Israel boycott

Four accuse Ahava of 'war crimes'

By Robyn Rosen, March 24, 2011

The London Israeli cosmetics shop Ahava has been accused of "war crimes" during a trial of four demonstrators.

The four "stormed" Ahava in Covent Garden twice last year: Matthew Richardson, 24, and Gwendolen Wilkinson, 20, on October 2, and Christopher Osmond, 30, and Jessica Nero, 33, on November 22.


Gene Simmons: Israel boycotters are fools

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Gene Simmons has criticised musicians who boycott Israel.

The Kiss bassist said those who refused to perform in Israel for political reasons were “fools”.

Mr Simmons, whose mother was an Auschwitz survivor, was born in Haifa in 1949 as Chaim Witz.

He made the comments while in Jerusalem to film scenes for his reality show, the Gene Simmons Family Jewels.


Edinburgh Students Union votes for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Students at Edinburgh University have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a boycott of Israeli goods.

On Monday, around 270 backed a boycott motion with only 20 voting against it. Israeli products will not be sold in student union shops, and they will encourage suppliers to stop using Israeli products.


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.