UKLFI reports Iranian chess player for refusal to play Israeli

An Iranian player who refused to play his Israeli opponent, has been reported to the International Chess Federation, FIDE, by UK Lawyers for Israel. During the “rapid” section of the Rilton Cup that took place in Stockholm from 27 December 2018 to 5 January 2019, Arya Gholami of Iran refused

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UKLFI: UNESCO should de-list antisemitic Aalst Carnival

UKLFI has written to UNESCO asking it to remove the Aalst Carnival in Belgium from its “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” because of the blatant antisemitic imagery in the carnival displays. The latest Aalst Carnival took place on Sunday 3 March 2019 and included a float

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Free Speech secured at Kings College London

On 4 March, Colonel Eli Bar-On, an instructor at the Israeli National Defence College and previously the Deputy Military Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), gave a talk to around 70 students at Kings College London (KCL) on “Does the Israeli Army ignore International Humanitarian Law?”  Given the

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Credit cards and Just Giving ditch Education Aid for Palestinians 

Donations to Education Aid for Palestinians (EAP), a UK Charity, have been severely disrupted this week as their credit card donations facility has been withdrawn, and they have also been dropped by the Just Giving fundraising platform. EAP’s credit card donations facility was pulled down from their website on Sunday

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Give As You Live and Everyclick drop INTERPAL

The UK Charity Interpal, which is designated by the US as a terrorist entity[1], has suffered a further blow to its fundraising. The latest funding platforms to de-list Interpal are Give as you Live and Everyclick.  JustGiving and BT MyDonate have already dropped Interpal. The credit card companies, including Visa,

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JustGiving removes Interpal fundraising pages

Just Giving, the crowdfunding platform, has removed more than a dozen pages raising funds for Interpal.  This was as a result of a letter to JustGiving from UK Lawyers for Israel, pointing out that they were contravening USA and Australian anti-terror legislation by participating in fundraising for a designated terror

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Expedia, Booking.com and Trip Advisor urged to ignore boycott call

UKLFI has urged travel companies to ignore Amnesty International’s calls for them to boycott Israeli businesses in areas administered by Israel. UKLFI has written to Expedia.com, Booking.com and TripAdvisor, pointing out that ·        Amnesty International  has a record of prejudice against Israel of which this campaign is a further example.

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Charity Commission may need to “re-engage” with Medical Aid for Palestinians

The Charity Commission has told UK Lawyers for Israel that it may need to re-engage with Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) if it receives further complaints.  This follows a complaint against MAP filed by UK Lawyers for Israel and the Lawfare Project in June 2018. The complaint outlined ways in which

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OFCOM launches investigation into Bristol radio show

Ofcom  has launched an investigation into a Bristol Radio politics programme, following a submission by a UKLFI director that it was being used for the propagation of conspiracy theories and extremist views. Bristol Community FM (BCFM)  has a two-hour weekly politics show hosted by Tony Gosling. A typical programme on

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Paralympic Swimming Update

We are delighted to report that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 world para swimming championships after the country banned Israeli athletes from participating. “All World Championships must be open to all eligible athletes and nations to compete safely and free from discrimination,”

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