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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Research Network Reviews Decision to Cancel Jerusalem Conference

A European medical research network, that had decided to move a conference from Jerusalem to Lisbon for fear of pressure from supporters of boycotting Israel, is reviewing the decision. This follows representations by top scientists and correspondence from UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), an association of lawyers who seek to

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BDS motion at Belfast City Council withdrawn

A proposed resolution of Belfast City Council to support BDS against Israel, which had been scheduled for debate on 1st July 2019, has now been withdrawn.  This follows submissions made by UKLFI to Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, pointing out a string of reasons why such a

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Friends of Al Aqsa pressed to curb BDS content at Palestine Expo

Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) are under pressure to curb their advocacy of BDS at the forthcoming Palestine Expo exhibition at Olympia , or face possible cancellation of the event, following intervention by UK Lawyers for Israel. The German co-owners of Olympia London are now putting pressure on the exhibition

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Irish Parliamentary Committee warned of damaging consequences of BDS Bill

The Ireland Israel Alliance has made a detailed submission to the Select Committee of the Irish Parliament for Foreign Affairs, which is scrutinising a Bill introduced by Senator Frances Black that would make it a criminal offence to supply goods or services produced wholly or partly by Israelis in the West Bank

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