Israel boycott

JNF chairman dismisses plea to Miliband

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

The chairman of the Jewish National Fund has responded to a personal attack on him by the pro-Palestinian Jewish campaigner Tony Greenstein.

Mr Greenstein, a long-time anti-Zionist, implied in a letter to the Guardian newspaper that JNF UK’s chairman Samuel Hayek had been lying for his country.

On October 7 Mr Greenstein was one of the signatories to a letter calling for Ed Miliband to break the tradition, set by former Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, of being a patron of the JNF.

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Activist: Israel boycott does mean end of Jewish state

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2010

A prominent pro-Palestinian campaigner has admitted plainly that purpose of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement is to hasten the end of a Jewish state in the Middle East and not to find a route to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Supporters of a cultural or academic boycott have in the past claimed that the tactic is a way to push for an end to the occupation.

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Mike Leigh cancels Israel visit over 'conscience'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2010

Mike Leigh has cancelled a trip to Israel in protest at the controversial loyalty oath bill.

The British Jewish film director said he had been stupid and naïve to agree to teach a master class at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and that he had no choice but to let his audience down.

He said: “I cannot come, I do not want to come, and I am not coming.”

Mr Leigh was due to visit in November and receive an honorary fellowship award from the school, as well as speak in Haifa and Tel Aviv and to Palestinian filmmakers in the West Bank.

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Anti Israel boycott professor elected to Academy

By Rob Lyons, October 14, 2010

A leading professor who campaigned against the boycott of Israeli universities has been elected to the British Academy.

Shalom Lappin, professor of computational linguistics at King's College, London, was awarded the honour for his groundbreaking work on how children learn languages.

The 59-year-old has developed
a mathematical model to represent a human child's cognitive ability. He said: "I want to illuminate how much of learning is nurture versus nature."

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Ahava: anti-Israel duo will face trial

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

Two people face trial after denying charges that they chained themselves inside a branch of an Israeli cosmetics store.

Gwendolen Wilkinson, 20, from Newport, and Matthew Richardson, 24, from Sheffield, were charged with aggravated trespass at Ahava in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, following a protest on October 2.

The pair appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, north London, on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

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Hall of Fame: Paul Howes

October 14, 2010


"Now the Israel haters want to muddy the waters. They want to play with your perceptions. They want to play the pea and thimble trick. They want to claim the Palestinian Authority and the actors as part of their campaign.


"We should not fall into this trap. We should not take part in their pea and thimble game playing."








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Activists arrested at Israeli cosmetics store

By Robyn Rosen, October 7, 2010

Two people have been arrested after allegedly chaining themselves inside the London branch of an Israeli cosmetics store.

Gwendolen Wilkinson, 20, from Newport and Matthew Richardson, 24, from Sheffield have been charged with aggravated trespass at Ahava in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden.

They will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court later this month.

Protesters demonstrate outside Ahava every other weekend, claiming it mislabels its products “Made in Israel” when they are made in Mitzpe Shalem, an Israeli settlement on the West Bank.

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Church is sued over Israel boycott

October 7, 2010

A Methodist preacher is planning to sue his own church over its decision to boycott Israeli goods.

Birmingham-based David Hallam has accused the Methodist Church of being "discriminatory" after its conference passed a report in July calling for a boycott of products from "illegal" West Bank settlements.

Mr Hallam, a former Labour MEP, said: "I tried to handle this internally and wrote to the Church to say I'm not certain we have the power to use donations from the collection to run a discriminatory campaign against Israeli Jews.

"I object to the one-sided and bigoted approach.

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Britain dismisses Israel tourism boycott claim

October 7, 2010

Britain has denied that it is boycotting an international tourism conference in Jerusalem, despite Israeli claims to the contrary.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will host two events in the city later this month - a two-day seminar on sustainable tourism, followed by a conference on data and privacy protection.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry rejected apparent OECD requests to move the event to Tel Aviv, but highlighted the fact Britain and Spain would not be sending delegates.

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Desmond Tutu urges boycott of Ben-Gurion University

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged Johannesburg University to end its partnership agreement with Israel's Ben-Gurion University.

On Friday, more than 200 of South Africa's leading academics and writers published a statement supporting the termination on the grounds of BGU's "direct collaboration and involvement with the Israeli military and occupation".

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