FIDE warns Iranian Chess Federation

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has passed a resolution warning that it will impose sanctions on the Iranian Chess Federation if it continues to boycott Israeli players, or to express political views on its website in conflict with the FIDE charter, or if its officials and players make discriminatory comments.

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Norway rejects UN Human Rights Council blacklist

Norway’s government procurement department has rejected arguments that it should refuse a tender from a subsidiary of a company included in the UN Human Rights Council’s “blacklist” of companies allegedly involved in activities related to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Tennfjorden Raftsundet Hinnøya, Norway bySimo Rasanen, Wiki Commons Egencia

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Open Collective suspends Palestine Action donation page

Open Collective, a fundraising platform, has suspended Palestine Action’s donations page. Palestine Action’s potential donors had been directed to donate via Open Collective, after another donation platform, GoFundMe,  stopped Palestine Action from withdrawing further funds at the end of October. A notice on Palestine Action’s Facebook page on 2 November

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Go Fund Me stops Palestine Action’s funds

GoFundMe, the fundraising platform, has stopped Palestine Action from withdrawing further funds. This follows letters from UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) pointing out that Palestine Action’s fundraiser was raising money to assist criminal activity. This was in breach of various of GoFundMe’s terms, and UKLFI warned that the company and

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Welsh Government Defers Decision on Boycott Proposal

The Welsh government has deferred a decision on its boycott proposal, following UKLFI’S warning that their actions would be illegal. As previously posted, the Welsh Government informed the Welsh Parliament on 11 August 2020 that it intended to issue advice to all Welsh public authorities that they may exclude from

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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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