Israel boycott

Ahava finally closes its doors in London

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

Cosmetics company Ahava is finally to close its controversial Covent Garden store this week, and manager Odelia Haroush said that the company had no plans to move elsewhere in the city, at least for the foreseeable future.

Demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists have dogged the store for years.


LPO: 'Jewish pressure' led to suspensions

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, 117 signatories, most of who have long track records of anti-Israel activism, attacked the LPO's action after the four players put their names and that of the LPO to a let


That was then, this is now: campus change

By Arieh Kovler, September 27, 2011

It's hard for today's students to judge whether campus life is better or worse than in the past. Most Jewish students are at university for three years, and those few who become sabbatical officers in student unions or UJS will only extend that time by a year or two.


Dr Denis MacEoin's letter to the Edinburgh University Students' Association

September 22, 2011

May I be permitted to say a few words to members of the EUSA? I am an Edinburgh graduate (MA 1975) who studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic History in Buccleuch Place under William Montgomery Watt and Laurence Elwell Sutton, two of Britain's great Middle East experts in their day. I later went on to do a PhD at Cambridge and to teach Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University.


Jim Murphy: Labour still loves Israel

By Martin Bright, September 22, 2011

The Labour Party should resist pressure to embrace the boycott movement and should remain a staunch supporter of Israel under Ed Miliband's leadership, according to Labour's defence spokesman, Jim Murphy.

He said the party's decision to urge the government to vote for Palestinian statehood should not be seen as a betrayal of Israel, and warned that nothing would be solved by "a one-off symbolic


LPO urged to end suspension of Israel boycott musicians

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.


LPO suspends anti-Israel activists

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

Four members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra have been suspended after they encouraged the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms appearance earlier this month.

Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were among two dozen anti-Israel musicians who signed a letter to the Independent on August 30.


Now we know where the TUC stands

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

The old 1930s US mine workers' chant, Which Side Are You On? still has a resonance for the trade union movement across the world.

This week the TUC decided which side it was on. It chose a tiny ultra-left UK fringe organisation, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, over its comrades in the Israeli trade union the Histadrut, and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).


Trade unions embrace bigotry and step up boycott

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

The TUC this week voted to review its relationship with the Histadrut, Israel's General Federation of Labour, and reaffirmed its commitment to the boycott movement in partnership with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

The unprecedented move was voted through on the last day of the TUC's annual congress in London and could lead to the severing of a relationship that goes back to the 1920s.


TUC vote to review ties with Israeli trade unions

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The Trades Union Congress has voted at its annual conference to withdraw co-operation with Israeli organisations, including the Israeli trade union the Histadrut.

They said unions should "review their bi-lateral relations with all Israeli organisations, including Histadrut".

Although it was by no means a unanimous vote, it is still a significant step for the TUC.