football tournament.

He said the flagship competition – due to take place at stadiums in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya and Petah Tivka in June – would not obstruct peace efforts in the region.


EU foreign ministers in settlement product labelling drive

By Zoe Winograd, April 22, 2013

EU foreign ministers have shown their support for labelling products from Israeli settlements.

In a letter obtained by AFP on Friday, 13 ministers, including William Hague, told foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton: "We warmly welcome your commitment to work with fellow commissioners to prepare EU-wide guidelines on the labeling of settlement produce."


An Irish union’s boycott fallacy

By Raphael Cohen-Almagor, April 19, 2013

Dr Ilan Saban is a lecturer at the University of Haifa who devotes much of his time defending and promoting the rights of Palestinians. But if he were to post one of his articles on the subject to a journal in Ireland, his envelope might not be opened, simply because it had come from Israel.


Exposing 'legitimate' criticism

By Gerald Steinberg, April 15, 2013

For 65 years, Israel has been the target of an intense political and ideological attack, in parallel to the shooting war, with the objective of isolating and delegitimising the Jewish state. In its current version, the main weapons include exploitation of labels such as "apartheid" and "racist".


Israel boycott activist Roger Waters angry after Jewish talk cancelled

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Roger Waters, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of a boycott of Israel in the entertainment industry, has reacted furiously after a debate he was scheduled to take part in in New York was cancelled. He accused the organisers of refusing "to talk".


Irish teachers say boycott move is a ‘back-handed compliment’

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

The academic boycott of Israel imposed by the Teachers Union of Ireland is a “backhanded compliment”, the union’s general secretary has claimed.

John MacGabhann said the TUI “expected more” of Israel than it did of other countries and felt a “sense of disappointment” in the actions of successive Israeli governments.


UJS confident that NUS Israel boycott plan will fail

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

The Union of Jewish Students is confident that a proposal to implement anti-Israel policies at the National Union of Students will fail.

A motion seeking a boycott of Israel was due to be voted on at the NUS annual conference in Sheffield on Tuesday, but did not go ahead due to time constraints.


Academic boycott of Israel approved by Irish union

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

The Teachers Union of Ireland has voted to boycott all academic collaboration with Israel, including research programmes and exchange of scientists.

It is thought to be the first full academic boycott enforced by a European teaching union.


Pendle council cancels West Bank twinning plans

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A Lancashire council’s plans to twin with a West Bank town have collapsed after residents voiced overwhelming objections.

Pendle Borough Council had agreed to link up with Beit Lid in a show of solidarity against “Israeli attacks”.

Labour mayor Asjad Mahmood’s casting vote had given the twinning the go-ahead last December.


Scottish council's Israel boycott ‘biased and offensive’

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

Supporters of Israel have challenged the legality of a boycott of the country imposed by a Scottish council.

Clackmannanshire Council has not said whether its decision to “resist all economic and political support for Israel” will result in the refusal to hire Israelis, or a ban on pro-Israel public demonstrations taking place in the area.