Israel boycott

Boycott in Bremen echoes the Nazi era

By Toby Axelrod, March 17, 2011

A call to boycott Israeli products in Bremen, featuring posters with oranges dripping blood, has drawn reactions of disgust and frustration from Jewish leaders in Germany.


A foolish boycott

March 17, 2011

If some senior university staff appear to lack a sense of propriety, the members of Edinburgh's student union who voted for a boycott of Israeli goods appear, to be blunt, to be simply idiots. So they want to boycott Israeli goods? Let them.


Music group strikes sour note on fund

By Jessica Elgot, March 11, 2011

Pro-Palestinian campaigners are planning to disrupt a conference on Israeli music at SOAS which they say is "endorsed by the Israeli government" - although the organisers have in fact rejected Israeli funding.

Organisers turned down a grant from the British Israeli Arts Training Scheme, after deciding they did not want political connections with the conference.


How Israeli hi-tech works in the UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

If you watch Sky TV, own a mobile phone, go to a hospital, play video games or use internet banking, you are probably using Israeli technology, research or products.

The country is currently rated the third most productive hi-tech and innovation region in the world, second only to California and Massachusetts.


Shoppers urged to beat Israel boycotters

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

The UK chairman of Stand With Us has called for British supporters of Israel to take part in Buy Israeli Goods Day on March 30, to combat a day of action called internationally by anti-Israeli boycotters.


Knesset approves NGO law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

The Knesset approved a law placing sanctions on individuals and companies involved in boycotts of Israel on Monday.

The law, by Likud parliamentary faction chairman, MK Zeev Elkin, passed 32-12 in its first reading and will now be prepared in the Justice Committee for its final readings.


Pink Floyd star announces Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

British singer Roger Waters has announced that he has joined the campaign to boycott Israel and compared his stand to that of opponents of apartheid South Africa.


Law to criminalise Israel boycotts planned

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 24, 2011

A new law that will fine Israelis who promote boycotts of Israel and prevent foreign citizens who do so from entering the country will be brought to the Knesset next week.


Quakers consider Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, February 17, 2011

British Quakers are considering "all options" after a debate on boycotting Israeli settlement goods.

Marigold Bentley, assistant general secretary of Quaker Peace and Social Witness said all boycotts and campaigns were currently being considered.

Quakers in Ramallah have called for the organisation to commit to boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, at the national "Meeting for Sufferings" last week with 150 British Quaker representatives.

Ms Bentley said: "We have discussed sanctions in the past, in the cases of Iraq and Zimbabwe; we are a peace movement.


Bryan Ferry to perform in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

British singer Bryan Ferry is to perform in Israel next month.

The former Roxy Music frontman will sing solo at a Tel Aviv venue in April, in the same week that teenage star Justin Bieber takes to the stage in the city.

The show will take place almost exactly four years after Mr Ferry was forced to apologise for describing Nazi parades and art as “amazing” and “really beautiful” in an interview with a German newspaper.

His Jewish manager Steven Howard later said of the controversy that Mr ferry did not “have a drop of antisemitic or racist blood in his body”.