Israel boycott

Israel supporters forced to leave trade union festival over safety fears

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2015

Pro-Israel activists were forced to pack up their stand at a trade union event in Bournemouth after being harassed by supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Members of the Bournemouth Action for Israel (Bafi) grassroots group have claimed that their stand was defaced and they were verbally abused by PSC supporters at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ festival last weekend.


Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.


Anti-Israel activists shut down drone factories

By Josh Jackman, July 6, 2015

Protesters shut down four factories in a co-ordinated move against Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.

Three British factories, owned by Instro Precision, a subsidiary of Elbit, were forced to suspend operations after sit-ins by pro-Palestinian activists.

A factory in Melbourne, Australia, was also targeted.


The isolation of art's true freedom fighters

By Lana Melman, July 2, 2015

The cultural boycott against Israel strikes at the heart of freedom of expression. The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement seeks to rob the world of one of its most valued treasures - freedom of expression - one artist, one performance, one exhibit at a time.


The best way to defend is not to attack

By Marc Cohen, June 18, 2015

When will they learn? In PR terms, it is the equivalent of a defender receiving the ball in his own penalty box, having a rush of blood to the head, turning to face his own goalkeeper, slipping, falling on his backside and prodding the ball into his own net.


Security firm claims ‘vindication’ over its work with Israel

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

Britain’s largest security firm has claimed it has been “vindicated” following an investigation into its work with Israel.

G4S said the results of an 18-month probe of its work with Israeli officials in the Palestinian territories had shown there was no “general failure” in its respect for Palestinians’ human rights.


Directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach call for boycott of Israel film festival

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 9, 2015

Over 40 artists and film-makers have called for a boycott of the London Israeli Film and Television Festival, which opens this week.

In a letter to the Guardian, directors including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kosminsky and actress Miriam Margolyes were among those calling for cinemas in London to refuse screening of films that are part of the Seret 2015 season.


It’s a ‘golden era’ for UK-Israel trade, says Business Secretary Sajid Javid

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has declared it is a “golden era” for trade between the UK and Israel.

Speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night, he told the 250-strong audience: “The past few years have been a golden era - what really excites me are the possibilities for the years that lie ahead.”


Orange chief insists Israel pullout is for commercial reasons

By Sandy Rashty, June 5, 2015

The chief executive of Orange has backtracked after he told a conference in Cairo earlier in the week that he would take the telecoms giant out of Israel “tomorrow”.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronat this morning, Stephane Richard said his comments had been “misunderstood”, adding: “I love Israel”.


Fury as NUS leaders vote to boycott Israel

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

The National Union of Students’ decision to boycott Israel has been condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders in Britain.