Israel boycott

Security clampdown at Globe for Habima's Merchant in Hebrew

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Shakespeare's Globe has stepped up security in anticipation of next week's two performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company in order to avoid a repeat of the scenes at the Proms last year.

The Hebrew-language production of The Merchant of Venice has been beset by controversy, with a group of high-profile stage names calling on the Globe to boycott the Israeli company.


Top cop 'assaulted' by pro-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Two pro-Israel protesters were arrested in bizarre circumstances following Tuesday evening’s demonstrations in Hendon.

The young Jews appeared to clash with a member of the strictly Orthodox anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect in Brent Street at around 8pm.

One of the pair, an unnamed 19-year-old, allegedly smashed the man’s car window. He was spotted by a passing jogger.


Israeli envoy talk cancelled by South African university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

A South African university pulled the plug on a scheduled talk by an Israeli envoy at the last minute following a campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

Yaakov Finkelstein was due to give a non-political lecture on Monday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which is in the east of the country.


Irish Israel boycott proposal 'cynical and hypocritical'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Jewish leaders have criticised the Irish foreign minister for a "cynical" call to boycott some Israeli goods.

Eamon Gilmore said that he might push the European Union to block goods produced in the West Bank, in order to pressure the Israeli government into making policy changes.


Red Hot Chili Peppers urged to boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 21, 2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been targeted by anti-Israel campaigners who want the band to cancel a planned gig in Tel Aviv.

The band is due to perform in the country in September, a decade after they cancelled a gig because of concerns about terrorist attacks.


Irish minister told that Israel boycott will not secure peace

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2012

Supporters of Israel are calling on the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs to "build bridges" rather than seek a boycott of Israeli goods.

Earlier this week Eamon Gilmore hinted that he planned to push the European Union to block goods produced in the settlements, in order to pressure the Israeli government into making changes in policy.


We need a courtroom drama

By James Inverne, May 17, 2012

The circus is coming to town. And I don't mean circuses the way we know them now. No, I mean the bad old days when circuses included animals and oddly-shaped people and spectators would come to howl with derision and enjoy the torment of both freaks and beasts. That's what is headed to London's South Bank. It's called the Habima Theatre.


Israel activists tackle Co-op boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Grass-roots supporters of Israel have pledged to wage a “long campaign” in an effort to overturn the Co-operative supermarket’s refusal to stock produce from West Bank settlements.


Amnesty boss attacked over Israel claims

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

An Amnesty International director’s claim that she had not received complaints about the charity’s work with Israelis and Palestinians has been disputed by the Zionist Federation.


Manchester health trust 'Israel boycott' faces legal challenge

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 17, 2012

The NHS trust that bowed to a union's Israel boycott and cancelled an Israeli speaker is likely to face legal action for breaking anti-discrimination law.