Israel boycott

Don’t let the Philistines succeed

By Oliver Kamm, June 7, 2012

"It's fundamentally ignorant to censor and suppress art," James Shapiro, the Shakespeare scholar, told me, referring to the campaign to ban Habima from the Globe. Habima performed last week; the actors withstood disruptions and heckling. It recalled the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms concert, when protesters purporting to defend Palestinian rights interrupted the performance.


German mayor backs Israel boycott

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 7, 2012

The mayor of Jena, a city in Thuringia, east Germany, has unleashed a storm of criticism from pro-Israel groups who object to his support of a sweeping boycott of products from the Jewish state.


How Ahava boycotters led to Israel film celebration in London

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2012

The co-founder of the upcoming Seret Film Festival has revealed that she was inspired to arrange it by her experience with Israel boycotters.


Review: Habima's bravura Merchant of Venice

By John Nathan, May 31, 2012

It was an extraordinary evening. A production by Israel’s Habima Theatre company of The Merchant of Venice, staged at Shakespeare’s Globe, performed in Hebrew, charged with pro-Palestinian protest and electrified by a very fine production.


Audience ovations as Habima triumphs at the Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

In the end, it was a triumph of art over politics.

Israel’s national theatre company, Habima, performed in Hebrew at Shakespeare’s Globe on Monday and Tuesday, receiving standing ovations after both shows.


Habima performers bask in glory of Globe success

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

The intimate reception on the top floor of the Globe theatre on Monday night, after the Habima actors had taken off costumes and makeup, was the first chance to let down their guard after hours of tense rehearsals and preparations.


Scottish Church votes to ignore Israel in campaigns

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The Scottish Church will no longer consider the Israeli perspective when campaigning on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its General Assembly has voted.


Board of Deputies launches British Council complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The Board of Deputies has protested to the British Council over the funding of last month’s Palestinian literary festival which it claimed supports a boycott of Israel.

Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin, in a letter to the council’s chief executive Martin Davidson, said it was “shocked” at the decision to fund the event.


Anti-Israel protesters fail again to disrupt Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists continued with their attempts to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice during the company's second night at the Globe.

But security quickly removed protesters shouting and disturbing the show, and the performance went on without a break.


Israelis defy Shakespeare festival boycotters

By John Nathan, May 29, 2012

The production of The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London is going to be a tense affair, and not just because Shylock is determined to get his pound of flesh. As Israel’s Habima theatre company prepares its contribution to the international Globe-to-Globe Shakespeare festival, anti-Israel protesters are preparing to stop the show.