Israel boycott

Comment: Rita Eker

By Rita Eker, April 8, 2010

We, the 35s, (The Women in Black), with whom I am very proud to be associated, demonstrated in the 70s and 80s, but for just and factual reasons.

Thousands of Soviet Jews were imprisoned, incarcerated in mental institutions, beaten and tortured. Why? They were trying to maintain their religious beliefs and go to live in Israel.

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Comment: Jon Haber

April 8, 2010

The best context for understanding the disruption of last week’s Jerusalem Quartet concert is the rise and fall of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) “movement” which, despite being at the top of the anti-Israel agenda for nearly a decade, has yet to achieve any real victories.

The Israeli economy and exports have nearly doubled over the last decade when the boycotters were making every effort to bring the country to its knees.

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UK 'should prevent arms being used in West Bank'

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2010

The government should do more to make sure that military components sold by Britain to Israel are not used in the Occupied Territories, a joint parliamentary committee on arms exports has said.

They said it was “regrettable that arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used in Operation Cast Lead” – last year’s campaign against rocket-launchers in Gaza.

“This is in direct contravention to the UK government’s policy that UK arms exports to Israel should not be used in the Occupied Territories,” they said.

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Jerusalem Quartet blast concert disruption

By Jessica Elgot, April 1, 2010

The Jerusalem Quartet have called the disruption of their performance at London’s Wigmore Hall “irrational” and “ignorant.”

The lunchtime performance, being broadcast live on BBC Radio Three, was taken off air partway through the concert on Monday afternoon after protesters disrupted the event. But the musicians played on and completed the Mozart and Ravel concert programme.

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Liberal Judaism criticised for boycotter talk

March 25, 2010

The Board of Deputies this week criticised Liberal Judaism for having allowed a meeting at its headquarters featuring a supporter of the boycott against Israel.

Jeff Halper, the director of the Israel Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD), spoke at a meeting organised by Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) at the Montagu Centre, Liberal Judaism's central London HQ, on Sunday.

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Dell customer told: Sorry, we're boycotting Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

Computer manufacturer Dell has launched an investigation after a call centre worker told a customer the company "would not deal with Israel".

The male staff member was asked whether a laptop charger could be sent to Israel but responded by falsely claiming the company was boycotting the Jewish state.

A company spokesman said an internal review of the incident had begun and reassured customers that products remained on sale in Israel and to Israeli shoppers online.

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Cologne refuses action against artist 'blood libel'

By Jessica Elgot, March 2, 2010

An anti-Israel display in Cologne, which features a cartoon of an Israeli eating a Palestinian child, does not incite racial hatred, the public prosecutor has ruled.

The image is part of a longstanding display put up in Cologne’s Cathedral Square by Walter Herrmann, named the “Wailing Wall”.

The display has now been removed from the square but Mr Herrmann has posted a sign that he plans to remount the “Wailing Wall” in June.

Many of the town’s councillors have appealed for the exhibition to be taken down.

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Irish minister 'regrets' protest at Israel envoy

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2010

Ireland’s foreign minister has said he regrets a town council’s decision to remove a page, signed by the Israeli ambassador, from its visitors’ book.

Zion Evrony, Israel’s envoy to Ireland, visited Carrickmacross at the end of January but was met by a political row and protests from angry Sinn Féin councillors.

They proposed that the council should “remove” the page signed by Dr Evrony from the visitors’ book.

Foreign Minister Micheál Martin said he “regrets” the incident and believes states should treat each other with respect.

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Manchester Uni to debate Israeli speaker ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 22, 2010

Manchester University Students' Union has not voted to ban all Israeli speakers from giving talks, despite earlier claims to the contrary.

Andrew Balcombe, speaking at the Zionist Federation dinner last night, claimed that the Union executive had voted to deny all Israelis a platform at the Union.

It had been thought that the executive had pushed through a motion backing a ban.

The JC now understands that an executive meeting is due to take place on Tuesday to discuss interpretations of a motion adopted after last year’s Gaza conflict.

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Deputy Israeli ambassador cancels uni talk

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2010

Deputy Israeli ambassador Talya Lador-Fresher has cancelled a talk at Manchester University within the last hour amid rising security “threats” from protesters.

Ms Lador-Fresher was due to speak at 3pm to the politics society of Manchester University Students Union. But after 300 protesters were expected to turn out, organised by another student society Action Palestine, the embassy cancelled her visit.

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