Israel boycott

Johannesburg university condemned for 'brutal' Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

Jewish and Israeli groups have criticised the decision by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to sever its ties with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

The South African university announced it would no longer work with BGU, following a long anti-Israel campaign by academics and intellectuals, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


Boycotters 'victory' as music festival distances itself from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Israel boycotters have declared a “victory” after organisers of an Israeli music conference assured them that the event would have no Israeli government funding.


New moves to boycott Israeli gems

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Boycotters have begun alleging that rough diamonds polished in Israel are "blood diamonds."


No boycott at LSE or Edinburgh Union

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The president of Edinburgh University Students' Association has confirmed a proposed boycott of Israeli products will not be enforced.

Around 270 students at the university last week voted in favour of a motion which described Israel as an apartheid state and called for a boycott of goods.


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.