Israel boycott

I was shocked and confused: 13-year-old schoolgirl's reaction to snub from anti-Israel academic

By Marcus Dysch, December 2, 2015

A 13-year-old Israeli girl has described her shock after a Jewish academic refused her request for help with a school project “until there is peace in Palestine”.

Shachar Rabinovitch said she had been excited to email Marsha Levine, a former Cambridge University expert with more than 40 years of experience working with horses.


Ex-Cambridge academic justifies boycotting Israeli schoolgirl by claiming ‘Jews have become Nazis'

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2015

A former Cambridge academic who told a 13-year-old Israeli girl she would answer her questions about horses when there is peace in Palestine has claimed “the Jews have become the Nazis”.

Marsha Levine, an expert on horses with more than 40 years of experience, said she could not help the teenager because she came from a country whose prime minister “wanted ethnic cleansing”.


IsrAction Day goes global

By Josh Jackman, November 26, 2015

The pro-Israel grassroots campaign to combat the boycott and help the homeless at the same time has spread beyond the UK.

IsrAction Day, which encourages the public to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities, has been adopted by groups in South Africa and Germany - and more could follow.


Jewish group given permission to challenge council's Israel boycott

By JC Reporter, November 25, 2015

The Jewish Human Right Watch group has been given permission to apply for a judicial review of Leicester City Council’s boycott of goods from the West Bank.

High Court judge Mr Justice Laing gave the go-ahead in what the group called “a landmark decision”.

The application will now go to full hearing in 2016.


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.