Israel boycott

Pink Floyd star announces Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

British singer Roger Waters has announced that he has joined the campaign to boycott Israel and compared his stand to that of opponents of apartheid South Africa.

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Law to criminalise Israel boycotts planned

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 24, 2011

A new law that will fine Israelis who promote boycotts of Israel and prevent foreign citizens who do so from entering the country will be brought to the Knesset next week.

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Quakers consider Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, February 17, 2011

British Quakers are considering "all options" after a debate on boycotting Israeli settlement goods.

Marigold Bentley, assistant general secretary of Quaker Peace and Social Witness said all boycotts and campaigns were currently being considered.

Quakers in Ramallah have called for the organisation to commit to boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, at the national "Meeting for Sufferings" last week with 150 British Quaker representatives.

Ms Bentley said: "We have discussed sanctions in the past, in the cases of Iraq and Zimbabwe; we are a peace movement.

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Bryan Ferry to perform in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

British singer Bryan Ferry is to perform in Israel next month.

The former Roxy Music frontman will sing solo at a Tel Aviv venue in April, in the same week that teenage star Justin Bieber takes to the stage in the city.

The show will take place almost exactly four years after Mr Ferry was forced to apologise for describing Nazi parades and art as “amazing” and “really beautiful” in an interview with a German newspaper.

His Jewish manager Steven Howard later said of the controversy that Mr ferry did not “have a drop of antisemitic or racist blood in his body”.

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Bryan Ferry to perform in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

British singer Bryan Ferry is to perform in Israel next month.

The former Roxy Music frontman will sing solo at a Tel Aviv venue in April, in the same week that teenage star Justin Bieber takes to the stage in the city.

The show will take place almost exactly four years after Mr Ferry was forced to apologise for describing Nazi parades and art as “amazing” and “really beautiful” in an interview with a German newspaper.

His Jewish manager Steven Howard later said of the controversy that Mr ferry did not “have a drop of antisemitic or racist blood in his body”.

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Loach begs for a boycott

February 10, 2011

Film director Ken Loach has called for Britons to give "unremitting support to the Palestinian struggle".

Speaking at a special screening of his 2006 film The Wind That Shakes The Barley, in aid of Palestinian charity Camden Abu Dis on Monday night, he called for a total boycott of Israel.

He said: "Please, I beg you, support the sanctions. The contempt for international law that Israel is showing is not acceptable.

"The politicians won't do anything about it. It's now for civil society to take action by boycotting Israeli goods and academics."

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Tower Hamlets council backs Israel boycott

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

The East London council of Tower Hamlets has voted to "do everything in its power" to support a boycott of "the pariah state" of Israel.

Councillors also called for a review of the borough's £15 million contract with multinational Veolia for waste collection because of the company's work in Israel.

But a council spokesman said that any decision to cut ties with Veolia would rest with Mayor Lutfur Rahman or his cabinet.

The original motion, proposed by Respect councillors Harun Miah and Fozol Miah, had urged the council to "terminate" all contracts with Veolia.

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Dead Sea firm boycotted? Their lease was up

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

The manager of a shopping centre in Ireland has attacked claims by anti-Israel protesters as "complete fabrication," after they said he had promised that a Dead Sea cosmetics company would not be allowed to trade on the premises.

Protesters from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstrated by the Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics stall in the Johnston Court shopping centre in Sligo on January 22. They claimed the company "helps fund the Israeli apartheid regime, its brutal occupation of Palestine and its illegal settlements in the West Bank".

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F W De Klerk: 'Middle East could learn from us'

By Jessica Elgot, February 3, 2011

The former South African president who engineered the end of apartheid has said in London that boycotts of Israel would be ineffective.

Before addressing the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch at the Hilton Park Lane, F W de Klerk recalled that "boycotts in South Africa kept us on our toes but on balance, they delayed change, delayed reform. What happens when a country is boycotted is that people suffer as a result. People say: 'Those who boycott us are our enemies.'

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Israel boycotters continue to target Ian McEwan

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2011

Pro-Palestinian campaigners have stepped up calls for author Ian McEwan to boycott an awards ceremony in Jerusalem at which he is to be honoured next month.

Despite the fact that Mr McEwan has already responded to a letter from British Writers in Support of Palestine, published in the Guardian, members of the group have sent a second letter demanding he reject the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.

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