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Dutch Pension Fund Rejects Boycott of Israel

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The giant Dutch ABP pension fund has rejected dis-investing from Israeli firms as was done earlier the past several days by funds in Denmark and Norway.

The bank announced that it issued a statement that it is holding on to its investments in three Israel companies because of the publicity over the other funds’ boycott actions.

NY State’s Anti-Boycott Bill in Deep Freeze

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The New York State Assembly has yanked, at least for the time being, a bill that would punish educational institutions that carry out academic boycotts, an action that is synonymous with a boycott of Israel.

The State Senate passed the bill last week, but the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee has taken the proposal, even though it was amended to be less strict, off the table following protests by academics and legal experts.

On the surface, the bill seems like a glimmer of light in a twisted academic world of darkness. Its original version in the Senate would cut off funds from any institution that engages in an academic boycott, most notably the recent vote by the American Studies Association to boycott Israel because it allows and encourages Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.

The boycott defies all morals, logic and intelligence, so much so that dozens of higher education institutions have pulled out of the ASA. It always is more effective to win a war by fighting back instead of legislating it as illegal.

The New York State United Teachers union opposes the bill on grounds that it would “serve to regulate speech based on content and the message it conveys.”

Pro-Israel groups have protested academic boycotts because it stifles academic freedom and is aimed at schools simply because they receive money from a country whose policies the boycotter finds unacceptable. Many New York educators argue that the anti-boycott bill does exactly the same thing by punishing a school for its ideological positions.

The union’s memo of opposition states, “Withholding state aid from any college or university for speaking publicly about a country; or boycotting a country; or one of its higher education institutions; violates the First Amendment protection of speech. While we may not agree with, or even detest the content of an individual’s – or group of individual’s speech – they are free to express it. This is a fundamental tenet of our Constitution.

“Similarly, an academic institution has the right to participate in a boycott over issues of public concern regardless of whether we agree or not with the subject matter that the boycott addresses…..

“The enactment of this legislation would serve to regulate speech based on content and the message it conveys…. The bill is also unconstitutionally vague in that reasonable persons can’t know what is prohibited and what is not.”

Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick, a co-sponsor of the bill and the chairwoman of the Higher Education Committee, said she removed it from the committee’s consideration because she felt that “we needed to take a longer look” and that the bill needs to be modified to deal the issue of academic freedom.

The general counsel for the City University of New York, Frederick P. Shaffer, said the bill “creates a dangerous precedent of legislative intrusion into the decisions of higher education institutions concerning academic matters.”

Boycotts, such as the campaign against Israel, may be carried out because of a twisted vision of the world. But the most effective antidote has been its failure.

The Boycott Israel campaign several years, which tried to convince people not buy anything from anywhere in Israel, fell flat on its face when people woke up to discover that their computer chips are made Israel, their disk on key was invented in Israel, and their generic pill or prescription drug against Multiple Sclerosis is made and sold by Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical.

BDS has been targeting SodaStream, which has a factory in the Judean Hills in “post-1967,” Israel, and so far has had little success.

Canadian Minister ’Thanks Oxfam’ and Buys SodaStream Machine

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Canada’s Employment minister Jason Kenney has countered the BDS ‘Boycott SodaStream” campaign by buying one of the company’s soda-making machines and crediting Oxfam for the idea.

Oxfam has dumped Scarlett Johansson as an ambassador because she signed up to promote SodaStream whose 20 factories around the world include one in the industrial area of Maaleh Adumim, located in Greater Israel, Post-1967 Israel, or the Occupied Territories, depending on your political point of view.

BDS has been promoting the boycott, but its vocal protests have caused rumbles that are turning into an avalanche of positive publicity for SodaStream and Israel because of the company’s policy of equal opportunity for Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Instead of a boycott, there is “buy-cott,” and Keeney tweeted on Monday, “Bought a nice @SodaStream unit at the @HudsonsBayCo. Thanks to @Oxfam for the tip. #Buycott #BDSfail #GoScarJo”

Kenney said on Canadian television, “I’ve given money to Oxfam in the past because I thought they were there to help poor people, not to marginalize Israelis and make Palestinians unemployed.” He added that “all the nutters at Oxfam” also marginalize “Palestinian people” who get paid four times more at SodaStream than they would earn working for factories run by Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Kenney also had some choice words for leftist groups’ “anti-Israel obsession” while they while they ignore countries such as Iran, which executes political dissidents and homosexuals.

BDS Agenda Falsely Links Boycott with Drop in SodaStream’s Stock

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Cause and effect conclusions always are a problem for ideological zanies, both right-wing and left-wing.

Today’s discourse on the stock market deals with the pro-Arab lefties. They call themselves pro-Israel, which is like a talking Trojan Horse uttering praise for the country where it was brought with enemy soldiers.

The truth is that mass media are just as guilty, burying a nasty and misleading leftist agenda under the term “objective reporting.”

Here is Monday’s headline from Mondoweiss, one of the nastiest and most misleading Jewish anti-Zionist sites around: “SodaStream Stock Sinks, and Bloomberg Cites ‘Sanctions Over Jewish Settlements.”

Indeed, that is what Bloomberg also wrote. Its headline on Monday read: “SodaStream Drops Amid Sanctions Over Jewish Settlements.”

Facts: The stock dropped 3.3 percent on Monday, the same day that the Standard and Poor 500 fell 2.28 percent and the NASDAQ index dropped sunk 2.26 percent. SanDisk sank 3.1 percent, and Microsoft outdid SodaStream and fell 3.59 percent.

Maybe Microsoft dropped because settlers in Judea and Samaria bought Office?

Bloomberg concluded, “SodaStream International Ltd., the Israeli maker of home soda machines with a factory in the West Bank, sank to the lowest since 2012 in New York amid growing criticism for businesses operating in a territory that Palestinians seek for an independent state.”

The writer, Elena Popina, did not explain how she knows that is the reason, but she immediately followed up on her conclusion by noting that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Israel about the boycott campaign and that Oxfam and Scarlett Johansson broke up their relationship because she is a goodwill ambassador for SodaStream.

Popina added, “The boycott debate comes after pro-Palestinian activists scored several successes in a campaign to blacklist businesses operating in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, land occupied by Israel since 1967 and claimed by Palestinians for a future state.”

After swallowing and regurgitating the media assumption that Israel “occupied” the land, which was previously occupied by Jordan, she reminded readers that a large Dutch fund announced in January it would not invest in Israeli banks because of their involvement in Judea and Samaria. Norway also said its own fund has reinstated a former boycott against two Israel firms active in parts of Jerusalem where Jews are deemed illegitimate and illegal.

It is an axiom that stock market analysts, like many psychologists, invent reasons for a past event, and for this shrinks charge $100 an hour or more.

Mondoweiss also does the same for free.

It wrote on Monday that last month “we reported SodaStream stocks had plunged that Monday morning after the announcement Johansson had signed on as the [SodaStream]corporation’s global ambassador. However, we noted at that time there was ‘no mainstream investment media mention regarding the growing boycott against the corporation.’”

Mondoweiss’ Annie Robbins gleefully wrote that the Bloomberg headline ”screamed” that the drop is because of its factory in the industrial area of Maaleh Adumim, where no one lived before Jews began to settle there 39 years ago.

Bloomberg came up with a cause and effect fallacy, and Mondoweiss ran with it off the field of reality.

“Finally, people are listening,” she wrote. “ And remember that John Kerry only made his offhand remark about ‘boycotts’ that hurt the stock, per the analyst quoted in Bloomberg, a day or so after SodaStream was the talk of the State House briefing. Methinks we’re having an impact. There’s been a massive shift in the discourse since we reported on Jan. 12 that Scarlett Johansson is the new face of apartheid.”

Now here is a little item, actually big item, from the same Bloomberg Business newspaper on January 14 of this year, under the headline “Even Star Johansson Can’t Help SodaStream as Stock Sinks 26%.”

Roger Waters Rips Scarlett Johansson, Neil Young over Israel

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Roger Waters assailed actress Scarlett Johansson for working with SodaStream and musician Neil Young for his planned performance in Israel.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the former Pink Floyd front man said he was making a public plea to Johansson and Young after writing to them privately in recent days.

Waters has publicly called for boycotts against Israel and made personal pleas to artists not to perform in Israel. Young is scheduled to perform in Israel in July.

Johansson last week ended her relationship with the human rights group Oxfam following a protracted debate over her role as spokeswoman for the Israeli company SodaStream, which has a factory in the West Bank. The factory employs Israeli and Palestinian workers.

In his public letter, Waters said Johansson’s “choice of Soda Stream over Oxfam” is  “an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face, that we, all those of us who care about the downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied, the second class, will find it hard to rationalize.”

The letter cites alleged human rights abuses by Israel against the Bedouin living in southern Israel and poses several questions about how Palestinians live under Israeli rule in the West Bank.

He concludes his letter, which mostly is directed at Johansson, by saying, “Scarlett, you are undeniably cute, but if you think SodaStream is building bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention.”

Norway’s Fund Reinstates Boycott of Israeli Firms Linked to Yesha

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Norway has reinstated its 2010 boycott of two Israeli companies because their operations included activities in Judea and Samaria, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The Finance Ministry of Norway also said it secluded an Indian copper and metal producer due to “an unacceptable risk of serious environmental damage and serious violations of human rights.”

The Israeli firms that won’t be included in the government’s $812 billion fund are Africa Israel Investments Ltd., part of Lev Leviev’s empire, and Danya Cebus.

Norway said the companies contributed to “serious violations of individuals’ rights “because they are involved with building homes for Jews in parts of Jerusalem where Norway the United Nations considers them “illegal settlers.”

The fund had excluded both companies from 2010 until last August, when they were put back on the “okay” list after African Israel said it had no plans to build more homes in Judea and Samaria or areas in Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

However, Danya Cebus later confirmed it indeed was building in “eastern” Jerusalem

Pro-Israeli Group Invites Johansson to ‘See for Herself’

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The nationalist Legal Grounds organization in Israeli has applauded actress Scarlett Johansson for standing up for Israeli-based SodaStream and invited her to Israel as their guest “to see for herself the benefits that SodaStream and other Israeli companies based in Judea and Samaria provide to people of all religions and ethnicities.”

SodaStream recently signed on Johansson as its world ambassador, including an appearance in a commercial to be telecast during the Super Bowl game on Sunday. The company also is on the Boycott Israel target list because one of its 20 factories in the world is located east of Jerusalem, in the Judean Desert that the Palestinian Authority claims is its territory.

Johansson issued a statement earlier this week that SodaStream’s policy of hiring Palestinian Authority workers and giving them equal opportunity and benefits with Jews represents the road to peace.

She stated that she supports “neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights. That is what is happening in their Ma’alah Adumim factory every working day.” The factory is located in the city’s Mishor Adumim industrial park.

“We would like to recognize Scarlett Johansson for standing up to the anti-Israel BDS movement,” said the Legal Grounds Committee. At a time when there are those who seek to force their agenda through threats of boycotts and increased isolation, it is refreshing to see a public figure who does not just accept the false narrative of ‘illegal settlements’ and ‘occupation’ but understands the subtleties of the issues.”

“We encouraged our followers on Facebook to support Scarlett,” it added. We also applaud SodaStream for serving as such a fine example of the practical application of our Legal Grounds in Judea and Samaria.”

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