Legal Challenge to Lancaster City Council’s BDS motion

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) are challenging a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (“BDS”) resolution against Israel passed by Lancaster City Council on the ground that the Council failed to comply with their legal duty to have due regard for community relations. UKLFI have also written to Lancashire County Pension Fund

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Leading Grassroots Group Disputes Divestments by Norwegian Oil Fund

Med Israel for Fred (MIFF) has contested the exclusion of two Israeli companies from Norway’s Oil Fund in letters sent to the Fund’s manager, Norges Bank, and its Council on Ethics. MIFF is Europe’s largest pro-Israel group with 11,400 members and 30 local associations in Norway. The Oil Fund (formally

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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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Palestine Action removed from Facebook

Facebook has removed Palestine Action’s account, because it goes against its Community Standards. Palestine Action is the group that specialises in damaging and daubing paint on the buildings of companies of whom they disapprove. Last week Palestine Action posted on Twitter a message from Facebook saying: “Your page has been

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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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