Tag Archive for #BDSfail

#BDSfail: Switzerland ends funding to Palestinian NGO

REPORT: The ‘Human Rights Intern’l Humanitarian Law Secretariat’ sounds respectable, but because they continue to finance Palestinian terrorist groups, and refuse to stop, Switzerland ended its funding and support of the West Bank NGO.




The Swiss Foreign Ministry announced that it  suspended funds and support for the Ramallah-based Palestinian NGO Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat because the organization failed to cut ties to terrorism, according to a Sunday report in the Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung.

“This is an important first step in NGO funding accountability by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and reflects the recent legislation on this issue,” Prof. Continue Reading »

North Carolina now 22nd US state to forbid state from doing business with BDS supporters


In another major #BDSfail: The new legislation signed by North Carolina’s governor, not only prohibits the state’s agencies from engaging in business agreements with companies supporting BDS, it also mandates divestment from organizations/businesses that do.

By i24NEWS


The governor of the US state North Carolina, Roy Cooper signed legislation last Thursday making it illegal for the state to conduct business with companies associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement aganst Israel (BDS), the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported.

The action, making North Carolina the 22nd US state to outlaw state agencies from doing business with BDS affiliated organizations, received praise from the local Jewish federation of Raleigh- Cary as well as from the Israel Action Network, an initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Continue Reading »

Rabbi fuming as she and 4 other BDS activists denied boarding flight to Israel

#BDSfail: Lufthansa officials at Dulles International Airport inform 5 ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ activists that a gov’t representative in Jerusalem refuses to allow them to land in Israel.



Five members of an interfaith delegation to Israel were prevented from boarding their flight from Washington, DC, reportedly due to their activism on behalf of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The Jewish Voice for Peace organization said in a statement Monday that the delegation tried to check into its Lufthansa flight at Dulles International Airport, only to be told that the Israeli government had ordered the airline not to let the five passengers aboard. Continue Reading »

BUSTED: BDS supporter, UK filmmaker Ken Loach profiting from Israel ‘every year’

#BDSfail: The Guardian reports that avid BDS supporter Ken Loach has knowingly received handsome royalties from his films being distributed and screened in Israeli cinemas for over 25 years.
– Loach’s moral hypocrisy for repeatedly attacking Radiohead for “supporting Apartheid” by performing in Israel didn’t go unnoticed.

By Binyamin Tobias, Amir Kaminer


Is famous British director Ken Loach—one of the most vocal supporters of the BDS movement—excluding himself from the boycott effort he so vigorously pushes on others?

Nearly all of Loach’s most recent films have been screened in Israel even though the director told Yedioth Ahronoth in the past that he would “prefer his films not be distributed in Israel.” Continue Reading »

Pro-Israel advocacy group wins court case against BDS at University of Ontario


#BDSfail: Invoking a passed BDS motion, Ontario university’s student association banned a pro-Israel North American advocacy organization from participating in an event last year. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal found the student association guilty of discrimination.



A pro-Israel North American advocacy organization announced on Thursday that it had won a legal victory after an Ontario university’s student association banned it from participating in an event last year, due to its connection with Israel.

The event in question was Social Justice Week, held at University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Robert Walker, national director of Hasbara Fellowships Canada, had responded to an open invitation for community groups to participate. Continue Reading »

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gives Palestinians ‘the finger’ for disrupting concert

#BDSfail: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wave flags & protest signs during a music festival in Scotland, angering guitarist/singer Thom Yorke, who responded with his middle finger at protesters trying to bully and intimidate the group into cancelling their concert in Israel later this month. 

By Ami Friedman


Pro-Palestinian activists waved flags and banners protesting Radiohead’s arrival in Israel on July 19th and called for a cultural boycott of the Jewish state during a performance at the Transmight Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Activists from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Radiohead Fans for Palestine demonstrated outside the festival prior to the band’s performance. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: ROD STEWART in Israel…Concert tomorrow in Tel Aviv!


WATCH VIDEO: Sir Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE, the 72 yr-old British rock singer and songwriting giant returns to Israel, with his gig set for Tel Aviv on Wednesday.



British rock legendary Rod Stewart landed in Israel on Tuesday ahead of his much-anticipated concert at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on Wednesday.

The 72-year-old musician last performed in Israel in 2010 at the Ramat Gan stadium.

As part of his worldwide ‘HITS 2017’ tour, Stewart will naturally be performing all the massive hits from his incredible career, classic rockers like “Maggie May,” “Baby Jane”and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” through to big ballads such as “Sailing,” “You’re In My Heart,” and “Tonight’s The Night.” Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Events scheduled for both Frankfurt and Bonn, cancelled


The Jewish communities and Wiesenthal Center welcomed the decisions of cancelling the separate pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conferences that were set to take place in Frankfurt and also in Bonn.



After a wave of objections to a boycott-Israel event scheduled for next week in Bonn, Germany, the Jewish community there on Monday announced its delight with cancellation of the gathering and a widely criticized antisemitic talk that was to be given at it.

A separate pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference set to take place in June in Frankfurt was also canceled.

“The Jewish community is pleased that the event was canceled,” a spokeswoman for the Bonn Jewish community told The Jerusalem Post. Continue Reading »

Israel refuses entry to British pro-Palestinian activist and BDS promoter


The refusal to allow entry of the chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which works to promote boycotts to harm the Jewish State, is in accordance to the policies set by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

By Ido Ben Porat


The Population and Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Sunday evening denied entry to Israel to British pro-Palestinian activist and, chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), an anti-Israel group which openly supports Hamas, Hezbollah and other extremist organizations.

Hugh Lanning‏ – Twitter

PSC is the leading anti-Israel organization in the UK and one of the largest in Europe in general. Continue Reading »

Unprecedented #BDSfail: Swiss gov’t prohibits state funding of BDS

Marking the first time any European parliament acknowledged the moral equivalence and/or correlation between anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, the Swiss parliament now prohibits government funding of BDS, categorizing it along with other racist and anti-Semitic organizations.

By Ben-Dror Yemini


Switzerland’s parliament made an unprecedented decision on Wednesday to prevent the state from “financing any organization which supports racism, anti-Semitism, or the BDS.”

The BDS, for the first time in any European parliament, was lumped in by the Swiss parliamentarians next to racism and anti-Semitism. The decision was passed with 111 votes for it and 78 against, while 4 abstained. Continue Reading »

Report: Business Between the Jewish State and its Arab ‘Enemies’ is Flourishing


#BDSfail: Arab states today are less interested in supporting an unproductive Palestinian cause than protecting themselves with techniques and technology that’s only, ‘Made in Israel’.

By Israel Today Staff


A Bloomberg expose published last week revealed that business is booming between Israel and many of its Arab neighbors, even if you can’t see it.

Arab countries are still careful not to make too much noise about their relations with Israel, lest they stir the wrath of a Muslim public that has been spoon-fed hate for the Jews for the past 65 years.

But those relations exist, and are growing stronger every day. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Another German bank terminates anti-Israel BDS bank account


Many large European banks have this year initiated broad internal checks that lead to the closure of accounts that may include financing terrorism and/or antisemitism.



The Bank für Sozialwirtschaft (Bank for Social Economy) has closed the account of a German group that promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish state.

The Cologne-based bank notified the anti-Israel NGO Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East that its account will be shut down by the end of the year, according to an article that appeared on the anti-Zionist website Der Semit on Thursday. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Aerosmith to perform in Israel in May 2017


view videoIn what may be Steven Tyler’s final tour as lead singer, the legendary rock band, Aerosmith will perform once again at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.

By Raz Shechnik


Aerosmith, one of the most successful rock bands in history, has closed on a deal to perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park in May 2017, in what may be the last tour of lead singer Steven Tyler’s career as lead singer of the band.

As reported by Ran Boker and Ami Friedman of Ynet’s sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth, Aerosmith has been in advanced talks in recent months with Israeli producers.

Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007 - Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The final contract was signed in the last few days and an official announcement on ticket sales is expected in the coming days. Continue Reading »

Paris regional council adopts amendment that outlaws funding BDS promoters


“In accordance with the law, I will not tolerate any form of boycotts against Israel in the Ile-de-France region,” said the council’s president, Valérie Pécresse of the UMP party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy.



A regional council in France that includes Paris passed a precedent-setting amendment that excludes funding from promoters of boycotts against Israel.

Anti-Israel demonstrators march behind BDS banner in Marseille. - Photo: AFP

Anti-Israel demonstrators march behind BDS banner in Marseille. – Photo: AFP

The council of the Ile-de-France region, where right-wing parties have a majority, adopted the amendment Thursday, the Le Monde Juif website reported the following day.

In France, several dozen promoters of a boycott against Israel have been convicted of inciting hate, or discrimination.

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#BDSfail: The Bank of Ireland shuts down BDS accounts in Ireland & in Northern Ireland


Following the enactment of anti-BDS legislation in the US which led numerous of other banks in several other European countries to close BDS accounts, the Bank of Ireland, the nation’s oldest financial institution, also shut down the anti-Israel movement’s accounts.

By Itamar Eichner


Advocates for Israel have struck a blow against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Ireland, as they have recently managed to convince the Bank of Ireland, that nation’s oldest financial institution, to shut down the account of BDS group Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC).

The Bank of Ireland - Photo: WIKIMEDIA

The Bank of Ireland – Photo: WIKIMEDIA

Ireland is considered a fairly BDS-friendly country, but recent anti-boycott legislation in the United States has discouraged Bank of Ireland from cooperating with the movement. Continue Reading »