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December 29, 2010

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Britain leads in Israeli denial efforts

By Martin Bright, December 29, 2010

An Israeli academic who spent five years in London studying the "red-green alliance" between the hard left and international Islamist groups has produced a comprehensive survey of the anti-Israel movement in the UK.

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WikiLeaks: antisemitic campaign to shut Libyan M&S

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

The Libyan government attempted to force the Tripoli branch of retail chain Marks & Spencer to close using a "repugnant antisemitic" smear campaign and “pseudo-populist rhetoric against ‘the force

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WikiLeaks: Spielberg boycotted for Israel support

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Film director Steven Spielberg was the subject of an Arab League boycott for his support of Israel, a US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed.

The Jewish filmmaker gave $1 million to Israel in 2006 during the second Lebanon war.

In response, members of the Arab League voted to block the sale or distribution of his work, covering films including the Holocaust drama Schindler’s List and Munich\, the story of the aftermath of the Munich Olympic attacks.

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Stirling votes to boycott Israeli goods

December 16, 2010

Stirling Council has passed a motion to boycott Israeli goods. The motion was put forward by Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign representative Cllr Colin Finlay. The wording followed the formula used in motions to other councils on boycotting Israel.

Thirteen of the 22 member SNP minority led council voted for the motion, which was approved on Monday. Cllrs Neil Benny and Alistair Berrill opposed the motion and there were seven abstentions.

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Anti-Israel protest at Camden's Electric Ballroom

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

A dozen anti-Israel protesters interrupted a concert by 1980s punk bank The Fall in Camden on Tuesday evening.

The band, fronted by singer Mark E Smith, is set to perform in Tel Aviv in January 2010. Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) demonstrators calling for The Fall to boycott the date handed out leaflets outside of the Electric Ballroom venue.

On a Facebook page titled “Please don't play for Apartheid Israel” one of the protesters wrote: “The staff on the door at the Electric Ballroom were good.

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Ken Loach for boycott of Israeli company Bezeq

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

Film director Ken Loach has denounced BT for signing a partnership deal with Israel's major communications company, Bezeq International.

Activists say Bezeq should be boycotted as it provides communications to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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Top judge: Israel boycotts are 'absurd'

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2010

One of Britain's leading judges, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, has dismissed the idea of an academic boycott of Israel as absurd.

Speaking at the annual legal dinner of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in London last week, he recalled his visit to Jerusalem this year to deliver the Lionel Cohen lecture on behalf of the Friends.

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Nobel laureates will oppose Israel boycott

By Paul Berger, November 11, 2010

Almost 40 Nobel laureates have signed a statement opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Roger Kornberg, of Stanford University, and Steven Weinberg, of the University of Texas at Austin, drafted the document, which specifically criticises academic boycotts.

The statement, organised by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, declared: "We believe that the university should serve as an open, tolerant and respectful, co-operative and collaborative community engaged in practices of resolving complex problems."

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Israel boycotters launch European grouping

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2010

Fresh attempts to promote academic and cultural boycotts of Israel will be spearheaded by a newly-established pan-European organisation.

The European Platform for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (EPACBI) includes representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and five other countries with the aim of streamlining action against the Jewish state.

Members of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (Bricup), and its French equivalent AURDIP, joined forces to set up the new group and campaign against European Union funding of Israeli academic research.

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