Israel Musings January 30, 2014: Scarlett Johansson becomes Israel’s most famous advocate combating BDS with Soda

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Scarlett Johansson becomes Israel’s most famous advocate combating BDS with Soda

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Whether Jewish-American actress Scarlett Johansson wanted to or not she has become Israel’s most famous advocate when she signed as the spokesperson, “global brand ambassador” for SodaStream International Ltd., and their carbonated soda machines. Although…READ MORE
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Israel Brief December 16, 2013: American Studies Association votes for boycott of Israeli universities

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American Studies Association votes for boycott of Israeli universities

Source: JTA, 12-16-13

The membership of the American Studies Association endorsed its national council’s call for a boycott of Israeli universities….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 8, 2013: British Labour leader Ed Miliband pleadges to oppose Israel boycott

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British Labour leader Miliband pleadges to oppose Israel boycott

Source: JTA, 3-8-13

Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has pledged to oppose boycotts of Israel and to protect Jewish customs, including circumcision and ritual slaughter….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 28, 2012: Nobel winners call for military boycott of Israel

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Nobel winners call for military boycott of Israel

Source: JTA, 11-28-12

A group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates joined artists and activists in signing an open letter calling for an international military boycott of Israel following this month’s Gaza conflict….READ MORE

International scholars’ group condemns academic boycott of Israel

International scholars’ group condemns academic boycott of Israel

Source: JTA, 6-9-11

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East has condemned Britain’s largest academic union for voting to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

The international organization has also condemned the University and College Union for rejecting the European Union definition of anti-Semitism.

The resolution was passed on May 29 at UCU’s annual conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It is the union’s third such vote since it was established in 2006.

The Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East said in a statement issued June 7 that it: “Strongly condemns the Union of College and Universities vote on May 29, 2011 to promote the campaign to academically boycott Israel, despite advice from its own legal counsel which has advised it may be a illegal action based on discriminatory practices as well as being well beyond the scope of the charter of the union.”

The statement also strongly condemned  “the UCU voting to disassociate itself from the European Union (EU) Working Definition of what constitutes anti-Semitism on May 30, 2011 which signals to all that the Union does not take anti-Semitism seriously. In rejecting this working definition the UCU is promoting a hostile, anti-Semitic study and work environment for Jewish and Israeli students and faculty in colleges and universities throughout the UK who support the right of Israel to exist within safe and secure borders and who challenge those who would demonize, delegitimize and hold Israel to a double standard despite the Union’s protestations and rationalizations to the contrary.”

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East represents about 55,000 university and college professors, researchers, administrators, teachers, librarians, and students on more than 3,500 campuses worldwide, according to its website.

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