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10 brands you’ll have to give up if you’re boycotting I$raHell

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Since 2005, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) has called on the international community to pressure Israel economically as “a form of civil resistance to Israeli occupation, colonialism, and apartheid.”

That would mean significant lifestyle changes for some consumers. Here are 10 brands that BDS supporters have urged others to boycott, not to mention thousands of other products that contain or use Israeli-developed technology, including iPhonesiPadsMacBooksSkype, computer firewalls, and Microsoft XP.

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Pampers diapers, a product distributed by Procter & Gamble, on sale at a California grocery store. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

1. Pampers

Proctor & Gamble, which produces Pampers, is one of the largest clients of an Israeli company that supplies diaper products, Avgol Nonwoven Industries. P&G accounts for nearly half of the company’s sales, according to the pro-boycott research group Who Profits. Avgol Nonwoven Industries runs a plant in the Barkan industrial complex, located near the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

2. Victoria’s Secret

The popular lingerie company is one of the largest clients of Delta Galil, which operates a textile factory in the West Bank industrial zone of Barkan as well as a shop in the settlement of Maale Adumim. Palestinians have also criticized the company for establishing its headquarters on land expropriated from Palestinians in the Galilee.

The Volvo XC Coupe concept is displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in Jan. 2014. (Rebecca Cook / Reuters)

3. Volvo

BDS supporters have criticized the Swedish giant for supplying equipment used to bulldoze Palestinian homes and also for its 27 percent stake in Merkavim, whose buses are used to transport Palestinian prisoners to and from Israeli jails.

People visit the Intel booth at the 2013 Computex exhibition in Taipei. (Pichi Chuang / Reuters)

4. Intel

Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, has called on Intel to close its plants in Kiryat Gat, site of the former Palestinian villages Iraq al-Manshiya and Faluja. Israeli historian Benny Morris has written that during the 1948-49 Israeli war of independence with Palestinians and their Arab allies, the villages’ residents were all expelled in line with Israel‘s “strategic desire to achieve ‘Arab-clear’ frontiers.”

Intel, whose processors can be found in about 80 percent of the world’s computers, has reportedly invested $2.7 billion to upgrade its Kiryat Gat plants where it is working on new chips that will make computers lighter and faster. That brings its total investments in Israel to about $10 billion, and it has also benefited from more than $1 billion in Israeli government grants.

A Sabra cart at a film premier at the Egyptian Theatre in Apr. 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Todd Williamson / AP)

5. Hummus

Philadelphia-based BDS campaign drew attention to Israeli hummus makers Tribe and Sabra with a flash dance adaptation of a Lady Gaga song, which they dubbed “No Justice, No (Chick) Peas.” The critics pointed to Sabra parent company Strauss’s support of the Israeli military, and Tribe’s owner Osem’s support of the Jewish National Fund, which they criticized for displacing Bedouin with development projects in the Negev desert.

Motorola Moto X smartphones, using Google’s Android software, are shown at an Aug. 2013 press preview in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

6. Motorola

Electronics giant Motorola has been targeted by BDS supporters for providing surveillance equipment used around Israeli settlements, along the Israeli-built separation barrier, and along the IsraelGaza border. In addition, the company signed a $100 million deal with Israel in January 2014 for encrypted smartphones for its soldiers and security personnel.

A guest plays a video game on the Slate7 Extreme tablet at the Entertainment station at the HP 2013 Next Generation PC event in New York. (John Minchillo / AP)

7. Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard, the maker of computers and printers better known as HP, has come under fire for its involvement in biometric technology at Israeli checkpoints and for Israeli identification cards. BDS supporters have also criticized them for using service providers based in Israeli settlements.

8. Ahava

The Israeli cosmetics company, whose name means “love,” is a common target of BDS supporters. Ahava’s products use minerals from the Dead Sea, which borders occupied territory, and its manufacturing plant is located in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank that is also a shareholder in the company, giving the settlement a direct financial stake. Ahava exports to 45 countries, and derives about half its sales from such exports. (Editor’s note: This slide replaces a previous one, after it was brought to our attention that while some include Starbucks in calls for boycotting Israel, it does not meet the criteria set by the BDS movement.)

A McDonald’s restaurant sign in Del Mar, California. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

9. McDonald’s

BDS supporters have targeted McDonald’s for its partnership with the Jewish United Fund, which, among other things, promotes visits to Kiryat Gat, built on top of a destroyed Palestinian village. Critics have also targeted McDonald’s for discriminating against Arab workers at its restaurants in Israel.

Carbonator bottles are seen at the SodaStream factory in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim January 28, 2014. (Ammar Awad / Reuters)

10. SodaStream

The Israeli company, which runs a factory in the industrial park connected with the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, has become a lightning rod for BDS criticism since releasing an ad featuring Scarlett Johansson. Palestinian residents in the area and international activists issued a press release on Jan. 30 calling on Ms. Johansson to stop promoting SodaStream, saying that such companies “directly support Israel‘s illegal occupation and colonization of Palestinian land by paying taxes to municipal settlement governments, employing local settlers, and providing the economic infrastructure for Israel’s settlement expansion.” Read the Monitor’s story about why Palestinian workers at SodaStream disagree.

 

 

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Jesus’ Condemnation of the “Jewish State” and its leaders

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Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

“Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

“Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’

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Major European institutions blacklist I$raHelli banks

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Illustrative photo of a bank hapoalim cash machine. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Largest financial service groups in both Sweden and Denmark cite disapproval of West Bank operations, investments

Times of Israel

Two of Europe’s largest financial service institutions have announced they will terminate all joint operations with Israeli banks who deal with Jewish settlements in the West Bank, deemed by the European Union to be illegal under international law, according to a report published Saturday.

The Swedish Nordea Bank and the Danish Danske Bank, both the largest banks in their respective countries, are considered to be two of Europe’s most important financial institutions, serving together over 16 million costumers across the continent. The banks hold billions of dollars’ worth of assets.

According to Walla, Danske Bank recently updated its list of companies it does not engage with on ethical grounds to include Israel’s Bank Hapoalim, which runs several branches in Jewish settlements across the Green Line and has invested in numerous projects throughout the West Bank.

Nordea Bank, meanwhile, demanded of Israeli banks Leumi and Mizrahi-Tefahot to immediately make public their operations in the West Bank.

An official statement released by the Swedish bank cited concern over “possible violations of international norms” that the Israeli banks might have committed.

EU guidelines published in July mandate a denial of European funding to, and cooperation with, Israeli institutions based or operating over the Green Line, and a requirement that all future agreements between Israel and the EU include a clause in which Israel accepts the position that none of the territory over the Green Line belongs to the Jewish state.

In December, Dutch water company Vitens, which provides water to 5.4 million people in the Netherlands, announced that it would discontinue all joint ventures with Israel’s national water supplier Mekorot, in protest against the Israeli company’s operations in the West Bank

“The company concluded that it would be very difficult to develop joint ventures together, considering the fact that they cannot be seen as divorced from their political context,” a company statement said. ”We follow international law.”

Earlier in December, the UK Trade and Investment agency discouraged British firms from entering into business deals with companies located in or associated with West Bank settlements.

The agency warned businesses of the “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements,” which are “illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”

The report urged firms contemplating economic or financial involvement in settlements to seek legal counsel on the matter, and also addressed the “potential reputational implications” that could result from dealing with businesses beyond the Green Line, as well as “possible abuses of the rights of individuals.”

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Elie Wiesel: People are no longer ashamed to be anti-Semites

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For personal reasons he was unable to attend the important event, but in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate told Ynet about the never-ending struggle against anti-Semitism and the recognition that it would likely never be defeated.

The world is still silent

Prof. Wiesel, who coined the eternal expression “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims,” examines every significant occurrence with an overall view of world peace. To the same extent, he meticulously examines whether the memory of the Holocaust has been engraved in people’s minds, and whether there is a danger that the events of 1939-1945 will repeat themselves, and the world – as it was during those years – will be indifferent and silent.

“The Holocaust is a unique event, but it has a universal significance which must be memorized incessantly,” he says, voicing concerns over the temptation of Iran’s nuclear ability and the civil war in Syria, which has already claimed a price of 150,000 deaths. And the world is silent.

International Holocaust Day

European Parliament commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day, addressing recent expressions of anti-Semitism in Europe, both by individuals and by institutions. As anti-Semitic parties grow in numbers, president of European Jewish Congress says anti-Semitism has undergone ‘democratization’

The unstoppable conversation between us has been going on for several years now, but the murky wave of anti-Semitism sweeping over the Western world, as well as Eastern Europe (with the recent incidents in Hungary and Ukraine), are fresh and extract statements with despair running through them.

“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism still exists,” Wiesel says. “It has been alive for more than 2,000 years, and will likely continue living. I thought that the memory of the Holocaust would shame those boasting anti-Semitic opinions. I was wrong. It still exists in different countries, and it seems people are no longer ashamed to be anti-Semitic.”

Concerned mainly about Israel

Wiesel believes that the memory of the Holocaust is the only chance of saving the world from another disaster. He defines the modern anti-Semite, first and foremost, as anti-Israel. “It’s very difficult to separate between the two,” he says.

“There are anti-Semites who are only anti-Israel,” he explains. “Once I thought that anti-Semitism had ended; today it is clear to be that it will probably never end. It might weaken sometimes, but it will continue existing, because in different countries there is no shame in being an anti-Semite. We must remember that anti-Semitism led to Auschwitz. Without anti-Semitism there would have been no Auschwitz.”

Known as one of the State of Israel’s greatest advocates, Wiesel argues that the fundamental problem is the attitude towards Israel and not anti-Semitism.

“It’s clear to me that one can’t be Jewish without Israel. Religious or non-religious, Zionist or non-Zionist, Ashkenazi or Sephardic – all these will not exist without Israel. The State’s existence is the oxygen of the image and ideas of the new anti-Semitism.”

Does the public dispute over the circumcision and ritual slaughter bans also stem from anti-Semitism?

“In my opinion, it stems first of all from ignorance and disregard of the Jewish faith. Those who raise such ideas and others will soon come up with the idea to cancel Shabbat, so that Jews will rest on Sunday. It’s more of case of ignorance, and it leads to harassment against the foundations of Judaism.”

Can the different phenomena experienced recently by the Jewish community in the United States be defined as anti-Semitism?

“There are expressions of anti-Semitism, yet we can’t talk about an anti-Semitic movement but about groups of anti-Semites which operate in different places, and we don’t know how many members they have. This reality must also concern us, because it could expand.”

For Prof. Elie Wiesel, the battle for instilling the memory of the Holocaust is a daily and unstoppable one. In the United States, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is only marked with an event held at the United Nations building. The American nation commemorates the memory of the victims of the Holocaust on the same day as the State of Israel.

The proposal made by Wiesel, who served as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, was accepted at the time by the American Congress and has become a fixed tradition.

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Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem was already being planned in 1942

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American president Barack Obama during a visit to Yad Vashem in 2013.

During the mass murder of Jews in Europe, one man had already a vision of a Holocaust memorial in the Holy Land.

Haaretz

The idea for Yad Vashem dates back to before the Holocaust became “the Holocaust” or the State of Israel was established. In the summer of 1942, Mordechai Shenhavi, a founder of the socialist-Zionist Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and a member of kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek, dreamt up a national memorial site in Palestine for Jewish Holocaust victims.

Bella Gutterman’s new book, “Venatati Lahem Yad Vashem” (“I Gave Them Yad Vashem: 60 Years of Commemoration, Documentation, Research and Education”), devotes a chapter to Shenhavi’s tireless effort to turn his dream into “an international center and focus of identification,” as Gutterman describes it. Shenhavi chose the name “Yad Vashem” and was the first director of the institution. In hindsight, he also connected the Holocaust, heroism and revival, and to a great extent shaped the architecture of Holocaust commemoration in Israel, as it has developed until now.

Shenhavi’s friend, architect Munio Weinraub sketched an initial design for what would become Yad Vashem in 1943. Although the design was not used, some of its features are visible in the building today. Weinraub, along with his architectural partner Al Mansfield, remained involved in planning Yad Vashem until the 1960s.

Shenhavi’s work on behalf of Yad Vashem was just one of his many accomplishments, which, shockingly, have been almost entirely forgotten by most Israelis. Shenhavi was born in Russia in 1900 and moved to the Land of Israel when he was 19 years old. He is thought to be the first member of Hashomer Hatzair to make the trip. A tempestuous and enigmatic man, he was among the founders of the kibbutzim Beit Alfa and Mishmar Haemek and pushed for the establishment of the first industries in the Kibbutz Haartzi movement, including Naaman tableware. For years, he served as an emissary of the movement and the party in Israel and abroad. He was a delegate at several Zionist congresses and Hashomer Hatzair conferences.

Mooli Brog, a researcher for Birthright Israel, writes that Shenhavi had a premonition of his role as an ambassador for Israel as a child. In 1910 in the city of Lvov, “when [Shenhavi] was burning with fever, he had a strange sense of illumination,” Brog writes. “Suddenly he saw himself as though in a dream that he dreamt in his childhood, in which he was speaking to a group of young people … as an emissary who came from the Land of Israel.”

When in 1942, Shenhavi began hearing reports of the Nazi horrors happening in Europe, he was again haunted by visions. Testifying to the members of the National Committee in 1946, “Here I see in a dream all those millions, at the time I didn’t know that it was six million, millions walking with monuments on their shoulders, facing Zion … And they chose one place, and each one removed the monument from his shoulder and placed it in an orderly and disorderly fashion, and the monument of their lives … was constructed … It was a kilometer long and a kilometer wide, and 100 meters high — maybe that was enough. Who can say that there is no room to build such a monument?”

The architectural sketches of Yad Vashem from 1943, hint at Shenhavi’s mystical-messianic vision, depicting a monumental building in mixed style — a rounded tower topped with a dome, towering over an arch-filled main building. Imagined atop an exposed hill overlooking a sprawling landscape, it looks like a combination of a temple, water tower, and guard tower — all charged icons in Jewish-Zionist history.

The interior plans reveal an opening at the top of the dome, perhaps, Brog suggests, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Other features include a ray of light, a Star of David and an eternal flame — all mainstays of memorial architecture.

Architecture is integral to commemoration, and Yad Vashem is an extreme, but not singular, example of this connection. City-like in size and designed as an experience, Yad Vashem anticipates the move toward massive scale and sometimes Disneyland-like features that has taken place in the world of memorial architecture.

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Al Qaeda Created by USA AND I$RAHELL–Ex-CIA Agent

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By: Michael Scheuer

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The real SodaStream advertisement they don’t want you to see

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The real SodaStream commercial they don’t want you to see, by Katie Miranda

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Syria cements cooperation with China and South Africa

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Syria is cementing its cooperation with China and South Africa with focus on rebuilding the war torn country. Meetings focused on rebuilding housing, industry and a modernization of Syria’s Mediterranean ports, which could boost the Syrian economy after the completion of the Iran – Iraq – Syria gas pipeline that prompted Qatar, in 2007, to begin preparing the attempted subversion of Syria.

Rapid Reconstruction of Syrian Buildings.

The Syrian news agency SANA reports, that Syria’s Minister of Public Works, Hussein Arnous, stressed the importance of the rapid rebuilding of Syrian homes and structures through cooperation and partnerships between the two countries construction companies.

At a meeting with representatives of the Chinese Kansai  Co., Arnous underlined the necessity of making use of the company’s expertise, modern technologies and the potential to take part in the rapid construction of building projects in Syria.

The Minister underlined the necessity to cover fundamental needs with regard to equipment and machinery to launch building projects. He emphasized that Syria has suffered from systematic sabotage and destruction of such equipment on one hand, while much of the country’s machinery, including entire factories have been looted.

The Chinese delegation, for their part, expressed their readiness to offer help and expertise, and to contribute to a rapid reconstruction within suitable standards.

Besides suffering from combat related destruction and sabotage, the Syrian industries have suffered considerably due to the fact that foreign-backed mercenaries have looted and shipped entire factories abroad, especially to Turkey. The Syrian government has repeatedly addressed the situation with the Turkish government, the office of the UN Secretary General, and the UN Security Council without tangible response.

Apaema Tire Factory in Hama to be rebuilt in Cooperation with Chinese Partners. Chinese cooperation also extends to the Apaema Tire Factory. The company has signed a memo of mutual understanding with the Chinese CAMC to rehabilitate the tire plant’s machinery and equipment and about the installation of new equipment. The memorandum was signed on Saturday at the Ministry of Industry in Damascus, reports SANA.

The agreement stipulates a continuous cooperation about the rehabilitation and maintenance of the plant and its equipment, with CAMA providing a loan that covers 85 percent of the project costs.

Included in the agreement is also the establishment of two new production lines for new tire sizes at a capacity of 18,000 tons per year in addition to 9,000 tons of tires for light and heavy trucks and agricultural equipment. The cooperation aims also at CAMC’s participation in related projects for the processing of recycled rubber and the training of Syrian workers.

Syrian – South African Cooperation in the Transport Sector. Syria’s Minister of Transportation, Mahmoud Ibrahim Said has met with the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, Shaune Byneveldt, and discussed means of boosting and developing the two country’s cooperation with regard to the area of transportation.

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Zio-Nazi regime to create ‘buffer zones’ in Syria

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Israel has reportedly decided to create two militarized buffer zones inside Syria as a precaution against Al-Qaeda and the Assad regime.

I$raHell has reportedly decided to create two militarized buffer zones inside Syria as a precaution against Al-Qaeda and the Assad regime.

World Bulletin

An Israeli news website with close ties to Israeli intelligence has reported that Israel is using the current unrest in Syria as an excuse to create two buffer zones as a precaution against Al-Qaeda and the Assad regime.

According to claims made by the Debkafile website, the move shows signs that Israel is abandoning its position of neutrality in the three-year-old Syrian civil war and decided to create the buffer zones last week as a safeguard against Al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The first buffer zone will be placed along Syria’s border with Jordan and will be 45km long 75km wide. The second buffer zone will be 60km long and 30km wide along the Israeli border in Syria’s southern region of Golan.

The news story suggested that these buffer zones will be heavily militarized and control over them will be given to Syrian opposition groups that are approved of by the US, Israel and Jordan.

The report states that the first zone is currently occupied by Druze tribes with up to 180,000 people spread across 12o villages. Although this community has preferred to stay out of the fighting in Syria, Al-Qaeda incursions into their region by force them to get involved. The other zone is home to around 300,000 people.

The plan for the buffer zones apparently began in April 2010 when 15,000 US Special Forces and the Jordanian military instructors began training and arming Syrian opposition fighters at the King Hussein airbase in Mafraq.

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Zio-Nazi Ministers split on strategic plan over how to counter boycott threats

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Yuval Steinitz advocates PR counteroffensive,but NAvigdor Lieberman says this would play into activists’ hands.

Haaretz

Government ministries are sharply divided on how to handle the increasing threat of international boycotts and sanctions against Israel over the West Bank occupation and settlements. The Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Ministry, headed by Yuval Steinitz, advocates a public relations counter-offensive, but the Foreign Ministry, led by Avigdor Lieberman, argues that this would play into the hands of boycott activists.

Meanwhile, Norway’s Ministry of Finance announced yesterday that it will exclude Israeli firms Africa Israel Investments and Danya Cebus from its Government Pension Fund – Global, a vast fund that invests the country’s oil and gas wealth in foreign stocks and bonds.

According to the announcement, the Norwegian ministry received a recommendation on November 1 from the nation’s Council of Ethics to exclude the two companies from the fund “due to contribution to serious violations of individual rights in war or conflict through the construction of settlements in East Jerusalem.”

A discussion on how to deal with the boycott challenge had been scheduled for Wednesday in the Prime Minister’s Office. But due to the crisis between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, it was put off to next week. The discussion is also meant to set anti-boycott strategy and policy for the government as a whole.

However, senior officials said the ministries are divided over how to handle the threat and even about its severity. Other obstacles to setting strategy are the lack of coordination within the cabinet, turf wars, insufficient information about the boycott organizers and a shortage of funds.

On June 23 of last year, Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet session that he had put the Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Ministry in charge of dealing with the boycott threat, including “the coordination of efforts with the organizations in Israel and the world to deal with the phenomenon directed against Israel and the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu had said the ministry would get all the 
authority and means required for the campaign.

But that meant transferring authority from Lieberman’s office to Steinitz’s, and at the time there was no full-time foreign minister as Lieberman was still embroiled in the criminal proceedings against him, of which he was ultimately acquitted.

A senior Foreign Ministry official said Netanyahu’s decision at the time grew out of a scheme by Steinitz, his ministry’s director-general Yossi Kuperwasser and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who had appointed Kuperwasser during his, Ya’alon’s, term as strategic affairs minister in the previous government.

Steinitz and Kuperwasser contend that what they call Israel’s “delegitimization” is a grave, widespread trend, and they are in favor of an aggressive public campaign against the boycott organizers. The two maintain that the campaign requires considerable resources.

In recent weeks Steinitz and Kuperwasser have drafted a plan for the campaign, which they intend to submit for approval at the discussion Netanyahu plans to hold next week.

Steinitz is demanding 100 million shekels (about $28.5 million) to implement the plan, which consists mainly of public diplomacy as well as legal measures against the groups encouraging the boycotts.

Steinitz’s aides said that in keeping with the prime minister’s instructions, “the minister is putting together an overall plan to fight the delegitimization. He has no intention of commenting on the figures since the plan is still being drafted.”

Diplomats in the Foreign Ministry, however, have a completely different approach. They believe Steinitz and Kuperwasser have overblown the threat and branded as “delegitimization” the legitimate criticism from foreign governments and NGOs of Israel’s policy in the territories, especially settlement construction.

Regarding the Norwegian decision, the government’s pension fund had excluded the Israeli companies from August 2010 to August 2013 for settlement-related similar reasons. “The Ministry of Finance has decided to follow the Council’s recommendation,” the ministry stated.

The pension fund holds more than 1 percent of all global stocks. It owned shares worth 7.2 million Norwegian kroner (‏$1.16 million) in Africa Israel Investments as of the end of 2009.

Netanyahu told Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg during a meeting with her in Davos last week that the Oslo government had become more balanced in its relations with Israel since the latest election.

Last month The Netherlands’ largest pension fund management company decided to withdraw all its investments from Israel’s five largest banks because they have branches in the West Bank, or are involved in financing construction in the settlements.

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