Spanish sports minister apologizes for cancelling of water polo match against Israel due to boycott

Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

(JTA) – Spain’s minister for sports apologized for the cancelling of a water polo match in Barcelona against an Israeli team due to the organizer’s decision to boycott it.

Minister José Girao apologized to his Israeli counterpart Thursday over the cancelling earlier this month of an Israeli team’s match against the national women’s team of Spain because the Nautical Club Molins de Rei in a suburb of Barcelona refused to host it. [Read more…]

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Jewish students slam Canadian Federation of Students for approving Israel boycott

(JTA) –Jewish students and groups across Canada slammed the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) for approving a resolution supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

The resolution passed on Monday at the federation’s annual meeting in Ottawa. The Canadian Federation of Students represents some 500,000 students throughout the country. [Read more…]

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Linda Sarsour under fire for criticizing American Jews for dual loyalty to Israel

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Activist Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews for dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel.

Sarsour wrote in the post on Thursday that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions against Israel) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.” [Read more…]

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Tunisian Scouts Movement bars French Jews from interfaith meeting

(JTA) – Organizers of an interfaith meeting in Tunisia among members of the Scout Movement disinvited French Jewish delegates following pressure by promoters of boycotts against Israel.

The two delegates of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts were excluded from the meeting held last week at the resort town of Hammamet for members of the youth movement from around the world. Titled “Interfaith Dialog Ambassadors,” the event brought together 150 participants from 24 countries. [Read more…]

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Israeli water polo team has tournament game in Spain cancelled due to BDS

Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

(JTA) – The Spanish organizers of a World Cup water polo tournament have suspended a game featuring Israel’s national team following protests by promoters of a boycott of the Jewish state.

Israel’s match against the national women’s team of Spain had been scheduled for Tuesday at the Nautical Club Molins de Rei in a suburb of Barcelona, but organizers cancelled it the day before amid pressure by the Catalonia chapter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, El Pais reported. The newspaper reported that the refusal to host the Israelis came from the operators of the club, which is not run by the municipality of Molins de Rei. [Read more…]

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U of Michigan punishes professor for refusing to recommend student for study in Israel

John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)
John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)

John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)

(JTA) – The University of Michigan is sanctioning a professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to study in Israel because he supports a boycott of the country.

John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, last month declined to recommend junior Abigail Ingber for a semester abroad in Israel because he supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country. [Read more…]

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Adelson-backed ‘Maccabees’ pro-Israel campus initiative to double to 80 campuses, including some in Canada

(JTA) – The Maccabee Task Force, the initiative funded by billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson targeting the campus BDS movement, will double its presence to 80 campuses and for the first time will operate in Canada.

In place since 2016, the task force works with pro-Israel students on programs countering activities of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel. Last year it funded programs on 40 campuses, chosen because of the intensity of BDS activity on the campus. [Read more…]

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Lana Del Rey defends decision to perform in Israel amid calls for boycott

Lana Del Rey at the premiere of the film “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Lana Del Rey at the premiere of the film “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Lana Del Rey at the premiere of the film “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Lana Del Rey is sticking to her decision to perform in Israel in the face of calls for her to boycott the country.

The singer will be appearing at the Meteor Festival in the northern kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan next month. Advocates of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement have urged her to boycott the country. [Read more…]

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