Israel boycott

George Galloway in new row at Oxford Union

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2013

The tables were turned on George Galloway this week after a student launched a protest and then walked out as the Respect MP gave a lecture at the Oxford Union.

Jonathan Hunter unfurled an Israeli flag and began to speak in Hebrew in front of Mr Galloway before storming out.

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Methodists considering abandoning boycott after talks with Board

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2013

The Methodist Church this week agreed to consider alternatives to boycotting Israel after the Board of Deputies voiced concern about its policy on the Middle East.

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Bagels for counter PSC Brighton protest

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Supporters of Israel turned out in force to counter the national day of boycott activity at the weekend.

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters star of David pig protest

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2013

Jews in Manchester are angry that rock guitarist Roger Waters displayed an inflatable pig bearing a star of David during a concert, even though they warned the venue it would cause offence.

The Pink Floyd frontman, and well known supporter of a boycott of Israel, performed at the phones4u Arena Manchester last week as part of “The Wall” tour.

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Moty Cristal boycott case involves a ‘huge series of issues’

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2013

A decision may not be made for weeks on whether to allow a case involving an Israeli conflict resolution expert to go to a full trial, a judge has warned.

Moty Cristal is seeking damages totalling £26,500 and an apology from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust after it cancelled a workshop he was due to run for its staff last year.

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Olympic boss backs down

By Bernard Josephs, September 17, 2013

The International Olympic Committee’s president-elect Thomas Bach has said he would resign as head of Ghorfa, the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry that facilitates trade boycotts of Israel.

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Union ‘threatened to boycott Israel professor’

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

A mental health trust and a trade union discriminated against a conflict resolution expert because he was Israeli, a court has been told.

Moty Cristal was due to run a workshop for staff at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust in May last year, but the event was cancelled when members of Unison objected to his nationality, it is alleged.

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BA says sorry over in-flight Israel map

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

British Airways has apologised for displaying a map which has the name “Palestinian Territories” covering part of Israel.

The airline has promised to replace the image, shown to passengers on flights to Israel, by the end of this month.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “The phrase appears on an in-flight map system installed on a small number of our aircraft.

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Trade unionists warned over extremism threat

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Trades unionists are being drawn into “the orbit of extremism”, a leading anti-boycott activist has warned.

Roger Lyons, chairman of Trade Union Friends of Israel, condemned plans to take a delegation of major union representatives to Gaza alongside the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Anti-Israel protestor's 'kettling' claim dismissed

September 12, 2013

An anti-Israel protestor who claimed his human rights were violated when he was “kettled” by police during a Palestine solidarity demonstration has failed in his High Court bid for damages.

Joseph Wright, 26, launched his claim after he was forced by Met Police officers into a pen made of metal barriers as Israeli president Shimon Peres arrived to make a speech in London in 2011.

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