The Abraham Accord

We congratulate the leaders of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States on the Abraham Accord of 13 August 2020 to establish full diplomatic relations. This will be of great benefit to the peoples of Israel and the Emirates, as well as many others in the Middle East

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New Irish PM now agrees Irish BDS Bill is illegal

The new Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Micheál Martin TD, who previously supported the BDS Bill introduced by Senator Frances Black, has now agreed that “it is not legally possible”. The Taoiseach was referring to the clear advice which the previous Irish government had received, that the Bill is contrary to

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Research network confirms  2021 conference in Israel after Boycott Decision Reversed

The  venue of the 2021 conference of the European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH)  has been confirmed as Tel Aviv, Israel, after a decision to boycott Israel was reversed. The 2021 conference was originally going to be held in Israel, but a decision was taken  to move it to

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BDS Bill Excluded from Irish Coalition Government Programme

The BDS movement has suffered a major defeat in Ireland. The coalition programme agreed between Irish political parties intending to form the next government does not include the “Occupied Territories Bill” introduced in the previous Parliament.  This is a major defeat for the antisemitic BDS movement, which put large resources behind

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Aberdeen University Students Association Overturn BDS Policy

The Board of Trustees of Aberdeen University Students Association (AUSA) has overturned a BDS policy passed at a General Meeting of the Association on 5 March 2019 “following legal advice”. AUSA’s President has written to Jewish Society Treasurer, Marc Serpik, confirming that “the policy will not stand as an AUSA

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BDS Bill Falls as Irish Parliament is Dissolved

The BDS Bill introduced into the Irish Parliament in January 2018 has now lapsed following the dissolution of the Irish Parliament on 14 January 2020. A general election of members of the Dail (lower House) will be held on 8 February 2020, to be followed by elections and appointments to

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BDS Failing in International Sport

Further progress is being made to eliminate discrimination against Israelis in international competitions. Recent developments include the brave refusal of 16-year old Iranian junior chess champion, Alireza Firouzja, to play for Iran due to this country’s ban on competing against Israelis. The world’s second-highest rated junior chess player has decided

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UKLFI helps counter BDS in Oslo

UKLFI has helped leading Norwegian NGO, MIFF, to counter BDS proposals by the ruling coalition of Oslo Council. Oslo is synonymous with the peace process between Israel and Palestinians, but the recently agreed political platform of its ruling coalition expresses its intention to “investigate the scope of action contained in

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University of Cape Town rejects Boycott Resolution

The Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) has decisively rejected a resolution to boycott Israeli Universities.  This follows intervention by UKLFI Patron, Baroness Ruth Deech DBE, QC (Hon) and a message from Sir Sydney Kentridge SC, QC, Nelson Mandela’s counsel, strongly objecting to the “ill-considered proposal”. A resolution

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Boycott Decision Reversed as Research Network Conference to go ahead in Israel

ENMESH, a European research network,  has confirmed that it will hold its 2021 Conference in Israel. The decision to move it to another country due to threats from BDS supporters has been reversed following representations from UKLFI and our contacts in 8 other countries. Prof Zvi Ziegler, chair of the

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