Israel boycott

Uefa slaps down bid to boycott Israel 2013

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Uefa president Michel Platini has rejected calls to strip Israel of a high-profile football tournament and rebuked the Palestinian Football Association for lobbying against Israel.

Next year’s European Under-21 Championship will go ahead as planned — despite what Mr Platini called “a certain amount of pressure being put on us”.

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Alice Walker bans 'The Color Purple' from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2012

The novelist Alice Walker has refused permission to an Israeli publishing firm to reprint her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, citing a cultural boycott of the country’s “apartheid policies”.

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No Globe charges

June 14, 2012

No charges are to be made against a 22-year-old man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last month.

He was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel’s Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.

The man was bailed pending further inquiries until June 7, but was not recalled or charged.

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Olympic boycotts of Israelis 'against IOC rules'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Olympic athletes who boycott Israeli competitors in London this summer will be in breach of the organising committee's rules.

A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee stated categorically that refusing to compete against Israelis would represent "a serious breach of the IOC's Code of Ethics, the principles of the Olympic Charter and the Athletes Oath".

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Anti-Israel activists urge Queen to decline 'blood diamond'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Supporters of a boycott of Israel have issued a call to Queen Elizabeth II, asking the monarch to divest herself of her “blood diamond”.

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No charges for Globe Habima protester

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2012

The police have not brought charges against a man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last week.

A 22-year-old man was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel's Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.

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Don’t let the Philistines succeed

By Oliver Kamm, June 7, 2012

"It's fundamentally ignorant to censor and suppress art," James Shapiro, the Shakespeare scholar, told me, referring to the campaign to ban Habima from the Globe. Habima performed last week; the actors withstood disruptions and heckling. It recalled the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms concert, when protesters purporting to defend Palestinian rights interrupted the performance.

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German mayor backs Israel boycott

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 7, 2012

The mayor of Jena, a city in Thuringia, east Germany, has unleashed a storm of criticism from pro-Israel groups who object to his support of a sweeping boycott of products from the Jewish state.

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How Ahava boycotters led to Israel film celebration in London

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2012

The co-founder of the upcoming Seret Film Festival has revealed that she was inspired to arrange it by her experience with Israel boycotters.

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Review: Habima's bravura Merchant of Venice

By John Nathan, May 31, 2012

It was an extraordinary evening. A production by Israel’s Habima Theatre company of The Merchant of Venice, staged at Shakespeare’s Globe, performed in Hebrew, charged with pro-Palestinian protest and electrified by a very fine production.

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