Israel boycott

Co-op bans settlement produce in Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

One of Britain's largest supermarket chains is to boycott all companies which source produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Co-operative movement, which has refused to stock products from the settlements since 2009, this week took the decision to extend its policy and will now bar engagement with any Israeli suppliers known to work with the settlements.

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Israeli expert barred from NHS-sponsored event after UNISON pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2012

The participation of an Israeli expert on conflict resolution at an NHS-sponsored event next week in Manchester was cancelled following pressure from local representatives of the UNISON trade union whose members were supposed to participate in the workshop.

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Israel's Habima play will come to Shakespeare's Globe - thanks to the JC

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

The Israeli theatre company targeted by boycotters for its forthcoming performance at the Globe Theatre next month is £10,000 short on funding for the visit.

But, after an intervention by the JC, the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week agreed to cover the shortfall.

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Israel boycott activist to take part in Olympic poetry festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian poets will be on the bill at an international poetry festival later this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Anat Zecharya, a Tel Aviv-born writer and photographer, will be one of the up to 204 poets from Olympic nations taking part in the week-long celebration of verse at the Southbank Centre.

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Jacobson and Ades hit out at theatre boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

The call to stop Israel's Habima theatre company from performing in the Globe's Shakespeare festival for political reasons has been labelled "an act of self-harm" by an award-winning British novelist.

Howard Jacobson was among those who added his voice to the condemnations of the 37 artists who urged the Globe Theatre to withdraw Israel's invitation to the Cultural Olympiad event, which begins

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Freedom’s varieties

April 5, 2012

Over the next eight days, we celebrate freedom. For some, the invocation "next year in Jerusalem" has a very real meaning. This will, for example, be the first Seder in five years that Gilad Shalit has been free to celebrate in his homeland.

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Theatre ban ‘like Nazi book burning’ say West End stars

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

Leading figures of the British stage have strongly denounced calls for Israel's national theatre company, Habima, to be removed from the line-up of the Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival for political reasons.

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Emma Thompson backs Israel boycott for Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2012

British Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has added her name to a list of high-profile figures in the arts world calling on the Globe Theatre to cancel its invitation to an Israeli company to next month's Cultural Olympiad event.

Israel's national theatre company, Habima, was invited to stage one of 37 Shakespeare plays in foreign languages as part of the Globe to Globe festival.

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Boycott, what boycott? UK-Israel trade booming

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, was in buoyant mood this week as bilateral UK-Israel trade figures reached £3.75 billion, up 34 per cent in a year, putting firmly in its place the campaign for a boycott of Israeli goods.

Mr Gould said: "There is a lot of noise around boycotts but these figures show that it is just noise, and the trade relationship speaks for itself."

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Finkelstein disowns 'silly' Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Controversial American anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein has launched a blistering attack on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, labelling it a "cult" led by "dishonest gurus".

He made his comments during an interview with anti-Israel activist Frank Barat at Imperial College, London, earlier this week.

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