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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Sheffield Hallam University adopts IHRA definition

Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest in the UK, is the latest to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) announced on 3 February 2021 that it had adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Lesley Klaff, senior lecturer in law at the University, Editor of the

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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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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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DFID forced to publish report on Palestinian Authority textbooks

DFID has finally released an “inception report” dated 12 April 2019 by the Georg Eckert Institut for a study of Palestinian school textbooks following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from UKLFI. The report describes the methodology proposed by the Georg Eckert Institut for its examination of Palestinian Authority school textbooks.  

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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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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 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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