Since Purim is fast approaching (it falls this Sunday) I have decided to post an additional good news post before tomorrow’s usual Good News Friday post.
This post will concentrate on #BDSFails – failures and backfires of the boycott efforts by the BDS brigade.
And to those who do not share my ambition, who want to boycott Israel, I have a clear message. Britain opposes boycotts. Whether it’s trade unions campaigning for the exclusion of Israelis or universities trying to stifle academic exchange Israel’s place as a homeland for the Jewish people will never rest on hollow resolutions passed by amateur politicians.
This was indeed a heart-warming moment for those of us who were cynically expecting another EU-style warning of Israel’s isolation and condemnation of settlements. Thank you Mr. Cameron for your warmth and friendliness. What a pleasant change.
Next up is a fantastic video of a Moroccan Christian preacher who makes fun, in Arabic, of Arabs who boycott Jews. As the Elder of Ziyon says:
From Mida Video Channel:
Brother Rashid, a charismatic and popular Moroccan Christian television preacher, has a few choice words for those who would divest themselves of Jewish inventions and products.
Watch the video, read the subtitles and enjoy the nachas. -)
This leads us smoothly to my next item, which is that Israeli officials assert that the global anti-Israel boycott effort has failed:
Senior Israeli government officials recently asserted that despite calls for the boycotting of Israel in Europe and the United States, investment rates, exports and the Jewish state’s hi-tech industry have been unaffected, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Thursday.
Furthermore, the international anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement has suffered a number of setbacks over the last few weeks, Ma’ariv said.
Europe’s largest student organization announced this week that it opposes the boycotting of any Israeli products, including those produced in disputed territories situated over the Green Line.
Other blows to the global effort to delegitimize Israel include the England’s Supreme Court ruling a few weeks ago that the economic activity of businesses located over the Green Line does not violate international law. A court in France issued a similar ruling and at the same time, two European Union leaders – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Parliament President Martin Schulz – announced their opposition to the boycott of Israel.
Israeli political insiders also note that even the normally hostile Norwegian government had a change of heart following the recent election of a more pro-Israel administration that is not fixated on the so-called “Palestinian issue,” Ma’ariv said.
On the same theme, Brian of London in Israellycool tells us that we must avoid falling into the trap of believing the BDS propaganda. He titles his post “And the BDSFail goes on”:
Generally I encounter much more positivity than negativity. When we spend our time deep in the world of countering anti-Israel lies and fighting BDS campaigns its so important to remember these are still fringe activities.
We must avoid falling into a trap of believing anti-Israel BDS is more successful than it is! The other side is working so hard precisely because it has limited success and needs to keep repeating the same messages because on the whole they don’t stick.
No matter how I look at it, the massive noise generated by global PR campaigns against Israel is not widely matched by negative feelings on the ground, especially in North America. So many people either have no firm views or are easily swayed by the positive that flows from Israel.
This is not the time to give up on our beliefs and sink into a funk: Israel is a gift to the world and I know the doomsayers are lying.
There’ll be more good news tomorrow G-d willing. Meanwhile I hope this news will help you all sleep a little easier tonight.