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  • Holland opposes banning any Israeli product, Dutch premier says

    September 23, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    The Netherlands opposes any kind of import ban on Israeli products, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, though it must enforce European Union legislation on labeling settlement goods.

    “I would like to stress that the Netherlands opposes any type of import ban or the boycott of...

  • New IOC chief also heads German group that aids Israel boycott

    September 11, 2013 | 6:38 am

    The newly elected president of the International Olympic Committee heads a German-based organization that helps companies to guarantee that their products do not contain anything from Israel.

    Thomas Bach, a German who was elected Tuesday at an IOC session in Buenos Aires, is...

  • Open letter from Roger Waters calls on musicians to boycott Israel

    August 19, 2013 | 4:45 pm

    British rocker Roger Waters published an open letter calling on fellow musicians to join a boycott of Israel.

    The letter, which condemns Israel for apartheid and ethnic cleansing, has been expected for several months, according to the Electronic Intifada, which first reported on...

  • BDS pressure grows in Europe

    August 7, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    Two weeks ago, the Dutch public learned of what appeared to be an unprecedented victory for European advocates of boycotting Israeli products. Four major supermarket chains reportedly declared a boycott of products from the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.


  • Israeli civil rights group files class action racism complaint against Australian Professor

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 7, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    On July 31, 2013, an Israeli civil rights group, Shurat HaDin, has filed a class action complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 with the Australian Human Rights Commission over a Sydney professor's participation and public support of boycotts of Israel including...

  • BDS becomes law in the EU: Why the European Union’s boycott of Israeli products is wrong

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2013 | 6:03 am

    According to a new guideline adopted by the European Union, contracts between EU member states and Israel must include a clause stating that east Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel and therefore not part of the contract. This means that any cooperation,...

  • Dutch commission calls for freezing ties with Israel

    July 2, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Holland’s ruling party rejected a recommendation by the country’s foreign policy advisory council to negotiate with Hamas and freeze ties with Israel over settlements.

    The recommendations on Israel came in nonbinding conclusions listed in a recent report by Holland’s Advisory...

  • No Happy Meal for you!

    June 27, 2013 | 9:32 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    When it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, everything, even a hamburger, is political. Israelis who live in areas that Israel acquired in 1967 are up in arms over McDonald’s decision not to open a branch in the mall that will...

  • The new wave

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 12, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The world's most famous scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking was supposed to arrive in Israel this month. Hawking, 71, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, was invited to participate the high- profile Presidential Conference in Jerusalem named "Facing Tomorrow"," which will also...

  • After erroneous denials, Stephen Hawking affirms boycott of Israel

    May 8, 2013 | 10:30 am

    British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking clarified Wednesday that he decided to cancel a planned visit to Israel to adhere to an academic boycott of the Jewish state.

    Earlier on Wednesday, University of Cambridge spokesman Tim Holt said Hawking's cancellation of the trip planned...

  • The Berkeley Boycott Exchange, Part 1: Berkeley Showed BDS the Door

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2013 | 4:53 am

    Last week, associate professor of political science Ron Hassner of Berkeley University published an article about Berkeley's ASUC Senate vote to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military. Hassner believes that this was "a momentous resolution". The resolution and its...

  • Israeli Technion students replied to a call for boycott from Sydney, Australia

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

    On 10 April, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney, Australia (SRC), voted to pass a resolution calling on the university administration to cut ties with the Technion- a globally known and appreciated Israeli academic institution for technology. The...

  • Roger Waters still ‘considering’ call to boycott Israel

    April 19, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters said he was still considering whether to call on musicians to boycott Israel.

    "I am considering my position," Waters said in a taped interview published online Monday by The Huffington Post. "The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott...

  • Charedi media personalities call for settlement boycott

    March 6, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    Israeli Charedi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party's position on drafting yeshiva students.

    The leader of Jewish Home, Naftali Bennett, is a staunch advocate of West Bank settlements and is...

  • BDS call pushes California pension funds

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 20, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    Responding to petitions signed by hundreds of their members, the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) — the state’s two largest pension plans — have become enmeshed in the battle to persuade American...

  • In SodaStream boycott push, Palestinians may be the victims

    February 7, 2013 | 10:11 am

    For proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, SodaStream would appear to be a straightforward target.

    The Israeli company, which sells a popular kitchen gadget that turns tap water into carbonated drinks, has a large factory in a West Bank settlement. When...

  • Israel boycotts scheduled U.N. review of human rights practices

    January 29, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Israel boycotted a United Nations review of its human rights practices, becoming the first country to do so.

    Israel did not send representatives to its review session on Tuesday at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The council was conducting its Universal...

  • BDS resolution against Israel could pass at ANC national conference

    December 18, 2012 | 9:51 am

    A resolution aimed at boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel could gain majority support at this week’s National Conference of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party.

    A marked anti-Israel swing by the South African government in recent months has caused...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Local Testimony- 2012

    The 2012 World Press Photo exhibition opened last week at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. The traveling international exhibition is accompanied by the thrilling Israeli Local Testimony exhibition, presenting the best of Israeli photojournalism. Dozens of...

  • $14 million raised without Stevie Wonder at FIDF gala

    December 12, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    Despite a stormy week of protest and provocation following music icon Stevie Wonder’s last-minute pullout from the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region dinner, the Dec. 6 gala went off without a hitch, raising a record $14 million for Israeli soldiers. 

  • SodaStream Super Bowl ad buy has BDS movement’s eye

    December 10, 2012 | 11:21 am

    SodaStream's purchase of a Super Bowl commercial has the BDS movement in the U.S. saying it will step up its campaign against the Israeli firm.

    Soda Stream, the maker of home soda machines, will pay about $3.5 million for a 30-second spot for the game. The company reportedly had...

  • My country is under attack. Do you care?

    October 26, 2012 | 9:54 am

    I'm angry.

    You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian...

  • U.S. rejects call for boycott by UN Rapporteur Falk

    October 26, 2012 | 9:47 am

    The Obama administration slammed U.N. special rapporteur Richard Falk's call for a boycott of private companies that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Susan E. Rice, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, in a statement Friday called Falk's...

  • Univ. of California student group raps moves to censure boycott efforts

    September 19, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    The University of California Student Association voted to condemn attempts to censure boycott and divestment efforts by Palestinian human rights activists.

    The unanimous resolution passed Sept. 15 also demands that the university stop profiting from what it termed Israel’s human...

  • South African university distances itself from student boycott of Israel

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 4, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Witwatersrand University in South Africa has distanced itself from a student association decision to boycott Israel.

    In a statement released Monday, the university said that it does not share the initiative of the Wits Student Representative Council, adopted Aug. 31, which calls...

  • Israel angered by South African move on settlement goods

    August 23, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Israel accused South Africa on Thursday of behaving like an apartheid state by requiring Israeli goods made by West Bank settlers to be labeled as originating from occupied Palestinian territory.

    The rhetoric is likely to strain Israel’s relations with South Africa, whose ruling...

  • United Church of Canada poised to approve settlement boycott

    August 16, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Canada’s largest Protestant church stands poised to approve a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements.

    Meeting in Ottawa, members of the United Church of Canada’s General Council on Wednesday affirmed a resolution supporting a boycott of goods produced in the West Bank and...

  • Discouraging S. African visits to Israel constitutes boycott, envoy says

    August 15, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Israel’s envoy to South Africa said a government minister’s statement that South Africans would be “discouraged” from visiting Israel represents a boycott of his country.

    “The cat is out of the bag,” said Dov Segev-Steinberg, Israel’s ambassador to South Africa.

    Taken together with...

  • Rubashkin Revenge: Ethical Certificates at Center of Dispute

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 25, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    About eight months ago, when Katsuji Tanabe agreed to display the Tav HaYosher certificate in the window of his one-year-old restaurant on Pico Boulevard, the head chef and owner of Mexikosher knew that the “ethical seal,” issued by the Modern Orthodox social justice organization...

  • S. African government minister praises West Bank product ban

    July 19, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    A South African government minister expressed strong support for a proposal to ban products from the West Bank from being labeled as originating from Israel.

    In a policy briefing on South Africa-Palestinian relations July 14 at the College of Cape Town, South African Deputy Minister...

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