Israel boycott

Israeli dancers face Edinburgh festival disruption

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

Campaigners are planning disruption at the Edinburgh International Festival of performances by Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.


Church endorses Israel hate agenda

By Gavin Drake and JC Reporter, July 12, 2012

In the worst rift between Anglo-Jewry and the Church of England in recent years, the president of the Board of Deputies has accused the Synod of “riding roughshod” over the Jewish community.


Presbyterian Church Israel boycott motion defeated

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2012

A US church has voted against a motion to divest from businesses that work in Israel, after a heated internal debate.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, the largest such group in the US, defeated the divestment plan by a margin of just two votes. Had the motion passed, it would have meant that the General Assembly divested from Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola.


Peace Now to debate boycott of Israeli settlements

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

Brits for Peace Now, the newly relaunched support group for the Israeli protest movement, is planning a debate about boycotting settlement goods.

Dan Arenson, its co-chairman, said that the group had been “frustrated at the lack of nuance” in arguments about boycotts because “people aren’t distinguishing between the boycott of Israel and boycott of settlements”.


Sensible trade union voices must prevail

By Alan Johnson, June 21, 2012

At the Unite Conference in Brighton on Tuesday, Trade Union Friends of Israel (TUFI) will publish a pamphlet, The New Histadrut: Peace, Social Justice and the Israeli Trade Unions.


Uefa slaps down bid to boycott Israel 2013

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Uefa president Michel Platini has rejected calls to strip Israel of a high-profile football tournament and rebuked the Palestinian Football Association for lobbying against Israel.

Next year’s European Under-21 Championship will go ahead as planned — despite what Mr Platini called “a certain amount of pressure being put on us”.


Alice Walker bans 'The Color Purple' from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2012

The novelist Alice Walker has refused permission to an Israeli publishing firm to reprint her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, citing a cultural boycott of the country’s “apartheid policies”.


No Globe charges

June 14, 2012

No charges are to be made against a 22-year-old man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last month.

He was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel’s Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.

The man was bailed pending further inquiries until June 7, but was not recalled or charged.


Olympic boycotts of Israelis 'against IOC rules'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Olympic athletes who boycott Israeli competitors in London this summer will be in breach of the organising committee's rules.

A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee stated categorically that refusing to compete against Israelis would represent "a serious breach of the IOC's Code of Ethics, the principles of the Olympic Charter and the Athletes Oath".


Anti-Israel activists urge Queen to decline 'blood diamond'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Supporters of a boycott of Israel have issued a call to Queen Elizabeth II, asking the monarch to divest herself of her “blood diamond”.