Scarlett Johansson row has boosted Israeli settlement boycott

Posted on 06. Feb, 2014 by .

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The movement to boycott Israeli goods linked to settlements has been boosted by “Scarlett syndrome”, say activists, after the high-profile controversy over the film star Scarlett Johansson’s endorsement of SodaStream. Pro-boycott campaigners believe they will benefit from the celebrity furore, even though Johansson – faced with the incompatibility of sponsorship of SodaStream, which has a […]

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Veolia, a local BDS target, loses Massachusetts commuter rail contract

Posted on 09. Jan, 2014 by .

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Over the last two and a half years, supporters of Palestinian rights in Boston have mounted a BDS campaign aimed at denying a new contract to run the Massachusetts commuter rail to Veolia, one of three companies that formed the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR). With a 60 percent stake in the MBCR, Veolia has […]

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Largest Dutch pension fund boycotts Israeli banks over settlement ties

Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by .

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The Netherlands’ largest pension fund management company has decided to withdraw all its investments from Israel’s five largest banks because they have branches in the West Bank and/or are involved in financing construction in the settlements. PGGM’s investments in Israeli banks amount to only a few tens of millions of euros. But its decision is […]

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Moddi cancels Tel Aviv gig after appeal from Gaza

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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Norwegian musician Moddi has canceled a scheduled Tel Aviv show following a call from Palestinians in Gaza, echoed by solidarity activists. In his powerful statement, Moddi explains that “Although music can be a unique arena for public debate, the debate over these territories has been misused for a long time. Discussion and dialogue creates an […]

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Major US academic body backs boycott of Israeli educational institutions

Posted on 17. Dec, 2013 by .

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A prestigious US academic body has joined a growing movement to boycott Israel in protest at its treatment of Palestinians, in a move both welcomed and condemned in a bitterly divisive international arena. The American Studies Association (ASA), which has more than 5,000 members, is the most significant US academic organisation to back a boycott […]

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Israeli dates on the move

Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by .

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Israel is set to harvest some 34,000 tonnes of dates this year, with the majority of fruit expected to be shipped to key export markets across the globe. Of the crop, 10 per cent is set to go to the domestic processing market, while the remaining crop is split between the export markets of Europe, […]

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UK government issues warning over doing business with Israeli settlements

Posted on 09. Dec, 2013 by .

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The UK government has issued an explicit warning to British businesses over the risks of involvement in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including potential damage to a company’s reputation. New guidance published by UK Trade & Investment, a government body that works with British businesses in international markets, says there are “clear risks related […]

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SodaStream: the Israeli-run shop dividing Brighton

Posted on 29. Sep, 2013 by .

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When SodaStream was looking for somewhere to open the UK’s first EcoStream store, dispensing ethically sourced food, drink and cleaning products into customers’ own bottles and jars, Brighton must have seemed the obvious place. The city is famous, after all, for ethical consumption of all kinds, and elected Britain’s first and only Green MP. What […]

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Israeli prison contracts take centre stage at G4S shareholder meeting

Posted on 06. Jun, 2013 by .

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The new boss of G4S, Ashley Almanza, faced a barrage of tough questions over the security company’s business in Israel at his first meeting with shareholders on Thursday. Almanza was appointed chief executive of the world’s largest security company last month after Nick Buckles’ shock resignation that followed a string of mishaps, including failing to […]

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Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel

Posted on 08. May, 2013 by .

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Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline […]

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