Israel boycott

Audience ovations as Habima triumphs at the Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

In the end, it was a triumph of art over politics.

Israel’s national theatre company, Habima, performed in Hebrew at Shakespeare’s Globe on Monday and Tuesday, receiving standing ovations after both shows.

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Habima performers bask in glory of Globe success

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

The intimate reception on the top floor of the Globe theatre on Monday night, after the Habima actors had taken off costumes and makeup, was the first chance to let down their guard after hours of tense rehearsals and preparations.

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Scottish Church votes to ignore Israel in campaigns

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The Scottish Church will no longer consider the Israeli perspective when campaigning on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its General Assembly has voted.

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Board of Deputies launches British Council complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The Board of Deputies has protested to the British Council over the funding of last month’s Palestinian literary festival which it claimed supports a boycott of Israel.

Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin, in a letter to the council’s chief executive Martin Davidson, said it was “shocked” at the decision to fund the event.

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Anti-Israel protesters fail again to disrupt Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists continued with their attempts to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice during the company's second night at the Globe.

But security quickly removed protesters shouting and disturbing the show, and the performance went on without a break.

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Israelis defy Shakespeare festival boycotters

By John Nathan, May 29, 2012

The production of The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London is going to be a tense affair, and not just because Shylock is determined to get his pound of flesh. As Israel’s Habima theatre company prepares its contribution to the international Globe-to-Globe Shakespeare festival, anti-Israel protesters are preparing to stop the show.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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