As Starbucks Expands Into Sub-Saharan Africa, Still No Signs of Stores in Israel

Closing Israeli stores was “the right decision for our business,” says the company.

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Starbucks Corp. still has no plans to reopen Israeli branches of the famed coffee shop, but the company announced Tuesday that it will open its first South African chain next year in Johannesburg through Taste Holdings Ltd. A few stores already operate in Cairo and Casablanca, Morocco, but this will be their first attempt to break into South Africa’s coffee market.

Not every effort to reach customers overseas has been successful for the Seattle-based brand.  Wikimedia Commons

Ahava Cosmetics Company Considering Leaving West Bank

06/08/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Ahava Dead Sea minerals cosmetics company, under pressure for operating in the West Bank, is considering opening a manufacturing plant inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

An Ahava store at the Mamila Mall in Jerusalem, February 15, 2010. JTA

French Cellphone Firm Will Cut Business Ties In Israel Soon, CEO Says

06/03/2015 - 20:00

The CEO of a major French telecommunications company said he would cut ties with an Israeli partner “tomorrow” if it could do so without incurring financial penalties.

Singer Cancels Israel Performance 3 Days Before Concert

05/04/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — American R&B singer Lauryn Hill canceled a performance in Israel three days ahead of the scheduled concert.

Report: SodaStream Mulling Departure From West Bank Plant

09/01/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its West Bank factory.

Rift With Presbyterians Likely

Convention votes narrowly to divest from companies it says profit from Israel's control of Palestinian territories.

06/21/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Presbyterian Church’s decision Friday to divest from three American businesses that operate in the West Bank will likely strengthen international sanctions efforts against Israel, and will weaken interfaith ties between the Jewish and Presbyterian communities, Jewish leaders said this week.

Presbyterians at their 221st General Assembly meeting in Detroit, Mich. Via

The Parade Is About Israel, Not Us

When will we learn that no one group or ideology owns 'love of Israel?'

05/21/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As the June 1 Israel Parade draws closer, some organizations are threatening not to march. They are protesting the decision of parade sponsors to allow organizations like the New Israel Fund– a favorite target of the right wing of the Zionist movement– to be included in the parade, because of its alleged sympathy for the BDS strategy (boycott, divestment and sanction) designed to modify Israel’s position on settlements in the West Bank. The NIF steadfastly denies supporting BDS. They (the more right-wing organizations) feel that the NIF and its friends should have no place at the Zionist table, or at a parade that salutes Israel. And as long as they do, these more right-wing organizations won’t march.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

American Studies Leaders Endorse Israel Boycott

12/04/2013 - 19:00

WASHINGTON — The American Studies Association leadership endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities, but also sought the approval of the body’s 5,000 members.

South Africa’s African National Congress Endorses Israel Boycott

12/22/2012 - 19:00

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.

New Directions In Assault On Israel’s Legitimacy

04/30/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds. 

Martin Raffel
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