Israel boycott

Organisers hail Batsheva tour 'triumph'

November 29, 2012

The organisers of a UK tour by Israeli dancers have hailed it as a huge success despite protests and disruptions.

Over 10,000 people attended performances by the Batsheva troupe in various cities, with 2,500 joining question-and-answer sessions and workshops.


Batsheva protester arrested over anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

A man was arrested for racial harassment during a protest against an Israeli dance company in Birmingham on Tuesday evening

The 41-year-old was apprehended by police outside the Birmingham Hippodrome after using a racial slur about Jews toward another attendee.


Batsheva show goes on in Birmingham despite protests

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

Five anti-Israel activists were removed from the audience of the Birmingham Hippodrome after mounting vocal protests against Israel's Batsheva Ensemble during their performance.


Israeli professor to sue Manchester health trust

By Martin Bright, November 8, 2012

An Israeli professor who was dropped as a speaker by the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust said this week that he wanted a public acknowledgment of the discrimination against him.

Professor Moty Cristal, an expert on negotiations and conflict resolution, was formally disinvited from a seminar in Manchester in May with less than a week’s notice.


UCU travelled “dangerously slippery slope to antisemitism” tribunal hears

By Marcus Dysch, November 8, 2012

The University and College Union travelled a “dangerously slippery slope” from criticism of Israel to “plain old antisemitism”, an employment tribunal has heard.

Jeremy Newmark, Jewish Leadership Council chief executive, said the UCU’s proposed academic boycott of Israel had been “hugely concerning” for the Jewish community.


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.