Israel boycott

Use the back door, Paris university tells Israelis

By Naomi Firsht, March 27, 2014

Israeli students visiting a Paris university were asked to leave and re-enter through a back door to appease pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

The request came from the president of the Paris VIII University, after 50 members of the anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement protested against their presence.

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If Riba won't rethink, revoke its royal charter

By Stephen Games, March 27, 2014

As a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, I was disappointed to learn of its call for its Israeli counterpart to be suspended from the International Union of Architects. Had I known in advance, I would have protested—for five reasons.

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Kings College London's student union votes for Israel boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Students at Kings College London passed a controversial anti-Israel motion this week, despite strong opposition from Jews on campus.

The motion, which was passed by the student union, called for the university to boycott Israel and “raise awareness of the country’s apartheid policies”.

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Israeli architects ask David Cameron to block Riba boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israeli architects have appealed to David Cameron to intervene in the row over British efforts to have them thrown out of their international union.

The Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has also approached Israel’s Foreign Ministry for assistance.

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I stand by my SodaStream decision, says defiant Scarlett Johansson

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has mounted a strong defence of her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream.

The actress resigned as an ambassador for Oxfam after the charity criticised her role advertising fizzy-drink products made in a West Bank factory.

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Architects back suspension of Israelis from international union

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

British architects have backed calls to suspend Israeli counterparts from their international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) passed a motion proposed by its former president Angela Brady on Wednesday.

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Boycotts fuel hatred, says Labour’s man in the Middle East

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2014

Boycotts of Israel “feed into an antisemitic feeling” and are counter-productive, according to Labour’s shadow Middle East Minister.

Ian Lucas said the party was “robust” on combating boycotters and suggested a visit to Auschwitz had strengthened his belief that the boycott movement was reminiscent of historical Jew-hatred.

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Rant gave the wrong image, insists photographer Rankin

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Photographer Rankin has apologised for attacking “powerful Jewish zealots” in the US and blaming “extreme Judaism” for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

He had criticised actress Scarlett Johansson for leaving her ambassadorial role with Oxfam over a row over Israeli West Bank settlements.

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Civil rights protesters attack boycott law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The anti-boycott law passed by the Knesset two years ago was challenged in Israel’s High Court on Sunday.

Civil-rights groups petitioned for a change claiming it unfairly limited freedom of speech.

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UK Supreme Court rejects anti-Israel protesters' appeal

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2014
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two anti-Israel activists who attempted to overturn a conviction for trespass. Matthew Richardson and Gwendolen Wilkinson had chained themselves to a concrete tube inside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics store Ahava in October 2010.

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