We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East. (From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Mr Campbell In The Promised Land: Aussie video on BDS

Marrickville's BDS-happy ex-mayor Fiona Byrne caricatured

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).

10 comments:

  1. If nothing else thanks for posting the Foreign Correspondent video.

    It's a few years old and I have been looking for it ever since.

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    1. It seems to me that it's more recent than that, from 2011 at the earliest.

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    2. It was
      Follow the Money
      Broadcast: 20/09/2011
      Reporter: Eric Campbell
      http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2011/s3321976.htm

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  2. That's pretty much a couple of years. We are at the end of 2012!!!

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  3. OK smarty pants. Found it

    Follow the Money

    Broadcast: 20/09/2011

    Reporter: Eric Campbell

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  4. A heart breaking speech
    Southern Kids Tell Diplomats: Life Here is Hard
    Dozens of kids from southern Israel told foreign diplomats what it was really like to grow up with thousands of rockets being fired at them
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/162015#.UKJ3qOTAfzY

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  5. Daphne
    Have you heard of David Knoll?
    http://www.davidknoll.com.au/

    His website looks abit naff but he wrote a good article about the ICJ in 2004

    Australia takes a brave stand for human rights in the Middle East
    http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=2394

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    1. Never heard of him, Ian. Will take a look at that link. Thanks as always.

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    2. I know David Knoll AM well.

      He's a solicitor, won't divulge where he lives and he is a Past President of the NSW B of Deps. He is also on the ECAJ

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    3. The photo on his website is very old too

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