Israel boycott

Council taxing our patience

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 3, 2011

The silly season has certainly come early this year.

Take Scotland. And, in particular, West Dunbartonshire. The elected councillors of West Dunbartonshire have reiterated their determination to enforce a policy (apparently first adopted in 2009) banning "the purchase of any goods… which were made or grown in Israel."

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Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.

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Israelis disappointed as Coldplay back Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

British band Coldplay have angered Israeli fans after they backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

Earlier today Coldplay alerted fans of their official Facebook page to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single," and posted a link to its website.

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Co-op rejects boycott

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2011

The Co-operative Group has thrown out a boycott motion calling for complete severance of trade with Israel.

A motion submitted by the group's South and West membership region on Saturday declared: "This annual general meeting resolves that our Society stops the sale of all Israeli goods."

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Letter to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt

May 26, 2011

Dear Ms Hunt,

We write to you about troubling developments in UCU.

As you know, since UCU was formed in 2007 it has consistently passed policies promoting boycotts of Israeli academics, even after stating that a boycott was unlawful because it would contravene UCU's own equality and anti-discrimination policy as well as anti-discrimination law.

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MEPs Israel drug block in EU fails

By Jessica Elgot, May 26, 2011

Attempts to block a new pharmaceutical trade agreement between the EU and Israel have been foiled after MEPs led a campaign against the "political gestures" of the European Parliament's International Trade committee.

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Fightback on definition of antisemitism

By Martin Bright, May 26, 2011

The Jewish Leadership Council has written to the equalities watchdog, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to express its concern at moves within the Universities and Colleges Union to reject the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

A motion tabled at the UCU's congress this weekend will propose that the union distances itself from a definition drawn up by the European Union.

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Lebanon photo exhibit closed because of anti-Israel 'censors'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Anti-Israel activists in Lebanon forced a prestigious international photography competition to close its exhibition because it included the work of an Israeli journalist.

The organisers of the annual World Press Photo exhibit said they refused to give in to the protesters who wanted Amit Sha'al's work to be removed from the gallery.

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Germany now rivals UK for Israel-bashing

By Benjamin Weinthal, May 19, 2011

Britain has been the main European hub for groups advocating a boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) strategy against the Jewish state. Germany, however, has enacted policies which now make it a stark rival for the UK's hardcore anti-Israel movement.

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Academics may redefine antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

The union which represents British academics has been accused of "hurting Jews" by proposing to reject a widely-used definition of antisemitism on the grounds that it stifles debate on Israel.

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