Israel boycott

Security firm claims ‘vindication’ over its work with Israel

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

Britain’s largest security firm has claimed it has been “vindicated” following an investigation into its work with Israel.

G4S said the results of an 18-month probe of its work with Israeli officials in the Palestinian territories had shown there was no “general failure” in its respect for Palestinians’ human rights.

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Directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach call for boycott of Israel film festival

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 9, 2015

Over 40 artists and film-makers have called for a boycott of the London Israeli Film and Television Festival, which opens this week.

In a letter to the Guardian, directors including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kosminsky and actress Miriam Margolyes were among those calling for cinemas in London to refuse screening of films that are part of the Seret 2015 season.

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It’s a ‘golden era’ for UK-Israel trade, says Business Secretary Sajid Javid

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has declared it is a “golden era” for trade between the UK and Israel.

Speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night, he told the 250-strong audience: “The past few years have been a golden era - what really excites me are the possibilities for the years that lie ahead.”

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Orange chief insists Israel pullout is for commercial reasons

By Sandy Rashty, June 5, 2015

The chief executive of Orange has backtracked after he told a conference in Cairo earlier in the week that he would take the telecoms giant out of Israel “tomorrow”.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronat this morning, Stephane Richard said his comments had been “misunderstood”, adding: “I love Israel”.

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Fury as NUS leaders vote to boycott Israel

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

The National Union of Students’ decision to boycott Israel has been condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders in Britain.

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National Union of Students votes to boycott Israel

By Naomi Firsht, June 2, 2015

The National Union of Students has passed a motion to boycott Israeli companies and to affiliate to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The proposal was passed with 19 votes for, 14 against and one abstention on Tuesday at a meeting of the NUS National Executive Council, which is made up of elected NUS representatives.

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Jewish fury over Orange CEO’s Israel boycott revelation

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

Jews and pro-Israel activists across the globe have vowed to cancel their Orange contracts after the French telecoms giant’s CEO said he would boycott Israel if he had the chance.

Speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday, Stéphane Richard said he would end the brand’s relationship with Israel “tomorrow” if he could.

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York students feeling unsafe after boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Pro-Israel students at York University say they feel unsafe after the student union passed a motion to boycott Israeli settlement goods.

Jewish undergraduate Zachary Confino said: "Quite a lot of Jewish students are not happy about being openly Jewish or pro-Israel on campus. I feel it is not the safest thing to do. It is not the most welcoming place to be pro-Israel."

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Anger followed theatre’s ‘shameful’ decision

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

One evening in August last year, around 250 demonstrators gathered outside the Tricycle Theatre in north London. They were protesting against the venue’s decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival over its ties with Israel.

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Israel’s Arab diplomat tells StandWithUs guests why he backs the Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots group StandWithUs UK held its first annual reception on Thursday, with Arab-Israeli diplomat George Deek telling the 270 guests that Arab and Jews in Israel shared common goals and fears.

Mr Deek, who was guest of honour at the event at St Johns Wood Synagogue, was making his first official visit to the UK.

He explained why he champions the Jewish state.

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