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George Soros Dumps SodaStream

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Originally posted at Jewish Business News.

Billionaire investor George Soros sold his stake in SodaStream, consisting of 550,000 shares. SodaStream, whose main factory is in the West Bank, is once again in the spotlight, but a spokesman for Soros refused to comment on the reason for the sale.

The timing of the move, giving the raging conflict between Israel an Gazans, led to speculation by Pro-Palestinian news agencies that Soros, either through pressure of conviction, was divesting from SodaStream for political reasons. The Abu Dhabi based publication, The National, reports:

“The decision comes as a group of big international investors, including the fund lined to Microsoft found, Bill Gates, join a burgeoning financial boycott of Israel amid a push by the boycott, divestment and sanction movement (BDS) and other groups seeking more rights for Palestinians.” SodaStream is a major employer of Palestinian Arabs, and provides them with wages equivalent to their Israeli counterparts as well as a mosque on the premises. That hasn’t stopped SodaStream from becoming the target of BDS venom, most notably, the departure of actress Scarlet Johansson from Pro BDS Oxfam over her controversial advertisements for SodaStream.

With talk that Starbucks may purchase SodaStream, there are threats among BDS of massive boycotts of the most prominent coffee company. Omar Barghouti, Palestinian activist and co-founder of the BDS movement told VICE:

“If Starbucks partners with SodaStream, it will face an unprecedented boycott campaign against it in the Arab world, the U.S., and in many other countries …” Barghouti might sound a bit ambitious here (especially since polls show the majority of Americans support the recent military defense by Israel in Gaza) that the typical American is going to give up the morning Frapuccino. However, massive boycotts of Starbucks in Europe because of BDS might make a dent, although the coffee company has been doing as well in China in recent years as it has in Europe. Of course, if BDS drives Starbucks away from Sodastream, it is likely to hurt West Bank Arabs who work for SodaStream at least as much as their Israeli employers.

Who knows if the Pro-Palestinian news sources are correct and if Starbucks will shy away from SodaStream, although BDS hasn’t stopped takeovers of Israeli tech startups. And keep in mind like chain smokers, coffee addicts are not just addicted to the drug, but to the brand. Still, it pays to be cautious about the possible fallout rather than complacent, while keeping in mind that neither George Soros nor a spokesman was willing to comment on the reason for the sale of the SodaStream stake.

Conrad Morris, BDE

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Conrad Morris passed away on Saturday night. Morris, a successful UK businessman, and one of the early investors in Sodastream as well as an investor in Makor Rishon, which, until recently, was run by his son-in-law, Shlomo Ben-Tzvi. conrad morrisHe was one of initiators of the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce.

Morris was a major philanthropist, donating to Jewish institutions in England and Israel.

The funeral will be held Sunday morning in Jerusalem, and he will be buried on the Mount of Olives.

BDSers Call for an ‘AidCott’ of Soros for Daring to Invest in Israel

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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.

“Teva enjoys the advantages generated by the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands allowing the company to exploit the Palestinian market. – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/soros-funds-foundations-investments-israeli-violations-12092?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bdsmovement+%28Palestinian+BDS+National+Committee%29#sthash.Sv1spGYK.XzgCionX.dpuf
a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations due to the recently announced[1]  – first-quarter 2014 — investment by Soros in SodaStream stock and increased investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, both Israeli companies that are deeply involved in violations of international law. – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/soros-funds-foundations-investments-israeli-violations-12092?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bdsmovement+%28Palestinian+BDS+National+Committee%29#sthash.Sv1spGYK.XzgCionX.dpuf
called today for a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations due to the recently announced[1]  – first-quarter 2014 — investment by Soros in SodaStream stock and increased investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, both Israeli companies that are deeply involved in violations of international law. – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/soros-funds-foundations-investments-israeli-violations-12092?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bdsmovement+%28Palestinian+BDS+National+Committee%29#sthash.Sv1spGYK.XzgCionX.dpuf

called today for a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations due to the recently announced[1]  – first-quarter 2014 — investment by Soros in SodaStream stock and increased investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, both Israeli companies that are deeply involved in violations of international law. – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/soros-funds-foundations-investments-israeli-violations-12092?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bdsmovement+%28Palestinian+BDS+National+Committee%29#sthash.Sv1spGYK.XzgCionX.dpuf
called today for a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations due to the recently announced[1]  – first-quarter 2014 — investment by Soros in SodaStream stock and increased investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, both Israeli companies that are deeply involved in violations of international law. – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/soros-funds-foundations-investments-israeli-violations-12092?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bdsmovement+%28Palestinian+BDS+National+Committee%29#sthash.Sv1spGYK.XzgCionX.dpuf
called today for a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations due to the recently announced[1]  – first-quarter 2014 — investment by Soros in SodaStream stock and increased investment in Teva Pharmaceuticals, both Israeli companies that are deeply involved in violations of international law. – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/soros-funds-foundations-investments-israeli-violations-12092?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bdsmovement+%28Palestinian+BDS+National+Committee%29#sthash.Sv1spGYK.XzgCionX.dpuf

Starbucks-SodaStream Link Would Help Destroy BDS

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The confirmation of a reported 10 percent purchase of Israeli-based SodaStream by Starbucks would be another blow, if not a knock-out punch, to the Boycott Israel Movement, commonly known as BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions).

The Israeli Globes business newspaper set the financial markets on fire Wednesday with the report that sent SodaStream’s stock soaring 10 percent, pushing its total market value well over the $1.1 billion mark.

”Sources close to the deal say that an official announcement will be made soon,” according to Globes.

BSD has been uselessly trying to convince people for more than three years not to buy SodaStream’s homemade soda machines because it operates a factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial area of Maaleh Adumim, which the Palestinian Authority claims.

Tel Aviv, Haifa and Netanya also are part of “Palestine” according to official PA maps, but that kind of information interferes with  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Peace Talk Follies, so let’s ignore it rather than make more trouble for the man.

BDS, like Kerry, has made problems for itself.

The more the Big Lie of the Mahmoud Abbas as a peace partner disintegrates, the more people – even the liberal Jews in the United States – throw in the towel  and go back to fighting for animal rights or against global warming, assuming they have thawed out from this winter’s brutal winter and record snowfalls.

That makes big problems for the BDS, whose leaders are going to stand in the unemployment lines if they cannot convince people that Israel is the reason that the Palestinian Authority is corrupt, totally undemocratic and racist.

The Boycott Movement has been able to win some success by targeting Israeli companies that are big in Israel but tiny in terms of the world economy.

But when companies like the conglomerate Whirlpool, through its subsidiary KitchenAid, start working with SodaStream, things get a but sticky for the anti-Israeli consumers, as reported here earlier this year.

And if Starbucks links up with SodaStream, the BDS folks are going to have to stop sipping Starbucks coffee.

Some Muslims  made fools out of BDS last year by trying to tie Starbucks with false stories that it provides financial support to Israel and even the IDF.

The Arab American News reported last year, Shultz “has championed and funded defense of Israel on U.S. university campuses.”

One of Starbucks’ sins apparently is that CEO Howard Schultz was honored in 1988 by a yeshiva in the Old City in Jerusalem , where the Palestinian Authority wants its capital.

BDS went on the defense and said it does not target individuals, even if they are Zionists. It targets companies that can be tied to Israel’s present in Judea and Samaria.

The boycotters have not let up on SodaStream  and  Jewish Voice for Peace’s Seattle chapter has come up with one of the most obscene collection of lies about Israel, the “Occupation” and SodaStream since the creation of the Palestinian Authority.

It has created the burstthebublle.org website that shows a series of videos that tries to convince people that the idea of Arab-Israeli co-existence at SodaStream’s factory, as promoted by actress Scarlett Johansson, is really just a camouflage. The true purpose of the factory, according to one of the videos, “is not to improve the lives of Palestinians living under occupation but to pad the pockets of an international corporation.”

A company that makes money is immoral, unless it is not run by Jews in Judea and Samaria.

The videos, like the peace process, are actually the best promotion for Israel and Zionism because they are so full of lies that everyone eventually sees the truth, except, of course, for the U.S. the State Dept.

Ellen Degeneres Gives SodaStream as Earth Day Prize

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

On her Earth Day show, the American comedienne Ellen Degeneres gave out a prize to audience members. The prize is one that is truly wonderful for the environment – it eliminates completely the need for plastic soda bottles and it creates carbonated beverages without using any electricity.

SodaStream is an “active green product,” which means consumers are “actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda  or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store.”

Ellen’s act of generosity was truly wonderful for another reason: as a cold hard smack in the face for the supporters of the economic and legal warfare method used against Israel, known as the BDS movement (Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel).

As its spokesperson, Scarlett Johannson, has said repeatedly, SodaStream’s plant in Maale Adumim, a suburb of Jerusalem, provides needed employment for Palestinian Arabs who are paid the same wages as are Jewish Israelis, wages which are substantially higher than ones otherwise available to them.

Watch the video, below, from the April 22 Ellen Show. In the second minute of the clip it shows the hugely positive response from the audience upon hearing that Ellen was giving away SodaStream products.

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Mass Shofar Blast Against Anti-Israel Enabling on April 29

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

If a small group of grass-roots Jewish organizations have their way, more than one hundred protestors will assemble in New York City on April 29, 2014, each carrying a shofar. On cue, at 5:30 in the afternoon, rain or shine, all will raise their curved rams’ horns, long and short, and wail to the heavens in visceral unison producing a piercing spectacle of protest. The cacophonous alarums will continue their outcry until the shofar blowers feel they have made their point.

What are they protesting? It is their communal leadership.

The dissident shofar blowers will assemble in front of the 59th Street headquarters of the UJA-Federation of New York. The Federation’s beneficiary, the Jewish Community Relations Council, is the chief organizer of the Celebrate Israel Parade scheduled for June 1. The upbeat procession of floats, runners, and marchers is normally a public show of Jewish unity in support of Israel. But this year, the parade has become a maelstrom of disunity over the participation of the controversial New Israel Fund and other groups which recent revelations now link to the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement and the campaign to delegitimize Israel internationally.

The outrage in some American, Jewish, and Israeli circles over the NIF’s inclusion in the highly visible parade, formerly known as the Israel Day Parade, may be more than just a passing horn blast. The discontent may be energizing a historic decision among American Jews. Just what constitutes the Jewish mainstream? Is American Jewry about to set limits on its open tent of inclusion, a precept the community wears as a badge of honor?

More than a few American Jews feel their community has been hijacked from within by such groups as the J Street lobby, the New Israel Fund, and other organizations that constitute a powerful, well-funded minority able to wage war against Israel seemingly in the name of the Jewish people. “These groups are anti-Jewish,” says Judith Freedman Kadish, special project director of Americans for a Safe Israel, “and they are funding groups that are anti-Semitic. They just veil their actions by saying they are trying to influence public policy and an occupation.” The accused organizations and their defenders in the Jewish media and within the Jewish activist community vigorously insist their activities are simply democratic dissent aimed at solving Israel’s problems.

The New Israel Fund, enabled by taxpayer subsidies of its 501(c)(3) status, has been a pivotal funder of the BDS movement that wages economic war against Israel. Until 2011, the NIF was a lead supporter of the Coalition of Women for Peace, which established a global BDS infrastructure. According to NIF financial records, in 2008 alone, the NIF bestowed $93,457 upon the Coalition of Women for Peace. Over a period of years, NIF financing of this organization reached a strong six-figure sum, which included both direct grants and those where the NIF acted as a go-between for other donors–a technique they called “donor advised funding.”

The NIF no longer provides money to the Coalition of Women for Peace. Now, the CWP is strong enough to gather its monies from other sources. But detractors say — the irreparable damage was done. Moreover, the BDS movement today is fortified by a conveyor belt of brutality and oppression accounts–some legitimate, some exaggerated, some invented — force fed to the world by agitation NGOs, including many financed by the New Israel Fund.

NIF’s financial records for 2012 indicate that it granted $109,615 to Breaking the Silence, $255,477 to B’Tselem, and $209,161 to Adalah. These three groups are among dozens of NIF grantees that critics accuse as operating on the front lines of anti-Israel information and distorting the facts about international law as it affects Israel. Numerous Knesset members and Israeli military men have gone on record to decry the NIF as a well-financed, foreign, multinational NGO, hell-bent on “destabilizing the Israel Defense Forces” and erasing the Jewish identity from the State of Israel.

All in the Family: BDS Protests Zabars; Carole Zabar Promotes BDS

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

In one of the saddest dilemmas in a long time, those fighting the economic and legal warfare movement against Israel, known as BDS (Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel) are pondering how to deal with the proposed boycott of the famed Zabar’s food emporium.

Adalah-NY, a hardcore pro-Arab terrorist boycott group posing as a civil rights organization, and its comrades in the BDS movement have called for a protest in front of Zabar’s on April 22.

The protest is “to demand that Zabar’s stop selling SodaStream.” The protesters detest that product because one of its manufacturing plants is in Maale Adumin, a Jerusalem suburb. The SodaStream plant employs Arabs at the same salaries as its Israeli employees, and Palestinian Arab SodaStream workers have repeatedly stated they want the plant to remain there, or they will be unemployed or employed at lower salaries, in Arab-owned companies.

But the protesters could not care less about the economic reality of the Arabs they profess to care so much about. Adalah and its friends continue their boycott warfare regardless of its impact on Palestinian Arabs.

But here’s the rub.

Carole Zabar is the wife of one of the brothers who currently owns Zabar’s. And Carole is a strong supporter of the band of economic warriors who have just declared war on her husband’s livelihood.

Richard Allen, founder of JCC Watch, reminds us that for many years in her position as a director of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Zabar has been”hosting and promoting groups that call for a boycott of SodaStream, Ahava Cosmetic products and other Israeli companies.”

Allen says he believes that Zabar used to be listed as a major contributor of Partners for a Progressive Israel, one of the organizations best known for pushing the SodaStream boycott. She certainly partnered with that group in her role as founder of the “Other Israeli Film Festival,” the one that not only seeks to showcase Arabs in Israel, but frequently promotes the worst slanders against the Jewish State.

The Jewish Press called Zabar’s on Sunday afternoon, April 20, to ask if the people running the food emporium are aware of the boycott threat.

“Yes,” they said, they are “aware of the boycott.”

When asked whether or not Zabar’s is continuing to sell the SodaStream product despite the boycott, the answer was a slightly defiant “yes.”

It will be amusing to see whether Ms. Zabar is going to join with her idealogical compatriots and boycott Zabar’s on Tuesday, April 22 (that’s Earth Day, for the boycott folks, although for us Jews in the Diaspora it is the last day of Passover.)

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