Israel boycott

Stevie Wonder pulls out of Israel fundraiser after boycott pressure

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Stevie Wonder has bowed to political pressure and pulled out of a fundraising concert in Los Angeles in support of the Israeli Defence Forces.


Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.


How we helped justice to prevail in Hackney

By David Lewis, November 29, 2012

Israel’s supporters won a symbolic victory on November 21 against a BDS (boycott divestment sanctions) campaign to prevent Veolia from winning a massive waste services contract for the North London Waste Authority.


Council unites to block Israel boycott group

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists were stopped from voicing objections about a company’s links to Israel during a local council meeting after the three main political parties united to block the delegation.


Thousands take to streets for Gaza protest

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters marched through London demanding “justice for Gaza” last Saturday.

Organisers claimed as many as 15,000 people had taken part in the rally, which started outside Downing Street and continued to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.


Organisers hail Batsheva tour 'triumph'

November 29, 2012

The organisers of a UK tour by Israeli dancers have hailed it as a huge success despite protests and disruptions.

Over 10,000 people attended performances by the Batsheva troupe in various cities, with 2,500 joining question-and-answer sessions and workshops.


Batsheva protester arrested over anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

A man was arrested for racial harassment during a protest against an Israeli dance company in Birmingham on Tuesday evening

The 41-year-old was apprehended by police outside the Birmingham Hippodrome after using a racial slur about Jews toward another attendee.


Batsheva show goes on in Birmingham despite protests

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

Five anti-Israel activists were removed from the audience of the Birmingham Hippodrome after mounting vocal protests against Israel's Batsheva Ensemble during their performance.


Israeli professor to sue Manchester health trust

By Martin Bright, November 8, 2012

An Israeli professor who was dropped as a speaker by the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust said this week that he wanted a public acknowledgment of the discrimination against him.

Professor Moty Cristal, an expert on negotiations and conflict resolution, was formally disinvited from a seminar in Manchester in May with less than a week’s notice.


UCU travelled “dangerously slippery slope to antisemitism” tribunal hears

By Marcus Dysch, November 8, 2012

The University and College Union travelled a “dangerously slippery slope” from criticism of Israel to “plain old antisemitism”, an employment tribunal has heard.

Jeremy Newmark, Jewish Leadership Council chief executive, said the UCU’s proposed academic boycott of Israel had been “hugely concerning” for the Jewish community.