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BDS fanatics in Australia, eat your hearts out!
As reported by J-Wire (hat tip: reader Ian), Woolworths Ltd, the leading retail group Down Under, has signed a five-year System Integration (SI) Services agreement with its longterm partner, Israel’s Retalix, which will provide support for more than 3,000 Woolworths locations and 25,000 point-of-sale terminals (serving over 24 million customers weekly in Australia and New Zealand) as well as providing Information Technology installation at new stores and managing ongoing system configuration for all stores
Says Chris Stanley, the Woolworths group's head of customer technologies:
"We are pleased to extend our relationship with Retalix due to our long partnership and their depth of knowledge of the retail industry. This expertise extends beyond technical systems to include a clear appreciation of retail culture, which makes a real difference to our business."And says Retalix CEO Shuky Sheffer:
"This new agreement represents a significant SI Services win for Retalix, and marks a key milestone as we continue to grow our SI Service-oriented business which is a major growth engine for the company. We have achieved a substantial track record supporting some of the world’s largest retailers, and developed a strong reputation for constantly leveraging the expertise, tools and scalability we have gained in the field to the benefit of all our customers."Here (uploaded by AustralianNeoConz, who's in no doubt that it's biased against Israel) is a documentary about BDS by Australia's answer to the BBC, the ABC, in its Foreign Correspondent series. (The programme dates from a couple of months or so ago, so many Aussies reading this will have already seen it.)
Correspondent Eric Campbell talks to, among others, Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of West Bank-based Sodastream, and a charming lady and her two comely daughters, whose surname is Arafat, but who, we are informed somewhat tardily, are not related to Yasser ...
Campbell's tone seems a tad too facetious in places, and note the mischievous stick-it-up-the-pro-Israel-lobby glee with which he playfully asks a pro-BDS Jewish Israeli (from Habima) whether he's an antisemite.
There's nothing about the existentialist threat to Israel from Campbell, I'm afraid, or any hint that the BDS movement as practised by its more feral adherents wants the eradication of Israel as a Jewish State. The slant here is entirely on Disputed (or to use Campbell's inevitable description "Occupied") Territories and the land that Israel "seized" in 1967 (no context, of course, for this is, I repeat, Australia's equivalent to the BBC, and when it comes to the Middle East the BBC has a horrible habit of omitting context too).