Following on from Brian Goldfarb’s guest post on how to fight BDS, it is instructive to note how the latest moves by the BDS bigots seem devoid of all logic – at first glance at any rate. However if you take into account the true aim of BDS, which is the ultimate destruction of Israel, then their actions make a lot more sense.
This becomes clear if you study the antics of BDS, as you will see that they are motivated less by pro-Palestinian reasoning than by anti-Israel, and in fact anti-Jewish prejudice. As has been said by many observers many times before, they don’t want what is good for the Palestinians. They want what is bad for Israel, and their much-desired end result would be for the destruction of Israel, no matter how much damage that would do to the Palestinians and the region, let alone the Jews.
For example, what possible good for anyone could come out of the decision by Cardiff City council to cancel a photo exhibition of Palestinian-Israeli football matches? And what was the reasoning behind this surreal decision? Because the photos were taken in Israel! No apartheid, no conflict, just the very existence of Israel.
As the Daily Mail reports on the cancelled Cardiff photo exhibition of Israel-Palestinian football matches:
An exhibition of photographs of Muslims, Jews and Christians playing football peacefully seems like an unlikely target of a boycott.
But that is just what happened when Cardiff Council hosted the show at the local library – because the pictures had been taken in Israel.
In advance of the football match between Wales and Israel on Sunday, Cardiff Library agreed to host ‘Jewish-Arab football: diversity and coexistence through lower-league football’.
But a spokesperson for Cardiff Council said that ‘following a complaint’, the exhibition had been taken down less than 24 hours after it opened.
‘The Council is aware there are protests planned around the Wales Israel game at the weekend and this was taken into consideration,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Our libraries are buildings which promote free speech, but it was felt that running this exhibition could lead visitors to suppose that the Council was displaying bias.’
Judith Woodman, leader of the opposition at Cardiff Council, said that she was ‘appalled’ by the Council’s ‘shameful’ censorship and demanded an inquiry into how the decision was made.
‘Sport is non-political. We live in a democracy and have freedom of speech. By this action Cardiff Council have totally disregarded this,’ she said.
The project, created by photographers Gad Salner and Vadim Tarasov, records how football can bring rival communities together. It has previously been displayed at the Guardian offices.
The photography project focuses on lower-league football throughout Israel, emphasising how Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities come together through the beautiful game.
One example is the Betar Nordia Football Club in Jerusalem, a small, fan-owned club that promotes diversity and sportsmanship, while opposing violence and racism in football. The club’s Jewish participants play alongside their Arab Muslim and Christian colleagues.
‘From forgotten Arab villages in the north to dusty Jewish neighborhoods in the south, we visit places where the seemingly ever-present tension between cultures evaporates, and where diversity is embraced, encouraged and celebrated,’ said the photographers in a statement.
Yiftah Curiel, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy, said: ‘This is a boycott against peace and coexistence, in line with the destructive and belligerent aims of the movement to delegitimise Israel.’
So who was behind the mysterious “complaint” that closed down the exhibition? You’ll find the answer within this Wales Online article about the Israeli embassy protests at the closure:
But the decision to close the exhibition was backed by Adam Johannes of Stop the War Coalition, one of the groups organising a demonstration against Israel’s participation in the football tournament before Sunday’s match.
The Stop the War Coalition are notoriously anti-Israel and antisemitic, and no one should be surprised at this move. I’m only surprised that Cardiff Council caved in so easily, but maybe they just wanted a quiet life. This is what the BDS bigots count on: that neutral or uninvolved people just don’t want to get involved or have a fight so it’s easier to give in. It’s moral cowardice for sure and we mustn’t let them get away with it.
Another “victory” for BDS which has made life much worse for the Palestinians is the closure of the SodaStream Maale Adumim factory, and its move to the Negev. The end result is that the Palestinians, about whom BDS claim to care so much, have lost their jobs and their livelihoods, not to mention personal relations and friendships.
IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) — The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company’s critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.
SodaStream, which produces machines that allow people to make fizzy drinks, has been targeted by an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies. Citing financial reasons, SodaStream announced it was closing the West Bank factory last year, but the so-called BDS movement declared victory and said its pressure was behind the decision.
Standing in the sprawling new factory deep in Israel’s Negev Desert that will replace the West Bank facility when it shuts down in two weeks, CEO Daniel Birnbaum said the boycott movement has only had a “marginal” effect on his business. He accused the BDS movement of spreading lies and said Palestinian employees were given pay and benefits far higher than anything else they could find in the West Bank.
“It’s propaganda. It’s politics. It’s hate. It’s anti-Semitism. It’s all the bad stuff we don’t want to be part of,” Birnbaum said.
You can see the real target of the BDS from the worsd of its founder, the hypocritical fanatic Omar Bargouti – hypocritical because he studies in Tel Aviv University, that obvious bastion of apartheid, yet
“This is a clear-cut BDS victory against an odiously complicit Israeli company,” said Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the movement. He said it would continue to target SodaStream because its new factory is located in an area where Israel has in the past proposed to resettle Bedouin Arabs. The company employs more than 300 Bedouins.
So the company is now employing Bedouins instead of Palestinians but even that is not good enough for BDS becuase of yet another perceived crime by Israel, even if it was in the past.
Basically, Israel can do no right in the eyes of BDS. Its very existence is the root of all evil. BDS might as well come right out and say so.
And the end result?
SodaStream employed up to 600 Palestinians at the Mishor Adumim factory in the West Bank and sought to transfer their jobs to the Israeli plant. But Birnbaum said Israel has granted only 130 work permits so far due to security issues. Many likely will lose their jobs.
“All the people who wanted to close (SodaStream’s West Bank factory) are mistaken. … They didn’t take into consideration the families,” said Ali Jafar, a shift manager from a West Bank village who has worked for SodaStream for two years.
Palestinians, like other employees, are offered a bus service that brings them to the factory. But what was once a short jaunt to the West Bank factory is now a two-hour journey each way that involves crossing an Israeli checkpoint, where workers must show their permits and be screened for security checks.
BDS has accused SodaStream of paying Palestinian workers less than their Israeli counterparts, but Birnbaum and employees at the factory said wages for Palestinians and Israeli workers are commensurate.
“SodaStream should have been encouraged in the West Bank if (the BDS movement) truly cared about the Palestinian people,” Birnbaum said.
As noted Palestinian human rights activist Bassam Eid remarked trenchantly:
Another example of BDS: The Largest Luxembourg grocery chain bans Israeli goods:
Luxembourg’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Jean Asselborn arrived in Israel today for an official two-day working visit to Israel.
Just last week, Cactus, the largest supermarket chain in Luxembourg, decided to stop the sale of all Israeli fruits and vegetables in its stores, until it can be proven that they do not originate in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
The discordant juxtaposition of the two developments seems to have jarred no one. The minister arrived in Israel at the invitation of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu …
Last week, Luxembourg’s largest chain of supermarkets Cactus announced, after many weeks of pro-Palestinian protests outside the stores, that it was giving in. No longer will Israeli produce be sold there until suppliers prove its origin. “Guilty of growing produce in Biblical Israel until proven innocent” is the new Cactus policy, as demanded by the pro-Palestinian organization ‘’Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East.’’
Israel’s honorary consul in Luxembourg, Daniel Schneider, is trying to convince Cactus management to cancel its decision. Israeli’s embassy in Belgium, which also covers Luxembourg, has been reported to be “monitoring the situation.”
Two months ago, Israel was able to stop a boycott campaign for its products in three stores located in northern Sweden.
I think Israel should have insisted that the meeting should not take place until the Luxembourg FM talked to the grocery chain about their boycott, at the very least. Where is our national honour?
The excesses of BDS have encouraged and animated the slide into drooling Jew-hatred and an illogical derision of Binyamin Netanyahu in particular amongst the hard-left radical chic crowd.
Thus we see the Swiss ambassador to Iran displaying a particularly revolting cartoon of Netanyahu to a conference. (it was probably his entrance exam to Iran):
Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.
Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the “questionable cartoon” was used without its knowledge. “The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless,” it said in a statement.
“Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon,” the FDFA said. “If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted.”
Uh-huh. And I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Meanwhile back in jolly old Blighty (that’s Britain for you colonials), the loony left have gathered 100,000 signatures on a petition, enough to instigate a Parliamentary debate, on the arrest of Binyamin Netanyahu when he visits Britain this weekend – this despite the fact that he cannot be arrested since he is the head of state. I did say that the BDS are insane. This proves it. From the 2nd link:
The petition, which appears on the website of the British Parliament, notes that Netanyahu is due to visit London in September and adds, “Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014”.
Under British law, the government must respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures. At 100,000 signatures, the petition could be be considered for debate in Parliament.
A spokesman for the British Embassy in Israel told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday evening, “According to British law, foreign heads of state enjoy immunity from the legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained.”
The Israeli Foreign Ministry made it clear tonight that they believe “this is a PR exercise with no practical significance.“
The British government itself defended Israel. It certainly would become a huge embarrassment and would harm bilateral relations with Israel:
The British Government recently issued a statement in response to the petition, since under British law, the government must respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.
In that statement, the government said that under UK and international law, “visiting heads of foreign governments, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, have immunity from legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained.”
The statement went on to emphasize Israel’s right to self-defense.
“The Prime Minister was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of international humanitarian law.
“We condemn the terrorist tactics of Hamas who fired rockets on Israel, built extensive tunnels to kidnap and murder, and repeatedly refused to accept ceasefires.”
As if all this is not enough, and as if the EU don’t have enough to cope with, with the massive influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate Middle Eastern refugees, they have found the time to almost complete their directives for the labelling of goods from Judea and Samaria – but only from Jewish towns mind you. Apartheid anyone?
The European Union is preparing new guidelines that would require Israel to label products made in West Bank settlements if they are exported to the 28-nation bloc, EU officials said Tuesday.
The move is the latest sign of international discontent with Israeli construction of settlements on occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians. And while the work is expected to take weeks, it comes as a grassroots movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel is gaining steam.
This is rich coming from the EU which funds illegal Palestinian settlements and constructs actual illegal buildings in Judea and Samaria, and who kick up a huge stink if Israel should dare to tear those buildings down. Buildings, like products, are only kosher for the EU if they are Palestinian, not Jewish. It’s enough to make you sick.
Israeli officials reject the European labeling plan, saying it would amount to a type of boycott and would discourage the Palestinians from pursuing peace talks.
The Times of Israel reported last week that the issue of labeling settlement goods could snowball into a major headache thanks to the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement gathers steam against Israel for its policies toward the Palestinians.
According to one of the EU officials, the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, told European foreign ministers last month that work is “underway” and that a set of guidelines will be “finalized in the near future.” The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal EU affairs.
There have been other recent actions that have underscored the controversial settlement issue.
In recent weeks, Israel fended off a Palestinian attempt to expel Israel from FIFA, the global soccer federation. Britain’s national student union endorsed the anti-Israel boycott movement, and the chief executive of French telecom giant Orange said he would like to sever business ties with Israel. The CEO, Stephane Richard, has since tried to backtrack from his comments, but the uproar over the so-called BDS movement has not subsided.
And yet – the ostensible beneficiaries of the BDS, the Palestinians, are not exactly supportive of the boycott campaigns, primarily because it is harming their own livelihoods and well-being.
Palestinian support for BDS is waning according to a poll by a pro-Palestinian organization:
The Jerusalem Media Communications Center polled 1199 people in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza between August 19-23, 2015; the poll carries a +/-3% margin of error.
Of the total respondents, just 49.1% stated they support boycotting all Israeli products, down from 59.2% in March; just 34.1% of respondents said they actually do in practice.
By contrast, the percentage of Palestinian Arabs claiming they support boycotting “settlement” products in Jewish areas of Judea-Samaria rose by 1.8%, from 7.6% in March to 9.4% in August.
And here we come back to the ways of fighting BDS. Brian Goldfarb listed some of the methods, but one of the most important practical ways is to “Buycott” Israel. This is the way to make the price of boycotting Israel not worthwhile:
The key to defeating BDS may come down to raising the price of boycotts too high for businesses and cultural centers to succumb to BDS pressure.
But lately, the price has fallen to nearly nothing.
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East noted that over the past month “boycotts or erasures of Israel by commercial entities became more frequent,” and added that “individual companies or individual employees believe it possible to sanction Israel with relative impunity.”
Recent events confirm that assessment. The Cactus chain of supermarkets in Luxembourg, for example, agreed to remove Israeli produce from its shelves, though the reason, according to Ynet, was expedience, not ideology.
In other words, boycotting Israel costs Cactus less than the loss of profits selling Israeli produce. When that formula is reversed, as with SodaStream devices, the products stay on the shelves.
That’s why it pays to buy Israeli products anywhere, and to do so in a public way. The greater the perceived demand for Israeli goods, the stronger it serves as an effective counter-balance to BDS efforts.
In the cultural sphere, there is great value in supporting Israeli artists and performers, and even American Jews such as Matisyahu who come under BDS attack at a Spanish reggae festival. But when the counter-pressure came … the festival responded to that pressure as well, and re-scheduled the singer.
Small BDS victories may be inevitable given the scope of the campaign against Israel. But a general strategy that focuses on making it as hard as possible for the boycotter as often as possible is likely to pay off in the long run.
We Jews are sadly well-experienced in being the target of boycotts, from the Middle Ages, through the Nazi period, and via the Arab boycotts of the 1940s until today, where the Middle Ages seem to have joined up full circle with the modern era as Europe once again piles on.
But we have lived and even thrived throughout all of them. Look at where the Arab countries are compared to Israel. Look at our standard of living compared to the average Arab. And we can wonder how Europe will look like in a couple of decades after being flooded with refugees. We need to sit tight and hold our head high, and keep buycotting!