Israel boycott

Anti-Israel group claims discrimination after Co-op Bank closes its account

By Marcus Dysch, November 25, 2015

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign claims it has launched a legal case against the Co-operative Bank after its account was suddenly closed.

The anti-Israel campaign group said the move amounted to discrimination.

The PSC said the bank had cited its own “risk appetite” as the only stated reason behind the decision.


G4S in dark over Labour plan to boycott security firm over Israel ties

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2015

Global security giant G4S has told the JC it would be “disappointed” if Labour ended its deal to secure the party’s annual conference over the firm’s links to Israel.

But a company executive said it had not had a formal clarification of last week’s decision by Labour’s national executive committee to boycott G4S over its work in Israel and the Palestinian territories.


Labour Party votes to boycott G4S over links to Israel

By JC Reporter, November 21, 2015

The Labour Party’s national executive committee has voted to boycott security company G4S, over its links to Israel.


'Challenge those who delegitimise Israel', Hilary Benn tells Friends group

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has urged the party to combat delegitimisation of Israel, but did not spell out opposition to boycotts of the country.

Hilary Benn told supporters of Labour Friends of Israel that the bonds between his party and the country were “strong and run deep”.


Empathy in the Israel-Palestine conflict: a new approach to peace

By Simon Baron-Cohen, November 12, 2015

Zionism was a utopian dream of creating a safe homeland, born in the minds of Jewish refugees fleeing the horrific pogroms of Eastern Europe in the 1880s and 1890s. Some 30,000 Jewish utopians took the boat to Palestine, erecting tents and building the first idealistic socialist communes, the kibbutzim.


Majority of Britons see Israel as key Middle East ally

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Israel is seen as Britain’s leading Middle East ally by more than half of the British public, a poll has found.

Fifty-two per cent of Britons saw Israel as a key friend in the region, but only 19 per cent of the public feel “warm” towards Israel. Twenty per cent have positive feelings about Palestinians.


New Israel ambassador starts work in Ireland

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

Israel’s new ambassador to Ireland has presented his credentials to the country’s president.

Ze’ev Boker, 57, met President Michael Higgins yesterday.

Mr Boker, who was raised in an Israeli kibbutz, has served as a diplomat since 1987.


Dershowitz beats BDS at Oxford Union

November 5, 2015

The Oxford Union has backed prominent American lawyer Professor Alan Dershowitz in opposing the boycott of Israel.

The debate was entitled, "Is the BDS movement against Israel wrong?", and the case against BDS was backed by 137 votes to 101 at the prestigious debating society on Sunday.


Saudi cash and the rank hypocrisy of the academic boycotters

By John R Bradley, November 5, 2015

Another academic year begins, and yet another academic boycott of Israel is launched to great fanfare by a tiny but loud group of mostly obscure British university lecturers.

Their cause is generating enormous publicity and reaction, despite the fact that the launch of just about any other such boycott on a similar scale would fail to make headlines even in the local free newspaper.


Boycotts are misguided

By Michael Dugher, October 29, 2015

Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.