Israel boycott

‘Security’ scuppers Israel dance event in Brighton

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

A concert venue in Brighton has been accused of “giving in too easily” for cancelling an Israeli dance company’s performance following a campaign by anti-Israel activists.


MEPs vote to remove drug trade barriers

By Martin Bright, October 25, 2012

A major new agreement to open up the trade in medicines between Israel and the European Union has been hailed as a significant victory over the boycott movement.

The deal removes barriers to trade in pharmaceuticals in both directions, and will have a direct effect on Britain by making Israeli medicines more quickly and more cheaply available in this country.


Israel's Batsheva Ensemble: Deca Dance

By Jennifer Lipman, October 23, 2012

The Batsheva Ensemble are touring the UK throughout November with the Dance Consortium. They will be staging Deca Dance, which brings together two decades of work by choreographer Ohad Naharin.

For tickets and tour dates, click here.


Green Party MP backs anti-Israel protest in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

Parliament’s only Green Party MP has been accused of “selling out” after she backed constituents’ protests against an eco-friendly concept store.

Caroline Lucas has entered the row over the EcoStream store in her Brighton Pavilion constituency after she backed demonstrations outside the Israeli-owned company, but also said she did not believe the store should close.


Brighton Batsheva show cancelled to delight of Israel boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

A performance by an Israeli dance group in Brighton next month has been cancelled amid security concerns, in a decision that anti-Israel campaigners are hailing as a victory.


Smell of garbage clears the air

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 15, 2012

I've just finished watching Innocence of Muslims, the film that has led to worldwide, often violent and occasionally murderous protests by adherents of the Islamic faith. As I did so, news came through that Muslim leaders are threatening to bring the film to the attention of the United Nations, with a view to persuading the international community to enact a law against religious defamation.


Batsheva tour hosts insist: no boycott here

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

Activists planning a nationwide campaign against an Israeli dance company as it tours Britain will not succeed in stopping the shows, the organisers have vowed.


Imperfect prize, perfect winner

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 10, 2012

I have been thoroughly bemused by the international furore surrounding the decision of the municipality of Frankfurt-am-Main to award a 50,000 euro prize to Dr Judith Butler, an academic who teaches critical theory at Berkeley, California.


Birmingham Hippodrome: no to Israel boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

The chief executive of one of the largest touring venues in Britain has rejected calls by anti-Israel activists to cancel a show by Israeli dancers.

Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is set to take to the stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome next month, following its successful shows at the Edinburgh International Festival.


Massive majority opposes Israel cultural boycott

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

An overwhelming majority of the British public opposes a cultural boycott of Israel.

New polling figures reveal fewer than one in five Brits believe that Israeli actors, dancers or musicians should not be welcome to perform here, and three-quarters can see no reason why British performers should not travel to Israel.