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Orange Apology Tour Arrives in Wrong ‘Occupying’ Country

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Orange telecom CEO Stephane Richard arrived in Israel Thursday night for a two-day exercise of climbing down from a tall tree where he ate rotten fruit by saying that he would like to get rid of the company’s link with Israel’ Partner Communications because of the “occupation.”

He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres today as part of a show “to clarify Orange group commitments to Israel,” according to the French-based company.

It all was a “misunderstanding,” Richard said after winning praise from BDS but ferocious anger from even liberal political in Israel and elsewhere.

“Hypocritical” would be a better description than “misunderstanding.”

Richard lit the match in Cairo, where he referred to Partner as operating in “occupied territory,” and France’s ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, tweeted:

Contributing to settlements in an occupied territory is illegal.

Despite his “anti-occupation” remarks in Cairo, Richard later explained that he wanted to pull out of Israel because it is the only country where Orange does not run a subsidiary but instead allows an independent operation to market its trademark.

It is not clear why that should bother Orange since Partner pays approximately $4 million a year for the right to market Orange.”

Richard reassured Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, “Orange does not support any form of boycott, in Israel or anywhere else in the world.”

In a way, it is too bad that Orange is retreating. If it had stood its ground, Israel would have had the opportunity to expose to the entire world the clear hypocrisy of BDS and of companies like Orange that actually operate in “occupied territory” elsewhere and, under the boycotters’ definition, are guilty of being involved in a “war crime.”

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, affiliated with the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank wrote in The Washington Post this week:

Orange itself directly and openly operates in occupied territory. Orange provides cell phone service in Nagorno-Karabakh, an area of Azerbaijan that has been occupied by Armenia since seizing it in a bloody 1992-94 war. The U.N., along with the E.U. and U.S., considers the area occupied territory. Nonetheless, Armenian settlers have moved into the occupied territory in significant numbers, amid constant complaints from Baku and others.

He added that fighting broke out this year in the area, “killing dozens, and a full- scale war over the occupied territory is looming.”

The Orange website touts its Karabakh service as being in “NKR,” or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an unrecognized state that is controlled by Armenia, according to Kontorovich, who also wrote:

U.N. Resolutions have specifically called for the “non-recognition” of the NKR. Orange’s Armenian website also calls the area ‘Artsakh,’ the ancient name for the region favored by Armenia nationalists. It would be as if Orange, instead of complaining about, boasted of its ‘service in Judea and Samaria.’…. Orange calls NKR a ‘country,’ despite the clear admonition of its own government and UN against recognition of what is universally regarded as Azerbaijani territory. It would be as if Orange boasted of its service in the ‘Golan Heights of Israel.’

That’s not a bad idea. Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu should tell Richard, “You know what? Yerright. Boycott us.

“And while you are at it, boycott Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey and Armenia. Then, after realizing how ignorant you are, don’t apologize. Just bury BDS and get back to work.”

Netanyahu: All You Need to Know About BDS Is It Doesn’t Boycott ISIS

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tore into British students Wednesday for joining the Boycott Israel movement, while a British official tried to cover up a government boycott action by promising a “commitment” to trade with Israel.

The National Union of Students in Britain voted Tuesday to join the BDS movement to boycott Israel. The move has little practical effect but is an important propaganda victory for the Boycott Israel movement.

The British government, along with France and several other countries, also have boycotted Israel by banning companies in their countries from staging an exhibition at this week’s seventh annual Israel Defense Expo in Tel Aviv.

Rob Dixon, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to Israel, ignored the ban at the exhibition, as if it didn’t happen, and assured Israel on Wednesday that   his government is against BDS and is “committed to advancing trade links” with Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, during a meeting with visiting Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson, chastised the British students Union for joining BDS and said:

They condemn Israel and do not condemn ISIS; they condemn themselves.

Israel has an exemplary democracy. We have academic freedom, press freedom, human rights. ISIS tramples human rights to the dust. It burns people alive in cages and the national student groups in Britain refuse to boycott ISIS and have boycotted Israel. It tells you everything you want to know about the BDS movement.


Danish Buses Burned in Anti-Israel Attack

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Four buses in Copenhagen were found on fire on Friday morning, and a fifth bus was covered with anti-Israel graffiti, according to a BBC report.

Last week the city’s transit authority ordered ads calling for the boycott of Israel removed from its buses, angering the anti-Semites.

The ads were deemed “too offensive” by the transit authority..

A few months ago, an Arab terrorist killed two people in a Copenhagen cafe and outside a local synagogue.

PA Boycott May Boost Rami Levy Sales to Arabs

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Stores under Palestinian Authority control have officially begun boycotting Israeli products this week.

Among the Israeli companies that PA supervised stores will boycott are Tnuva, Strauss, Elite, Osem, Prigat and Yafora.

Previous calls to boycott Israeli products didn’t fare too well, as Arabs are loathe to give up on Israeli quality food products that they want or need.

This time around, the Palestinian Authority plans to destroy any remaining Israeli products found in PA supervised stores by next week – which means they’ll be sending around their Fatah enforcers to make sure that stores are complying with the decree, whether they want to or not.

The PA says the boycott is in response to Israel withholding the transfer of tax funds, which Israel decided to do after the PA took unilateral anti-Israel steps at the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council.

Without the tax money, the PA can’t pay their 150,000 civil servants, security personnel and captured terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.

The Rami Levi supermarket chain, which is very popular among Arabs from the Palestinian Authority, may very well pick up a lot of new business as a result of the Palestinian Authority’s actions.

Rami Levy, known for its inexpensive prices, has stores in central locations throughout Judea and Samaria, and one can always see Settlers and Arabs working and shopping together side by side within the stores.

70% of processed foods sold in the PA come from Israel, though those sales make up less than 3% of the market for the Israeli companies.

The Palestinian Authority also doesn’t actually have anywhere near the production capacity to supply enough milk and dairy products to their population without the Israeli company Tnuva supplying their needs.

Despite PA threats, Arabs under PA control haven’t given up their lucrative jobs working for Jews, who pay them two to three time more than jobs they can get within the PA, and the Arabs are not about to stop giving their children milk to drink.

And those same Arabs aren’t about to give up their Israeli Bamba either.

All the PA has done is shoot themselves in the foot… again.

Congressional Bill Introduced: Europe Must Reject Anti-Israel BDS in Free Trade Deal

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

If Europe wants to enjoy the benefits of what could be the largest free trade deal in history, the leaders of its member nations will have to pay a price: they must agree to reject the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, say two U.S. Representatives – one from each side of the political aisle.

The Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act was formally submitted Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 10) on Capitol Hill under bipartisan sponsorship, which is expected to smooth the way for rapid passage.

But there’s a catch. The legislation will “leverage ongoing trade negotiations to discourage prospective U.S. trade partners from engaging in economic discrimination against Israel, said Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Peter Roskam (R-IL), who co-sponsored the bill.

Additional co-sponsors are to be recruited to the measure after its introduction to the floor. The two lawmakers said they are optimistic the bill will pass through the House of Representatives.

It’s a great deal. It is estimated the measure could add as much as 0.5 percent to the European Union’s annual economic output. The flip side of it, however, involves how the bill impacts the ongoing free trade negotiations between the U.S. and the EU. Foreign companies traded on U.S. stock exchanges will have to disclose links to BDS activities, and whether they have faced any pressure for avoiding participation in any boycotts.

“The bill … establishes a clear U.S. policy of opposing BDS as detrimental to global trade and regional peace and stability,” the two lawmakers wrote in their introduction to the legislation. They also noted that the measure was created in response to a growing trend among countries “primarily in Europe, to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS for political purposes.”

“Today, an alarming number of countries within the European Union and beyond have embraced BDS as a form of economic warfare aimed to cripple Israel’s economy and demonize its very existence. These attacks not only threaten Israel, but commercial relations across the globe,” Roskam told reporters.

“The US-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act will ensure that American free trade partners never engage in this harmful and illegitimate political protest against Israel, while also protecting US companies from foreign lawsuits targeting their associations with Israel.”

Vargas likewise noted, “BDS is a harmful political tactic which seeks to undermine and diminish Israel’s economic strength. We need to reassure our commitment to our ally in the region by clearly defining US policy to oppose this practice and dissuade other nations from adopting BDS policies toward Israel.”

The measure also unequivocally underlines the “strategic importance of trade and commercial relations to the pursuit of sustainable peace and regional stability,” making it clear that boycotts break down the potential for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the lawmakers said.

Perhaps that bit of wisdom should be directed towards the PA headquarters at its capital in Ramallah: Its latest anti-Israel economic boycott has just been launched, punishing local merchants far more than Israeli manufacturers. Worse, the boycott reinforces for Israelis the utter futility of attempting to secure any lasting agreement with anyone who claims to lead the Palestinian Authority.

Arab governments in the Middle East come and go, and so do those who lead the Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The PA commitments in particular – on paper or otherwise – can be likened to a ritual courtesy one carries out in ceremonial garb. They mean everything for the moment, but are instantly put aside when “reality” steps back into the scene. In that moment, all is forgotten and anything goes, as happened with the obligations of the internationally recognized Oslo Accords.

A bill such as the Roskam-Vargas measure is invaluable, coming at a time when a European groundswell of anti-Semitism appears to be growing into a tsunami and the U.S.-Israel relationship appears to be floundering in ways never seen before. The entire Middle East is in disarray, and Israel may be facing an existential threat from Iran as it gallops towards a nuclear military threshold. It is precisely now, as Iran strengthens its terrorist guerrilla proxies to the north and south of Israel’s borders, that the Jewish State most needs the support of its friends in the international community.

How fortunate that the lawmakers in Congress have chosen this moment to reaffirm — and concretely demonstrate — America’s commitment to Israel, and to underscore the strong relationship both nations share.

UK Jews Buy Israeli Goods for Needy Brits

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Thousands of British Jews fought an anti-Israel boycott this week with a campaign that saw Israeli goods gifted to needy British families.

In a “Day of Action for Israel,” pro-Israel activists purchased Israeli-made goods from dozens of stores, and donated them to the needy.

“We achieved three goals: we pushed back against the boycott, we helped Israeli exports, and we gave the food to the homeless and to low-income families,” organizer Raffi Bloom told Maariv/nrg.

Bloom said the day of action was wildly successful, so much so that there are plans to make it an annual tradition.

Is This Song Racist or Reality?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Amir Benayoun is a popular Mizrachi Israeli singer/composer with a small problem. He’s not left-wing, and sometimes his songs are political commentary — and not from a left-wing perspective.

This past week he released a song called “Ahmed Loves Israel” (song and translated lyrics below)

In particular, it reminds the listeners that the Arab terrorists in Har Nof Massacre, in the Merkaz HaRav Massacre, in the Rechavam Ze’evi assassination, in the Yehuda Glick assassination attempt, and in many of the other terror attacks worked near the places where they committed their terror attacks, and they seemed normal, until they weren’t. It was those massacres he was thinking of when he wrote the song.

The song is not politically correct. But it does encapsulate some of the fears that many Israelis feel right now towards their Arab neighbors, some of whom are currently rioting, shooting fireworks at police, stoning buses and trains, stabbing Jews in Jerusalem, and running over people over with their cars and bulldozers.

What he sang may not be nice to say out loud, but it does represent a part of the reality that Israel has been living with.

Following the outrage led by Israel’s left and President Ruby Rivlin’s boycott, Benayoun composed the following song, “Enemy of the State”, in response to the attempts to vilify and boycott him and paint him as the bad guy:

Here are the translated lyrics:

You are allowed to go up on the roof and shoot with joy
You are allowed as an elected official to even show support
You are allowed to shout ‘Death to the Jews’
And a small guy like me is not allowed to sing songs  

You are allowed to wave the flag of a terrorist state
Nowadays its even in fashion if you are a little enlightened
In the name of God, you are allowed to shed blood
And I the smallest of people am forbidden to say a few words
If the killer has become the victim
And I have became the despicable murderer
I do not have much left to say
I live in a scary and insane world  

You are allowed to run over a police officer, after all he is the devil
And anyone who does not think like you he is just a little infidel
You are allowed to crush with your tractor a hapless Jew
And me a fool like me is -censored-  

If the killer has become the victim
And I have became the despicable murderer
I do not have much left to say
In a world that is so despicable and insane  

If rejoicing in the death of Jewish children – is no problem
I have nothing to look for I’m going to be hospitalized by force  

You are allowed to run over a police officer, he is the devil
Anyone who does not think like you – is like a little heretic
You are allowed to shout ‘Death to the Jews’

But a small guy like me is forbidden to sing songs
An idiot like me is forbidden to sing songs

But you deserve to be able to judge for yourselves. Here is the song that set off the fireworks (well the fireworks were already set off, and so was the rage, but you get the point):

Salam Alekum my name is Ahmed
I live in Jerusalem, I study at the university a thing or two
Who like me enjoys the best of both worlds
I am today moderate and smiling
Tomorrow I will fly to the sky
Send to hell a Jew or two

It is true that I am just an ungrateful creep
It is true but I am not blame I did not grow up on love
It is true there will come the moment when you will turn to me your back and then
I’ll stick with you the sharpened ax

I Ahmed live in the central region
I work near the kindergarten
And responsible – for the gas cylinders
Who like me enjoys the best of both worlds
Today I am
And tomorrow they are not
Many of them, a lot of them not

It is true that I am just an ungrateful creep
It is true but I am not to blame me as I did not grow up on love
It is true there will come the moment when you will turn to me your back and then
I’ll shoot you straight in the back

The following is a song he wrote in response to the Har Nof Massacre:

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/amir-benayoun-responds-with-enemy-of-the-state/2014/11/26/

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