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  • 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...

  • Quaker group divests from companies working in Israel

    September 28, 2012 | 11:52 am

    A Quaker group has removed a French and an American company from its financial portfolio due to what it calls the companies’ involvement with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

    Friends Fiduciary Corporation will drop the French multinational corporation Veolia Environment...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Look between the headlines to understand the Presbyterians' vote

    July 16, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 220th General Assembly had just cast its first vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution when the spin began. Major news outlets and activists on each side could hardly wait for the debate to finish the next day before declaring winners and...

  • 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...

  • Presbyterians narrowly reject divestment

    July 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

    In a narrow vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

    The 333-331 vote, with two abstentions, in Pittsburgh late Thursday was the closest that the boycott, divestment...

  • 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...

  • Presbyterian committee approves Israel divestment

    July 3, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    The country’s largest Presbyterian church has agreed to vote by week’s end on divesting its portfolio from three companies that it is says has resisted the request to stop providing services that aid Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) General...

  • 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...

  • Methodists reject divestment motion

    May 2, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    The general conference of the United Methodist Church voted not to divest from three companies that trade with Israel.

    Two-thirds of the approximately 1,000 delegates to the conference voted Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., against a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions...

  • 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...

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