Israel boycott

Artist's pro-Israel challenge

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

An Israeli artist's final degree show, which explored the anti-Zionism which she had encountered at her UK university, drew thousands of visitors and offers of exhibitions in London.


Hague hits out at Israel boycott law

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has criticised Israel's new anti-boycott law, calling it an "infringement of freedom of expression".

Mr Hague also said he would reserve Britain's position on whether or not to support the declaration of a Palestinian state at the UN in September as a bargaining chip to persuade both sides to return to peace negotiations.

Speaking at Foreign Office Questions o


Southbank Israel debate turns into ‘hate-fest’

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The Southbank Centre has defended its planning of a debate on cultural boycotts, which one Jewish panellist said had turned into a "hate-fest".

Palestinian boycott activist Omar Barghouti, Guardian and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland, American writer Carol Gould and British-Sri Lankan poet Seni Seneviratne spoke at the London Literary Festival session on July 10.

Throughout the event, Ms Gou


Ziggy Marley on Israel and why he doesn't support a boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011
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Musician Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, was interviewed on a trip to Israel.

Among other things, he discussed the link between Israeli and Rastafarian culture, and spoke about his response to Facebook messages telling him to boycott Israel.


Freedland gloom as Israel boycott is applauded

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A culture of "impunity, racism and genocidal tendencies has overtaken Israeli society", according to Palestinian boycott activist and author Omar Barghouti.

Mr Barghouti was speaking in support of a boycott motion proposed at a London Literature Festival debate at the Southbank Centre on Sunday.

He was joined by Seni Seneviratne, a British-Sri Lankan poet who is a member of British Writers i


Backlash as Israel gags boycotters

By SImon Rocker and Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2011

Israel provoked a storm of criticism across the Jewish world this week after passing a law which enables legal action to be taken against anyone calling for boycotts of the country, including settlements in the West Bank.

The measure instantly began to bite as Peace Now was sued in an Israeli court after it renewed its campaign to boycott settler-produced goods, in defiance of the new law.



July 14, 2011

This newspaper, along with almost the entirety of Anglo-Jewry, does everything within its power to oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.


The nasty things in Green leader's PC

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

The Green Party could be "more sensitive" in its use of the language of boycott in its policy towards Israel, according to its leader, Caroline Lucas.

The MP for Brighton Pavilion, the first Green to sit in the House of Commons, said she had come to this conclusion after discussions with a rabbi in her constituency, Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue.


Scots boycott row hits US Senate

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to defend the Scottish government after the row over a council's Israel boycott reached the US Senate.

Senator Mark Kirk welcomed the embassy's move to distance the devolved parliament from West Dunbartonshire's ban on Israeli goods.

After receiving complaints from residents in his Illinois state, Republican Mr Kirk contacted the embassy f


Jello Biafra cancels Israel gig but attacks boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys has pulled out of a planned concert in Tel Aviv this weekend, but says he will still go to Israel.

Jello Biafra, who was set to play in Tel Aviv for the first time on July 2 with his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine, said the cancellation absolutely did not mean he or his band were endorsing or joining a boycott of Israel.