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French NGOs and Palestinian Authority behind BDS Pressure on Orange

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

A coalition of French NGOs, some of them partly funded by the government, last month published a 51-page document named “Orange’s Dangerous Liaisons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” to spearhead the campaign to pressure Orange to boycott Israel’s Partner Communications, which markets the Orange mobile phone service brand.

The Palestinian Authority joined the French NGOS to lobby the government and Orange to boycott Israel, the Israel-based NGO Monitor reported.

The NGOs reportedly met with Orphanage officials on May 26 and told them that its business link with Partner endangered its reputation. Orange told the BDS promoters that the agreement for Partner’s marketing the Orange brand expires in 10 years.

NGO Monitor reported:

The authors of the report asked Orange to publicly and explicitly state its decision to disengage and to denounce the human rights violations that Partner is involved in  Israeli settlements in the OPT [occupied Palestinian territories-sic]. In other words, the statements made by the France-based company are a wholesale adoption of the NGOs’ BDS agenda (which is illegal in France).

Following the publication of the report, Saeb Erekat, lead negotiator of the Palestinian Authority (PA), wrote to France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, to denounce the link between Orange and Partner.

Organizations participating in the move to pressure Orange to boycott Israel include the European-based Who Profits, Al Haq, Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development-Terre Solidaire (CCFD), FIDH, and Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS).

Who Profits, which now is a separate organization, began to campaign against all of Israel’s cell phone companies in 2009 for allegedly being “commercially involved in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Golan Heights” and “exploit[ing] the Palestinian frequencies and to impose their services on the Palestinian captive market.”

The Who Profits webpage also attacks Partner for sponsoring IDF units in the Golan, Judea and Samaria in the “Adopt a Soldier” project.

The 51-page document stated:

During the attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014, Partner was on the front lines providing material support, cellular services and entertainment to the Israeli soldiers. The company also waived service fees for soldiers carrying [sic] the assault during July-August 2014.

The French government, which owns 25 percent of Orange, granted the Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development-Terre Solidaire received nearly $400,000 from France in 2012. The same organization is a member of the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine,

FIDH last year libeled Israel with allegations that it deliberately targeted civilians in the war against Hamas rockets and missiles on Israeli civilians. The NGO is funded in part by the European Union and the governments of Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

NGO Monitor added, “Al Haq is funded directly by the governments of Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Ireland, and indirectly by UK, Sweden, Germany, and the UN.”

Its report continued:

Al Haq is a leader of lawfare and BDS against Israel. A main actor in the NGO campaign to file war crimes charges against Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC)….

Al Haq proposed sabotaging the Israeli court system by ‘flooding the [Israeli Supreme] Court with petitions in the hope of obstructing its functioning and resources.’

The Israeli Supreme Court has identified Al Haq’s general director Shawan Jabarin as ‘among the senior activists of the Popular Front terrorist organization.’

The Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) was funded by the French government in 2012, refers to the “Gaza extermination camp” and states, “It is inconceivable and unacceptable that the ‘Jewish-executioner’ would hide behind the ‘Jewish victim!’” Other AFPS rhetoric includes ethnic cleansing, apartheid state, and “Stop hunting Palestinian children!”

A French court in 2014 ruled in favor of the French distributor of Israel-based SodaStream in a lawsuit charging the pro-BDS group with stating that SodaStream products were being illegally sold in France.

Netanyahu Calls on France to Denounce BDS, ‘Miserable Actions” by Orange Group

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on his French counterpart Thursday to denounce the boycott of Israel by French Telecom CEO Stephane Richard, head of Orange Group.

“I call on the French government to renounce publicly the miserable statements and the miserable actions of a company in which it holds partial ownership,” Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday.

“I call on all of our closest allies to say in a loud and clear voice that they unconditionally oppose all types of boycott against the Jewish State,” the prime minister said.

“This theater of the absurd, in which a human rights respecting democracy is forced to defend itself from rockets and terror tunnels, and then is subject to automatic condemnations and attempts to boycott it – this theater of the absurd will not be forgiven,” he added.

Culture Minister Miri Regev added her voice to that of the prime minister, calling on Jews around the world to boycott the international telecommunications giant. She also called on French President Francois Hollande to fire Richard if the CEO does not “apologize for his anti-Semitic comments.” In France, of all places, she said, given the plethora of vicious attacks over the past six months, there can be “zero tolerance for anti-Semitic comments.”

World Jewry has strength, Regev noted, “and so do the Jews in France.” If Richard does not apologize, or is not dismissed, then the global Jewish community should “cut its ties with Orange.”

Richard vowed this week to sever ties with the Jewish State, expressing firm support for the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. He told reporters in Cairo on Wednesday that he would cut the contract between Orange Group and its Israeli counterpart, Partner Communications Ltd. “If he could.”

The government of France owns a 25 percent share in Orange Group, which is under intense pressure to sever its ties with Israel. The boycott is aimed at Orange because Partner operates in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and arts of Jerusalem restored to the capital in the 1967 Six Day War, as it does elsewhere in the Jewish State.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called on Richard to “clarify this matter as soon as possible. Israeli Ambassador to France Yossi Gal noted in a conversation with media that boycotts are illegal in France. He added that Israel views the remarks by the Orange CEO “with gravity.”

Orange CEO Richard in 2012: Israel Is a Charming Country [video]

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Orange CEO Stephane Richard, the same one who said in Egypt yesterday that he wishes he could ditch Israel’s Partner mobile firm from his company, said only four years ago how much he was “enchanted” during his first visit here.

In the video in English below, Richard says in his remarks at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem in 2012:

This really is the first time I have participated in this conference, and this is also my first visit to Israel (applause).

I must tell you I had been told that Israel is a very warm country in many sense of the word and also is a place for innovation and with a vision of the future, with a lot of dynamic energy.

I must tell you that I have discovered this reality with a lot of excitement. This is only my first visit but I really am fascinated by what I see here in this country, of course in my industry and in all the people I have met.

That was in 2012.

Read here what he said yesterday.

Click here to see and hear his speech on Israel in 2012.

French Town to Name New Road after Yasser Arafat

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

A small town in southern France has deiced to name a new road after Yasser Arafat, the arch-terrorist whose gun and holster on his hip earned him the Nobel Peace Prize for signing the Oslo Accords that morphed into the Oslo War in 2000.

Several people opposed the move and complained that Arafat was a “terrorist,” according to the Nice Matin newspaper, but La Seyne-sur-Mer Mayor Marc Vuillemot told the newspaper:

There is also a Yitzhak Rabin-street in the district. To my knowledge, the two men received the Nobel Peace Prize together.

Perhaps a different recognition could be calling a trench “Arafat Ditch,” but opposing the naming of a street after a Nobel Peace winner indeed would be absurd, almost absurd as the entire Noble Peace Price industry.

President Barack Obama received the Peace Prize in 2009, less than a year after having seen elected as President.  The Nobel Prize committee explained it granted him the honor for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people” and for promoting nuclear non-proliferation and a “new climate” reaching out to Muslims.

It is amazing how much he accomplished while sitting in the White House for eight months.

The five people who the Nobel Committee that decides who wins the price are appointed by the Norwegian parliament, which says everything you need to about the agenda of the organization based in Oslo, the home of the “peace” agreement that Arafat signed and eventually scuttled to launch what is popularly called the Second Intifada but also is known as the Oslo War.

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.

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Britain and France Boycott Israeli Military Expo

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Britain, France and several Scandinavian countries have prohibited their countries’ defense officials and private contractors from exhibiting at the 7th annual Israel Defense Expo that opened today at Tel Aviv.

Maariv reports that the Foreign Ministry officials warned that the boycott is only the first reaction to last week’s FIFA debacle in which the Palestinian Authority failed to win its campaign to force Israel to ban soccer teams in Judea and Samaria or be ousted from the corrupt organization.

The problem with the theory of Israel’s answer to the U.S. State Dept.’s Foggy Bottom foreign policy pencil pushers is that there is no way that Britain and France acted so quickly between last Friday and today.

The more likely explanation is that the countries indeed are sending a message to Israel that they are steadfast in their belief that if Israel simply would hand over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, the world would be a better place for London and Paris, and never mind Jerusalem and Ramallah.

But that has nothing to do with the soccer silliness. In fact, the European Union voted not to expel Israel from FIFA.

It is true that Israel is losing potential deals with defense contractors at the exhibition, but it is equally true that the countries that are boycotting Israel are shooting themselves in the head. They are losing out on possible sales and contacts with companies from all over the world.

They may be hurting exports from Israel, but trade works in two directions.

One Spanish contractor, banned by Spain from exhibiting in Israel, simply appeared in Tel Aviv under a different name, a security official told Maariv:

They have no will to be identified as a company selling offensive weapons to Israel.

But when asked if their absence damages Israel, the official did not answer.

The reaction of the Foreign Minister officials is not surprising in light of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent moves to put some common sense and unity back into the ministry that is over-staffed with people from the days of the Rabin-Peres government, when the Oslo Accords were supposed to bring eternal peace to the Middle East.

His selection of Tzipi Hotovely as Deputy Foreign Minister and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold to direct the ministry have thrown Israel’s establishment media into a trauma.

Hotovely absolutely shocked some of the Foreign Ministry middle-tier staff when she gave them a short lesson of Torah and said that the policy to explain Israel’s position to the world should be based on God’s having granted the Land of Israel to the Jewish People.

The idea of re-inventing the wheel is so revolutionary, or in the minds of the lefties so archaic, that Israel’s leftist oriented establishment media went all out last week to try to convince its readers that Prime Minister Netanyahu is destroying the Foreign Ministry.

“Hitler Didn’t Finish the Job” – Jewish Mother Assaulted in France

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Published in European Jewish Press

PARIS (EJP)— The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), a watchdog monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in France, has condemned a violent anti-Semitic assault against a Jewish woman last Wednesday in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb.

The incident occurred around 6 pm when the Jewish woman and her child were sitting on a bench next to the children of three young women of African origin who were playing with a ball.

The ball then struck the Jewish boy’s head.

The Jewish woman identified only by the initials L.D reminded the children that ball games are not allowed on the site as the signage indicated.

A fight then broke out between the mother and the three young women who violently assaulted her and shouted “Hitler did not finish his work” and “you’re a dirty race”, the watchdog group said.

The victim filed a complaint with local police shortly after the assault.

Because the attack was so violent, it was recommended that the woman take a 15-day furlough from work to recuperate, said the BNVCA.

Sarcelles has a large Jewish community. Last summer, violent attacks against local synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses took place in the midst of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza.

“We demand that the police investigation clarifies the facts and that the justice punishes severely any anti-Semitic violence,” said the BNCA who decided to support the victim and and file a complaint. The BNVCA noted that more and more often a banal incident degenerates into an anti-Semitic attack. “Anti-Jewish speech as anti-Jewish acts have been liberated in particular among citizens belonging to communities who suffered from racism or discrimination,” said the BNCVA, urging the authorities to make a distinction between anti-Semitism and racism.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hitler-didnt-finish-the-job-jewish-mother-assaulted-in-france/2015/05/16/

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