Israel boycott

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By Matthew Hancock MP, February 17, 2016

Let’s be clear.Town hall boycotts of Israeli goods undermine good community relations, poison and polarise debate, weaken integration and fuel antisemitism.

These locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain’s export trade and harm international relationships.


Government's plan to battle Israel boycott set to be launched

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2016

A senior minister is due to announce more details this week of the government’s intention to stop local authorities boycotting Israeli goods.

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock is expected to visit Israel to issue guidance which will be applied to councils, NHS trusts, universities and other British public bodies.


British Airbnb host rejects Israeli for ‘occupying someone else’s land’

By Jessica Weinstein, February 12, 2016

A British man refused to give an Airbnb room to an Israeli, telling him: “The day you stop occupying someone’s land, I might be able to consider hosting you."

Ben Kelmer, a photographer from Tel Aviv, had reserved a room in a flat near Marble Arch for March but was refused by the flat’s owner, known on the site as Mario.


UJS welcome King’s College report into anti-Israel violence

By Jessica Weinstein, February 8, 2016

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed the results of an investigation into violence at an Israel Society event at King’s College London.


Council makes U-turn on its boycott pledge

By Josh Jackman, February 4, 2016

A council has reversed its offer to end its boycott policy against Israeli companies.

The local authority in Swansea, south Wales, had said it would withdraw its policy following a series of High Court hearings.


Government adviser praises Israeli scientists as important partners for the UK

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.

Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.


Labour amends G4S boycott to remove Israel reference

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2016

A planned boycott of global security giant G4S by the Labour Party will no longer make reference to the firm’s work in Israel.

Members of Labour’s national executive committee agreed to remove all mentions of Israel from the record of its discussions on G4S at a meeting on Tuesday.


Labour Party urged by Israeli counterpart to drop G4S boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2016

The future of Labour’s proposed boycott of a leading security firm over its work in Israel remains unclear as the party’s executive members prepare to meet for the first time since backing the initial decision.


Survey shows boycotters flourishing at British universities

By Naomi Firsht, January 21, 2016

A study has revealed that increasing restrictions on free speech on campus are having a profound impact on pro-Israel students.

There are currently 13 student unions at British universities that have adopted BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanction) policies against Israel, according to research by online magazine Spiked.


Police called as pro-Israel meeting at King's College London disrupted by protesters

By Naomi Firsht, January 20, 2016

Police were called to a pro-Israel meeting at a London university after pro-Palestinian protesters smashed a window, threw chairs and set off fire alarms.

Over 100 people arrived at King's College London to hear former head of Shin Bet Ami Ayalon speak at an event organised by the university’s Israel Society.