Although Norway’s deputy foreign minister signed a document asserting boycotting Israel as inappropriate, the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry proclaimed boycotting goods coming from Israeli settlements was legal.
By Itamar Eichner
Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry determined that boycotting products and services coming from Israeli settlements is legal and does not contradict Norway’s international trade commitments.
Nevertheless, the assertion was said to be inappropriate, according to an internal document signed by Norway’s deputy foreign affairs minister published during the weekend.
“The government does not consider boycotting Israel’s product to be helpful in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the document said.
The document was sent as response to Tromsø district’s governor’s request to be updated about the juridical examination launched by Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry in 2016. Continue Reading »
Although this year’s annual Genesis Prize recipient Natalie Portman was chosen for her inspiration to the next generation of Jews through her professional achievements, commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish people and the State of Israel, a Portman representative said, “Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”
By Reuters and Ami Freedman
Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a 2 million-dollar prize because of “recent events” in the country, the organizers said, announcing the prizegiving had been cancelled. Continue Reading »
South African Ministers are now prepared to engage with Israel now that 3-year drought has afflicted South Africa to the point that Cape Town, a city of 4 million, may effectively run out of drinking water mid-July.
By Charles Gardner
In the face of an apocalyptic scenario, the South African government has apparently been forced to eat humble pie in its ongoing spat with Israel.
The three-year drought that has afflicted the nation has now reached the drastic stage of a looming so-called Day Zero – July 15 this year – when Cape Town, a city of four million, will effectively run out of water; that is, they will be cut off from running water, and will be forced to line up at collection points for a miserly rationing. Continue Reading »
Allah gave me a chance to take my revenge for Palestinians by supporting BDS and I was going to hit Israel hard by thoroughly damaging her economy, but, my kids were very upset with my new lifestyle without using any Israeli products. They could no longer watch TV, drink Coca Cola or Pepsi, or eat out at McDonald or KFC. – My little child was crying when I strictly banned her having a Kit Kat chocolate bar, her most favorite chocolate.
– Let’s Damage the Israeli Economy (Support BDS Movement)
By Noor Dahri
One day I decided to support the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement against the State of Israel because I hate Israel and I have spent all my life hating Israel and Jews. Continue Reading »
Arab-American Raed Jarrar, who supports anti-Israel boycotts, was denied entry into Israel was based on his extensive history in anti-Israel activism for various groups.
• Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, “No sane country would allow entry to boycott activists who wish to harm and isolate it.”
Daniel Siryoti & Israel Hayom Staff
Arab-American activist Raed Jarrar was denied entry into Israel on Monday under guidelines issued by Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, meant to prevent the entry of foreign activists seeking to harm Israel.
Jarrar arrived in Israel along with a delegation from Interfaith Peace Builders, an organization known to promote boycotts against Israel. Continue Reading »
Filing a lawsuit challenging a Kanas state law which prohibits participation in boycotts against Israel, the American Civil Liberties Union claims Kansas teacher was denied a teaching contract for refusing to agree to not boycott Israel, claiming the Kansas law violates her free speech rights.
By The Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Kansas law prohibiting state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit Wednesday for a Wichita public school curriculum coach. It says Esther Koontz was denied a state teacher training contract because she wouldn’t sign a statement saying she wasn’t boycotting Israel. Continue Reading »
World traveling Israeli-Arab blogger posted short Facebook clip, hits 300k views on 1st day, says boycotting Israel “should be illegal …because you’re also boycotting 2 million Muslim Palestinian Israelis.”
By AMY SPIRO
The Facebook star who has launched a thousand viral videos has created one more – this one speaking out against the movement to boycott Israel.
Nuseir Yassin, an Israeli-Arab native of Arrabe in the Lower Galilee who goes by Nas Daily online, posted a video Sunday about Kuwait Airlines stopping him from flying from New York to India.
“Because I’m an Israeli, an entire airline is not allowed to take me on their plane even if I’m not going to Kuwait,” he said in the video. Continue Reading »
The king of the Persian Gulf state, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, announced to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, that his subjects are now free to visit the Jewish state, then went further by calling for the end of the Arab boycott of Israel.
By TOM TUGEND
LOS ANGELES – Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa last week denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and said his subjects are free to visit the Jewish state. The head of the Persian Gulf country, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, made the statements to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, at a multi-denominational event at the center to sign and support a declaration denouncing religious hatred and violence. Continue Reading »
Canadian retailers are told by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, not to import Psagot, Shilo wineries’ spirits, or any wine made from grapes grown, processed and blended in Judea and Samaria that are labeled as “Made in Israel” as it “misleads” consumers.
Efrat Forsher and Israel Hayom Staff
A major Canadian agency announced Thursday that it would no longer allow retailers to import wine made in Israeli settlement in Judea and Samaria.
According to the Jewish Press, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario cited the position of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency stating that wine made from grapes grown, fermented, processed and blended in Judea and Samaria may no longer be labeled as “Made in Israel,” over concerns it “misleads” consumers. Continue Reading »
BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, the Qatari Arab who moved to Israel and studied at Tel Aviv University, was arrested for allegedly concealing $700,000 of income from tax authorities.
By David Rosenberg
One of the founders of the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been arrested for concealing large sums of money from tax authorities.
Police say Omar Barghouti, founder of both the BDS movement and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, was arrested on suspicion he committed tax evasion over the past decade, concealing $700,000 in earned income from tax authorities.
BDS – Wikimedia
During a raid of Barghouti’s house, police say they found credit cards and purchase records confirming the allegations against him. Continue Reading »
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 »
Although the app is widely used among Iranian drivers, the Iranian news agency FARS reports a temporarily block of the GPS navigation application Waze is currently in effect due to gov’t concerns, since its development was in the Jewish State.
Authorities in Iran have temporarily blocked people from using the navigation app Waze because it was developed in Israel.
In a report publicized by the Iranian news agency FARS, it was stated that a final permanent decision regarding the use of the program will be made soon. As of now, the app is unavailable for download, and the actual use of the program is being blocked by the government. Continue Reading »
With Spain having the highest number of anti-Israel municipal rulings in Europe, Spanish Courts have begun to take a hard line against the BDS movement, as panels of judges in Barcelona & Valencia begin overturning those decisions to boycott Israel.
By Amit Mizrahi
Judges in the Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona have overturned two anti-Israel decisions passed by Spanish municipalities under the auspices of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS).
The decisions were passed by the local councils of Xeraco, south of Valencia, and Olesa de Montserrat, near Barcelona in the Catalon region.
Under pressure, SodaStream relocated from the West Bank to Israel’s Negev, employing Israeli Bedouin, when 600 Palestinians lost their jobs as a result of the move. Continue Reading »
#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 »
Palestinian BDS National Committee member, Riya Hassan welcomed Mogherini’s statement, saying that “We welcome the EU’s belated defense of the right of European and other citizens to stand in solidarity with Palestinian rights, including through BDS tactics.”
The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini has said that decisions by EU member countries to boycott Israel are protected as “freedom of expression” under the the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini – Photo: EPA
Mogherini’s statement came in response to an inquiry from an Irish member of the European Parliament which was submitted last month. Continue Reading »