Israel boycott

Claire Danes and the boycotter's dilemma

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2012

I'm 90 per cent of the way through the first series of Homeland, and I'm as hooked as everyone said I would be (nb: do not tell me what happens, I'll get there eventually). Its almighty awards grab at the Emmy awards on Sunday has confirmed it not only as the programme of choice for the masses, but the top pick of the critics too.


Israel boycott group recruit at War on Want

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

War on Want, a charity whose mission statement says that it fights global poverty, has appointed a leading anti-Israel activist as its senior campaigns officer.

Rafeef Ziadeh, who co-founded the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and identifies herself as a "refugee from occupied Palestine", was appointed following an "open recruitment" process advertised by the charity.


Israel boycotters’ Veolia claims ‘just not true’

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

Boycott campaigners’ claims that their targeting of Veolia, the French company which has a five per cent stake in the Jerusalem light railway, has succeeded in preventing it winning contracts in the UK are wrong, according to a joint report by a Christian and a pro-Israel organisation.


Academia’s Judith Butler of BDS flunks on the facts

September 20, 2012

American academic Judith Butler, who took part in a panel debate in Berlin’s Jewish Museum last weekend on whether Zionism “belongs to Judaism”, is the doyenne of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement.

In a new set of essays, Parting Ways, Butler, who is Jewish, argues for a one state solution for Israel-Palestine.


A standing ovation is still a hollow victory for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

"One could argue that their inclusion was asking for trouble," ran the one-star review in the Edinburgh Guide. "This performance never had a hope of running smoothly." Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the talent, is it?


Brighton boycotters attack new Israeli shop

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Anti-Israel activists have pledged to turn a new eco-friendly concept store into “the next Ahava”.

Protesters staged a demonstration outside the EcoStream shop in Brighton last Saturday.


Batsheva cheered at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2012

This year’s Edinburgh International Festival was based on peacefulness and sharing cultures. And despite the best efforts of anti-Israel activists, when Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company left the stage after its final performance last weekend to a standing ovation, they did so in this spirit.


Israel must act to discredit boycotters

By Alistair Burt, September 6, 2012

Last week Israeli dance troupe Batsheva’s performance at the Edinburgh Festival was repeatedly interrupted by a small number of protesters. Sadly, this is not the first time that Israeli artists performing in the UK have been targeted in this way.


Lebanese band pulls out of Chili Peppers gig before they head to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2012

The Lebanese support act to US rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers has pulled out of their scheduled concert together

The Chili Peppers are set to play in Beirut on Thursday night before heading to Tel Aviv for a concert on Monday night.


Co-op boycott push

September 6, 2012

On the face of it, the fringe meeting at this week's Co-operative Party conference, on "international development and fair-trade", is laudable. Until one looks at the complexion of the panel, who seem to have only one thing in common: a commitment to boycotting Israel.