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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Palestinian NGOs Refuse to Renounce Ties to Terrorism and reject EU aid

135 Palestinian NGOs have refused to sign the 2020 European Union (EU) grant agreement because an amendment stipulates that  organizations must refute ties to terrorist groups.  The NGOs  claim that the terrorist groups are “political parties”. [1] Shawan Jabarin, the executive director of Al-Haq told the media outlet The New

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UKLFI supported lawyers Jacobs and Kern appear at the ICC in Afghanistan Hearings

Dov Jacobs and Joshua Kern appeared at the ICC in the 4 – 6 December 2019 Afghanistan Hearings at The Hague. Joshua Kern  On 4 and 6 December 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal held hearings in the Afghanistan situation. This followed the appeal by the Prosecution of the

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UKLFI makes submissions to the ICC Appeals Chamber

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court is hearing the Appeal by the Prosecutor from the Pre-Trial Chamber’s Decision not to authorise an investigation in the “Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” from 4 to 6 December 2019. The issues in this Appeal are highly relevant to whether

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Belgium removes antisemitic Aalst Carnival from UNESCO Heritage List

Belgium has removed the Aalst Carnival from UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This follows intervention protesting its antisemitic floats by UKLFI together with the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) and the International Movement for Peace and Coexistence (IMPAC) . UKLFI Chief Executive, Jonathan Turner, said “Belgium

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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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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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Eurovision urged to disqualify Icelandic entry

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) and the Wiesenthal Centre have written to the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, to prevent politicization of the May 14-18 contest in Tel Aviv. UKLFI urged the disqualification of Iceland’s band “Hatari” (“Hate” in English), since it contravened both the spirit

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