Israel boycott

UCU stalls on boycott decision

By Simon Rocker, June 20, 2008

Leaders of Britain’s main lecturers’ union have been accused of failing to throw out a controversial policy denounced by critics as a backdoor move to boycott Israel.

At its annual conference last month, the University and College Union voted to ask academics to “consider the moral and political implications of educational links with Israeli institutions”.

But the UCU executive last Friday put off any decision to implement the resolution, instead referring it for further discussion by a sub-committee.

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BT shows it’s good to talk as it hosts 19 Israeli high-tech firms

By Shelly Paz, June 13, 2008

British Telecom’s warm hospitality towards 19 Israeli startup companies, on show this week at the BT Tower in Central London, may not signal a sudden end to the anti-Israel sentiment that the ambassador this week bemoaned in Britain.

But it does suggest that the UK telecoms giant has discovered the goldmine of Israeli high-tech.

Six months ago, the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour invited BT to launch a direct business channel between the two communities.

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Britain is a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment

By Ron Prosor, June 13, 2008

Extremists have hijacked the debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK

Throughout its modern history, Britain has prided itself on its liberal society, which cherishes human rights and values civil liberties.

That pride was well founded, both in the international arena, when Britain stood alone in Europe facing the Third Reich, and domestically, when Britain led the way in establishing a national health service, granting women the right to vote and protecting the basic social rights of the working class.

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Britain is a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment

By Ron Prosor, June 13, 2008

Extremists have hijacked the debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK

Throughout its modern history, Britain has prided itself on its liberal society, which cherishes human rights and values civil liberties.

That pride was well founded, both in the international arena, when Britain stood alone in Europe facing the Third Reich, and domestically, when Britain led the way in establishing a national health service, granting women the right to vote and protecting the basic social rights of the working class.

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Major union rejects Israel boycott

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

A decision by Britain’s third-largest union not to adopt an anti-Israel motion at its congress in Plymouth on Monday has been welcomed by the Stop The Boycott campaign.

The GMB general union debated a motion on statehood for Palestine that also made mention of rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza.

Although at least one region wanted to harden the wording, delegates ultimately decided to steer clear of a motion that called for any boycott.

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Welsh call to boycott envoy

June 13, 2008

The presiding officer of the Welsh Assembly has urged its members to boycott a meeting with Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador.

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas emailed Assembly Members stating that he thought they should shun the ambassador. “I am unwilling to accept the invitation to meet the ambassador because of my objection to the failure of the state of Israel to meet its international obligations to the Palestinian people of the Holy Lands,” he wrote. “I would invite other colleagues to do the same.” 

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