Israel boycott

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."


Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.


Israelis disappointed as Coldplay back Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

British band Coldplay have angered Israeli fans after they backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

Earlier today Coldplay alerted fans of their official Facebook page to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single," and posted a link to its website.


Co-op rejects boycott

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2011

The Co-operative Group has thrown out a boycott motion calling for complete severance of trade with Israel.

A motion submitted by the group's South and West membership region on Saturday declared: "This annual general meeting resolves that our Society stops the sale of all Israeli goods."