Israel boycott

BDS a total failure

March 15, 2013

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions crowd make a lot of noise. They march, they chant, they campaign. And, in a chilling echo of another time in history, they put much of their effort into a form of mob rule attacking specific Jewish businesses, trying to make it impossible for them to carry on trading.

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Offer an alternative to boycotts

By Judith Flacks, March 7, 2013

Attention was back on the campus Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign last week when Oxford’s Student Union rejected a motion in support of a blanket BDS policy, a motion that would then have been taken to the National Union of Students conference in April.

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High security at Sussex University BDS event

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Two people were asked to leave an anti-Israel event at Sussex University last Thursday.

The event, which was held to coincide with Israel Apartheid Week, was organised by students from the university's Friends of Palestine group at a campus lecture theatre.

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Galloway's boycott a 'bully' act

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

The British-Israeli student boycotted by Respect MP George Galloway during an Oxford University debate says he was the victim of "an act of bullying".

Mr Galloway walked out of a debate with Eylon Aslan-Levy last Wednesday after discovering the student had joint citizenship.

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Oxford students reject Israel boycott proposal

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2013

Students at Oxford University have rejected a proposed boycott of Israel.

A motion proposing the student union join the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement was rejected by 69 votes to 10, with 15 abstentions. If successful it would have been put to the National Union of Students conference in April.

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Essex University opens investigation into Israel deputy ambassador visit

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2013

The University of Essex has launched an investigation into potential breaches of discipline during an incident in which Israel’s deputy ambassador to Britain was forced to flee from the university campus.

Alon Roth-Snir was speaking at the university in Colchester last week but was evacuated after around 40 students disrupted the lecture.

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Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode to perform in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

Alicia Keys and the band Depeche Mode have become the latest artists to be targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel.

The US singer is due to perform in Tel Aviv in July for the first time in her career, while the English band, who rose to fame in the 1980s, are set to entertain an Israeli audience in May.

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York University keeps Israel produce despite boycott claims

By Marcus Dysch, February 22, 2013

A university students’ union store has ruled out a boycott of Israeli products in a further blow to anti-Israel activists.

There had been confusion at the University of York after a student newspaper claimed the manager of a union-based Costcutter store had agreed to ban Jaffa oranges.

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Swansea red-faced over Shechter’s Dubai ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Premier League club Swansea City has admitted it considered cancelling a training trip to Dubai after striker Itay Shechter was refused entry because of the country’s ban on Israelis.

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Quakers to ‘improve’ Israel work through EAPPI programme

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

A controversial human rights programme on the West Bank, which caused a rift between the Church of England and the Board of Deputies last year, is set to include a new Israel component.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme to Palestine and Israel was branded “inflammatory and partisan” by the Board, which was dismayed when the scheme was endorsed by the Church’s governing Synod.

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