Israel boycott

Canadian church regrets fairness on Israel

By Ron Csillag, August 23, 2012

A decision by Canada’s largest Protestant denomination to boycott West Bank settlement products has shattered its relations with the country’s Jewish leadership.

Meeting in Ottawa for its triennial General Council last week, the United Church of Canada passed a resolution calling for a boycott of products made in the “illegal” settlements of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Frankfurt plans prize for boycotter

By Toby Axelrod, August 23, 2012

Should the city of Frankfurt give a prize to someone who actively boycotts Israel? Pro-Israel activists in Germany are saying: no way.

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Co-operative suffers fall in profits

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Profits at the Co-operative Group dropped by 55 per cent in the first half of 2012, the company has revealed.

Sales in the group’s supermarkets fell by 1.2 per cent in the six months to June 30. Operating profits were down 16 per cent to £119m.

The group’s banking division also suffered a 67.9 per cent drop.

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Board of Deputies' Co-op protest bears fruit

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2012

For the first time, pro-Israel protesters have been invited to meet senior officials at the Co-operative Movement to discuss its boycott of select Israeli companies after they held a peaceful demonstration.

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Charity group chairman explains Chief Rabbi resignation

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

The chairman of a dialogue group has defended its work on Israel and the Palestinians and attempted to explain the episode which led Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to resign as its patron.

Canon Guy Wilkinson insisted that the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust had not encouraged its members to back an anti-Israel campaign when it circulated details of an initiative in a newsletter.

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Barnet councillor loses appeal over 'anti-Israel' residents

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

A councillor who dismissed residents’ complaints about a company with links to Israel has lost an independent investigation into the case.

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman said that concerns about waste management company Veolia’s involvement with the North London Waste Authority were “anti-Israel nonsense”.

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South African Chief Rabbi attacks Israel boycott minister

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2012

The chief rabbi of South Africa has accused a government minister, who suggested people should not visit Israel, of repeating “the sins of the apartheid regime” and shunning dialogue. He called for him to step down.

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Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has resigned as patron of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign to members and encouraged them to lobby against the country.

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Anger as anti-Israel video spoof claims Welsh Assembly backing

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have been using the stamp of the Welsh Assembly to give legitimacy to an offensive video attack on Israel.

The video on the Swansea Telly online channel is narrated by “Paul”, who describes himself as an “allegedly unbiased reporter for the BBC Zionist network, reporting from Zionist Games at the Gaza Strip”.

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Israel boycotters turn attention to Edinburgh culture meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have revealed plans to disrupt a meeting of international politicians due to discuss culture in Edinburgh this week.

The first International Culture Summit will be held in the Scottish capital on Monday and Tuesday, bringing together culture ministers from Olympic nation as well as scores of other figures from the arts world.

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