Israel boycott

Israel boycotters block Barenboim's orchestra from Jerusalem concert

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

A concert by an orchestra that aims to promote harmony between Israelis and Palestinians has been cancelled after supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel raised objections.

Daniel Barenboim's West-East Divan orchestra, which works to bring together Arab and Israeli performers and break down the divide between the two groups, was set to perform on Tuesday at the Mount of Olives.

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Co-op stands by Syria, but remains defiant on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A petition signed by more than 4,000 people opposed to the Co-operative movement’s boycott of Israeli settlement products has been handed over to the company.

The Israel advocacy group We Believe collected 4,089 signatures after the Co-op adopted the stance in May.

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New government adviser rejects boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

The newly-appointed chief scientific adviser to the government has dismissed the threat posed to Israel by academic boycott activists in Britain.

Sir Mark Walport, 59, a top rheumatologist and immunologist, said while anti-Israel campaigners had generated “a lot of heat”, their efforts had resulted in little support from scientists.

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UJIA man is focus of Israel row

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

Joseph Millis, the UJIA’s new public relations and communications manager, has defended his Zionist credentials after calls for his dismissal by an Israeli columnist who accused him of a being an “extremist critic of Israel”.

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Disney relative announces anti-Ahava stance

By Jamie Michaels, July 18, 2012

A little known member of Hollywood's Disney family has said she is disclaiming her share in Israeli cosmetics firm, Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories.

Abigail Disney, 52, the grand-daughter of Roy O Disney, who co-founded the Walt Disney Company, said this week that she would donate profits she earns from her investment in Ahava to organisations "working to end this illegal exploitation."

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Edinburgh festival: no change on Israelis despite boycott campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival have said they will not bow to pressure after pro-Palestinian campaigners called for an invitation to an Israeli dance company to be withdrawn.

Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is due to perform three shows at the event between August 30 and September 1, as part of a UK-wide tour.

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Israeli dancers face Edinburgh festival disruption

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

Campaigners are planning disruption at the Edinburgh International Festival of performances by Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.

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Church endorses Israel hate agenda

By Gavin Drake and JC Reporter, July 12, 2012

In the worst rift between Anglo-Jewry and the Church of England in recent years, the president of the Board of Deputies has accused the Synod of “riding roughshod” over the Jewish community.

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Presbyterian Church Israel boycott motion defeated

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2012

A US church has voted against a motion to divest from businesses that work in Israel, after a heated internal debate.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, the largest such group in the US, defeated the divestment plan by a margin of just two votes. Had the motion passed, it would have meant that the General Assembly divested from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola.

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Peace Now to debate boycott of Israeli settlements

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

Brits for Peace Now, the newly relaunched support group for the Israeli protest movement, is planning a debate about boycotting settlement goods.

Dan Arenson, its co-chairman, said that the group had been “frustrated at the lack of nuance” in arguments about boycotts because “people aren’t distinguishing between the boycott of Israel and boycott of settlements”.

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