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  • Expert: European governments can legally ban West Bank goods

    July 9, 2012 | 10:34 am

    European governments are fully within their legal rights to boycott products made by Jews in the West Bank, a British legal expert has concluded.

    The 60-page opinion by James Crawford, a professor of international law at Cambridge University in Britain, has been shown to senior...

  • Presbyterian Church’s narrow rejection of divestment unlikely to slow anti-Israel push

    July 6, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this week – by a hair’s breadth – but they have no intention of giving up.

    That’s the message from backers of a divestment motion at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian...

  • Pro-Palestinian groups praise ANC boycott call

    July 5, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Pro-Palestinian groups have issued a joint statement supporting the African National Congress’ call to intensify a boycott of Israeli products because of its “Zionist policies,” which it has compared to apartheid.

    The South African Council of Churches, Open Shuhada Street, the...

  • Canadian senators warn church against boycott

    July 5, 2012 | 10:56 am

    In a rare move, nine Canadian senators have warned the United Church of Canada that its proposed boycott of goods from Israeli settlements would harm already tense relations with the Jewish community.

    The nine senators, all United Church members and representing the Conservative and...

  • Note to boycotters: Israel is not a thief

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    There is an obvious way to respond to author Alice Walker’s refusal to allow her novel “The Color Purple” to be translated into Hebrew. In case you missed it, Walker accused Israel of being “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and...

  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions put allies at odds

    July 3, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    As a long-time advocate for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I am pained that frustration over failure to achieve a just and lasting peace has led allies in the struggle to end up at odds over tactics like boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

    Two years...

  • Limmud Oz cancels speakers who support Israel boycott

    June 6, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Limmud Oz, an offshoot of the international festival of Jewish learning, cancelled a panel featuring several controversial Jewish speakers for its upcoming conference in Melbourne.

    The Jewish panelists no longer speaking, though they initially appeared on the Limmud Oz website,...

  • Web site launched to counter calls to boycott Israeli goods

    May 14, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Israeli businessmen have launched a Web site to help counter calls to boycott products made in Israel.

    The campaign, called Shop-A-Fada—a play on the word of the violent Palestinian uprising, the intifada, was launched Monday. It encourages the public to counter anti-Israel boycotts...

  • The art of boycott

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2012 | 9:51 am

    The Irish band Dervish was scheduled to perform in Israel next month.  As the concert’s day approached, Dervish’s Facebook page filled with posts by fans, who threatened to boycott the band itself, if they won’t cancel their visit here. Unfortunately for them, but mostly for their...

  • Trial of Israel boycott backers begins in Australia

    May 3, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The trial of 19 pro-Palestinian protesters backing an Israel boycott began in Australia.

    The defendants in the trial that started Tuesday in Melbourne Magistrates Court took part in a demonstration that turned violent last July outside an Israeli chocolatier Max Brenner shop in...

  • The night I heard electric music solid walls of sound

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 30, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Roger Waters, Carlos Santana, the Pixies are just a few of a long list of artists who gave in to political pressure and cancelled their scheduled performances in Israel in the past few years. After receiving threats of an artistic boycott by anti-Israeli groups, they were publicly...

  • Israeli singer Noa shocked by Facebook boycott call

    April 30, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    A Facebook group is calling for a boycott of the popular Israeli singer Noa.

    More than 3,500 members have signed on to the group, which launched following her performance last week at an alternative Memorial Day event for bereaved Jewish and Palestinian families. Many of the members...

  • Music moguls to artists: Don’t boycott Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 25, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    On a recent Tuesday, a group of 30 leading music executives, talent agents and entertainment lawyers gathered for lunch in the downstairs conference room at the law offices of Ziffren Brittenham in Century City. Together, the group represents the likes of Lady Gaga, Celine Dion,...

  • Leftist Israelis, Beinart’s boycott and the limits of negative messaging

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 6, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    When Peter Beinart proposed of a boycott of goods coming from the occupied territories, the most widely read responses came from American Jews—among them Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe, Gary Rosenblatt of the New York Jewish Week and Barry Shrage of Boston’s Combined Jewish...

  • Arabs boycotting Adidas for sponsoring Jerusalem race

    April 5, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Arab states launched a boycott against Adidas over its sponsorship of last month’s Jerusalem Marathon.

    The boycott of the sports apparel manufacturer was announced Wednesday in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, following a meeting of the Arab youth and sports council of ministers, the French...

  • Brooklyn food co-op rejects Israel boycott

    March 28, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A well-known cooperative grocery store in Brooklyn voted to reject a boycott of Israeli goods.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, members of the Park Slope Food Coop rejected by a vote of 1,005 to 653 a proposal to hold a mail ballot referendum for all members on whether to stop...

  • Beinart’s boycott plan deals a blow to peace bid

    March 22, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Far from charting a path toward peace for Israelis and Palestinians, Peter Beinart’s advice, “boycott the settlements to save Israel,” would make peace far less likely.

    Beinart’s boycott plan assumes that Jewish settlement on the West Bank is what is holding up a deal for a...

  • What to do about Israel Apartheid Week

    February 28, 2012 | 11:02 am

    University campuses are now bracing for the annual onslaught known as “Israel Apartheid Week,” or “Hate Week.” In the United States, this coordinated ideological assault lasts from Feb. 26 to March 3. In Europe, it begins the week before, and elsewhere the week after.


  • New boycott called over Israeli chocolate bars

    February 21, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    The leaders of Israel’s cottage cheese boycott are calling for a new boycott over the high price of chocolate bars.

    The calls came earlier this week after an Israeli living in the United States posted a photo on Facebook of a receipt from a New Jersey supermarket showing that the...

  • Iran boycott mars rare Middle East nuclear talks

    November 21, 2011 | 11:54 am

    Israel and its Arab neighbors sat in the same room on Monday for rare discussions on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, although the meeting was marred by the absence of boycotting Iran.

    Participants described the first day of the November 21-22 closed-door forum as less...

  • Iran to boycott Middle East nuclear talks

    November 18, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Iran will not attend a rare meeting for Middle East countries next week to discuss efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons, an Iranian official said, signaling worsening ties between the U.N. atomic agency and Iran.

    Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International...

  • From boycott to ‘buycott’

    November 17, 2011 | 11:27 am

    In the latest effort to counter continuing efforts to delegitimize Israel on the world stage, a Buy Israel Week campaign will be held nationwide Nov. 28 through Dec. 4.

    Frances Zelazny, a New York marketer who came up with the idea, said Buy Israel Week is an integrated online and...

  • Boycotting Israel ‘disgraceful’ says Aussie judge

    November 11, 2011 | 10:05 am

    An Australian judge described a boycott Israel as “disgraceful” in dismissing charges against the son of Holocaust survivors.

    John Nemesh pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he breached electoral law by failing to sign campaign materials attacking the Greens party for its...

  • Swedish academics call for boycott of Israeli institutions

    October 6, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    More than 200 professors and students from Sweden have signed on to a call for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.

    The boycott petition was initiated by the Action Group for the Boycott of Israel at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

    According to the petition,...

  • Australian lawmakers debate Israel boycott

    September 13, 2011 | 11:17 am

    A bitter war of words erupted in Australia’s parliament after some lawmakers were accused of condoning the Israel boycott, which was compared to Nazi-era policies.

    Eric Abetz, a Liberal senator from Tasmania, said Tuesday that the upper house “should not tolerate the boycotting...

  • Australia’s deputy PM supports boycotted Israeli business

    August 29, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister visited an Israeli business that has been targeted by supporters of the Israel boycott.

    Wayne Swan, who is also the nation’s treasurer, joined Jewish legislator Michael Danby and more than 100 Israel supporters Sunday at Max Brenner, the Israeli...

  • Whole Foods Does Not Boycott Israel, but I Boycott Israeli Men

    By Ilana Angel

    August 26, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    Ryan Torok, a great writer here at the Jewish Journal, wrote a story today about WHOLE FOODS and the rumors that the company is boycotting items from Israel.  It’s based on some blogs by some conservative chick in Detroit, and you can read her take on Whole Foods through Ryan’s...

  • Whole Foods denies rumor of boycott of Israeli products [UPDATE]

    By Ryan Torok

    August 26, 2011 | 7:10 pm

    This story was originally posted on Aug. 25. Update is below.

    For about a week, a rumor that the Whole Foods Market chain is boycotting Israeli products has been circulating in emails and on the blogosphere.  On Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Whole Foods said that the rumor...

  • Opinion: Boycott law delegitimizes Israel

    August 10, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Those of us who love Israel have always pointed with pride to its vibrant democratic character – “the only democracy in the Middle East,” we called it. In what other country in the Middle East is there freedom of the press, of association, of speech, and – for the most part...

  • Israel boycott supporters arrested for violating bail

    August 9, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Four pro-Palestinian supporters of an Israel boycott were arrested in Melbourne for breaching bail conditions following a protest outside a Max Brenner chocolate shop.

    A spokesperson for the Victoria Police confirmed that the four proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...

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