Israel boycott

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman apologises for 'blackshirts' comment

By Zoe Winograd, November 8, 2012

An eight-month-long political dispute was finally resolved this week after two political activists in north west London received an apology from the former mayor of Barnet, Brian Coleman, over email comments he made about their Israel boycott campaign.


How boycotts became an own goal

By Luke Akehurst, November 8, 2012

The eight city tour by the Batsheva Ensemble is a a major target for the PSC and other BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigners.

The Batsheva tour plays to some of the PSC’s strengths. They have a national network of semi-autonomous groups, and this gives them the chance to vent their spleen against Israel in their own regions.


Batsheva protestor enters Lowry without ticket

By Anna Sheinman and Jonathan Kalmus, November 8, 2012

This week’s performances by Israeli dance group Batsheva Ensemble in Bradford and Salford were interrupted by pro-boycott demonstrators, with protests outside venues of up to 80 people.

Ticket holders attending the shows at the Lowry in Salford and the Alhambra in Bradford were greeted by cries of: “Your tickets are covered in Palestinian blood!”


Tainted by Israelis

November 1, 2012

One has to wonder why Sir Bob Russell limits his wish for labelling of Israeli goods to drugs. Why not mobile phones? Why not computers? Why not any of the other scientific breakthroughs that have come from Israel? We challenge Sir Bob to spend a week without using any invention tainted (as he would see it) by Israelis.


Batsheva dancers cheered in Edinburgh

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2012

An Israeli dance troupe on stage in Edinburgh endured jeering and disturbances from pro-Palestinian activists at the opening performance of a UK tour.

The performers, who are from the youth ensemble of the Batsheva Dance Company and are not all Israeli, spent two nights in Scotland this week with their acclaimed Deca Dance.


NGOs urge EU ban on West Bank settlement products

By Anna Sheinman, October 30, 2012

Twenty-two organisations, including Christian Aid, The Methodist Church of England and the Church of Sweden, have released a report recommending that the EU stops importing goods made in Israeli settlements.


Call to label medicines made in Israel rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, October 30, 2012

The Department of Health has rebuffed calls for medicines produced in Israel and sold in this country to be labelled as such.

Colchester Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell this week asked if the Health Secretary would "introduce measures to ensure that any medicines available across the counter made in Israel are clearly marked as being a product of that country".


ANC backs Israel boycott

By Hadas Haimov, October 29, 2012

An African National Congress (ANC) International Solidarity Conference has backed the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

The support for BDS follows an international statement presented by Dutch former anti-apartheid activist Adri Nieuwhof signed by 35 organisations from 19 countries.


UN Palestine expert criticised for settlement boycott call

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

The UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on his personal blog last year has urged the international community to boycott companies with links to settlements.

The US, the UK and Israel have criticised UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk over the boycott call, with the US envoy to the UN stating that such action would not further the progress of a peace deal.


Batsheva director: the show will go on

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

The artistic director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company has said he is saddened by the fact that his performers are being targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

The company appeared on three consecutive nights at the Edinburgh International Festival at the end of the summer, but each show was disrupted on a number of occasions by pro-Palestinian activists.