Israel boycott

Coen Brothers: Israel boycott not a solution

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Coen Brothers have criticised the reasoning of artists who boycott the state of Israel.

The Academy-Award winning filmmakers, whose successes have included the recent western True Grit and the reworking of the biblical Job story A Serious Man, made the comments while in Israel for an award ceremony.

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University blocks honour over Tony Kushner's Israel stance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Tony Kushner will not be honoured with an honorary degree after a New York university cancelled plans because of the award-winning Jewish playwright's stance on Israel.

After one of the City University of New York (CUNY) board members objected to the institution celebrating Mr Kushner's career at its commencement ceremony later this year, the rest of the board voted against the plans.

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Palestinian unions say no to Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Palestinian trade unions have encouraged Britain's biggest public sector union, Unison, to maintain its links with Israeli counterparts.

A delegation of Unison officials visited Israel and the Palestinian territories to review its relationship with the Histadrut (Israeli TUC).

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Amnesty to host anti-Israel Atwan talk

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Amnesty International has defended its planned hosting of an anti-Israel event featuring guest speakers including controversial journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.

Mr Atwan was investigated by police following a lecture last December in which he called Jewish students "Nazis" and repeatedly referred to "the Jewish lobby" controlling America.

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Sydney Greens in Israel boycott defeat

By Dan Goldberg, April 28, 2011

An Australian local council abandoned its controversial bid to boycott Israel following intense pressure from Jewish groups, politicians and the media.

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Do stop boycotting: Journey sue anti-Israel group over Glee copy

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

The composers of the Glee hit Don't Stop Believin', have taken legal action against an anti-Israel group for reworking the song into a pro-Palestinian tune without permission.

According to the New York Post, members of the band Journey are seeking a permanent injunction to prevent Adalah from using the song again.

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Hall of Fame: Mark Ronson

April 13, 2011

"I perform everywhere – in Christian and Muslim countries, and definitely in Israel too. I have family here and I like this country.

"A woman in the hotel stopped me and asked if I was Bieber. I'm going to make it a rule to stay in the same hotel as he does everywhere I go."

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Bob Geldof told 'boycott Israel or lose credibility'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

Pro-Palestinian campaigners have launched a campaign to stop Bob Geldof from visiting Israel next month on the basis that going there would damage the singer's "credibility as a defender of the rights of the dispossessed".

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Quakers ban West Bank settler goods

April 7, 2011

British Quakers have voted to boycott goods from "illegal" Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Representatives of the pacifist movement's 23,000 supporters said that the decision, taken at a meeting last Saturday, would give hope to Palestinians and those working for peace in Israel.

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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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