Israel boycott

Performers deny 'dark art' funding

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Israeli officials have attacked boycott campaigners in Ireland, claiming dozens have benefited from government-backed Arts Council funding.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign repeatedly disrupted the country's biggest ever showcase of Israeli films last month. And more than 150 Irish creative and performing artists launched a cultural boycott campaign against Israel in 2010.

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Israel Philharmonic concerts to be streamed to the world

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

Audiences around the world will be able to enjoy a series of anniversary performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with a few clicks of a button.

To mark conductor Zubin Mehta’s 50th year with the IPO and the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, a ten-day festival of celebration concerts has been arranged.

The performances, which begin on December 17,  will also be streamed online.

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Educating beyond the 'delegitimisation' debate

By Darren Cohen, December 7, 2011

Any student of the arts will recognise that the quest for truth is a very difficult endeavour indeed. There are a plethora of theories on any one topic, but our aim as scholars is to ascertain reality in pursuit of knowledge and truth. This, I believe, is also the ultimate value of Jewish education.

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Judge Goldstone: 'false and malicious ' to call Israel apartheid state

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

The judge who presided over the inquiry into Operation Cast Lead but then retracted part of his findings has criticised those who accuse Israel of being an apartheid state.

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Iranian chess player expelled after Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An Iranian chess player has become the latest person from the country to refuse to compete against an Israeli player in an international championship.

Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami announced he would boycott the match against Israel's Ehud Sachar. The two had been scheduled to compete in the fourth round of the Corsica Masters competition.

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Anti-JNF move fails

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2011

Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party has refused to back an anti-JNF campaign, endorsed earlier in the year by local MP Frank Dobson.

He is one of 48 signatories to an early day parliamentary motion in support of the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign, which accuses the JNF of "illegal expropriation" of Palestinian land and calls for a review of its charitable status.

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Family courts union rejects boycott call

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Probation officers and court staff have rejected a boycott of Israel proposed at their union's annual conference.

NAPO - the union and campaign group which represents more than 9,000 officers and family court workers - debated two anti-Israel motions at its AGM in Eastbourne on October 8 - Yom Kippur.

The union's Family Court section had put forward a motion stating that it was "alarmed and

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Swedish boycotters criticised for targeting Israeli scientists

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

A US human rights organisation has called on a group of Swedish academics who are publicly boycotting Israel to change their minds in the wake of the awarding of a Nobel Prize to an Israeli scientist.

Daniel Shechtman was named this year's Nobel Laureate for Chemistry on Wednesday for his discovery of quasicrystals, a finding that went against established scientific consensus.

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Ahava finally closes its doors in London

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

Cosmetics company Ahava is finally to close its controversial Covent Garden store this week, and manager Odelia Haroush said that the company had no plans to move elsewhere in the city, at least for the foreseeable future.

Demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists have dogged the store for years.

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LPO: 'Jewish pressure' led to suspensions

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, 117 signatories, most of who have long track records of anti-Israel activism, attacked the LPO's action after the four players put their names and that of the LPO to a let

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