Israel boycott

Trustee fury over Jewish Music Institute boycott

By Jessica Elgot, March 31, 2011

A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked JMI's "appalling lack of judgment and moral character in distancing itself from Israel."

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Our Johannesburg boycott 'not academic'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

The vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has denied that his university supports an academic boycott of Israel, despite announcing earlier this week that it is severing ties with its longtime Israeli partner, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

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Prof: Johannesburg Israel boycott 'not a boycott'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

The vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has denied that his university supports an academic boycott of Israel despite announcing earlier this week that it is severing ties with its longtime Israeli partner Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

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'Appalling' for Jewish music festival to reject Israeli funding

By Jessica Elgot, March 25, 2011

A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked the “appalling lack of judgment and moral character in [the JMI's] distancing itself from Israel."

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Johannesburg university condemned for 'brutal' Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

Jewish and Israeli groups have criticised the decision by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to sever its ties with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

The South African university announced it would no longer work with BGU, following a long anti-Israel campaign by academics and intellectuals, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Boycotters 'victory' as music festival distances itself from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Israel boycotters have declared a “victory” after organisers of an Israeli music conference assured them that the event would have no Israeli government funding.

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New moves to boycott Israeli gems

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Boycotters have begun alleging that rough diamonds polished in Israel are "blood diamonds."

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No boycott at LSE or Edinburgh Union

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The president of Edinburgh University Students' Association has confirmed a proposed boycott of Israeli products will not be enforced.

Around 270 students at the university last week voted in favour of a motion which described Israel as an apartheid state and called for a boycott of goods.

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Four accuse Ahava of 'war crimes'

By Robyn Rosen, March 24, 2011

The London Israeli cosmetics shop Ahava has been accused of "war crimes" during a trial of four demonstrators.

The four "stormed" Ahava in Covent Garden twice last year: Matthew Richardson, 24, and Gwendolen Wilkinson, 20, on October 2, and Christopher Osmond, 30, and Jessica Nero, 33, on November 22.

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Gene Simmons: Israel boycotters are fools

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Gene Simmons has criticised musicians who boycott Israel.

The Kiss bassist said those who refused to perform in Israel for political reasons were “fools”.

Mr Simmons, whose mother was an Auschwitz survivor, was born in Haifa in 1949 as Chaim Witz.

He made the comments while in Jerusalem to film scenes for his reality show, the Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

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