Germany Revives the Jewish Boycott

Boycot_Jews_april_1_1933China employs slave labor and illegally occupies Tibet. Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the governments of the entire Arab Middle East are violators of human rights, deniers of religious freedom, and for that matter, undemocratic to boot. And yet, none of these miscreant states are subjected to economic boycott. Israel’s products, however, originating in the biblical regions of Judea and Samaria (also called the West Bank), are being boycotted by none other than the German government. Germany now says it supports the European Union’s plan to discriminatively label Jewish-made products in this region, the purpose of which is to stigmatize and mark the products for consumers to avoid. The EU campaign is designed to curry favor with the Arab world, which smacks more than anything of Jew-hating.

Ironically, in their senseless pandering, the Germans and the other Europeans have failed to evaluate the consequences of the boycott on the very people they allegedly seek to protect – the Arab Palestinians.  Reacting to a UN panel, which reportedly considered sanctioning Israel for expanding settlements by banning imports of West Bank goods, Yigal Palmor, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Times of Israel (January 31, 2013) “The report is so utterly misguided that it steps widely out of line in recommending a boycott that would harm Palestinians and Israelis alike.”

Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, in response to the European Union’s (EU) new moves, called it “anti-Semitism.” Foxman explained that the EU initiative represented an “effort at singling out Israel when there is no outcry over so many human rights abuses everywhere.” Addressing the German government in particular, since it has recently passed legislation in support of the EU labeling scheme, he stated on Sunday (June 2, 2013) “If the only country you want to single out is Israel, that’s anti-Semitism.”

Foxman dismissed the notion that the situation in the West Bank was unique and therefore might justify a unique response.  He argued that the focus on alleged Israeli human right abuses relating to settlements was an excuse to single out Israel.  Foxman pointed out that given the dismal human rights situation in so many places worldwide, “where people are being killed for who they are, and this is the only concern?” Foxman added, “Where are the sanctions against those who kill Christians [in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Turkey, to name a few]? Where is the outcry?”

It is particularly galling that a German government would participate in boycotting products made in the Jewish State.  It is reminiscent of the Nazi era, when Hitler’s regime ordered the boycott of Jewish businesses.  Moreover, a boycott against Israel, which seeks territorial compromise with the Palestinians, while the Palestinians have instead chosen the destruction of the Jewish State and have refrained from negotiations with Israel to resolve the territorial issue, is nothing less than a renewal of government sanctioned Jew hatred.

Just weeks following the Six Day War of June 1967, Israel’s renowned Foreign minister Abba Eban, in an interview with the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, coined the now famous phrase “The Auschwitz borders,” when referring to the pre-1967 borders of Israel. Eban stated in the interview that Israel’s return to the pre-1967 indefensible borders will bring danger and lack of security for the Jewish State.  Eban went on to say that “I am not exaggerating when I say that for us it holds the imagery of Auschwitz.”

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than any other EU leader, must recognize the meaning of discriminatory branding.  While a yellow band with “Jude” written on it is unlikely in today’s Europe, any other discriminatory tag, badge, or ban on Jewish products will have the same anti-Semitic effect.

The EU states, including Germany, have excused their discriminatory moves against Israel as stemming from pure political motives, namely, their desire to advance human rights and peace in the region.  The intentional goal to hurt Jewish businesses however, removes their alleged quest for equality and justice, and exposes the ugly truth of racial and religious bias.

Not everyone in the EU supports this discriminatory boycott of Israeli products.  In 2009, in the wake of a proposed boycott of Israeli products, right and left-wing politicians in Rome came out in support of the city’s Jewish community.  Piero Fassino, a leftist opposition leader, described the proposal to boycott Israeli products as a stupid provocation: “To boycott means to negate. It’s a form of negation of Israel and its rights. But the peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved by negation, but by recognizing the rights of Israel and of the Palestinian people,” he said. Piero Marrazzo, governor of the Lazio region of which Rome is the capital, called the idea of boycotting Jewish shops blood-curdling and met leaders of Rome’s Jewish neighborhoods to express his solidarity.

Currently, goods produced in Judea and Samaria are not eligible for the same preferential tariffs enjoyed by Israeli exports to the EU coming from within the Green Line. According to the World Bank (2012), the EU imports $300 million worth of goods from Israeli settlements a year – roughly 15 times more than the Palestinians.  Jewish settlements, however, provide better wages to local Arabs than Arab employers do. The Israel-based SodaStream Corporation, which produces a home beverage carbonation system, has 13 production facilities, three of which are located in Israel and the West Bank, and in 2012, employed 1,100 people.  Its main manufacturing facility is located in Mishor Adumim (next to Maale Adumim) and employs 900 Arabs, half of whom live in the Palestinian Authority, in places such as Jericho and Ramallah.  Therefore, constraining SodaStream exports in the EU will hurt the Palestinians

A 2007 report by the Knesset Research and Information Center indicates that 33,000 Arabs from Judea and Samaria were employed in Jewish settlements or Jewish industrial centers. According to Reuters (May 4, 2010), the number has declined to 25,000 in 2010.

What is astonishing is the EU interference in the growing relationships between Arabs and Jews in the West Bank.  One can easily find Palestinian Authority made products in Israeli stores, while Israeli products are readily found in Palestinian shops. This interdependency is contributing to a more peaceful coexistence, and in some areas fruitful cooperation between Arab villages and Jewish communities in the West Bank. Normalcy and good neighbor relations are being undermined by the activities of far-left provocateurs in cooperation with the EU.

The German government’s resolution that considers Judea and Samaria as not being part of Israel and thus supports labeling products from Jewish settlements was initiated by the Green Party, not by Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party. Nevertheless, making it law amounts to what Denis MacShane, former British Labor Party MP and expert on anti-Semitism called, ‘Kauf nicht bei Juden’ (“Do not buy from Jews”) policy.

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  • UCSPanther

    I go out of my way to buy Israeli made products any chance I get…

    • OfficialPro

      Ditto. I wish Green Giant carrots in butter sauce (nuke-in-the-bag) was still made from carrots grown in Israel!

    • Rita

      So do I, – and I AM German. Israel produces delicious Bretzels btw. And I boycott muslim/arab products as much as I can e.g. Greek figs are much better than those from “Arab Spring” countries.

      • 1dudette

        and eating halal foods can be dangerous to health–i eat kosher

        • Rita

          It’s especially dangerous to life, as the “halal stamp” finances islamist terrorism. In Australia where “officially” only about 2% of the population are muslims, we are inundated with Halal stamped food on the super market shelves. Nearly impossible to find a chese that is not “halal” stamped. There is no local smoked salmon left, that does not carry this sign. So I buy imported Kosher smoked salmon. (Just one example).

    • Krystal Variant

      I go out of my way to not buy Israeli made products any chance I get.

      I it is my dearest and most sincere wish that the little parasite land-stealing nation will crumble and disappear, and give the land back to the people who were living there before 1947.

      • UCSPanther

        You’re a little late…

  • Gamal

    This boycott may in part stem from the delusion that the settlements are the obstacle to peace and that if Israel would just withdraw from Judea and Samaria there would be peace.

    • defcon 4

      The lies presented as the truth about Israel in the enemedia and US universities are both disgusting and depressing. The delusion of land for peace has never worked. Israel gave back the Sinai twice to the islamo-nazis of Egypt in the name of “peace”, yet has suffered nothing but endless islamo-nazi terrorism since.

  • Rita

    As a German born person, I am nauseated by this disgusting act and now suspect that Hitler knew exactly where he would find his cowardly, willing executioners. http://littlenotesfromparis.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/shame-on-you-germany.html

    • StanleyT

      Thanks Rita. Love your blog and have shared it widely. Thanks also for the great video at the end of the page.

      • Rita

        thank you StanleyT.:) The choice of sides is sooo obvious and sooo easy, I cannot understand how so many don’t get it.

  • AR

    If you read history, the Moslem’s and Nazi’s were bed partners in WW II, so the bondage has not been broken. Judgment is coming on the EU, not only for same sex marriage but also for anti Israel politics.

  • Smote

    You’d think that the Germans would have got the message by now. How many more eastern provinces have to be amputated before the penny drops?

  • The Dead Critic

    Europe is…and always has been, a backyard for waste. These so called “enlightened” industrious people (Germany) wouldn’t know the real enemy if they snuck right up to them using lax immigration laws and severed their….

    • Smote

      An interesting comment. Germans have always been progressive in terms of design, technology and industry, yet they are culturally blind. They can’t see the gas chambers for the smoke from the chimneys. And we are poorer for it.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “An interesting comment. Germans have always been progressive in terms of design, technology and industry,”

        If you read history starting no later than the time of Martin Luther, you’ll see that the schisms always produced lots of philosophers and contrarians battling the Bible too. Philosophically there have been a lot of conflicting ideas coming from Germany since then. The new ideas seem to catch on until something catches fire and burns to the ground, and then on to the next fallacy.

        They like to be modern I guess. That works out great in technology and physical sciences. Not so great in politics, with few exceptions.

    • Drakken

      Excuse the h-e-l-l- out of me but your barking up the wrong tree there Sparky, us enlightened people are not the problem, the leftist/commis are, so before you go running off at the mouth, know what your talking about first.

  • tokoloshiman

    Israel is still the whipping dog of the world.
    in committing to endlessly whip Israel, all attention is drawn away from other real atrocities around the world and in the arab and north african regimes and iran
    particularly.
    the same old hypocrisy applies and the glue of anti semitism binds parties no matter disparate their views.
    Germany of all states should be a lot more circumspect about the jews and Israel
    considering its past.
    But the lemmings and the credulous people of the world with their ingrained and now renewed and condoned hatred of jews are out again in droves doing the work hitler could not finish and doing it gladly and with enthusiasm.
    the leaders of of this jew hating mania, the radical islamists , are the spearhead
    both physically and mentally with their honed ancient propaganda learned from the master goebbels himself.

  • FalkoBaumgartner

    The report is (deliberately?) misleading. The idea only came from within the ranks of the leftist Greens, not from the German government, and it has been severely critized by the German center and conservative media. The author should have made this clear in the very first paragraph.

  • herb benty

    Today I am ashamed of my German ancestry. I have traveled around Israel and what a wonderful, wonderful country! The Green party, it figures, their party should really be called The RED party for all their Communism

    • ziontruth

      The Canadian peer Lord Monckton once quipped about the Traffic Light Ruse of the far Left: That greens (environmentalists) often turn about to be people who are too yellow (cowardly) to admit they are reds (Marxists).

      Islam is imperialism, Marxism is treason.

  • Smote

    Quite true. I think it was the mufti of Jerusalem (correct me if I’m wrong) who was also a colonel in the SS.

  • http://israel-thrives.blogspot.com/ ziontruth

    More concessions by the cowardly, appeasement-minded European politicos to the Muslim colonist thugs in their countries. But the attempt to sate the hunger of Islamic imperialism will only give them a craving for more.

    Jews are not settlers in any part of the Land of Israel a.k.a. Palestine; the Arabs are the settlers, just as surely as the Muslim colonists establishing sharia enclaves in Europe are so.

  • PowertodaPeople1848

    You Israel-first zealots inappropriately conflate the terms “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Zionism” so frequently that you altogether diminish the meaning the former. Boycotting products made in the Occupied Territories has nothing to do with the fact that it’s Jews doing the occupying. However bad the human rights abuses of the countries mentioned in the first paragraph, they aren’t illegally occupying land belonging to another nation, with the exception of China; I quite doubt that China manufactures anything in occupied Tibet, or those products should be subject to boycott as well.

    I applaud the German Greens for this principled action, though they didn’t go far enough. Any products made in the so-called state of “Israel” should be boycotted until it pulls out of Palestinian land and ends its policies of apartheid, occupation, and regional belligerence. No justice, no peace!

    By the way, the whole “Judea and Samaria” thing is rich. It’s called PALESTINE to the rest of the world; get with the program.

    • ziontruth

      Powertoad,

      You Islam-first zealots excuse Islamic terrorism so frequently in the name of “resistance to occupation” that you can be considered as traitors aligned with the Islamic imperialist agenda.

      All the Land of Israel a.k.a. Palestine belongs to the indigenous Palestinians, who are none other than the Jews; the Arabs are settler-colonist land-thieves stealing what belongs to the indigenous Palestinians, the Jews, while pulling the wool over the world’s eyes by masquerading as a non-Jewish “Palestinian nation” that has been on the land from time immemorial although nobody had ever heard of such prior to 1960. They do so to hide the nefarious agenda of Islamic imperialist aggression against the Jews, which you support.

      There will be peace once the Arab imperialists recognize that Palestine belongs to the only true indigenous people of Palestine—the Jews. No justice, no peace! And it’s historically called Judea and Samaria, while “West Bank” is just a name the Hashemite Jordanians coined to refer to a land that is nothing special to the land-rich Arab nation. Out with your lies, Islam-supporting scum!

      • PowertodaPeople1848

        When have you seen me excusing any terrorism? Find an example, I dare you. On the contrary, you and your cohorts on here single out Muslims while ignoring the fact that other groups perpetrate terrorism as well, not to mention your total whitewashing of why Muslim extremism has flourished in recent decades. I don’t support any organized religion, but I reject the virulent anti-Muslim hate speech posted daily on this website.

        The Jews living in occupied Palestine (“Israel”) are hardly indigenous. Someone whose family has lived in Europe for a millenium has no right to uproot someone whose family has lived in Palestine for 1,000 years; and a Jewish radical from Brooklyn should hardly be allowed to live on Palestinian land in the West Bank when the people who’s ancestors cultivated that land for generations are forced to live in an open-air concentration camp. Even David Ben-Gurion was cognizant of the injustices the Zionists were visiting upon the Palestinians:

        “If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”

        Denying the Palestinian Nakba deliberately perpetrated by the Zionists is as egregious as denying the Nazi Holocaust perpetrated against the Jews and others.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          And here:

          “Denying the Palestinian Nakba deliberately perpetrated by the Zionists is as egregious as denying the Nazi Holocaust perpetrated against the Jews and others.”

          The “Palestinian Nakba” was self-inflicted and continues to this day. But you blame “Zionism” hence you are an anti-Semite because you use lies to attack a legitimate sovereign because of its Jewish identity. The underlying reasons for these attacks are because the sovereign is Jewish / non-Muslim.

          Or according to you, the new state of Israel forced all the Arab states to attack it as a pretext for forcing out militants who fought without uniforms from within their residences using their own families as human shields.

          Lovely. There’s a population every nation would be happy to have sitting around doing nothing but preparing to destroy it.

          You’re just another delusional leftist.

    • Manaphy

      Thank you PowertodaPeople1848 for being the lone voice of sanity on this site. Even though most of the “conservatives” commenting on this site still cannot come to terms with it, Israel is not a religious, but a political entity, and therefore boycott of Israeli products made from settlements in the West Bank is not Antisemitism, but simply just a political statement.

      • ziontruth

        “…settlements in the West Bank…”

        The only such settlements are the ones the Arab colonists have built. Jewish population centers aren’t settlements any more than Greek population centers in Hellas are settlements.

        “…not Antisemitism, but simply just a political statement.”

        It doesn’t matter. Even if it’s not informed by Jew-hatred, it amounts to unjust support of Arab colonialism and Islamic imperialist aggression against the one and only true Palestinian nation, the Jewish nation.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “It doesn’t matter. Even if it’s not informed by Jew-hatred, it amounts to unjust support of Arab colonialism and Islamic imperialist aggression against the one and only true Palestinian nation, the Jewish nation.”

          It’s either Jew-hatred or willful blindness, giving in to the Jew-haters.

      • Judahlevi

        One man’s “sanity” is another man’s insanity. The truth is knowing the difference – which you don’t.

        That Israel alone is singled out by both the UN as well any Muslim country (who BTW are very anti-Semitic) makes it clear that the motivation is hatred of Jews, not Israel’s government. By this time, only an infant would not know this.

        You need to study more – or quit listening/reading leftwing garbage.

      • PowertodaPeople1848

        Thank you, Manaphy, well stated. Opposing Zionism doesn’t mean that you’oppose the people living in Israel or wish them harm, no more than opposing SA apartheid meant hating Afrikaaners. The “anti-Semitism” card is a cynical though transparent trick the Zionists play to silence legitimate criticism of their racist philosophy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nex-oSKPX2w

        The real anti-Semites are the Zionists killing and subjugating the indigenous Palestinian Semites.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “The “anti-Semitism” card is a cynical though transparent trick the Zionists play to silence legitimate criticism of their racist philosophy.”

          Yeah, that’s what the liars say all the time. The thing is, you always lose the argument once the facts are examined.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Even though most of the “conservatives” commenting on this site still cannot come to terms with it, Israel is not a religious, but a political entity, and therefore boycott of Israeli products made from settlements in the West Bank is not Antisemitism, but simply just a political statement.”

        What other boycotts are you calling for? May I see your list in order of priority? I’d like to challenge your politics to test if our theory about anti-Semitism is valid.

        In theory you could be correct, it’s just that once the facts are examined, it turns out that you’re not.

        Thanks.

        • Manaphy

          I don’t remember calling for any boycott. I never said anything about supporting or endorsing the boycott of Israeli products. I only voiced my distaste for the view that “any criticism of Israel is antisemitism” argument that is too often emulated in the articles posted on this site.

    • Drakken

      Come on commi, I keep telling you to put your money where commi/jihadist loving mouth is and join your brethren in Gaza, I would love to see you join Rachel(St. Pancake) Corrie for some lovely company.

      • PowertodaPeople1848

        Only an immoral Ziofascist like yourself would besmirch the name of Rachel Corrie, who had more bravery and humanity in her pinky that you’ve had in your entire life.

        • Drakken

          Really???? If she was so good and wonderful, why is that dumbass dead? Helping jihadist at that?

          • PowertodaPeople1848

            Because some psychopathic Zionist soldier ran her over with a tank in cold blood while she was defending against the illegal destruction of Palestinian property. I wouldn’t expect a fellow psychopath like you to understand such acts of valor and selflessness.

          • Drakken

            Well why don’t you go there and support your freedom loving pali friends then? I am sure you could use some valor and selfless acts yourself, that would be right down your alley.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Only an immoral Ziofascist like yourself would besmirch the name of Rachel Corrie, who had more bravery and humanity in her pinky that you’ve had in your entire life.”

          Do you also love death the way the Christians and Jews love life? She apparently did.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “You Israel-first zealots inappropriately conflate the terms “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Zionism” so frequently that you altogether diminish the meaning the former.”

      No, you simply don’t understand. You’re deluded by the dogmas you were raised on, so you miss the points entirely.

      Anti-Zionism has no justification. None. Therefore it can easily be seen as anti-Semitism with one possible trivial exception. There are probably many dupes who are overwhelmed by the lies and really do think Israel has some problems with legitimacy or whatever. If you want to excuse the dupes, that’s fine but they too are spreading anti-Semitism even if they think their criticism is justified.

      Just as anyone else spreading lies can be seen as accountable for their willful blindness, so are the “Anti-Zionist” imbeciles.

  • richarddonna

    This is just German DNA….

    Martin Luther, Hitler, today…
    no difference

  • Gunrunner1

    All kinds of brands in the USA have the not so hidden U in a circle or other mark that means that the Rabbi has passed by, certifies the product Kosher and collects his reward, driving up the price. Frankly, I object to my food or other products having to be certified by any wizard, no matter what religion. Take off all the marks and tell the Rabbi’s that the gravy train is over. If they want Kosher, start their own business.

    • defcon 4

      Um, since when is ANYONE required to buy Kosher food?

  • bilbo

    what next, a new krystallnacht?

  • Necrophagi

    Wow, insanity.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “When have you seen me excusing any terrorism? Find an example, I dare you.”

    OK. Here: “…not to mention your total whitewashing of why Muslim extremism has flourished in recent decades.”

  • Wraith7216

    But officer, everyone else is speeding too, why am I getting a ticket? Look over there, someone may be robbing the convenience store. Why are you only concerned with my lawbreaking? Gotta love the hasbarists. Divert, deflect, change the subject…

  • Krystal Variant

    I have about as much sympathy for the Israelis as Adolf Hitler at this point. I have never seen such continual and repeated conniving, warmongering, organ harvesting, settling, land invading treachery and human depravity in my entire life.

    Thank god the UN is at least doing something about it. Everyone here in America. thinks Israel is our best friend and we need to sacrifice our money, our lives, and even our sons and daughters for her.
    This MUST end. Make Israeli crimes against humanity STOP!

  • Fmoritz

    I find it funny that you all keep on regurgitating the same lies over and again despite all of them being debunked.

    A prime example is the use of gas chambers to help mitigate the spread of typhus by lice. Anyone in their right minds can tell the difference between somebody suffering from typhus and starvation:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starvation

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhus#20th_century

    Yes, even Ann Frank is confirmed to have died from Typhus.