Israel boycott

Brits say no to BDS

September 27, 2012

Barely a week goes by without some triumphant claim from the anti-Israel campaigners who push for a boycott. And most weeks indeed bring news of an artist or organisation having announced that it will not visit Israel, or a British organisation that is debating severing ties.


Anti-Israel activists condemn Barcelona invite to Gilad Shalit

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Anti-Israel activists have called on Barcelona football club to withdraw an invitation to Gilad Shalit to attend a derby game against Real Madrid.

The four-time European Cup winners offered the former prisoner of war tickets to the October 7 El Clásico match as a gesture of goodwill.


Good and bad in Israel boycott poll

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2012

It is hugely reassuring that the people calling for a boycott of Israeli actors, dancers and musicians are not in the majority in this country. Sometimes, in the heat of the debate, it is easy to lose perspective. The voices branding Israel an apartheid state are so shrill and vocal that it is easy to forget that they command only limited support.


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.