Arab-Israeli MK calls for settlement boycott during Palestine Expo
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Arab-Israeli MK calls for settlement boycott during Palestine Expo

Yousef Jabareen says states have 'all the tools to deal with war crimes' including action against West Bank-made products and companies operating in the territory

Yousef Jabareen (Wikipedia/רדיומן)
Yousef Jabareen (Wikipedia/רדיומן)

An Arab Knesset member who accuses Israel of “apartheid” called for a mass boycott at a London festival of Palestinian culture.

Lawmaker Yousef Jabareen said states had “all the tools to deal with war crimes – to boycott settlers, to boycott settlement products, to boycott international companies”.

He was speaking at the Pal Expo event at London Olympia as a member of the left-wing Hadash Party, which in 2015 said boycotting “commercial enterprises involved in the occupation and in violation of the Palestinian people’s rights” was “a legitimate manner of civil resistance”.

The event was organised by UK-based Friends of Al-Aqsa, which also supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Jabareen also urged “more mass mobilisation of our people on the ground, in Gaza but also in the West Bank”.

He received applause when he revealed that Israel’s Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan had tried and failed to have him banned from speaking at the Pal Expo.

Right-wing Israeli group Im Tirtzu urged Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to sanction Jabareen, saying: “Arab MKs are exploiting their positions to participate in pro-BDS conferences and spew lies and hatred against Israel.”

Other speakers included Israeli journalist Gideon Levy and Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, who said: “We have a moral duty to support BDS and to support the Palestinian struggle.”

Outside the event there was a small counter-protest and a confrontation involving a pro-Israel blogger, who was filming people entering the venue. He later posted a video of a man with a Palestinian flag painted on his face, who appeared to throw water.

After sitting in on a debate, Elliot Keck of UK-Israel think-tank BICOM wrote: “One of the most ferocious attacks was on the prevalence of Jewish symbols and Jewish holidays in the State of Israel… an attack on the very Jewishness of the nation.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments