Israel boycott

Comedians fall out over Israel charity boycott

By Naomi Firsht, December 11, 2014

A group of Jewish comedians will not be performing at an annual festive show this year after being boycotted because of their support for a pro-Israel charity.

Veteran performer Ivor Dembina has told his fellow stand-ups that he will not book them for his Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show later this month if they perform at the JNF's annual Kosher Komedy Night.

Comedian Mark Maier, who appear


Architects rebuilding

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

As damage limitation exercises go, Riba's unexpected U-turn on its Israel policy may prove to be too little, too late.

There were a number of factors behind the decision announced by the institute's president, Stephen Hodder, but whether remorse was among them remains unclear.


Riba admits it got it wrong on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

Financial loss and the threat of rebuke from the Charity Commission were partly behind the decision of British architects to drop a proposed boycott of their Israeli counterparts.


Riba u-turn over Israel boycott: 'We got it wrong'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

British architects have reversed their call for Israeli counterparts to be suspended from an international union.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) confirmed the u-turn today when its council adopted a new policy on international affairs.


How to beat the boycott — and help the homeless

December 4, 2014

Pro-israel activists have come up with a novel way to say ‘No’ to boycott campaigners and help the homeless at the same time — and the JC is proud to lend its support.

Grassroots group Sussex Friends of Israel is urging people around the country to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities.


Barclays bank branch forced to shut by anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Anti-Israel activists forced the temporary closure of a central London branch of Barclays bank on Saturday.

Protesters shut down the bank's Piccadilly branch, and entered other branches, displaying banners stating “stop arming Israel”.

Barclays is understood to have had investments in leading Israeli military firm Elbit which builds drones used by the IDF over Gaza.


Leicester council to boycott Israeli settlement goods

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

One of Britain’s biggest local authorities has voted to boycott goods from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Councillors in Leicester condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank and said the boycott would stand “until Israel withdraws from Palestinian Occupied Territories”.


Call for boycott clamp-down

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Activists want police to have more power to stop boycotts of Jewish and Israeli businesses, claiming that existing legislation is "deficient".

North-West Friends of Israel, which led a campaign to end the picket by pro-Palestinians of the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store in Manchester, has written to a group of MPs urging them to strengthen the Public Order Act.

The group's co-chair Anthony Den


Keeping faith amid the protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

A scarf-clad observant Jewish woman has teamed up with a hijab-wearing counterpart to tackle strained Muslim-Jewish relations since boycott protests hit the streets of Manchester.

Aimee Banay, a 35-year-old mother-of-two, said the Gaza conflict, which sparked protests in Manchester outside a Jewish shop, has fed Muslims and Jews with "conspiracy theories" about each other.


Boycotts can hurt the UK, too

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2014

Israel's Chief Scientist, Avi Hasson, has warned that boycott campaigns could deter Israelis from trading with Britain.

Mr Hasson, whose office is part of Israel's Ministry of Economy, met senior ministers and business leaders in London at a conference co-organised by UK Israel Business and the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.