Israel boycott

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.


Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.


Criminalising boycott backers will backfire

By David Newman, April 26, 2015

The Israeli High Court will not overrule the Knesset's decision that makes it a crime for Israeli citizens or NGOs to support a boycott or any divestment and sanctions-related activities.


SNP candidate claims Netanyahu should face war crimes trial

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

A Scottish National Party candidate has called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be tried for war crimes.

Stewart McDonald, who is standing in Glasgow South, has also backed a boycott of Israel, according to the Common Space website.

Speaking at a hustings last Thursday, he is reported to have said: “I think we need to get Netanyahu in front of a war crimes trial.


Green and Ukip candidates at odds over Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

A Jewish businessman and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor are going head-to-head in a fight for the parliamentary seat in Westminster North.

But as respective candidates for Ukip and the Green Party, Nigel Sussman and Jennifer Nadel are poles apart on a raft of policies, from Israel to immigration.


Green leader Natalie Bennett backs cultural boycott of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she backed the boycott of Israeli artists, musicians and academics in an interview with the JC on Friday.

Ms Bennett, who is standing for Holborn & St Pancras, supported the party’s official Israel boycott policy.


Green candidate calls Israel ‘racist and apartheid state’

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the Green Party to condemn a parliamentary candidate, after she called Israel “a racist and apartheid state” this week.

Tanya Williams, the Green candidate for Twickenham, made the comments at an Amnesty International hustings on Tuesday.

According to the news website SW Londoner, she said: “[Israel is] a racist state and an apartheid state.


Greens want to end EU trade deal with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Green Party would suspend the European Union’s trade agreement with Israel, according to the party’s election manifesto.

Launched in London on Tuesday morning by Green leader Natalie Bennett, the policy document highlights the approach that would be taken to the Middle East.


Friends groups will work to resist boycott efforts

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

The founder of a new grassroots group has claimed it will combat Scotland's "vicious" anti-Israel movement.

Nigel Goodrich oversaw the launch of Edinburgh Friends of Israel on Sunday, with around 200 people - the majority not Jewish - attending its inaugural conference.

Mr Goodrich said: "The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Israel boycott movement in Scotland are vicious.


Archbishop: 'Boycotts are not the answer'

April 2, 2015

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, spoke warmly of Israel and expressed dismay at its lack of support from some fellow clergy when he addressed a Berkshire Council of Christians and Jews meeting at Maidenhead Synagogue.

Taking audience questions after his talk on "Moral dilemmas facing the human family", he spoke of his disappointment at backers of boycott campaigns, which were "n