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Ask anyone deeply involved in the current social wars against Israel to name the biggest funders of the hate, and one of the first names they’ll offer is George Soros.
But recent reports revealed that Soros invested in the popular carbonated drink maker Soda Stream, one of whose factories is located in Maale Adumim, a suburb of Jerusalem one the haters’ wrong side of the Green Line. It was also revealed that the aging billionaire increased his holdings in Teva Pharmaceuticals, an Israel company which manufactures generic drugs.
Now Soros is in the doghouse along with everyone else who dares to invest their money in Israeli companies.
As reported in The Tower, The Palestinian BDS National Committee posted an official statement on its website, BDSMovement.Net, calling for
a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations due to the recently announced investment by Soros in SodaStream stock and increased investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, both Israeli companies
which, the BNC says, violate international law.
The BDS movement teaches that Israeli communities and businesses located beyond the 1949 Armistice Line (often referred to as the Green Line) constitute war crimes.
Teva Pharmaceuticals is despised because, although its offices are located in Petach Tikva, within the 1949 Armistice Line, “Teva enjoys the benefits generated by the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, allowing the company to exploit the Palestinian market,” according to a local human rights group.
The Soros universe of beneficiaries apparently includes just about every center-left to further-left to extreme-left group imaginable. A site gives a lengthy list – with links – of organizations to which Soros has funneled billions of dollars including, of course, Media Matters for America, the New America Foundation, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the American Friends Service Committee, and The Tides Foundation, all of which have been extremely hostile to Israel.
In a fascinating twist, the BNC suggests all the Israel-bashing and trashing organizations which have been feeding at the Soros waterhole for so long engage in a reverse boycott, an “aidcott.”
Usually the goal of economic warfare against problematic practices is to encourage as many people as possible to refrain from patronizing the alleged wrongdoer so that its profits plummet and the wrongdoer stops engaging in the criticized activity in order to turn on again the lifeblood flow of cash.
In this case, the BNC is telling non-profit organizations that they should tell Soros unless he “cleans his investment portfolio,”and stops investing in (profitable) Israeli companies, they should threaten Soros that they will “refrain from applying for funds from those foundations.”
You can no longer say the BDS movement never produced anything original – aidcott is a first.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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