Israel boycott

Board demands meeting with South Africa envoy after Israel boycott move

By Simon Rocker, August 24, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.

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Anti-Israel activists guilty of arms factory trespass

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2012

Two anti-Israel activists have been found guilty of trespassing at an arms factory.

Jessica Nero and Gavin Pidwell blocked the gates at the EDO MBM plant, claiming they were protesting against the firm’s production of weapons systems supplied to Israel.

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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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