Israel boycott

Dundee students to boycott Eden water

By Stephanie Brickman, February 12, 2009

Dundee University Students Association has resolved to boycott BAE Systems and Eden Springs because of their interests in Israel.

Before last Thursday’s debate on the boycott resolution, Dundee’s university authorities had already agreed to instruct their investment managers to sell defence industry stock, including that in BAE Systems, in response to student pressure.

As a result the debate focused on the water company, Eden Springs. The motion, proposed by the Stop The War Coalition, was backed by 125 of the 180 students attending.


John Lewis quashes false boycott claim

By Leon Symons, February 12, 2009

Department store John Lewis has moved to quash an allegation in a Jewish freesheet claiming that it was considering a boycott of Israel goods.

The false claim was made in an article in the Jewish News by Mill Hill rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, who called for a boycott of the store, and which John Lewis says has cost it thousands of pounds in cancelled sales.


Public rejects Israel boycott

By Barry Toberman and Leon Symons, January 29, 2009

The british are against a boycott of Israeli goods, according to a survey conducted for the JC by YouGov this week.

By a significant majority, they also feel that the imposition of sanctions would make no difference to Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. Although almost half the 1,859 adults surveyed believe that Israel is acting too harshly towards Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza, the large percentage of “don’t knows” to the three questions indicates that many do not feel strongly about the issues.


Boycott is now over say Oxford academics

December 11, 2008

Two Oxford academics who have mounted a legal challenge the University and College Union (UCU), said this week that the union had dropped its proposed boycott of Israeli academics.

But in a statement, the union said “There was never a boycott motion passed at its Congress”. Its general secretary, Sally Hunt, insisted: “We have passed a motion to provide solidarity with the Palestinians, not to boycott Israel or any other country’s academic institutions.” Implementation of the motion “within the law”, she said, “will now fall to the national executive committee (NEC)”.


Attempt to expel Israeli architects fails

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2008

A long-running dispute sparked by calls for a boycott of Israel has resurfaced following attempts to expel Israelis from the International Union of Architects (UIA).

A motion likening Israeli actions to those of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe collapsed due to a lack of support at a major conference in Turin last month.

London-based Abe Hayeem, chair of the Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) lobby group, proposed the motion.


College links put pressure on boycotters

By Leon Symons, July 25, 2008

A groundbreaking scheme that strengthens links between universities and academics in Britain and Israel has been launched simultaneously in London and Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed an agreement on Sunday with Premier Ehud Olmert to start the Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership. BIRAX, as it is known, will give grants primarily to junior academics, mainly in scientific research.


Union blocks boycott move

By Leon Symons, July 4, 2008

The “Boycott Israel” campaign has been dealt a significant blow after the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ (RMT) annual meeting overturned its pro-boycott policy.

More than two-thirds of the delegates voted in favour of a tough-talking but balanced resolution that not only condemned violence and racism on both sides, but also insisted that: “The Hamas Charter is a virulently antisemitic document that exhorts the killing of Jews and subordinates all social and human rights to Islam.”


Boycott hit by a wave of collaborations

June 27, 2008

The director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East said this week that the enthusiastic take-up by British academics of his seminars in Israel gave the lie to the belief that there was strong support for an academic boycott.

John Levy, who is sending five working groups to Israel this year, said: “We are sponsoring intimate encounters between Israeli academics and their UK counterparts.


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.


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.