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SFI open letter and full blog to Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Oct 30, 2014 | No Comments
SFI open letter and full blog to Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

30 October 2014 Open Letter Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP Leader of the Labour Party House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Dear Mr Miliband, Will you be supporting a one-state solution in the Middle East at some point in the future? It has been announced that you will be guest speaker at fundraising gala dinner […]

Open Letter to Rt Hon Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party

Oct 30, 2014 | No Comments
Open Letter to Rt Hon Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 30 October 2014 Dear Mr Miliband We take extreme exception to your decision to address a fundraising dinner as guest of honour for the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME). This organisation, supported by a number of Labour MPs, propagates lies […]

Words not needed: Harrods / Qatar / Hamas – You can link the dots

Oct 28, 2014 | No Comments
Words not needed: Harrods / Qatar / Hamas – You can link the dots

Globes: Record third quarter for Israeli high-tech investment

Oct 28, 2014 | No Comments
Globes: Record third quarter for Israeli high-tech investment

IVC: 170 start ups raised $701 million, the best third quarter figure ever. In the third quarter of 2014, 170 Israeli high-tech companies attracted $701 million, the IVC Research Center and accounting firm KPMG Somekh Chaikin report today. This is 6% above the $661 million of the third quarter of 2013, but down 24% from […]

Israeli Expats Living in the U.K. Get Political

Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments
Israeli Expats Living in the U.K. Get Political

New efforts to mobilize a scattered community gain traction By Eylon Aslan-Levy In September, dozens of people gathered outside the Qatari Embassy in London to protest Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup on the grounds of its sponsorship of Hamas. Organized by the new Israeli Forum Task Force, in collaboration with the existing Sussex […]

JNTV: ‘After Gaza – The New Anti-Semitism’

Oct 7, 2014 | No Comments
JNTV: ‘After Gaza – The New Anti-Semitism’

Published on 19 Sep 2014 The latest in the Jewish News’ compelling series of JNTV documentaries reflects on the impact of the recent Gaza conflict on anglo-Jewry. Anti-Semitic incidents hit an all-time high in July 2014. Produced and directed by JNTV’s Ben Burman. More at www.jewishnews.co.uk Click here to see the film: JNTV: ‘After Gaza […]

Kick terrorism out: Football fans protest over World Cup hosts Qatar’s extremist links

Oct 7, 2014 | No Comments
Kick terrorism out: Football fans protest over World Cup hosts Qatar’s extremist links

From The Daily Star: YOUNG football fans joined a protest slamming World Cup hosts Qatar over sinister links to a terror group. The Middle East country – hosting the event in 2022 – is accused of funding Islamic extremists Hamas, who are currently in conflict with Israel. Hundreds of demonstrators called for Qatar to be […]

SFI Partner StandWithUs UK 5th Annual Student Conference

Oct 7, 2014 | No Comments
SFI Partner StandWithUs UK 5th Annual Student Conference

120 people, predominantly students from across the country joined StandWithUs UK for their 5th Annual Israel in Focus conference – celebrating five years of the organisation’s pro-Israel campus activism in the UK. The conference saw a gathering of over 80 students from all different backgrounds, faiths and political persuasions. Student leaders attending ranged from activists […]

Kick terror out of football protest against Qatar funding of terrorist groups

Oct 7, 2014 | No Comments
Kick terror out of football protest against Qatar funding of terrorist groups

By Raine Marcus, Radar PR: raine@radarpr.com Media lawyer Mark Lewis: “It’s time for the referee of public opinion to blow the whistle and show a red card to Qatar.” September 21, 2014. LONDON. Around 150 people gathered outside London’s Qatar embassy today to protest its funding of terrorist organisations, especially as the Gulf state has […]

Israel mobilizes to deprive Qatar of the World Cup

Sep 23, 2014 | No Comments
Israel mobilizes to deprive Qatar of the World Cup

By James Dorsey Huffingtonpost.com Senior fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies One group has been conspicuously absent in the battle for greater transparency of global soccer governance symbolized by multiple corruption scandals and match-fixing: football fans, a key stakeholder with a vested interest in demanding a thorough cleansing of the management of the sport. […]

Rally outside Qatari Embassy on Sunday Kick Terror Out!

Sep 18, 2014 | No Comments
Rally outside Qatari Embassy on Sunday Kick Terror Out!

Friends, As you may be aware by now on Sunday, Sussex Friends of Israel alongside two other pro-Israel, grass roots, activist groups (PIRG and IFTF) are holding an event outside the Qatari Embassy in London. We all know that Israel is not the enemy. It is our intention, by standing together outside the Embassy that […]

SFI: We Demand that Qatar Stops Funding Terror

Sep 8, 2014 | No Comments
SFI: We Demand that Qatar Stops Funding Terror

WE DEMAND THAT QATAR STOPS FUNDING TERROR In recent weeks over 5,000 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel. Numerous terror tunnels, with the sole aim of kidnapping and killing Israelis, were found and destroyed by the IDF. Across the globe different Jihadist group seem to be well armed and ready to launch attacks not […]

From Liat Collins : JPost.com : My Word: Gaza is no ghetto

Aug 24, 2014 | No Comments
From Liat Collins : JPost.com : My Word: Gaza is no ghetto

By Liat Collins – JPost.com Israel treats Gazans in Israeli hospitals and provides (unpaid for) electricity and humanitarian aid even when under rocket attack. Talk about shoot to kill: I received a press release this week – mid-rocket attacks – proudly announcing the successful conclusion of filming of a docu-drama called What Does Anne Frank […]

Express.co.uk : A cure for ALL cancers is on the way

Aug 22, 2014 | No Comments
Express.co.uk : A cure for ALL cancers is on the way

By: Giles Sheldrick Express.co.uk The breakthrough came in a 16-year study of the only ­animal immune to cancer. The discovery by an Israeli specialist was last night hailed as “radical and potentially life-changing”. In a world first, Professor Aaron Avivi and his team found that cells from the blind mole rat and its cousin the […]

The JC.com : Sun, song and solidarity on south coast

Aug 21, 2014 | No Comments
The JC.com : Sun, song and solidarity on south coast

SFI says: Pretty accurate, save for the reported numbers attending. SFI counted 300 half an hour before the rally started, other media rightly reported 1,000 rally for Israel and Peace By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014 Hundreds from across the country gathered in Brighton on Sunday, waving flags, holding placards and singing Hebrew songs in […]

Decorated Army Chief Accuses Hamas of War Crimes

Aug 21, 2014 | No Comments
Decorated Army Chief Accuses Hamas of War Crimes

by DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS Breitbart.com BRIGHTON, United Kingdom – A highly respected and decorated Army chief, Col. Richard Kemp, has accused Hamas of multiple war crimes including the targeting of Israeli civilians and the use of Palestinian children as human shields and suicide bombers. Speaking at the National Rally for Israel and Peace in Brighton […]

Sunday’s SFI Rally for Israel and Peace – join us for something special

Aug 15, 2014 | No Comments
Sunday’s SFI Rally for Israel and Peace – join us for something special

Col. Richard Kemp to speak at Brighton National Rally for Israel and Peace Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI), the Brighton and Hove based pro-Israel community activism group is hosting a National Rally for Israel and Peace on Sunday August 17, at Victoria Gardens in Brighton. The event, designed to allow Israel’s supporters from across the […]

Sussex Friends of Israel National Rally for Israel and Peace – Brighton

Aug 12, 2014 | No Comments
Sussex Friends of Israel National Rally for Israel and Peace – Brighton

Speakers Col.Richard Kemp and Mayor Revivi from Eflat

TimesofIsrael: Israeli scientist leads search for Ebola cure

Aug 11, 2014 | No Comments
TimesofIsrael: Israeli scientist leads search for Ebola cure

BGU virologist Dr. Leslie Lobel is developing a vaccine by studying the immune systems of the disease’s survivors BY RENEE GHERT-ZAND – Times of Israel Unlike many people, Dr. Leslie Lobel has not been shocked to hear about the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the largest ever recorded since the virus’s discovery in 1976 […]

IB Times: Thousands Attend Pro-Israel Rally in London

Jul 20, 2014 | No Comments
IB Times: Thousands Attend Pro-Israel Rally in London

SFI helped to instigate today’s rally for Israel in London. Thousands of pro-Israel demonstrators rally near Israel’s embassy in London. By Aaron Akinyemi IBTimes Thousands of demonstrators gathered in London on Sunday to stage a pro-Israel rally near the country’s embassy in Kensington. Protesters lined the streets and waved Israeli flags at the event, which […]

Miracle White Blood Cell Injection Can Save Diabetics From Gangrene

Jul 17, 2014 | No Comments
Miracle White Blood Cell Injection Can Save Diabetics From Gangrene

From The Algemeiner’s Joshua Levitt Israeli Bio-Tech in Nasdaq IPO; Miracle White Blood Cell Injection Can Save Diabetics From Gangrene (VIDEO) Petah Tikva, Israel-based MacroCure Ltd. filed a prospectus to raise up to $300 million on the Nasdaq, Israel’s Globes business daily reported on Wednesday. MacroCure’s CureXcell takes white cells from healthy donors and activates […]

Children are children. They are not our enemies

Jul 17, 2014 | No Comments
Children are children. They are not our enemies

From Israel21C While her hometown is under constant missile attack from Gaza, pediatric ICU head nurse Irena Nosel cares for critically ill Gazans in Israeli hospital. Along with the other 210,000 residents of coastal Ashdod, over the past couple of weeks Irena Nosel and her family must scramble for shelter when the wailing siren warns […]

BBC Technology: Sky cars to be built in Tel Aviv

Jul 1, 2014 | No Comments
BBC Technology: Sky cars to be built in Tel Aviv

An elevated network of sky cars is to be built in Tel Aviv. A 500m loop will be built on the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) followed by a commercial network, according to skyTran, the company that will build it. Two-person vehicles will be suspended from elevated magnetic tracks, as an alternative transport method […]

54 students return home from Israel after agriculture training

Jul 1, 2014 | No Comments
54 students return home from Israel after agriculture training

KATHMANDU, June 27: Fifty-four students have returned home after receiving 10-month training on agriculture in Israel. The students, who had left for Israel for agriculture training at the joint initiation of Sana Kisan Bikas Bank and Israeli Embassy in Nepal, shared their knowledge and experiences at a press meet organized in the capital on Friday […]

Sussex Friends of Israel and the Ecostream Store, Brighton

Jul 1, 2014 | No Comments
Sussex Friends of Israel and the Ecostream Store, Brighton

Statement Sussex Friends of Israel and the Ecostream Store in Brighton Sussex Friends of Israel is disappointed that Sodastream has chosen to close its experimental green refill Ecostream store in Brighton and concentrate on its successful UK retail distribution network. Ecostream, the packaging-free green concept store in a green city was clearly ahead of its […]

Israelis develop first blood test for breast cancer

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
Israelis develop first blood test for breast cancer

By Ruthie Blum Israel21C Octava Pink, a groundbreaking achievement in cancer detection, follows eight years of research at EventusDx in Jerusalem. After eight years of painstaking research, Israeli life-sciences company Eventus Diagnostics (EventusDx) has produced a blood test for the early detection of breast cancer. The Octava Pink test is now available in Israel and […]

The Jerusalem Post: Israel is a World Cup Winner

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
The Jerusalem Post: Israel is a World Cup Winner

Blog by Michael Ordman The media often uses major sporting events, such as the current FIFA 2014 soccer World Cup, to provide audiences with a little light relief from the seemingly endless stream of bad-news stories. In contrast, I present you with a blog of positive news featuring some of the recent achievements of the […]

Why are there so many Israelis at the World Cup? Why not…

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
Why are there so many Israelis at the World Cup? Why not…

Israel did not qualify for the World Cup. They’ve only managed to do so once, in 1970. Yet, after Israelis bought around 12,000 tickets for these finals in Brazil, they are the most present nation by percentage of population, and the second highest fan contingent of non-qualifiers, despite being just 8 million in total. More […]

Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?

Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship. The House of One, as it is being called, will be a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof. An architecture competition has been held and the winner chosen. The […]

#BringBackOurBoys

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
#BringBackOurBoys

Egged, Israel’s largest bus company says #BringBackOurBoys

#BringBackOurBoys

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
#BringBackOurBoys

Another one from Brazil – there are quite a few Israelis in Brazil for the World Cup, more on that later

#BringBackOurBoys

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
#BringBackOurBoys

The message to Bring Back Our Boys from Brazil

#BringBackOurBoys

Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments
#BringBackOurBoys

This weekend SFI supporters bought yellow ribbons to tie around the tree outside Ecostream.

R.I.P to all the fallen heroes D-Day 6 June 1944

Jun 6, 2014 | No Comments
R.I.P to all the fallen heroes D-Day 6 June 1944

R.I.P to all the fallen heroes who lost their lives for our freedom 70 years ago.

HonestReporting: Sympathy For the BDS Devil

Jun 6, 2014 | No Comments
HonestReporting: Sympathy For the BDS Devil

BY SIMON PLOSKER No doubt the Rolling Stones’ concert in Tel Aviv last night (Wednesday) was historic. (This writer was one of some 50,000 fans who enjoyed a fantastic show.) But controversial? Only in the eyes of the supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign who, in their usual style, unsuccessfully attempted to […]

Samsung unveils its first refrigerator with sparkling water

Jun 3, 2014 | No Comments
Samsung unveils its first refrigerator with sparkling water

kitchens Samsung unveils its first refrigerator with automatic sparkling water dispenser Samsung Home Appliances has launched its first refrigerator with an automatic sparkling water dispenser. The RF24 Sparkling Four-Door Refrigerator features a system powered by SodaStream, which gives consumers ‘cold, filtered sparkling water at the touch of a button’, according to Samsung. Fitted with a […]

We Are All Responsible For Anti-Semitism If We Do Nothing

May 27, 2014 | No Comments
We Are All Responsible For Anti-Semitism If We Do Nothing

By Mike Fryer and posted on www.christiansforzion.com The tragic attack at the museum in Brussels on Saturday did not happen in isolation. Have you considered that it may be a culmination of anti-Israel anti-Jewish rhetoric in Europe as a whole. Three innocent people, two Israeli’s and one a museum employee are the innocent victims of […]

Israeli tech streams World Cup to world’s living rooms

May 26, 2014 | No Comments
Israeli tech streams World Cup to world’s living rooms

BY DAVID SHAMAH – The Times of Israel Soccer fans will get to see their sport’s biggest event via hundreds of mini-broadcast units deployed by LiveU LiveU, an Israeli start-up, is gearing up to deliver television-quality video of World Cup coverage via cellular connections to broadcast centers and the Internet, using a network of 200 […]

Reinventing the wheel: Israeli unveils new design with suspension

May 8, 2014 | No Comments
Reinventing the wheel: Israeli unveils new design with suspension

Invented by Israeli farmer who wanted his wheelchair to be more adaptable Set to be used in wheelchairs and bicycles Daily Mail An Israeli farmer has reinvented the wheel after an accident left him wheelchair-bound. When Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he wanted to continue work – but found a wheelchair was not […]

Telegraph blogs: Why it is hypocritical to boycott Israel

May 6, 2014 | No Comments
Telegraph blogs: Why it is hypocritical to boycott Israel

By Jake Wallis Simons We’re not normally called upon to justify a decision to travel abroad. Few people would challenge me if I were visiting China, despite that country’s appalling human rights record, repression of free speech, and colonisation of Tibet. If I was travelling to America, even though Predator drones kill hundreds of innocent […]

BDS Activists Arrested Trying to Attack Pro-Israel Rally

May 6, 2014 | No Comments
BDS Activists Arrested Trying to Attack Pro-Israel Rally

Arutz Sheva: At least six anti-Israel protesters were arrested after attempting to disrupt a pro-Israel rally in the English town of Brighton on Saturday. The arrests came during weekly protests and counter-protests at the Israeli Eco Stream store in the southern town, which supporters of the so-called BDS movement have been calling on people to […]

CONTEXT: DM2014: NUJ rejects Israeli goods boycott

May 6, 2014 | No Comments
CONTEXT: DM2014: NUJ rejects Israeli goods boycott

While the NUT banner was one of the first to arrive on Saturday at Ecostream, the NUJ has actually rejected any boycott. Left foot and right foot don’t appear to get along, or at least the National body and the Brighton division. 13 April 2014 Delegates to the conference in Eastbourne of the National Union […]

Multiple arrests of anti-Israel activists outside Ecostream

May 6, 2014 | No Comments
Multiple arrests of anti-Israel activists outside Ecostream

Richard Millett’s Blog: As many as eight anti-Israel activists were arrested yesterday outside Israeli-owned Ecostream in Brighton, on England’s south coast. Ecostream belongs to Sodastream, which has a factory on the West Bank. Although Sodastream employs many Palestinians the anti-Israel lobby prefers to see the factory destroyed along with the livelihoods of Sodastream’s Israeli and […]

Republica: KATHMANDU 350 more students to be trained in Israel

May 2, 2014 | No Comments
Republica: KATHMANDU 350 more students to be trained in Israel

KATHMANDU, April 30: SFI comment: This is a brilliant story, lost elsewhere in the media, the key word in the headline is ‘more’… Israel has offered the opportunity for 360 Nepali students this year to take advanced agricultural training there, according to the Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu. The embassy has provided similar training for […]

Teaching union tweet backs demo against EcoStream

May 2, 2014 | No Comments
Teaching union tweet backs demo against EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014 Follow Sandy on Twitter @sandyrashty A British teaching union has been condemned for backing a planned picket of an Israeli-owned store in Brighton this weekend. A representative of Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers used Twitter to alert members of the boycott, led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign […]

Anne’s Opinions: Spotlight on friends of Israel

May 1, 2014 | No Comments
Anne’s Opinions: Spotlight on friends of Israel

Besides my Good News Friday posts, most of my posts contain either bad news or at the very least worrying news. So in order to keep a sense of proportion, and also in order to highlight the wonderful work that these groups are doing in order to promote Israel and to defend it from boycotts, […]

From our friends at BICOM: The Apartheid Smear

May 1, 2014 | No Comments
From our friends at BICOM: The Apartheid Smear

From our friends at BICOM 29/04/2014 please follow the link at the foot of this page to download the pamphlet. The Apartheid Smear Israel is not an apartheid state The allegation damages the peace process The launch of an important new publication from BICOM The idea that Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ is the intellectual […]

Trip Advisor slots Jerusalem in ‘Top 10 Destinations’

May 1, 2014 | No Comments
Trip Advisor slots Jerusalem in ‘Top 10 Destinations’

New global ranking mirrors record-breaking numbers of tourists in first quarter of 2014. By Viva Sarah Press Israel21C.org Leading travel website TripAdvisor has released a new list citing the Top 10 Destinations on the Rise around the world, and ranks Jerusalem as the fourth most popular site to visit. The new ranking comes in the […]

SodaStream Boycott – Losing on Two Sides of the Atlantic

May 1, 2014 | No Comments
SodaStream Boycott – Losing on Two Sides of the Atlantic

From our friends at divestthis.com Over the years, I’ve highlighted one of the advantages the BDSers have over their opponent in terms of selecting the field of battle. This advantage grows out of the fact that, as the propaganda arm of a war movement masquerading as a peace movement, the boycott brigade faces an opponent […]

Douglas Alexander – Don’t point fingers over peace talks failure

May 1, 2014 | No Comments
Douglas Alexander – Don’t point fingers over peace talks failure

From Jewsihnews.co.uk By Douglas Alexander, Shadow Foreign Secretary I am fortunate to have been able to visit Israel a number of times both in Government and in Opposition. On these visits I have always been struck by the fact that for so many people who visit Israel – whether for business, pleasure of official engagements […]

Letter from a concerned parent to the Local Education Authority

Apr 30, 2014 | No Comments
Letter from a concerned parent to the Local Education Authority

Brighton and Hove (LEA Code 846) Education and Lifelong Learning Brighton & Hove Council, King’s House, Grand Avenue, Hove BN3 2LS Dear Sirs I write to you as a concerned parent. It has been brought to my attention that Brighton and Hove NUT has asked its members to join the anti-Israel demonstration organised by the […]

IsraelNationalNews: Is This The Way to Beat BDS?

Apr 23, 2014 | No Comments
IsraelNationalNews: Is This The Way to Beat BDS?

How a little humor – and a lot of determination – is turning the tide against BDS in a sleepy British seaside town. By Ari Soffer The campaign to isolate Israel internationally through calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions – known as the BDS Movement – has undeniably gained traction in Western Europe in the […]

National Union of Journalists Rejects Israel Boycott

Apr 23, 2014 | No Comments
National Union of Journalists Rejects Israel Boycott

By PESACH BENSON Hinestreporting.com Just before HonestReporting went on Passover break, Britain’s National Union of Journalists voted against a controversial motion to support the BDS movement and boycott Israeli goods. Judging from an NUJ statement, the prevailing reason for the rejection is that a boycott would make it more difficult for journalists to cover Israel. […]

Famed Jewish Architects Slam RIBA Anti-Israel Motion

Apr 23, 2014 | No Comments
Famed Jewish Architects Slam RIBA Anti-Israel Motion

By Joshua Levitt the Algemeiner The most renowned Jewish architects in the world are coming out to protest a motion to suspend Israeli architects from the International Architects Union, the UK’s Architect’s Journal reported on Thursday. The sector magazine featured statements from Daniel Libeskind, who designed both the Berlin and Copenhagen Jewish Museums; Richard Meier, […]

Statement by Sussex Friends of Israel

Apr 17, 2014 | No Comments
Statement by Sussex Friends of Israel

While the Sussex Friends of Israel is not a political organisation, the alleged racist attack in Kansas, USA last weekend which left three people dead, the news that the controversial, Thor Steinar clothing store, which was once banned in Germany for its links to the extreme right-wing, has opened in London and the EDL’s March […]

Flower girl, 4, takes her first steps – thanks to special harness

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments
Flower girl, 4, takes her first steps – thanks to special harness

Isabella Luckett has cerebral palsy and cannot stand up unaided Four-year-old stunned guests by walking down the aisle at aunt’s wedding Using a harness attached to her dress and her dad she was able walk It also also enabled her to dance at the wedding reception The harness is called an Upsee and was launched […]

Pro-BDS Protester Rages, Escorted Away by Police

Apr 9, 2014 | No Comments
Pro-BDS Protester Rages, Escorted Away by Police

Thank you Algemeiner! A British supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was escorted away by police during a demonstration in Brighton, England after aggressively yelling at a Jewish protester. A video uploaded to YouTube on Monday shows the raging activist, identified in the clip only as “Dick,” losing his cool when […]

Charged in 30 seconds: Israeli firm claims battery breakthrough

Apr 9, 2014 | No Comments
Charged in 30 seconds: Israeli firm claims battery breakthrough

System uses biological semiconductors, made from naturally occurring organic compounds Can fully charge a phone in 30 seconds First battery cases using technology set to go on sale in 2016 By MARK PRIGG Daily Mail An Israeli startup claims to have developed a technique to recharge a mobile phone in just 30 seconds. StoreDot has […]

TimesofIsrael: Why It’s Already Too Late For The Boycotters

Apr 8, 2014 | No Comments
TimesofIsrael: Why It’s Already Too Late For The Boycotters

By Jonah Balfour Times of Israel Blog The Scarlett Johansson Sodastream controversy was only the beginning. This mini-crisis shed a new light on some of the potential political challenges facing Israeli businesses. In the case of Sodastream, the problem is particularly pronounced due to the presence of a factory in the West Bank. However, Sodastream […]

Happiness is the best revenge against the anti-Israel BDS

Apr 7, 2014 | No Comments
Happiness is the best revenge against the anti-Israel BDS

Posted by William A. Jacobson Legal Insurrection Monday, April 7, 2014 Sussex Friends of Israel demonstrates how happy warriors bring out the worst in anti-Israel fanatics Opposing the anti-Israel Boycott Divest and Sanction movement is serious business, so it’s natural that we tend to be serious about it. But I also think we need to […]

A blueprint to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in Europe

Apr 7, 2014 | No Comments
A blueprint to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in Europe

By ARSEN OSTROVSKY JPost.com Although successes of the BDS Campaign have been relatively limited in scope, the greater danger is that it keeps spinning the propellers assaulting Israel’s legitimacy. At its core, the assault on Israel’s legitimacy is a denial of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in Israel, the nation-state and historical homeland of […]

SodaStream Shares Surge After IHH Show Reporting

Apr 6, 2014 | No Comments
SodaStream Shares Surge After IHH Show Reporting

SFI says: Lets explode the BDS myths From Seeking Alpha Shares of SODA surge, and there is always a reason for share price outperformance. Wal-Mart shelf space for SodaStream products is expected to expand meaningfully. Don’t bother trying to compare SODA’s valuation with other companies. Since SodaStream’s (SODA) strong showing at the International Home and […]

No empty gestures as Michael Gove raps Riba architects

Apr 4, 2014 | No Comments
No empty gestures as Michael Gove raps Riba architects

By Marcus Dysch, TheJC.com April 3, 2014 Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked British architects’ opposition to Israel, becoming the most high-profile politician to speak out on the issue. He accused the Royal Institute of British Architects of “selective outrage” over its efforts to have Israeli architects thrown out of the profession’s international union. Mr […]

British BDS countered by grassroots movements and humor

Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments
British BDS countered by grassroots movements and humor

By Jenni Frazer/JNS.org In August 2012, a Christian and a Jew bumped into each other in Brighton, the languid seaside resort on Britain’s south coast that has become the hub of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protests at the local Ecostream store. The Israeli-owned shop has attracted weekly demonstrations from the BDS crowd, angry that […]

Upsee harness: Mother’s invention helps disabled son to walk

Apr 2, 2014 | No Comments
Upsee harness: Mother’s invention helps disabled son to walk

A revolutionary new harness designed by a mother to give her wheelchair-bound son a chance to walk has been launched on a worldwide market. Debby Elnatan, a music therapist whose son Rotem has cerebral palsy, said the idea for a support harness came from her own “pain and desperation”, but will go on to make […]

JPost: Rolling Stones – Israel gets some satisfaction

Mar 25, 2014 | No Comments
JPost: Rolling Stones – Israel gets some satisfaction

Veteran rockers are officially booked to perform at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on June 4. After months – even years – of speculation, Israelis can finally get some satisfaction. The Rolling Stones are officially booked to perform on June 4 at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv. Nobody was more satisfied than promoter Shuki Weiss, who […]

The Commentator: Brighton rocks against anti-Israel bigotry

Mar 14, 2014 | No Comments
The Commentator: Brighton rocks against anti-Israel bigotry

Any idiot can boycott a shop. Israel is the foremost leader in cancer research. Will the idiots boycott that? An inspirational fightback from England, and hats off to Norway too. By Michael Curtis The Commentator When W.H. Auden wrote his long poem, The Orators, it was years before biased and bigoted groups and individuals including […]

Cruise Line Cancels Tunisia Stops After Bar of Israeli Tourists

Mar 12, 2014 | No Comments
Cruise Line Cancels Tunisia Stops After Bar of Israeli Tourists

From JNS.org The Norwegian Cruise Line announced Tuesday that it is canceling all of its remaining port calls to Tunisia and ceasing all future port calls there in response to the Tunisian government’s refusal to allow a group of Israelis to disembark the Norwegian Jade ship in the Tunis-based port of La Goulette on Sunday. […]

Join us this Saturday for ‘They tell lies, we bring pies’

Mar 10, 2014 | No Comments
Join us this Saturday for ‘They tell lies, we bring pies’

Because being part of the picture is far better than just looking at it… They tell lies, we bring pies, with special guests and lots of pies (and cake), with drinks courtesy of Sodastream

Any plans for Saturday? Counter their lies and bake some pies!

Mar 10, 2014 | No Comments
Any plans for Saturday? Counter their lies and bake some pies!

This week the Sussex community and friends from across the country and the world will be busy baking cakes and pies for the latest Sussex Friends of Israel party. Please join us for ‘They tell lies, we bring pies’ At the Ecostream Store, Western Road, Brighton, between 1pm and 3 pm. The weather is likely […]

Canada recognises Jewish refugees from Arab countries

Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments
Canada recognises Jewish refugees from Arab countries

Canada yesterday formally recognized the refugee status of the 850,000 Jews who fled or were expelled from Arab countries after Israel’s founding. The recognition follows a November 2013 report to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on “Recognizing Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.” The report detailed the […]

Frontpagemag: Syrian Refugee Blasts BDS Movement

Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments
Frontpagemag: Syrian Refugee Blasts BDS Movement

Aboud Dandachi, a Syrian blogger and refugee who opposes Assad, responded to the Syrian National Council’s condemnation of Netanyahu’s visit to an Israeli hospital treating Syrian wounded, by criticizing the SNC. If you can’t even bring yourself to say thank you to medical aid from Israel, how on earth are you ever going to bring […]

Frontpagemag: SodaStream and the Absurdity of BDS

Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments
Frontpagemag: SodaStream and the Absurdity of BDS

By Daniel Greenfield Contrary to most people’s expectations, the BDS boycotts of Israel rarely target heavily pro-Israel companies or individuals. The academic boycotts are most prevalent in non-scientific areas of academia where the Israeli scholars they are targeting lean to the left. Imagine French academics boycotting US History professors over the Iraq War and you […]

TimesofIsrael: We stand in solidarity with Ukrainian Jews

Mar 5, 2014 | No Comments
TimesofIsrael: We stand in solidarity with Ukrainian Jews

We stand in solidarity with Ukrainian Jews: An open letter from the UK By Richard Black – TimesofIsrael blog We, Jewish students in the United Kingdom, stand by our Jewish brothers and sisters in Ukraine, during their hour of need. The history of Jewish life in Ukraine is even older than the country itself. In […]

Top 22 ways Israel aided Africa in the last three years

Mar 4, 2014 | No Comments
Top 22 ways Israel aided Africa in the last three years

Developing African nations depend on Israeli technological, humanitarian, medical, ecological and agricultural advances in virtually every aspect of life. By Abigail Klien Leichman – Israel21C On a visit to Africa in 1958, Foreign Minister Golda Meir pledged Israeli help to find solutions for severe challenges in food security, water safety and sanitation, healthcare, economic growth, […]

No charity for Israel from Amnesty International

Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments
No charity for Israel from Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s bias against Israel is so blatant it would be funny if it wasnt so sad. Prof. Michael Curtis deals the killing blow against this organisation and its litany of misdeeds Michael_curtis – The Commentator – 3 March 2014 11:24 We all thought Oxfam was the most bigoted international charity organization but along has […]

Times of Israel: Christian generosity for Ukranian Jews

Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments
Times of Israel: Christian generosity for Ukranian Jews

By Yechiel Eckstein Times of Israel blog In these days, when our eyes and the eyes of the world are upon the Ukraine and the upheaval taking place there, we pray that everyone might have the opportunity to enjoy a life of democracy, freedom, and prosperity. As Israelis and Jews, we are focused mainly on […]

Times of Israel: Forget your phone? Check your… wrist?

Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments
Times of Israel: Forget your phone? Check your… wrist?

Mobile giant Telefónica will integrate made-in-Israel communication tech into wearable devices that can stand-in for smartphones BY DAVID SHAMAH They may not be making Maxwell Smart-style shoe-phones just yet, but manufacturers like Google, LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile are working on watches, rings, bracelets, hats and even eyewear — with Google Glass the best-known example […]

Online Wall St Journal: Don’t Buy the Israel Boycott Hype

Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments
Online Wall St Journal: Don’t Buy the Israel Boycott Hype

By DAVID ROSENBERG The Western media has bought into the notion that a new wave of Western boycotts against Israel is underway. But like so many trend stories, this one doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. For Israelis, talk of boycotts brings back bad memories of the 1970s and ’80s. After the Yom Kippur War and […]

“A small contribution to peace”? Inside SodaStream

Mar 3, 2014 | No Comments
“A small contribution to peace”? Inside SodaStream

By Jessica Abrahams prospectmagazine.co.uk SodaStream has been in the news in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons. Its new brand ambassador, actress Scarlett Johansson, ended up quitting her role at Oxfam over “a fundamental difference of opinion” about the Israeli company’s operations in the West Bank, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 war. […]

JC.com: Amnesty has produced anti-Israel propaganda

Feb 27, 2014 | No Comments
JC.com: Amnesty has produced anti-Israel propaganda

Well said sir By Richard Kemp, February 26, 2014 In Northern Ireland in the ’70s and ’80s I admired Amnesty International even as they heaped criticism on the British security forces of which I was a member. They helped stop a number of real human rights abuses and were often commendably impartial. Amnesty’s latest report […]

Amnesty shoots itself in the foot over Israel-West Bank report

Feb 27, 2014 | No Comments
Amnesty shoots itself in the foot over Israel-West Bank report

By Marcus Dysch, The JC.com February 26, 2014 Amnesty International’s claims that Israeli forces in the West Bank are “trigger-happy”, shoot Palestinians with impunity and may be guilty of war crimes have been met with outrage and widespread criticism. A report published by the charity on Thursday highlighted what it said was a “harrowing pattern […]

Outrageous Amnesty report on Israel removed from reality

Feb 26, 2014 | No Comments
Outrageous Amnesty report on Israel removed from reality

Embassy of Israel 26/02/2014 The Amnesty report to be published tomorrow (Thursday) reads like a public relations stunt rather than a serious report by a human rights organization. The report brings together carefully selected, unverifiable and often contradictory accounts from clearly politically-motivated individuals, which it then reports as unquestioned facts. According to the skewed logic […]

Co-op Bank set to drive record £2bn group loss – shame!

Feb 26, 2014 | No Comments
Co-op Bank set to drive record £2bn group loss – shame!

This is the uncooperative organisation that chooses to boycott goods from Judea and Samaria. They should listen to the current dialogue, build bridges not boycotts. Boycotts simply don’t work… Come on Coop – do the right thing and don’t be lead by those who shout loudest. Article by Natalie Holt Moneymarketing.co.uk The Co-operative Group is […]

TimesofIsrael Blog: Who is calling for Apartheid now?

Feb 26, 2014 | No Comments
TimesofIsrael Blog: Who is calling for Apartheid now?

Times of Israel blogger Richard Black This week, Palestine Societies on campuses across the country will be hosting their annual event, ‘Israel Apartheid Week’. Activities held during this time have typically included proposed boycotts, the shutting down of academic freedom and intimidating public spectacles. Yet despite the title ‘Israel Apartheid Week,’ the supporters of this […]

Norwegian Store Chain Cancels SodaStream Boycott #BDSFail

Feb 26, 2014 | No Comments
Norwegian Store Chain Cancels SodaStream Boycott #BDSFail

By: Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency jewishpress.com For the fifth consecutive year imports from Israel to Norway have increased more than imports from other countries. Attempts by anti-Israel and BDS affiliated movements to pressure businesses to boycott Israeli products in Norway have failed. Staples, a large Norwegian department store chain, announced in December that it […]

Inside controversial factory that sparked Scarlett row

Feb 26, 2014 | No Comments
Inside controversial factory that sparked Scarlett row

Arabic general manager at Israeli firm’s factory in occupied West Bank tells Mirror.co.uk: “There is no discrimination” By Lee Harpin Daily Mirror “Come here and you see the Palestinian with the Jew, altogether,” explains Mohamed Barhum, the Arabic general manager at Israeli firm Sodastream’s controversial factory in the occupied West Bank. “There is no discrimination,” […]

The punching bag bigots of anti-Israel boycotts

Feb 25, 2014 | No Comments
The punching bag bigots of anti-Israel boycotts

The practitioners of anti-Israel boycott bigotry are bent upon disrupting the free flow of knowledge, academic discourse and civilizational advancement in the Western World. They must not be allowed to do so, for we are all in peril if they are, says Vijeta Uniyal of Indian Friends of Israel The Italian philosopher and politician Niccolò […]

The Independent Blog: War and Peace and SodaStream

Feb 25, 2014 | No Comments
The Independent Blog: War and Peace and SodaStream

By Tom Doran Eagle Eye 2014 02 18 13.51.59 168×300 War and Peace and SodaStreamYesterday’s post was given over to the latest Depression Diary instalment, so I didn’t get a chance to write about our visit to the SodaStream factory. Yes, that SodaStream factory, the one inside the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. Some […]

TimesofIsrael: A better potato for India, via Israeli technology

Feb 25, 2014 | No Comments
TimesofIsrael: A better potato for India, via Israeli technology

Distribution, not famine, is what ails masses of the second largest country’s poor, says a researcher — and Israel has the solutions BY DAVID SHAMAH timesofisrael.com When he visits family on vacation from his post at Israel’s Vulcani Agricultural Research Institute, Dr. Akhilesh Kumar is always struck by the two very different New Delhis he […]

Israel21c: Israel sustainable energy powers rural Africa

Feb 19, 2014 | No Comments
Israel21c: Israel sustainable energy powers rural Africa

By Ruthie Blum – Israel21c Sivan Ya’ari’s non-profit Innovation: Africa brings sustainable Israeli technologies to power rural African villages. Picture a remote African village where women and children spend hours every day finding, collecting and carrying water and wood back to their homes. Envisage these villagers standing in long lines for the privilege of digging […]

Israel21C Photo of the week: The South Goes Red

Feb 19, 2014 | No Comments
Israel21C Photo of the week: The South Goes Red

In February every year, Israel’s desert turns red as the parched earth suddenly blossoms with millions of wild anemones. you’ve never seen it, you should go. Every year, as spring arrives in Israel, the country’s parched desert turns a stunning shade of red as wild anemones bloom in profusion. The Darom Adom (red south) festival […]

BICOM Analysis and news: The Apartheid Smear

Feb 17, 2014 | No Comments
BICOM Analysis and news: The Apartheid Smear

Bicom 13/02/2014 The Apartheid Smear Download the pamphlet from BICOM copy and paste this url: http://www.bicom.org.uk/analysis-article/18870/ Israel is not an apartheid state The allegation damages the peace process The launch of an important new publication from BICOM The idea that Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ is the intellectual foundation of the movement to boycott, divest […]

Times of Israel: Bennett says Viber deal defies boycott fears

Feb 17, 2014 | No Comments
Times of Israel: Bennett says Viber deal defies boycott fears

Israel’s newest billion-dollar selloff is proof that the economy continues to speed ahead, claims Jewish Home chief BY YOEL GOLDMAN Times of Israel Bennett said the deal was “the answer to those who tremble from boycotts,” referring to Israel’s increased attention lately to boycott threats from around the globe. Though Viber is registered in Cyprus, […]

Commentary Magazine: BDS on a Roll? Not So Fast

Feb 13, 2014 | No Comments
Commentary Magazine: BDS on a Roll? Not So Fast

Evelyn Gordon | @EvelynCGordon Commentary Magazine One of the BDS movement’s greatest assets is the fact that its every success gets massive media coverage while its failures (ScarJo excepted) are largely ignored. That’s why anyone following the news in recent weeks would probably conclude that boycott, divestment, and sanctions were rapidly gaining ground. Yet in […]

Embassy launches Coexistence Through Football in Israel

Feb 12, 2014 | No Comments
Embassy launches Coexistence Through Football in Israel

Jewishnews.co.uk Jewish and Arab children in Israel will come together for a new football initiative launched by the British Embassy last week. Funded by UEFA, Coexistence Through Football aims to establish six leagues in northern Israel involving 2,000 youngsters with the aim of “sowing the seeds of coexistence while helping develop disadvantaged communities”. UK Ambassador […]

Disturbed Frontman David Draiman Blasts BDS

Feb 12, 2014 | No Comments
Disturbed Frontman David Draiman Blasts BDS

From The Algemeiner Jewish heavy metal rocker David Draiman took to Twitter Sunday, Feb. 9, to condemn the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for harassing one actress and then called out another star for siding with the global campaign. “I support Scarlett Johansson’s endorsement of @SodaStreamUSA and condemn the BDS’ harassment of her,” […]

January sees record-setting number of tourists

Feb 12, 2014 | No Comments
January sees record-setting number of tourists

All-time high arrival figures an ‘excellent beginning’ for 2014, says tourism minister BY GAVRIEL FISKE Times of Israel For the second year in a row, the month of January saw record numbers of tourists visiting the country. Some 200,000 tourists entered Israel in January 2014, 19 percent more than in January 2013 and “an all-time […]

Blog: Simon Plosker: Seeing SodaStream for myself

Feb 7, 2014 | No Comments
Blog: Simon Plosker: Seeing SodaStream for myself

I’d given up all carbonated drinks over a decade ago (sorry Coke and Pepsi… and SodaStream) so I have no brand loyalty when it comes to SodaStream or any other sparkling beverage. But thanks to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and Oxfam, SodaStream has become the latest flash-point in the demonization campaign against […]

Commentator: Boycotters’ contempt for ordinary Palestinians

Feb 7, 2014 | No Comments
Commentator: Boycotters’ contempt for ordinary Palestinians

Though they will deny it, their actions speak louder: BDS campaigners simply do not care about the circumstances, hopes and dreams of ordinary Palestinians By Nick Gray – The Commentator The curious case of SOS – Scarlet, Oxfam and Sodastream – has enabled us to hear something almost totally inaudible most of the time – […]