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  • European Union expresses concern over Israel’s boycott law

    July 13, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    The European Union put out a carefully worded but clearly critical statement on the new Israeli boycott law on Wednesday, saying it intended to “discuss this matter and raise our concerns with the Israeli authorities.”

    “The EU recognizes Israel’s sovereignty in the legislative...

  • From left to right, American Jews are criticizing Israeli anti-boycott law

    July 12, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    Backers of a new Israeli law penalizing anyone who targets Israel or West Bank settlements for boycotts tout it as a tool to fight back against anti-Israel campaigns, but American Jewish organizations seem remarkably united in deeming the measure an affront to freedom of expression....

  • Israeli human rights groups challenging new boycott law

    July 12, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Israeli human rights groups began challenging the boycott bill approved by Israel’s Knesset.

    The Gush Shalom movement appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, a day after the Knesset adopted a new law that would sanction individuals or organizations calling for a boycott of...

  • Israeli bill sanctioning boycotters expected to pass

    July 11, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The Knesset is expected to adopt a bill that would sanction individuals or organizations calling for a boycott of Israel or its settlements.

    Lawmakers, who are addressing the Knesset plenum on the bill, are scheduled to vote later Monday evening. The measure has passed its first...

  • Boycott spurs Tnuva to drop cottage cheese prices

    June 29, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Tnuva, Israel’s largest dairy products manufacturer, agreed to lower cottage cheese prices by about 20 percent following a nationwide boycott.

    The company announced Wednesday that it would lower the recommended price of a 9-ounce tub of cottage cheese by about from $2.17 to $1.70.

  • Gene Simmons Talks “Family Jewels” and Why Blood is Thicker Than Hummus [UPDATE]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 28, 2011 | 12:05 am

    In the June 28 episode of A & E’s reality series, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” flamboyant KISS frontman Simmons – famed for his demonic makeup, fire-breathing, tongue-flicking, 10-inch platforms and female conquests – cries at his father’s grave in Israel.

    It was the...

  • Cottage cheese becomes symbol of Israeli frustration

    June 20, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    For Israelis, cottage cheese is no mere dairy product.

    Whipped to exceptional creamy and airy perfection, it is a coveted staple of tables across the country. Israelis spend $440 million per year on cottage cheese.

    But now, with the price of a 9-ounce container climbing to just...

  • Cottage cheese becomes call for rebellion in Israel

    June 16, 2011 | 10:41 am

    “Cottage cheese, a basic good whose price has reached nearly eight shekels. Don’t buy it this month!”

    As a revolutionary slogan, it’s unlikely to live in the annals of history alongside “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” or “Workers of the World Unite.” But in Israel it...

  • Israelis preparing cottage cheese boycott

    June 15, 2011 | 10:53 am

    More than 32,000 Israelis have said they will boycott cottage cheese next month over its soaring cost.

    The Israelis joined a Facebook group calling for a consumer boycott of cottage cheese, which accounts for some 28 percent of all cheese sales in Israel, throughout July.

    The price...

  • Whiskey boycott urged in reponse to Scottish council’s anti-Israel effort

    June 13, 2011 | 10:49 am

    The umbrella body for men’s clubs at North American Conservative synagogues is calling for a boycott of certain whiskey brands in retaliation for an anti-Israel boycott by a Scottish local government.

    The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs called for the boycott in response to the...

  • International scholars’ group condemns academic boycott of Israel

    June 9, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Scholars for Peace in the Middle East has condemned Britain’s largest academic union for voting to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

    The international organization has also condemned the University and College Union for rejecting the European Union definition of...

  • Britain academic union votes for Israel boycott

    May 31, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    For the third time since 2007, Britain’s largest academic union has voted to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

    The resolution was passed Sunday at UCU’s annual conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

    In voting to move forward with the sanctions, the University and...

  • Presenters pull out of Limmud-Oz over boycott ban

    May 23, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Organizers of Limmud-Oz, the Australian arm of the global festival of Jewish learning, are facing a backlash over their decision to ban presenters who support a boycott of Israel.

    Two presenters wrote to the Limmud-Oz executive Sunday to withdraw from the festival in protest of the...

  • Limmud Australia bars speakers who advocate Israel boycott

    May 19, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    Limmud-Oz, the Australian arm of the global festival of Jewish learning, has barred presenters who advocate a boycott of Israel.

    Less than a month before the popular two-day festival opens in Sydney, Limmud-Oz’s program director, Michael Misrachi, issued a statement this week...

  • Coen brothers have bone to pick with Israel boycotters

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 16, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Popular filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said during a visit to Israel that they do not agree with artists who boycott the Jewish state.

    Asked during a news conference about music and film artists who boycott Israel over its policies regarding the Palestinians, Ethan Coen said it was...

  • Protesting in the U.S.A. - A waste of time?

    By Julia Bendis

    May 9, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    I am a huge advocate for standing up for what’s right, freedom of speech and people’s right to speak their mind; when it has direct impact on their lives, like a local issue.  Most often than not, I am raising hell over various issues, opening my big mouth and trying to change things...

  • Australian lawmaker Danby slams Greens over Israel boycott

    April 6, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Australian Jewish lawmaker Michael Danby slammed the Greens Party for “promoting extreme and dangerous policies” over its controversial support of an Israel boycott.

    Writing in The Australian newspaper of April 2, Danby of the governing Labor Party condemned Greens leader Bob Brown...

  • Kiss’ Gene Simmons: Boycotters are “fools”

    March 25, 2011 | 11:16 am

    Shout it out loud: Gene Simmons thinks Israel boycotters among his rocking colleagues are “fools.”

    Simmons, the Kiss co-founder known for his seemingly endless tongue, returned to Israel this week as part of his reality show, “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.”

    Simmons, born Chaim Witz,...

  • Religious groups in German city fighting Israel boycott

    March 17, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Pro-Israel and Jewish organizations in a German city are fighting back against a local group that used images of bloody oranges to call for a boycott of Israeli products.

    Jewish leaders in Bremen, in northwestern Germany, as well as the interfaith German-Israel Society,...

  • Boycott marring Peace Team visit to Sydney

    March 17, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A joint Israeli-Palestinian Australian Rules football team due to visit Sydney is embroiled in a row over a local government council’s boycott of Israel.

    Marrickville Council, in inner Sydney, voted last December to support a Green Party-led ban on all commercial, academic,...

  • Letters to the Editor: J Street, Wisconsin, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

    March 9, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Traffic Going in Both Directions on J Street

    I would like to add my congratulations, to the many he has already received, to David Suissa for again having written an excellent, incisive and rational article, “J Street Needs Another Lane” (March 4) to complement his “Israel...

  • The sinister one-two punch: Creating hatred again

    March 9, 2011 | 10:52 am

    The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the state of Israel is nothing new.

    Prejudice, isolation and punishment of Jews, an earlier form of BDS has recurred over the past 2,000 years. In Europe and the Middle East, Jewish people were isolated, demonized, and...

  • Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters joins boycott movement

    March 7, 2011 | 8:53 am

    Former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters has officially joined the the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, and is urging fellow artists to do the same.

    In a letter posted on the website of the Alternative information Center, Waters said he would continue...

  • Pete Seeger clarifies position on boycotting Israel

    March 3, 2011 | 11:56 am

    Folk music icon Pete Seeger, quoted earlier this week as saying that he supports a boycott of Israel, told JTA that his position on Israel is constantly evolving.

    Earlier this week, the pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement group Adalah-NY reported that Seeger met recently...

  • Pro-Israel groups protest upcoming Boycott Israel day

    February 25, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Pro-Israel groups are urging supporters to buy Israeli goods on March 30 to counter a global anti-Israel boycott called for that day.

    “We are telling people to go to their local stores, request the exact Israeli products being targeted, and buy them out,” said Roz Rothstein,...

  • Montreal city council condemns boycott of Israeli shoes

    February 23, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Montreal’s city council has condemned the boycott campaign against a local shoe store that sells footwear made in Israel.

    A council motion deploring the campaign, proposed and supported by Mayor Gerard Tremblay, passed Tuesday by a vote of 38 to 16.

    Those voting against the...

  • Just say yes

    By Rob Eshman

    February 16, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    Should Jewish communal funds find their way into the hands of groups that condone or actively engage in the boycott of Israel?

    No, you say, of course not. Why should Jews finance people or groups who want to punish Israel?

    But it’s not so simple. 

    As mainstream organizations...

  • ‘The Bay’ drops Ahava, but not because of boycott

    January 14, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Jewish groups are satisfied that a decision by Canada’s best-known department store chain to drop an Israeli beauty line is unrelated to boycott calls.

    A joint statement Thursday by The Bay stores, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Canada Israel Committee said The Bay was...

  • Boycott campaign targets Israeli goods in Canada

    January 13, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    Calls for a boycott of Israeli-made beauty products in Canada again have kick-started Jewish counter efforts.

    Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, a pro-Palestinian coalition, has launched a boycott campaign against stores selling the popular Ahava line of Dead Sea...

  • COUNTER-POINT: How best to support an imperfect Israel

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 5, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    What a wonderful idea. Let us counteract a boycott by engaging in a boycott of our own; let us boycott the boycotters who in turn can retaliate by boycotting the boycotters of the boycott.

    There are several problems with the arguments advanced in...

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