Tag Archive for boycotts

Czech parliament condemns anti-Semitism & anti-Israel boycotts

The Czech parliament passed a resolution Tuesday condemning all types of boycotts against Israel and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.

By Gary Willig


The Czech parliament passed a resolution Tuesday condemning boycotts of Israel and all forms of anti-Semitism.

The resolution was passed following a spate of anti-Semitic incidents across Europe and a similar decision by the German parliament calling the BDS movement anti-Semitic.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on i24NEWS interview – Screengrab i24NEWS

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz praised the move.

“I welcome the adoption of an important resolution, by the Czech Chamber of Deputies, condemning all forms of Antisemitism. Continue Reading »

Analysis: Addressing BDS and its existential threat to Israel


Israel is under threat from the BDS movement, with severe implications to its economy should it succeed. In order to confront this organized, global threat, Israel must recognize & deal with several questions to create an effective response to the movement.

By Tal Keinan


Let’s be clear on the numbers: The BDS movement is strongest in Europe.

In 2014 – the last year there are full numbers for – 35 percent of Israel’s exports went to Europe. Thirty-two percent of the Israeli GDP is comprised of exports. That means that exports to Europe account for 12 percent of Israeli GDP. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: New York latest state to pass anti-BDS legislation


The New York State Senate passes law his week that prohibits the state from cooperating with all companies that seek to boycott, divestment or pass sanctions against Israel.

By Ben Ariel, Canada


The state of New York this week became the latest state to pass legislation against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

BDS supporters (illustration) – Reuters

The New York State Senate passed a bill that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that seek to harm Israel and other American allies through boycotts and discriminatory economic agendas.

The bill (S6378A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate Distict) and Senator Simcha Felder (17th Senate District), passed on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

US Congressional Bill Should Deter European Companies Boycotting Jewish State

The new legislation would require EU firms to provide a full account of its relations with the BDS movement against Israel and would include punitive action against companies that malign Israel, its products, or engaged in anti-Israeli activities.

By Erez Linn & Shlomo Cesana


The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that could result in punitive measures against European companies that boycott Israel.

A measure to fight the boycotting of Israel is nearing its final passage – Photo: Reuters

The measure, which was already approved by the U.S. Senate last month, is part of the large bill called the Trade Act of 2015 that is set to arrive at the president’s desk in the near future. Continue Reading »

Barrage of Lawsuits Set to Counter Leftist ‘Settlement Boycott’ Groups

After High Court of Justice ruling yesterday, requiring boycotters to compensate for lost revenues, Legal Forum for Israel says it is preparing legal fusillade.

By Benny Toker & Ari Yashar


The Legal Forum for Israel is preparing to submit a series of lawsuits against leftist organizations that call to boycott products from Judea and Samaria, after the High Court this week ruled that those calling to boycott the state of Israel must pay compensation for their economic damage.

Attorney Yifa Segel of the Forum told Arutz Sheva that “we were witnesses in recent years to calls to boycott goods, an academic boycott, an artist boycott and more, they made blacklists against us.” Continue Reading »

France warns citizens: Don’t invest in E. Jerusalem, Jewish settlements & Golan Heights

France’s Foreign Ministry says East Jerusalem, Jewish settlements in Judea & Samaria and the Golan Heights, are built on occupied land, which is illegal according to int’l law.


The French government issued a warning to its citizens not to engage in financial activity or investments in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. The French Foreign Ministry wrote in its warning that the settlements are illegal according to international law, and so doing business with them involves legal risks.

Housing sits on the development at Ma'aleh Adumim, an Israeli settlement on the West Bank.

Housing sits on the development at Ma’aleh Adumim, an Israeli settlement on the West Bank, Dec.16, 2009.

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Boycott? Palestinians Increase Their Imports from Israel

According to new released statistics, the Palestinian Authority has seen an increase in both importing from Israel & exporting to Israel.

By Elad Benari, Canada


The Palestinian Authority (PA) really likes Israeli-made products and even prefers them over those of other countries, according to newly released statistics.

In fact, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reported Friday, the PA has seen an increase in both importing from Israel and exporting to Israel.

According to the statistics, in January, the PA’s exports declined by 8.7 percent compared with the previous month, but its scope, which amounted to 68.6 million, was still larger by 10.1 percent compared to the same month last year. Continue Reading »

French courts punish anti-Israel BDS activists in hate crime


About 20 anti-Israel BDS activists have been convicted under the Lellouche law, which has France spearheading the efforts to neutralize the movement through legal means.




When Farida Trichine and 11 of her friends burst into a French supermarket in 2009 and began applying stickers with anti-Israel slogans to vegetables imported from the Jewish state, she expected to be escorted from the store by police.

Farida Trichine (third from right) and fellow BDS activists in Mulhouse, France, September 11, 2010.

Farida Trichine (third from right) and fellow BDS activists in Mulhouse, France, September 11, 2010. – Photo by Collectif Palestine 68, via JTA

What she didn’t expect was to be convicted of inciting racial hatred and slapped with a $650 fine.

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Was Scarlett Quitting Oxfam About Human Rights Issues or Dollar Signs?

Now that Coca-Cola is revealed as one of Oxfam’s major donors, was corporate donations  what motivated the NGO’s attack on Israeli soda company SodaStream?

By Maayana Miskin


The Israeli company SodaStream has come under fire in recent weeks over the fact that it has a factory in Maale Adumim, a Jerusalem suburb that lies east of the 1949 armistice line.

Fanta products

Coca-Cola products – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The controversy hit a new high last week with the Oxfam charity’s criticism of actress Scarlett Johansson, who has signed on as a spokeswoman for SodaStream. Johansson has said she will stick with her commitment to SodaStream – and has stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam in protest of its anti-Israel stance. Continue Reading »

Israel Gov’t Report: Kerry Instigator Behind European Boycotts of Israeli Products

Israel gov’t sources reveal that Obama’s representative, John Kerry, is responsible for European Union boycott threats on Israeli products, keeps them frozen during talks, but ready to enforce them if talks fail.

By Ari Yashar


Governmental sources report that US Secretary of State John Kerry is behind the European boycott threats on Israeli products and companies operating in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The EU published its guidelines last July, boycotting Israeli companies operating over the 1949 Armistice lines.

At the moment, Kerry is making sure the threats stay in check, but as soon as the peace talks fail he intends to open the floodgates and spur on full-blown international boycotts on Israel, reports Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio). Continue Reading »

NY Bill to Withdraw Public Funding to Schools Supporting ASA Boycott

New York State politicians are proposing a bill that will withdraw public financial assistance from colleges & universities supporting the ASA boycott of Israel because it only targeted discrimination against Israel and betrays the values of academic freedom that are held dear.

By Tova Dvorin


Two New York lawmakers are fighting an anti-Israel boycott with a campaign of their own: to stop the flow of public funds to schools involved in the scandal.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Dov Hikind are proposing a bill that would give colleges and universities in the state of New York 30 days to withdraw their support from groups boycotting Israel – or lose state funding. Continue Reading »

EU threatens to label settlement goods if peace talks fail

Is Israel facing surge of support for boycott efforts?

Sanction debate could grow, says EU Mideast envoy, if peace negotiations end in failure, citing discussion to tag Jewish West Bank products, effectively facilitating consumers boycott. 

By Associated Press

Support in Europe for sanctioning Israel over its settlement policies is growing and could gain steam if the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail, the outgoing EU envoy to the Middle East said Thursday.

A boycott sticker

A boycott sticker

For now, the European Union is dangling incentives before both sides to nudge them toward a deal, rather than threatening punishment but some commentators have been sounding the alarm regarding a possible surge in boycott efforts. Continue Reading »

Dutch Prime Minister Rejects Water Company’s Israel Boycott

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opposes Vitens, a local water company’s decision to boycott its Israeli counterpart, says boycott is against the Netherlands gov’t policy.

By Elad Benari


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has rejected a local water company’s boycott of its Israeli counterpart, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Rutte spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and clarified that the decision by Vitens, a Dutch water company, to cut ties with its Israeli counterpart Mekorot is inconsistent with government policy.

Rutte reportedly clarified that Vitens would continue to work with Mekorot.

The reason cited for last week’s decision was Mekorot’s presence in areas located beyond the 1949 Armistice lines. Continue Reading »

Australian Professor Sued by ‘Shurat HaDin’ for Promoting Boycotts of Israel


Under Federal anti-discrimination laws, Israel’s ‘Shurat HaDin’ filed a class action complaint in Sydney against an Australian professor’s participation & his public support of boycotts of Israel.

By Rina Tzvi


An Israeli civil rights group, Shurat HaDin, has filed a class action complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 with the Australian Human Rights Commission over a Sydney professor’s participation and public support of boycotts of Israel including an academic boycott of  Israeli universities.

Recently, faculty and students at Sydney University called for the severing of links with Israeli institutions, actions that would be deemed racist and in violation of Australian Federal anti- discrimination laws. Continue Reading »

Experts: EU’s New anti-Israel Policy Could Lead to a Legal Quagmire

Despite Jerusalem’s diplomatic efforts to stop the anti-Israel process, the EU on Friday published its new official policy boycotting the Jews of Judea and Samaria.

By David Lev


Despite Israel’s efforts to stop the process, the European Union on Friday published its new official policy boycotting Jews and Israelis in areas of Israel liberated in the 1967 Six Day War, including Judea and Samaria and most of Jerusalem. Beginning next January, contracts and agreements between EU entities and businesses, individuals, and institutions from those areas will not be legally recognized by EU courts and forums.

In a statement, EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said that despite Israel’s protestations to the contrary, “in no way will this prejudge the outcome of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Continue Reading »