Israel boycott

York University keeps Israel produce despite boycott claims

By Marcus Dysch, February 22, 2013

A university students’ union store has ruled out a boycott of Israeli products in a further blow to anti-Israel activists.

There had been confusion at the University of York after a student newspaper claimed the manager of a union-based Costcutter store had agreed to ban Jaffa oranges.


Swansea red-faced over Shechter’s Dubai ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Premier League club Swansea City has admitted it considered cancelling a training trip to Dubai after striker Itay Shechter was refused entry because of the country’s ban on Israelis.


Quakers to ‘improve’ Israel work through EAPPI programme

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

A controversial human rights programme on the West Bank, which caused a rift between the Church of England and the Board of Deputies last year, is set to include a new Israel component.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme to Palestine and Israel was branded “inflammatory and partisan” by the Board, which was dismayed when the scheme was endorsed by the Church’s governing Synod.


Israel's deputy ambassador forced to flee Essex University lecture

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Israel’s deputy ambassador to Britain was forced to flee from a university campus after protesters caused a lecture on the Middle East to be abandoned.

Alon Roth-Snir was speaking at Essex University in Colchester on Wednesday when 40 students disrupted the meeting.


Respect MP George Galloway storms out of Israel debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Respect MP George Galloway walked out of an Oxford University debate after discovering a fellow panellist was Israeli.

Mr Galloway was on a panel alongside Eylon Aslan-Levy on Wednesday night discussing whether Israel should pull out of the West Bank.

The Bradford West MP had initially spoken for around 10 minutes in favour of a motion supporting immediate Israeli withdrawal.


Supermarkets dismiss ‘global boycott’ drive

By Marcus Dysch, February 15, 2013

Leading supermarkets have rejected calls to boycott companies and suppliers that source products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign claimed 3,500 supporters had written to Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda, as part of a global campaign launched last weekend.


Brighton rocked by hate slogans

By Sandy Rashty, February 14, 2013

Brighton city centre is a hub of anti-something protesters. At the city’s central clock tower, one group shouts slogans about NHS while another campaigns to have a prisoner of war released.

Walk on 50 metres and you are faced with protests outside the Israeli retailer EcoStream, on Western Road.


Student teacher speaks out for Israel at ‘extreme’ debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

An anti-Israel event held in the heart of London’s Jewish community spurred a group of students to organise a counter-protest and redress the balance.

Ben Rosenberg and members of Middlesex University’s Jewish Society handed out leaflets supporting Israel outside the university in Hendon.


Protests turn nasty outside Israeli EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2013

A woman was arrested last Saturday amid escalating protests outside an Israeli store in Brighton.

Julie Warman, 44, was charged with racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress following an incident during a protest outside EcoStream, a Sussex police spokesperson confirmed.


How the ‘pariah state’ conquered the hi-tech world

By Martin Bright, February 7, 2013

This week, an American friend visited who had been in Israel for the elections. A veteran peace activist and trade unionist, she was here to talk to fellow liberal supporters of Israel about the boycott movement and how to fight it. Like others working in this troubled arena, my friend knows that Britain stands at the epicentre of an international campaign of delegitimisation.