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Letter from Israel
David Frankfurter
Join the BUYcott 
23rd-Jul-2010 04:23 pm

The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement is becoming increasingly strident, using every conceivable tactic to delegitimise Israel in every forum. Academic, trade and industrial boycotts are called - often using tricks and lies that we are all sick of hearing.  Generally, the impact in economic terms is small. But often, the campaigns and counter-campaigns surrounding each proposed boycott generates so much publicity, that even unsuccessful campaigns generate significant damage to Israel's standing in the world court of public opinion.

Letters to the editor, to academic institutions or shop owners targeted, and all the "usual" activities are important.  But friends around the globe who have been faced with boycotts in their local communities have told me from personal experience that there is one tactic that has consistently proved a winner.  A Buycott. 

Wherever a boycott is announced or threatened, local supporters go out and BUY the product involved.  They let their friends know and ask them to help.  And then they let the store owners know how pleased you were with the purchase. And after the boycott has failed, go back and buy again.  Make the boycott a long term a bonus for the store and for Israel!

Faced with failure, Palestinians have resorted to exaggeration and barefaced lies to encourage their activists around the world to keep up the program.

Here's the latest example from the
Palestinian Maan News Agency, which reports a claim by the Palestinian responsible , Omer Qabaha, that one such success of his BDS activities is that the Israeli dairy Tara has moved its manufacturing plant from "occupied" Katzrin in the Golan Heights.

So I checked, and got the following reply:

Dear David,

Tara has no factory on the Golan Heights and there were never any products marketed under the name Tara processed at the dairy processing plant on the Golan
Shabbat Shalom

Ralph Ginsberg
Israel Dairy Board

So there! 

Join in a successful campaign for Israel!   Ask your stores to stock Israeli products, look for them, buy them, talk about them and encourage your friends to buy them.  If you are in business, look for ways to promote Israeli products in your product range or include them in your manufacturing processes.  If you need a starting point, I would be pleased to help you source Israeli inputs.  Then, if you are really lucky, someone will declare a boycott and help promote your business.
24th-Jul-2010 12:49 am (UTC) - JOIN THE "BUYCOTT"
Great idea to "Buycott" David!!! I always do that whenever I hear/read of a boycott to Israel without knowing there was a name for it... :o) In addition, I write to the proper individuals per instructions of the email announcing it, trying to open their eyes as to the falshoods of the boycott motives. AND of course I do forward them for people to write and buy! Adela
24th-Jul-2010 12:46 pm (UTC) - Buy-Cott
I personally take every measure to buy Israeli products whenever I have a chance, even if they are a bit more expensive than others of the same kind. However, aside from products in the Kosher section (only certain stores in Montreal - only stores in densely populated Jewish areas have one), it is increasingly difficult to find Israeli products where once the shelves were rife with canned, frozen and fruits from Israel. This is how these hateful acts have affected Israel and I commend every one who not only goes out and buys Israeli goods but will also ask stores to carry more of them.

27th-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC) - The "Buycott"
May the day swiftly come when there are alternatives to petroleum and then the Arab world can do you know what with its oil.
28th-Jul-2010 06:37 am (UTC) - BUYcott
What a great idea, David! My neighborhood in Melbourne, Australia has a sizable Jewish community, so many local stores and supermarkets stock Israeli goods in their kosher sections. My kitchen cupboards are always well-stocked with Israeli chocolate, coffee and other goodies.

28th-Jul-2010 03:24 pm (UTC) - Absolutely
Buycotts have always been my preferred way of making an affirmative statement. What is ironic, I think, is that so many Arab stores, at least here in the Washington DC area, carry a large volume of Israeli goods. Whether it's Israeli dairy products, tins of pickles and olives, or similar, at least half of that product type is made up of Israeli produced foods.
11th-Aug-2010 08:39 pm (UTC) - Love buying products from Israel
I am with you all! I love buying products from Israel. Thanks G'd I can find them here in my neighbourhood (Amsterdam). Thanks David, for your wonderful initiative.

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