Israel boycott

Maureen Lipman challenges Roger Lloyd Pack on Habima boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman questioned the logic of banning art in a heated Radio 4 debate with anti-Israel actor Roger Lloyd Pack on Sunday.

Discussing the performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company this week at Shakespeare's Globe on "The World This Weekend", Ms Lipman drew attention to the contradictory stance of those who would boycott Israel.


Anti-Israel protests fail to silence Habima Globe performance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 28, 2012

Anti-Israel protesters attempted to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre on Monday evening.

As Shylock wrestled with removing his tefillin on stage, a group of pro-Palestinian activists unfurled flags and banners reading Israeli apartheid live on stage.


South Africa and Denmark in settlement labels move

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2012

The recent decisions by the governments of South Africa and Denmark to identify the origins of products made in West Bank settlements on their labels did not surprise the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

Diplomats monitoring the efforts of pro-Palestinian organisations to promote boycotts of Israel have been expecting them to focus on settlement products for some time.


Globe director's Dromgoole's 1967 Israel Habima links

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Habima's performance of The Merchant of Venice will not be the Globe's artistic director's first brush with Shakespeare with an Israeli spin.

As a toddler, Dominic Dromgoole joined his director father in Israel where he was working on Habima's production of Othello.


Security clampdown at Globe for Habima's Merchant in Hebrew

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Shakespeare's Globe has stepped up security in anticipation of next week's two performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company in order to avoid a repeat of the scenes at the Proms last year.

The Hebrew-language production of The Merchant of Venice has been beset by controversy, with a group of high-profile stage names calling on the Globe to boycott the Israeli company.


Top cop 'assaulted' by pro-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Two pro-Israel protesters were arrested in bizarre circumstances following Tuesday evening’s demonstrations in Hendon.

The young Jews appeared to clash with a member of the strictly Orthodox anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect in Brent Street at around 8pm.

One of the pair, an unnamed 19-year-old, allegedly smashed the man’s car window. He was spotted by a passing jogger.


Israeli envoy talk cancelled by South African university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

A South African university pulled the plug on a scheduled talk by an Israeli envoy at the last minute following a campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

Yaakov Finkelstein was due to give a non-political lecture on Monday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which is in the east of the country.


Irish Israel boycott proposal 'cynical and hypocritical'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Jewish leaders have criticised the Irish foreign minister for a "cynical" call to boycott some Israeli goods.

Eamon Gilmore said that he might push the European Union to block goods produced in the West Bank, in order to pressure the Israeli government into making policy changes.


Red Hot Chili Peppers urged to boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 21, 2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been targeted by anti-Israel campaigners who want the band to cancel a planned gig in Tel Aviv.

The band is due to perform in the country in September, a decade after they cancelled a gig because of concerns about terrorist attacks.


Irish minister told that Israel boycott will not secure peace

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2012

Supporters of Israel are calling on the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs to "build bridges" rather than seek a boycott of Israeli goods.

Earlier this week Eamon Gilmore hinted that he planned to push the European Union to block goods produced in the settlements, in order to pressure the Israeli government into making changes in policy.