Western European countries are generally not favorable toward Israel and among those countries few are quite as hateful as Ireland. The reason for this is because the Irish see a rough equivalence between the English occupation of their island and the Jewish occupation of Israel. It’s nonsense, of course, but they seem to believe it.
Thus we have this tidbit written by Itamar Eichner and published by Y-Net:
A pro-Israeli activist residing in Dublin, Ireland, was shocked this week when he discovered that a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) organization had taped yellow stickers on Israeli products reading “For justice in Palestine, Boycott Israel”
Among the many items found carrying the yellow boycott sticker was a pack of dates from the Jordan Valley. One of the stickers read: “Organic dates – produce of West Bank; Israeli Settlement Produce.”
The call for boycott is directed not only at products made in Israeli settlements but at Israeli products altogether – even though the sticker notes the product was made in the West Bank. Similar stickers were placed on other products in the Tesco supermarkets chain.
Guinness beer is among the foremost exported products out of the island of Ireland. I say we boycott.
Israelis, in particular, should boycott all Irish goods, but Guinness has a certain symbolic value if only because it is an exceedingly well-known Irish brand.
From the comments:
1. Bravo to Ireland and to BDS!
Consumers have the right to know what they are buying. More countries should adopt the system.
Non Jewish Immigrant, Haifa (11.05.13)
I have to wonder why someone would move to Haifa and then call for the boycott of Israel. I actually love Haifa. It’s an amazingly weird and ancient city that is a total hodge-podge of the modern and the very old and it has the best falafel to be found anywhere in Israel… in my not so humble opinion.
Of course, the non-Jewish immigrant in Haifa is correct that people have the right to know what they are buying, but what has that got to do with the boycott? That sticker was on a case of medjool dates. That’s the product, so people do know what they are buying. They are buying dates.
What the non-Jewish immigrant in Haifa is really saying is that the Jews are evil and need to be put down like the dogs that we are. He doesn’t call for the boycott of China for its brutal occupation of Tibet or the boycott of Turkey for its occupation of Cyprus.
Instead he calls out the Jews for daring to “occupy” Judaea.
9. It’s unlikely that BDS didn’t know…
That a yellow sticker would raise certain connotations. Given their declared support for a one-state solution and the dissolution of Israel, it’s not surprising. The sad part is, that if such a boycott ever became effective, the first victims of the BDS boycott would be the Palestinian employees of Jewish companies in the West Bank. I guess that shows exactly how much the BDS people really care about the Palestinians.
M. Davison , Ra’anana, Israel (11.05.13)
By “certain connotations” one assumes that M. Davison means this:
Davison is also correct when he points out that the Palestinian-Arabs who feed their families by working for Jewish employers in Judaea and Samaria will also be hurt, but who claims that anti-Semitic anti-Zionism is actually “pro-Palestinian”?
16. Fantastic, more countries WILL follow!
Lynx, PALESTINE (11.05.13)
Lynx is probably correct that more countries will follow. The current “peace process” practically guarantees that other countries will follow suit and one might wonder if the very purpose of the current round of negotiations is precisely to bring that about.
Whatever Obama’s intentions toward Israel, his behavior will likely bring about a strengthening of the BDS movement, particularly in Europe. Again, this is the way things will likely play out:
The US and the EU demand negotiations and pressure Israel to do things like free the murderers of Jews and to stop building housing for Jewish people on Jewish land, while requiring nothing from the Arabs beyond their role in bashing the Jews. When Israel fails to stop building housing for its people the local Arabs will walk away from talks and the EU and the Obama administration, along with its Jewish sycophants, will then blame the failure on Israel. Then we will see Mr. Lynx’s prediction come true around the same time that serious Arab-Muslim violence against Jews ramps up in another terror war.
As I say, I have seen this movie before and it ends badly.
Ultimately, Barack Obama is dragging the Jews of the Middle East to the next round of violence against them.
Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.