Attempt to promote BDS by the backdoor barred at Warwick Uni

An attempt to promote a discriminatory divestment policy targeting Israel, by including special provisions in a general resolution to divest from unethical industries, has been barred as a result of action taken by UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI). The motion was titled “Warwick University to fully divest from all unethical

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New Zealand Fund Decision to Divest from Israeli Banks Breaches Legal Requirements

The Guardians of New Zealand’s Superannuation Fund have recently decided to divest from Israeli banks in apparent breach of legal requirements. The Superannuation Fund, known as the Super Fund, was set up in 2001 to secure funding for universal pensions for New Zealand’s aging population with a fair sharing of

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Welsh Government to replace Boycott Proposal with Wellbeing Guidelines

The Welsh Government appears to have dropped a proposal to advise Welsh public authorities to exclude from public tenders any company that conducts business with occupied territories, following UKLFI’s warning last August that this would be illegal. The Welsh Government now says it will take “a more strategic and long

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City University removes defamatory reference to UKLFI

City University Students Union has removed a defamatory reference to UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) that formed part of the argument on its website for the University to reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism. A referendum is currently being held of the City University students on “should the university reject

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BBC Accused of Encouraging Schools to Breach the Education Act

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) has accused the BBC of encouraging illegal conduct in schools  by showing unbalanced and partisan videos about the Middle East on the  “Bitesize” section of its website for use in schools. The NGO, CAMERA UK, examined seven BBC Middle East educational videos and produced a

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UKLFI urges Research Body to cease funding Professor Miller  

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) has written to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) highlighting concerns that have been raised about Professor David Miller of Bristol University.  The ESRC has previously provided substantial funding to Professor Miller, notably a grant of over £400,000 for a project titled “Understanding and

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Natasha Hausdorff Re-Elected to Represent UKLFI at the Board of Deputies

Natasha Hausdorff will represent UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) at the Board of Deputies of British Jews in its next triennium starting in June this year. Natasha was re-elected as UKLFI’s Deputy at a Special General Meeting of UKLFI held on 17 March 2021. UKLFI rejoined the Board of Deputies

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ICC Jurisdiction Ruling Apparently Based on Factual Error

The recent majority ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding territorial jurisdiction in Palestine appears to have been based on an error of fact and a failure to examine a key document on which it relies. Attention has so far been focused on the fundamental errors of law in

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UCL’s Academic Board recommends retention of IHRA definition while alternatives are explored

UCL’s Academic Board has voted to facilitate an alternative definition of antisemitism for consideration by UCL’s Council and to retain the IHRA working definition in the interim with further qualifications. The resolution is a non-binding recommendation to UCL’s Council, which will take the decision on any change to UCL’s adoption

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UCL Students’ Union decisively rejects move to cancel IHRA definition of antisemitism

University College London (UCL) students have affirmed their support of the IHRA definition of antisemitism, despite a move by some academic staff to persuade the university to retract its adoption of the definition. UCL adopted the IHRA definition in November 2019, as part of a concerted action to tackle racism,

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