Cut funding to groups that support Israel boycotts, European Parliament lawmakers urge EU

(JTA) – Sixty European Parliament lawmakers in a letter asked the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, to cut funding for organizations that support boycotts against Israel.

In a letter sent earlier this week, the lawmakers from four political groups called on Mogherini to ensure “that no public funds go to organizations calling for a boycott of the State of Israel, and to instruct agencies not to engage with companies, organizations or other entities involved with the BDS movement,” an acronym for boycott, divestment and sanctions. [Read more…]

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Roger Waters had a gig in Germany. A Jewish woman’s protest led the sponsor to drop out.

(JTA) – A German broadcaster has pulled its sponsorship for a Cologne concert by Roger Waters following protests led by a Jewish resident of the city.

Malca Goldstein-Wolf, who reportedly collected about 1,500 signatures on a petition, had accused WDR – a radio and TV broadcaster under the ARD Consortium of public broadcasters in Germany – of using public money in the form of a universal broadcasting tax to support “a hater of Jews.” [Read more…]

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‘BDS pressure made me perform in Israel,’ says Nick Cave

Nick Cave at a news conference during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 10, 2014. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Nick Cave at a news conference during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 10, 2014. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Nick Cave at a news conference during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 10, 2014. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Australian singer Nick Cave said he is performing in Israel to take a stand against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds, played to a sold-out crowd Sunday night in Tel Aviv – his first appearance on an Israeli stage in 20 years. His scheduled Monday night performance also is sold out. [Read more…]

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Israel denies entry to European officials under new anti-boycott law

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel announced it would not allow seven European officials to visit because of what it said were their efforts to promote boycotts of the country.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Monday that he would adopt the recommendation of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to deny entry to the members of a 20-person delegation. The group of European Parliament members and French mayors was to arrive next week. [Read more…]

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McGill student group admits using anti-Semitic propaganda to keep Jewish student off board

(JTA) – A student group at McGill University admitted that it used anti-Semitic propaganda to prevent a Jewish candidate from being re-elected to the student government at the Montreal school.

At a meeting last month of the General Assembly of the McGill’s Student Society, or SSMU, seven students were voted onto the board. But three others – one of them Jewish and a previous board member, and all known for their pro-Israel stances – were denied seats. [Read more…]

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McGill investigating charges that pro-Israel students barred from student union board

MONTREAL (JTA) – McGill University is investigating charges by Jewish groups and pro-Israel students that three students are being barred from sitting on its undergraduate student union board because they are too pro-Israel.

At a Monday meeting of the General Assembly of the Student Society of McGill University, or SSMU, seven students were voted onto the board. But three others – one of them Jewish and a previous board member, and all known for their pro-Israel stances – were denied seats. [Read more…]

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