Israel boycott

Singer who's the voice of the grassroots

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

She is the singer-songwriter hoping to set the record straight on Israel by leading grassroots activists in a series of rallies to counter the boycotters.

Ilana Katz spent part of the summer performing in Nashville, Tennessee, but at the height of the Gaza conflict in July she decided more had to be done to put forward Israel's case.

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Police increase patrols after fears of Kedem-style protest

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Police have increased patrols in a Jewish area of Salford amid fears that local businesses could be targeted by pro-Palestinian boycotters.

Greater Manchester Police said it had assigned more officers to Leicester Road, a main shopping street lined with stores selling kosher goods. The move came after a man was witnessed taking photos of shops in the area.

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Spite that lies behind the labels

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2014

In principle, I support the labelling of goods, especially those imported from abroad. The consumer has a right to know something about the origin of those goods, and whether they comply with British (and, for the moment at any rate, EU) safety standards. Moreover, as an Orthodox Jew, I take particular care over what I put into my mouth.

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Boycott recalls Nazism, says Gove

By Daniel Easterman, September 11, 2014

Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove has compared the campaign to boycott Israeli goods with the first stages of the Nazi move against Jews in the 1930s.

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Hammond rejects sanctions

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

Israel should not face economic or military sanctions following its campaign in Gaza, according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

But Mr Hammond accepted that the UK government had risked its reputation in refusing to take a stronger line against Operation Protective Edge.

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TUC urges Israel arms ban

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

The Trades Union Congress has called on the government to end arms sales to Israel, but stopped short of potentially more significant measures at its annual conference.

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Jobs or boycott - TUC faces conference choice

By Robert Philpot, September 5, 2014

Expect plenty of incendiary rhetoric and anti-Israel firebreathing when Britain's trade unions gather in Liverpool next week.

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Film director beats boycott with cash plea

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

An Israeli film-maker, who was denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott, has raised the money himself through an online appeal.

Yoav Hornung's film Deserted was selected for the Encounters short-film festival this month.

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New venues for UK Jewish Film Festival

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) have released a list of new venues that will host the event this November.

Films for the 18th festival will now be screened at more than 15 venues, after the Tricycle Theatre’s boycott forced organisers to make alternative arrangements.

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Russell Brand denies he called for Israel boycott

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Russell Brand has strongly denied that he called for a boycott of Israel by urging supporters to sign a petition by the online campaign website Avaaz.

The petition, addressed to the chief executives of major global companies, including Barclays, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar and G4S, calls on them to withdraw their investments from Israel in order to be “on the right side of history”.

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