Israel boycott

Hall of Fame: Ed Vaizey

September 9, 2011

"There should be a separation between art and politics, particularly in this case given the astonishing history of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra, which saved so many Jews from death at the hands of their Nazi oppressors."

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This is not the same as Soviet Jewry

By Colin Shindler, September 8, 2011

During the 1970s, there were always internal debates about how to help Soviet Jewry through demonstrations and protests. Indeed, the student organisers of the very first march to the Soviet Embassy in London in May 1966 did not inform the Board of Deputies, in case they tried to veto it, since they feared it would instigate antisemitism.

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Bigotry and xenophobia well to fore

By Oliver Kamm, September 8, 2011

Anti-Israel campaigners have every right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and argue. But preventing speech that they disapprove of is no legitimate part of a democratic society. Shouting down a musical performance is the same type of outrage, but a degree worse. It is not mere boorishness but militant philistinism. Its near equivalent is book-burning.

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Shame doesn't even cover it

By Norman Lebrecht, September 8, 2011

I'm not a big friend of the Israel Philharmonic, an orchestra composed of too many Russians and no Arabs. But when I hear people calling for a ban on the IPO because it has "Israel" in its title - worse, when some of the noisiest objectors are self-avowed Jews - I shall be out on the barricades defending the orchestra's right to play.

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Soloist suspended after Israel 'rant'

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

A London Philharmonic Orchestra violinist has been suspended after she launched an anti-Israel tirade at a question and answer session.

The incident came shortly before the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's repeatedly disrupted performance at the Royal Albert Hall last Thursday.

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Complaints to BBC over Proms disruption

September 5, 2011

The BBC received 22 complaints about the disruption to its broadcasting of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

A dozen people unfurled a banner reading "Free Palestine" and sang about "Israeli apartheid" as the IPO began the concert. They were removed by security guards as the orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, played on.

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Musicians call for 'absurd' boycott of Israel Prom

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A group of musicians has made a public call for the cancellation of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Royal Albert Hall because of the Israeli political situation.

The IPO, whose director is the non-Jewish conductor Zubin Mehta, has been invited by the BBC to perform one concert at the Proms, the annual classical musical festival, on September 1.

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Boycotter Loach attends anti-racism sport event

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The director of Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC) has defended the inclusion of anti-Israel film director Ken Loach at its recent anniversarycelebrations.

Football agent Jeff Weston said he was shocked to receive an invitation to SRRC' s 15th anniversary event, only to find Mr Loach would be one of the guests of honour.

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Boycotters threaten Israel prom

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra is to be targeted by pro-Palestinian pickets when it performs at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on September 1.

BRICUP, which promotes academic and cultural boycotts of Israel, called for a boycott of the sold-out concert and sent an open letter to Proms director Roger Wright.

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Max Brenner boycotters breach chocolate shop bar

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Chocolate made by a bald man might seem like an unusual product to incur the wrath of anti-Israel campaigners.

But four members of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign have been arrested in Melbourne in connection with a protest at a Max Brenner chocolate store.

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