Israel boycott

Jello Biafra to play in Israel despite protests

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Musician Jello Biafra has vowed to defy calls for him to boycott a planned performance in Israel.

The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys is set to play in Tel Aviv for the first time on July 2 with his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine.


Green MP Caroline Lucas challenges PSC on pre-Israel map

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The leader of the Green Party has written to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign questioning why the organisation uses as its logo a provocative map of Palestine prior to the creation of Israel.

Caroline Lucas, Parliament's first Green MP, is a prominent supporter of the Palestinian cause and has visited the Palestinian territories on several occasions.

The Green Party has close links with the


Israelis boycott costly cottage cheese

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

A group of Israelis have launched an online protest over the soaring price of cheese.

More than 75,000 people have joined a Facebook group called "Eight shekels for such a basic product? Don't buy cottage cheese for a month".

The price of cottage cheese has skyrocketed in the last few years and a 250g container is now sold in many supermarkets at £1.40.


Scottish whisky hit by boycott threat

By Jessica Elgot, June 16, 2011

It's a staple kiddush tipple, but Scotch whisky could be off the menu on Shabbat, after Jewish groups announced a boycott of Scottish distilleries in protest against West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel.

The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs - which encompasses 250 "kiddush clubs" across the US - asked its 6,000 members to consider a boycott of all Scotch from distillers which have


No more boycotts

June 16, 2011

West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel is morally wrong and deserves almost everything being thrown at it. But the notion of a tit-for-tat boycott of whisky made by distillers in West Dunbartonshire, such as Chivas, Glenlivet and Ballantine's, is simply ridiculous.
If one is, rightly, angered by blanket boycotts, it is simply perverse to launch another one in competition.


Israeli honour for Sir James Wolfensohn after Beirut petition

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.


Boycott leader defends Fogel killers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The councillor behind West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel has caused fresh controversy this week after suggesting that the murderer of the Fogel family in Itamar was seeking to avenge "Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF".

Jim Bollan, a Scottish Socialist Party councillor, made the comments in an email to a British pro-Israel activist who had contacted him about the boycott


What will it take?

June 10, 2011

Since we first revealed the plans of West Dunbartonshire Council to boycott Israeli goods, including barring Israeli books from libraries, the story has been picked up around the world. Commentators and politicians have been sickened by the idea.


Israeli Dr Water Molecule barred from Emirates event

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A star children's entertainer has been barred from a science fair in Abu Dhabi – because he is Israeli.

Uri Weil, who is better known to young Israelis as Dr Water Molecule, was due to perform 40 shows in the Emirates' first ever science festival.


Council taxing our patience

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 3, 2011

The silly season has certainly come early this year.

Take Scotland. And, in particular, West Dunbartonshire. The elected councillors of West Dunbartonshire have reiterated their determination to enforce a policy (apparently first adopted in 2009) banning "the purchase of any goods… which were made or grown in Israel."