Monday, June 29, 2015

Everyone attacks Israel. Fight back!

Man flexes his muscle to show his greatness. Man celebrates his power. He celebrates by attacking and humiliating Israel.

Apparently, attacking Israel has become the sport of nations. Bashing G-d’s Treasures (Israel and the Jewish people) has become the fad of the decade.

You don’t have to take all the bashing. You don’t have to feel personally assaulted, humiliated or shamed by anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attacks. You can fight back—at least, you can strike back. It doesn’t matter that your effort might be a small one. What counts is, you act.

Of course, if many of you take the same action (see below), your collective effort won’t be so small. Your collective effort could pick up enough steam to make a difference.
Will you make that effort?

The attempts to humiliate Israel are on the rise. The new 2015 UN Gaza Report just out condemns the world’s most moral army—the IDF (“Report of the detailed findings of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict”, ohchr. org, June 23, 2015). This hostile UN Report even calls upon countries to arrest travelling Israeli officials and IDF officers to try them as war criminals.

The so-called ‘Palestinian Authority’ joins the UN’s effort to humiliate and criminalize Israel: it has just submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) official papers accusing Israel of war crimes (“Palestinians submit documents against Israel to ICC”, JTA, June 25, 2015). It aims to “prove” that Israel commits war crimes and crimes against humanity. It wants to make Israel the modern re-incarnation of Nazi Germany.

Then there's Iran. It wants to destroy Israel. It wants a nuclear weapon. It negotiates with the West. It demands ever more concessions.
A June 30, 2015 deadline approaches. The West seems eager to concede to Iran.

Last month, the website NGO Monitor revealed that the European Union (EU) pads its anti-Israel credentials by funding vicious anti-Israel Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). Some of these EU-funded groups promote anti-Semitic cartoons and have published claims that Jews use Christian blood to make Passover matzah (Alana Goodman, “Report: UN, European Governments Funding Anti-Israel Groups”, Washington Free Beacon, May 11, 2015). Others work actively in Israel to isolate and demonize Israel.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement tries to make economic war against Israel. It wants you to boycott Israel.

You are not without a voice in all of this. You can speak. You can vote. Indeed, you can vote with the most powerful weapon you possess: you dollars.

Don’t laugh. The world runs on your dollars. When you spend—or don’t spend—people listen.

Here are some suggestions. Most of these come from usastandswithisrael. This list is not exhaustive. It’s a start:

-Start or join a ‘Buy Israel’ group. As one example, go to buyisraelgoods. org. Go to your geographic area (if you’re in the USA). Look for Israeli products. In fact, even if you do not live in one of the locations listed, when you want to buy something specific, you can still find out what brand names to look for. Just click on a regional city near you, click on the product category you’re interested in, and identify brand names and retail outlets; some of those brands and outlets might be in your city/area. Your ‘buy Israel’ commitment will help fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It will help Israel stay economically strong.

-If you don’t want to start a ‘buy Israel campaign’, then shop for Israeli product: wine, cheese, hummus, Israeli cosmetics and clothes designed by Israelis (ibid). Some of their names might show up on the lists discussed just above. Buy pharmaceuticals from Israeli companies such as Teva that make generic drugs (ibid). Buy SodaStream for your table.

-Boycott Europe. Take holidays in Israel. Don't take European vacations. Write the Consulates and tell them why you won't be coming to Europe this year (ibid).

-Boycott businesses that boycott Israel.  Boycott businesses that support pressuring Israel. Find ‘Contact us’ on their websites and tell them you won’t do business with them so long as they work to hurt Israel.
-Don't send your children to colleges where anti-Israel foment is rabid. Tell these schools you won't support any place that promotes hate and discrimination.
If you’re a businessman, put Europe at the end of the line when selling goods and services overseas. Certainly, if you sell innovative medical techniques, medications and technology (ibid), try not to sell into the EU. Let those Europeans know it's because the EU refuses to admit Jewish settlements are legal (ibid).

These are small, individual efforts. Individually, they don’t add up. But taken together, you’re talking millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions—perhaps more.

Now it’s your turn. How would you add to this list?

If you’d make a different list, what would be on it?

Share your ideas. Fight back!


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