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Movement to Boycott Israel Gains Momentum in Europe

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Friday, August 29, 2014

Movement to Boycott Israel Gains Momentum in Europe

Parts of Europe are boycotting Israeli products in response the the Israel-Gaza war.

In London, some stores have pulled kosher products from their shelves and a theater in north London wants to edit the content of some films at a planned Jewish film festival.

“We don’t want any Israeli goods; we don’t want any Israeli services; we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or college; we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford,” said George Galloway, a member of Parliament.

The movement to boycott and sanction Israel is known as BDS.

“We entered this war in Gaza with the perception that the Israeli government is not interested in reaching peace with the Palestinians,” said Meir Javedanfar, an Israeli analyst at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. “Now, after the casualties and the destruction, I’m very worried about the impact this could have on Israel. It could make it very easy for the BDS campaign to isolate Israel and call for more boycotts.”

The European Union has also declared that any products from Israel by labeled differently. 

Publication date: August 29, 2014