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The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign continues to put pressure on Israel and rack up victories– the latest being a vicious attack and an acknowledgment of the campaign’s impact.

Last week, you may remember, the Israeli ambassador to the United States put his thumb in the president’s eye: Ron Dermer sent out a holiday gift package (left) of exclusively settlement goods. Tablet reports that one product in the package is from beauty-products seller Ahava. And the publicity is surely unwelcome. It just confirms to the world that Ahava mines stolen land in the West Bank to make its skin-care treatments.

Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer's insulting holiday gift package

Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer’s insulting holiday gift package

Now Ahava has posted an article in the Jerusalem Post titled “Ahava and BDS” that is extremely defensive on that score. The unnamed author cites the usual propaganda:

Israelis are known for their innovation; for making scientific breakthroughs that allow patients to heal and deserts to blossom…

Then gets very upset about BDS, and the pressure brought to Ahava by the good people of Code Pink, the “Stolen Beauty” project.

Unfortunately, a broad educational program, ethical, green practice and an all-natural approach to skincare aren’t enough to keep everybody happy. On a daily basis, the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement is encouraging people to leave Israeli products sitting on shelves, and Israeli produce rotting in baskets. A particularly virulent section of the campaign called CODEPINK and their noxious offshoot stolenbeauty.org, has chosen to specifically target AHAVA.

Before declaring that BDS is malevolent and Israel is ours:

I believe that they – the BDS movement and its malevolent followers – are wrong. I believe that Israel is ours, and that we should be using its incredible natural resources to build our economy and make it thrive. I am proud to be Israeli, and proud of what Israel creates: that’s why I am imploring you to fight BDS this winter. I’m on a mission to flip BDS on its head, and turn Boycott, Divest and Sanction into Buy, Develop and Support!
The only way to turn it round is to Think BIG – Buy Israeli Goods.

Virulent and noxious; that’s smashmouth politics. Israelis are losing world opinion on this settlement stuff, and so they are reduced to rage and nationalism.

And we just got this from the Hebrew press. At the Jewish new year in September, the business site Calcalist (a branch of the leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth) published in Hebrew a list of the 100 most influential figures on Israel’s economy in 2015– and it put Omar Barghouti, a leader of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, at Number 39. We just got the link yesterday.

Barghouti’s name is under the category, “Eagles of the Levant.” When you click on that category and then click on his name, it takes you to a long article on the achievement of BDS, not Barghouti as such. But it’s a reminder that BDS is having economic impact.

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  1. echinococcus
    December 28, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Meanwhile,

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/israel-warns-brazil-accept-settler-ambassador-151228134355826.html

    Israel warns Brazil to accept its settler ambassador

    Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told Israeli television that the Brazilian government’s reluctance to approve Dani Dayan’s deployment would leave ties between the states at a “secondary” level.

    Brazil objected to Dayan’s appointment four months ago because of his former role as the head of a Jewish settler movement in the occupied West Bank and his continued residence in Palestinian territory.

    Brazilian government officials declined to comment on whether President Dilma Rousseff would accept the nomination of the Argentine-born Dayan. But one senior foreign ministry official told the Reuters news agency, “I do not see that happening.”

    • JWalters
      December 28, 2015, 7:06 pm

      What if all the nations in the world had their ties with Israel at a “secondary” level, then a tertiary level, then no level at all?

      This sounds like a step in the right direction.

      • Kay24
        December 28, 2015, 9:00 pm

        There are many steps that nations can take in the right direction, especially when it comes to the US/Israeli (sick) relationship, that would show Israel that the world disapproves and condemns it’s crimes against humanity, and theft of lands, but it seems most nations are either afraid of Israel, feels intimidated, is basically too greedy to stop trading with the rogue nation,
        or buy their weapons.

        There are 32 nations that still do not recognize Israel, and many do not allow Israeli passport holders into their nation (such a wise decision), but still that does not prevent this devious nation from sending their agents into countries with FAKE passports from other nations.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_Israel

        Maybe these 32 nations should start boycotts and sanctions, they have nothing to lose anyway.

      • Herchel
        December 29, 2015, 3:03 pm

        Ah, yes… the international condemnation of Israel for their “human rights violations” manifested by the rebuke of such progressive regimes like Sudan, Syria, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and North Korea… just to name a few. Perhaps with more BDS and international pressure, Israel will comport with international norms and respect human rights as well as some of their other boycotters like Mali, Niger and Somalia. Such nonsense could only be given credence by an anti-Semite or an imbecile. I’m not sure if Kay hates Jews or was just dropped on her head as a child but I feel sorry for her in any event.

      • Marnie
        December 30, 2015, 12:40 am

        @Heschel

        “I’m not sure if Kay hates Jews or was just dropped on her head as a child but I feel sorry for her in any event.”

        That was really heartfelt Hershel. So a person who expresses extreme displeasure with the actions of the zionist enterprise has had to have suffered TBI or is an antisemite. But I imagine with you and your ilk, it’s just a lot easier and efficient to call anyone who says anything that causes you discomfort either antisemitic or brain damaged.

        You can’t feel sorry for Kay because that would’nt leave anything for you.

        What I’m constantly amazed by is the unending well of self-pity and victimhood on display here by Heschel and his fellow bottom-feeders from the well. Actual holocaust survivors have expressed quite clearly their disgust with the actions of the zionist enterprise, the occupation, the IOF, etc. Those who’ve suffered at the hands of the Nazis are calling you out. How dare you continue to cash in on their suffering, screaming “antisemite” every time the wind blows. How dare you insult people who are intelligent and thoughtful enough to see the writing on the wall, who know the difference between shit and shinola and know the difference between landscaping and the wholesale murder called “mowing the lawn”.

        I don’t know if you just hate non-Jews or suffer from anoxic encephalopathy, empty sella, or acardia. The only ones I feel sorry for are those around you.

      • bryan
        December 30, 2015, 5:06 am

        Well said Herchel – it needs to be repeated loud and clear that, in many respects, Israel is not as bad as Sudan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. In the Human Rights Olympics, Israel repeatedly fails to reach a podium position in the categories of bigotry, violence, brutality and dysfunctionality.

        However, you are right, and have every right, to criticise North Korea without being called anti-Atheist (65% of North Koreans are non-religious), and Saudi Arabia without being called Islamophobic (at least 85% of Saudi citizens are Sunni Moslems, and most of the rest are Shia) but if Kay or others deign to criticise Israeli crimes she is of course being anti-Jewish (despite there being more Jews outside the borders of Israel than within them, and despite the fact that only 75% of Israelis claim to be of the Jewish culture, and 65% of Israelis claim to be either non-religious or convinced atheists and despite the fact that she did not mention Jews). Jewish culture is of course exceedingly diverse, but significant threads within it advocate universal moral values and aspire to peace and justice.

        The absurdity of your assertion that critics of Israel are either anti-Semites or imbeciles is so clearly contradicted by the fact that well-educated and widely read Jews (both in Israel and the diaspora) tend to be highly critical of Israeli government policy, and the most abject apologists are fundamentalist religious nutters who have spent far too much time in Yeshivas and Evangelical bible schools, reading ancient and irrelevant tracts that blinker them from seeing reality and derail their moral compass.

      • eljay
        December 30, 2015, 9:10 am

        || Herchel @ December 29, 2015, 3:03 pm ||

        Zio-supremacists routinely defend Israel not by comparing it to the best countries in the world and demonstrating that it measures up to them, but by comparing it to some of the worst offenders in the world (Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”) and pointing out that it’s not as bad as they are.

        But as Herchel’s cute little rant demonstrates, Zio-supremacists are quick to get their panties in a knot if someone other than a Zio-supremacist makes a similar comparison.

        Funny stuff… :-)

      • Mooser
        December 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

        “The absurdity of your assertion that critics of Israel are either anti-Semites or imbeciles is so clearly contradicted by the fact that well-educated and widely read Jews (both in Israel and the diaspora) tend to be highly critical of Israeli government policy,”

        Why, thank you, “bryan”! That is a nice way of putting it, and I appreciate it. Avoids the entire issue of why my religion is so full of self-haters, traitors, mosers, backstabbers and people who wish they were something else.

      • bryan
        January 1, 2016, 11:52 am

        “Avoids the entire issue of why my religion is so full of self-haters, traitors, mosers, backstabbers and people who wish they were something else.”

        You can safely ignore such accusations, Mooser. When they appear it is a sure sign that you have won the argument and your opponent has lost the argument. Somehow – you always seem to remain courteous, generous, self-effacing and exceedingly good natured: why don’t you write an alternative hasbara manual showing how to put these traits to good effect as tools of communication. You could call it something original like “How to win friends and influence people”

      • Mooser
        January 1, 2016, 1:21 pm

        “You can safely ignore such accusations, Mooser.”

        Oh, I made good and goddam sure of that, many, many years ago. I’ll put up with a lot, but that is completely out of the question.
        If a Jew can’t own himself, and goddamit, after all the shit, own his own religion, and be a f–king grown-up, and maybe even be a man, what the f–k is the use? What the f–k was it all for?

        Sorry, sorry, hungover, New Years.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2016, 2:36 pm

        If a Jew can’t own himself, and goddamit, after all the shit, own his own religion, and be a f–king grown-up, and maybe even be a man, what the f–k is the use? What the f–k was it all for?

        Sorry, sorry, hungover, New Years.

        so, i suppose this is as good a time as any to mention that i was recently forwarded an email sent to the site from a palestinian student from haifa/jerusalem expressing (among other things) her appreciation for our well informed and diverse readership which included:

        (by the way, I love Mooser)

        ;) just thought i’d spread that along. since you’re hung over — it will probably go right to your head.

      • inbound39
        January 3, 2016, 1:16 am

        Herchel, I would think many people would draw the conclusion that Israeli’s are the ones who have been dropped on their heads. They seem to be unable to remember that Israel declared and accepted its borders as those defined by the Partition Plan. Occupied Territory does not constitute any part of Israel. The Provisional Government of Israel informed the World that East Jerusalem and the West Bank et al were Occupied Territory….not part of Sovereign Israel. Israeli’s also seem to suffer an inability to read given they signed and ratified the Fourth Geneva Convention. Maybe those Americans who send donations to settlers could specify the money could better be spent on compasses to show them the way home and drugs to assist with amnesia symptoms and also pay for a swag of literacy tutors.

      • echinococcus
        January 3, 2016, 6:58 am

        inbound

        Occupied Territory does not constitute any part of Israel

        Well said.
        Also, no part of “Israel” is not occupied territory and neglecting to repeat that is helping Zionist propaganda. Sorry.

      • Sibiriak
        January 3, 2016, 10:12 am

        echinococcus : …no part of “Israel” is not occupied territory and neglecting to repeat that is helping Zionist propaganda. Sorry.

        ——————–

        According to settled international law, only territory outside the “Green Line” (aka “pre-1967 borders”) is considered occupied Palestinian territory.

        Of course, you are free to reject international law entirely–it was, after all, founded on Western imperialism/domination and continues to be in many respects an instrument of imperialism/domination.

        I know you base your suggestions on an abstract notion of absolute justice. But its doubtful as a practical matter that a wholesale rejection of international law will prove to be all that helpful to the anti-Zionist cause.

      • echinococcus
        January 3, 2016, 10:52 am

        Sibiriak,

        With all due respect, you are talking through your hat.
        This is no rejection of international law.
        There is something about self-determination of colonized peoples in international law, and I’d really would like to see how well-accepted a determination ukase by colonial powers in the absence of any valid plebiscite is by the colonized people. Even if you counted the invader residents with hostile intent. The partition is illegitimate, the UN has acted illegally against its own constitutive texts, and until and unless you show a valid plebiscite it’s all bullshit talk.

      • Mooser
        January 6, 2016, 10:49 pm

        “just thought i’d spread that along. since you’re hung over”

        That was nice, send her my thanks if you get a chance. Cured my headache instantly.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 28, 2015, 7:25 pm

      What if all the nations in the world had their ties with Israel at a “secondary” level, then a tertiary level, then no level at all?

      exactly. i wrote about this whole brazil/israel stand off (it has not been published yet — maybe tomorrow) and that’s what makes israel so ‘concerned’ about this, if other countries do the same thing (which is actually very reasonable) and nobody cares if israel economically ‘pressures’ them. it’s not like whatever israel has to offer can’t be found elsewhere.

      • pabelmont
        December 29, 2015, 5:46 pm

        The first step is to refuse to accredit or admit ambassadors (and other embassy staff) whose address is in OPTs (or OST for that matter: Golan).

        Second step is to refuse ambassadorial status as long as ANY Israeli lives in ANY occupied territory (except as a soldier wearing a uniform and under military discipline). This is all international law and agreements signed by Israeli allow.

        Third is to stop allowing visas (i.e., entry) to Israelis whose address is in occupie3d territory.

        Fourth is to stop trade (either “cold turkey” or a bit at a time) as long as ANY (etc. as before)

        Be fun to see some nation announce such a plan and implement even the first step of it.

  2. Ossinev
    December 28, 2015, 2:16 pm

    OMG ! Not the dreaded ” secondary level ” threat. ( For those not in the know this means Israel instructing the US government to threaten Brazil – ie Israel`s weapon of first choice)

    Absolutely enlightening to see the Land of Creation (Land Mass exc Occupied Territories = 8355 sq Miles – population exc Palestinion citizens = 6,300,000) warning Brazil ( Land Mass = 3.288 MILLION SQ MILES – POPULATION = 200 MILLION ).

    What next. If Brazil does not heed the warnings will there be a number of 3 AM “visits” in Rio by an elite IDF Doorbuster unit to detain the 13 year old anti – Israel inciters.

    When delusion becomes daily reality in the Zionist mindset ( and we are almost there ) the world including Brazil should think seriously about ways to separate these nutcases from the nuclear buttons.

    • echinococcus
      December 28, 2015, 3:26 pm

      I don’t think it is delusion on the Zionist side. The idea that they effectively run the US is not detached from reality even though some events may put it in doubt.

    • HarryLaw
      December 28, 2015, 5:13 pm

      Too true Ossinev, Israel recently threatened the European Union [population 500 million] with economic sanctions and threatened to cut them off from any input in the peace process. As you say they will get their big stupid friend to sort the recalcitrant EU out.

      • JWalters
        December 28, 2015, 7:11 pm

        Very relevant point. But the Japanese military’s high command also thought America was big and stupid. Financially coerced is not the same as stupid. Once Israel loses control of America’s media, which they will, they are toast.

      • pabelmont
        December 29, 2015, 5:57 pm

        Harry, Israel might as well have threatened to refuse to allow EU to come to the fashion show at which they will trot out the “Emperor’s New Clothes”. “Peace Process” my off hind foot!

  3. Shmuel
    December 28, 2015, 2:34 pm

    The only way to turn it round is to Think BIG – Buy Israeli Goods.

    Stealing backronyms too. For shame!
    https://jews4big.wordpress.com/

    • diasp0ra
      December 28, 2015, 4:59 pm

      Eh, once you steal a country an acronym shouldn’t be too much of an issue :)

    • tree
      December 28, 2015, 6:08 pm

      Hi Shmuel!

      Nice to “see” you back here again. I hope the intervening months have been good to you,

    • Annie Robbins
      December 28, 2015, 6:20 pm

      hi shmuel! thanks for stopping by ;) wishing you all the best.

      • Shmuel
        December 29, 2015, 2:50 am

        Hi tree, annie. Good to “see” you too.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 29, 2015, 4:21 am

        ;)

    • Citizen
      December 29, 2015, 4:05 am

      I’m glad to see you again too, Shmuel! Where on earth have you been?

      • Shmuel
        December 29, 2015, 4:33 am

        Thanks Citizen. Been trying out new things, professionally and politically.

  4. lonely rico
    December 28, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Brazilian dilemma –

    How to distance/sever relations with the criminal Zionist state in Palestine ?

    Israel acquiesces, Brazil loses it’s 5-star rating – OMG !

    Smiles in Brasilia today !

    Smiles world-wide,

    hope and prayers for

    the children of Gaza

    • jon s
      January 6, 2016, 2:22 pm

      Shmuel, is this what you’ve been up to?
      Selling kabab in Shuk Hacarmel?
      https://www.facebook.com/shmuel.carmelmarket/

      • Shmuel
        January 6, 2016, 4:21 pm

        is this what you’ve been up to? Selling kabab in Shuk Hacarmel?

        I hope you gave us a good review on tripadvisor.

      • Mooser
        January 6, 2016, 10:56 pm

        “Selling kabab in…”

        Well, look who dropped in. Any more “terrorist attacks” in Beersheba, “jons”? In case you’ve lost track, you are at 30 “historic homelands” so far. How many are you shooting for this year?

  5. oldgeezer
    December 28, 2015, 10:58 pm

    Last winter I watched Israeli produce rot on the shelves. This year there has been none in sight. It was wonderful. Many people are put off of Israeli products, such as Avaha, when they learn it is made from stolen resources. Progress is slow but it is building and may people fo not want to support the barbaric and savage oppression of the Palestinian people.

    • jon s
      January 7, 2016, 3:46 pm

      Leave it to Mooser to remind me of why I dropped out.

      • Mooser
        January 7, 2016, 6:37 pm

        “Leave it to Mooser to remind me of why I dropped out.”

        “Jons”, frankly I would have been completely mortified, and desperately ashamed of myself if I pulled a stunt like you did with the “terrorist attack” in Beersheba.
        You ran to the Mondo comment section to bask in your victim-hood, while an innocent Eritrean man, having to be there through no fault of his own, was shot and beaten to death.
        Must be the settlement version of live-blogging combat journalism.

  6. Citizen
    December 29, 2015, 4:13 am

    Will the President’s wife use these products? Free stuff for her vanity shelf. What sort of diplomat does such a thing? Is it arrogance, or rather a simple reminder to the White House who has the power? Is subject gift discussed anywhere in the mainstream media? Does any other state exhibit such rudeness in their diplomacy?

    • Kay24
      December 29, 2015, 6:12 am

      I do not think we have ever had a parasitic “ally” who has not only been a huge burden to us, but it has corrupted our politicians, the media, and has spread it’s poison in colleges and think tanks.

      The White House has been the victim of it’s arrogance, manipulation, and it’s leader has disrespected our President very openly. Now the President is the recipient of products which have been manufactured in stolen lands not recognized by any other nation in the world, including the US. Something is horribly wrong with this picture, but nothing will change in our lifetime.

      • inbound39
        January 3, 2016, 1:26 am

        Kay I do not think I have ever known any other country to interfere in such deep levels in American Governance etc by Americans…..it is utterly astonishing that Americans have allowed it to grow to such levels. What on earth did all those people fight for in the War of Independence…..certainly not so Israel could dominate them further up the track. Might require another Revolution.

    • Froggy
      December 29, 2015, 4:56 pm

      Citizen :: “Does any other state exhibit such rudeness in their diplomacy?”

      That rudeness is an indication of Israel’s high level of contempt for the US and the American people.

  7. amigo
    December 29, 2015, 8:35 am

    Slightly OT but an example of blatant zionist hypocracy !!.

    “Ms Shaked said the “transparency Bill” aimed to stop foreign-funded NGOs spreading “lies” about Israel: “The blatant interference of foreign governments in internal matters of Israel with money is an unprecedented, widespread phenomenon that violates all rules and norms in relations between democratic countries. ” Irish times.

    This from the tinpot nation that accepts financial interference by the USA to the tune of 3.5 billion dollars annually , a total of some 150 billion since 1949.They also allow the USA to interfere diplomatically by vetoing every UNSCR that correctly seeks to call Israel to task for it,s Human Rights abuses and War crimes.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/bill-aims-to-stop-ngos-spreading-lies-about-israel-1.2477920

  8. Froggy
    December 29, 2015, 5:14 pm

    “On a daily basis, the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement is encouraging people to leave Israeli products sitting on shelves, and Israeli produce rotting in baskets.”

    Time for BDS to.. erm… put Israel ‘on a diet’.

  9. DaBakr
    December 29, 2015, 11:47 pm

    #39. Who is 38? Talk about grasping at straws for a publicity bump.

  10. Herchel
    December 30, 2015, 9:46 pm

    palestinian sympathizers routinely ignore unhelpful facts and prefer to attack straw man arguments that were never made. Israel doesn’t need to justify anything… but if it did, it wasn’t done by comparing it to the worst countries in the world. The point (which was clearly made yet ignored) is that it is those countries who fail to recognize Israel. Which gets us back to the point that Kay should really find something else to cite as evidence of Israel’s poor standing in the world. The fact that Sudan thinks that Israel commits human rights violations is as comical as Phillip Weiss criticizing the journalistic integrity of a legitimate news outlet.

    • diasp0ra
      December 30, 2015, 10:31 pm

      @Herchel

      Israelis need to justify many things, otherwise they wouldn’t need to hire students to spread Hasbara online, wouldn’t you say? They wouldn’t need a manual on how to manipulate different audiences, right?

    • eljay
      December 31, 2015, 7:55 am

      || Herchel: … The fact that Sudan thinks that Israel commits human rights violations is as comical as Phillip Weiss criticizing the journalistic integrity of a legitimate news outlet. ||

      Neither of those is as grotesquely amusing as Zio-supremacists proclaiming Israel a “moral beacon” and a “light unto the nations” even as they and their supremacist state continue with their decades-long campaign of (war) criminal acts of injustice and immorality.

      It’s like the rapist pausing for a moment to state for the record that he’s a good man before he returns to violently beating and raping his victims.

    • inbound39
      January 3, 2016, 1:35 am

      Israel justifies its criminal actions all the time through Hasbara Herchel, where have you been. Truth is Herchel….Israel DOES commit human rights violations and commits violations of the principles of the Fourth Geneva Convention on a daily basis and continues taking punitive actions against Palestinians beyond Israel’s declared borders. Israel is one big Violation….but live in Cuckoo Land as long as you like Herchel…….time is running out for Israel. Without American Money, Israel is sunk and a court case was launched recently in America challenging the legitimacy of America allowing donations to pass through its banking systems intended for use in illegal settlement building. It will also hold the donors to account. Long overdue.

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