Israel boycott

Israeli chain's London launch met with happy anticipation - and foreboding

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

A new Israeli cosmetics store in central London could attract negative attention from boycott activists, communal figures have warned.

Sabon, a luxury brand specialising in skincare and fragrances which contain minerals from the Dead Sea, was due to open its first UK store on Neal Street in Covent Garden on Thursday.


Anti-boycott app? Forget it, use BDS tech to buy Israeli

By Nathan Jeffay, October 26, 2014

A new app is promising to boost to the campaign to counter the boycott of Israel by providing information on products originating from the Jewish state.

The app is called Am Yisrael Buy, a play on the phrase "am Yisrael chai", which means "the Jewish People lives".


Anti-Israel activist chosen as Tory candidate in Rochester

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014


The candidate selected to stand for the Conservative Party in an upcoming by-election in Kent is an anti-Israel activist at odds with the party’s stance on boycotts.

Kelly Tolhurst won an open primary to fight in Rochester and Strood next month.

A local businesswoman and councillor, Ms Tolhurst is known as a vocal anti-Israel campaigner in the area.


Israel is sick and needs treatment, says Rivlin

By Nathan Jeffay, October 23, 2014

Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin, has declared his society "ill".

Speaking this week at a conference on xenophobia, he told the audience: "The tension between Jews and Arabs within Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low. We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides."


Shame of artistic censorship

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Cultural boycott campaigners hammered another nail into the coffin of freedom of expression last week by again showing their willingness to embrace censorship and silence fellow artists.

A group calling themselves "Artists Right 2 Say No" organised a panel discussion in response to the Tricycle Theatre rumpus over Israeli funding for the UK Jewish Film festival.


MPs' Palestine vote shows Israel has 'lost UK public'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The vote by MPs to recognise a Palestinian state is a sign that public opinion is turning against Israel, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould told the JC: “Israel lost support after this summer’s conflict in Gaza, and after the series of announcements on settlements.


Despite Gaza war, UK-Israel trade up 28%

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Trade between the UK and Israel is at a record high, in spite of concerted efforts by campaigners to push for an Israel boycott during the Gaza conflict this summer.


David Cameron takes tough line over Israel boycotts

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

David Cameron has again moved to reassure British Jews of the government’s commitment to tackling antisemitism.

He said he understood concerns following the rise in antisemitic incidents which followed the Gaza conflict in the summer, and reiterated the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel.


Kedem protesters return

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

Manchester's chief constable has lifted a ban on pro-Palestinian activists protesting outside a city centre store selling Israeli cosmetics.

Sir Peter Fahy said month-long conditions limiting pickets "are no longer necessary to stop serious disruption".

Police had moved protesters away from the Kedem store in August after mainly peaceful demonstrations had lead to tense stand-offs, arrests o


Israeli Jews boycotting Arab businesses

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

A survey of Israeli Jewish consumers found that 24 per cent are boycotting Arab businesses.

The telephone survey, conducted by Geocartagraphia, found that the figure had fallen since Operation Protective Edge, when that 29 per cent said they would boycott Arab businesses.

According to a report on Globes, the figures tally with a fall in sales at Arab supermarkets.