Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

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)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday 30 May 2013

More BDS Cant

My previous post (with video) refers to the hypocrisy inherent in the call for UEFA to cancel Israel's hosting next month of the under-21s tournament.

Meanwhile, in Belgium, the Federation of French-speaking Students (FEF), which represents 120,000 persons, is demanding "a freezing of relations with Israeli universities".  Announces the FEF: 
"it’s now time to cut ties with Israeli places of learning, whether they be based around student exchanges or research."
Declares the organisation's president, inter alia,
"This [Israeli] army contributes, via its actions to denying Palestinians access to knowledge and the policy of occupation, the Gaza blockade and colonization hamper internal mobility and also that of the student and academic population."
Read more here

And last week, the governing general council of the two-million strong United Church of Canada, that country's largest Protestant church, endorsed the initiation of a boycott campaign, against Ahava, Keter Plastic, and SodaStream.

But, as reported here, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), which is calling for a "buycott" of the targeted companies in order to benefit "Israeli and Palestinian workers alike," points out that SodaStream provides employment to  "hundreds" of Palestinian workers.

Therefore, continues CIJA, the proposed boycott
"which claims to advance Palestinian aspirations by increasing the number of unemployed Palestinians, can only be described as intellectually dishonest.  Its goal seems to be the self-satisfaction of the General Council rather than an improvement in the life of the average Palestinian.”
(Talking of "intellectual dishonesty," do you ike the accompanying poster? Check out this page)

1 comment:

  1. A great letter in Al Guardian about Tutu

    Guido Fawkes on the Guardians use of tax havens!


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