Israel boycott

Shul members support boycott call

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

Fifteen Jews from the Leicester area have signed an open letter supporting the city council's decision to boycott products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The signatories, who include seven members of the local Progressive community, acted after the Board of Deputies, in consultation with the Leicester Orthodox and Liberal congregations, wrote to the council opposing the boycott.

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Boycott fears dismissed as trade hits record high

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The impact of boycotts against Israel has been overstated by activists opposing them, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv believes.

As bilateral trade between the UK and Israel hit a record high, Matthew Gould said: “Collectively, opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement end up amplifying its voice.

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IsrAction Day organisers hit back at criticism

By Rosa Doherty, December 19, 2014

Pro-Israel activists have hit back against accusations they are “manipulating the homeless” by encouraging the community to donate Israeli products to shelters.

In a letter to the JC this week, reader Marilyn Leeman said the IsrAction Day campaign “abused poverty and manipulated charity for political ends”.

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Ready to help the homeless

December 18, 2014

People all over the country will be donating food to the homeless this weekend in a bid to spread some Chanucah cheer while beating the boycott.

IsrAction Day takes place on Sunday, with shoppers encouraged to buy Israeli products and give them to homeless shelters.

The initiative is the brainchild of grassroots groups Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) and the Manchester-based North West Friend

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Comedians fall out over Israel charity boycott

By Naomi Firsht, December 11, 2014

A group of Jewish comedians will not be performing at an annual festive show this year after being boycotted because of their support for a pro-Israel charity.

Veteran performer Ivor Dembina has told his fellow stand-ups that he will not book them for his Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show later this month if they perform at the JNF's annual Kosher Komedy Night.

Comedian Mark Maier, who appear

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Architects rebuilding

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

As damage limitation exercises go, Riba's unexpected U-turn on its Israel policy may prove to be too little, too late.

There were a number of factors behind the decision announced by the institute's president, Stephen Hodder, but whether remorse was among them remains unclear.

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Riba admits it got it wrong on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

Financial loss and the threat of rebuke from the Charity Commission were partly behind the decision of British architects to drop a proposed boycott of their Israeli counterparts.

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Riba u-turn over Israel boycott: 'We got it wrong'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

British architects have reversed their call for Israeli counterparts to be suspended from an international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) confirmed the u-turn today when its council adopted a new policy on international affairs.

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How to beat the boycott — and help the homeless

December 4, 2014

Pro-israel activists have come up with a novel way to say ‘No’ to boycott campaigners and help the homeless at the same time — and the JC is proud to lend its support.

Grassroots group Sussex Friends of Israel is urging people around the country to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities.

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Barclays bank branch forced to shut by anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Anti-Israel activists forced the temporary closure of a central London branch of Barclays bank on Saturday.

Protesters shut down the bank's Piccadilly branch, and entered other branches, displaying banners stating “stop arming Israel”.

Barclays is understood to have had investments in leading Israeli military firm Elbit which builds drones used by the IDF over Gaza.

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