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“Buy Israeli Day” fights boycott efforts

The Israel advocacy organization Stand With Us declared yesterday “Buy Israeli Products Day” in an effort to counter the global boycott efforts by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. Similarly, yesterday the Jewish National Fund held “Stop the Hatred Day,” and asked Israel supporters to hang Israeli flags, wear blue and white, and write letters to Congress urging them to support Israel:

In the US, StandWithUs and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce operate a website, www.buyisraelgoods.org, which allows consumers in the largest markets in the US to find which stores near them sell Israeli brands of food, apparel, jewelry and other products.

“We need to show the boycotters that their efforts are doomed,” Roz Rothstein, cofounder and CEO of StandWithUs, said in a press release.

“Let the boycotters know that when they call for boycotts of even one or two stores or products, they will face a much larger movement to buy Israeli goods.

“We are telling people to go to their local stores, request the exact Israeli products being targeted, and buy them out. Let store managers know they should keep Israeli products well-stocked on the shelves.”

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 11:15 AM  | jlarue

"Buy Israeli Day" fights boycott efforts

The Israel advocacy organization Stand With Us declared yesterday “Buy Israeli Products Day” in an effort to counter the global boycott efforts by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. Similarly, yesterday the Jewish National Fund held “Stop the Hatred Day,” and asked Israel supporters to hang Israeli flags, wear blue and white, and write letters to Congress urging them to support Israel:

In the US, StandWithUs and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce operate a website, www.buyisraelgoods.org, which allows consumers in the largest markets in the US to find which stores near them sell Israeli brands of food, apparel, jewelry and other products.

“We need to show the boycotters that their efforts are doomed,” Roz Rothstein, cofounder and CEO of StandWithUs, said in a press release.

“Let the boycotters know that when they call for boycotts of even one or two stores or products, they will face a much larger movement to buy Israeli goods.

“We are telling people to go to their local stores, request the exact Israeli products being targeted, and buy them out. Let store managers know they should keep Israeli products well-stocked on the shelves.”

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 11:15 AM  | jlarue

Israel’s radical goodness

And why it’s largely ignored by the world media:

Israel was the first country in the world to send aid to Haiti after the earthquake. An impressive mass of goods, people and emergency facilities was sent to the Caribbean island after the natural disaster. It happened also with the tsunami in Asia, when Israel was among the most generous countries. And now again, when disaster struck in Japan, Israel was the first to dispatch a field hospital to assist in the recovery effort.

However, Israel’s amazing altruism never had its legitimate space in the global media, because this radical goodness doesn’t fit in with the Zionist stereotype of the colonialist, fascist and apartheid occupier.

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 9:37 AM  | David Kuner

US Senators press Clinton on anti-Israel incitement

In the wake of the terrorist murder of five members of the Fogel family, a bomb attack at a crowded Jerusalem bus stop last week, and continued rocket fire into Israel, twenty-seven US senators appealed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make it clear to Palestinian leadership that any incitement to violence against Israel or Jews is “not tolerable”:

We would like to know what specific steps you are taking to press for an end to this dangerous incitement,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Clinton urging action after the grisly stabbing slayings of a family of five Israelis, including three children.

“The Itamar massacre was a sobering reminder that words matter, and that Palestinian incitement against Jews and Israel can lead to violence and terror,” the group, which included Democrats and Republicans, said in their message.

“We urge you to redouble your efforts to impress upon the Palestinian leadership that continuing to condone incitement is not tolerable. We also urge you to consider focusing adequate training and educational programs in the West Bank and Gaza that promote peaceful coexistence with Israel,” they said.

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 11:06 AM  | David Kuner

Iranian video says end is near

An Iranian produced video depicting the end of days is currently circulating around the Muslim world. The video claims that the current upheavals spreading across the Middle East are proof that the end is near and that the coming of an Islamic messiah is imminent. It has reportedly been approved by the highest level of the Iranian regime, and says that in the final showdown between Muslims and “infidels,” Jerusalem will be captured by Iran and the U.S. will fall to the hands of Muslims.

This video, which clearly illustrates Iran’s intentions toward the West and the apocalyptic vision of Iran’s leaders, should be enough to convince us that the time has come for the West to face up to the Iranian threat. While NATO forces are bombing Libya, Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons and suppress the uprising in their country. Meanwhile, the Iranian opposition has yet to receive any backing from the West.

The time has come to take a definitive stance against the destabilizing forces that threaten Israel and the entire free world. Islamic terrorism, supported by Iran, poses a grave danger to Western civilization, and a coalition of like-minded countries must act against this threat before it is too late.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 2:35 PM  | afarkas

Facebook pulls down anti-Israel fan page

A campaign to pressure Facebook into taking down an anti-Israel fan page calling for violence against the Jewish State has succeeded. The fan page, dubbed the “Third Intifada” or “Third Uprising,” was taken down by Facebook following a mass email campaign pushing for its suspension, as well as requests from Israeli Cabinet Minister Yuli Edelestein and ADL head Abe Foxman.

While this was the largest anti-Israel fan-page on Facebook with over 300,000 fans, there are still many other active pages that spread hatred and incitement against Jews. In this case Facebook did the right thing — although I am not convinced that they did so for the right reasons. Many pages continue to spew hatred and Facebook needs to do a better job at monitoring these pages.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 12:34 PM  | afarkas

Syrian government resigns

Syrian state TV reports that Syria’s cabinet has resigned in an attempt to quell the tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors:

Assad, whose family has controlled Syria for four decades, is trying to calm the growing dissent with a string of concessions. He is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to lift emergency laws in place since 1963 and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms.

More than 60 people have died since March 18 as security forces cracked down on protesters, Human Rights Watch said.

State TV said Tuesday Assad accepted the resignation of the 32-member Cabinet headed by Naji al-Otari, who has been in place since September 23. The Cabinet will continue running the country’s affairs until the formation of a new government.

The resignations will not affect Assad, who holds the lion’s share of power in the authoritarian regime.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 10:54 AM  | jlarue

No more excuses for terrorism

Johnnie Moore, vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, led a group of evangelical Christian students on a tour of Jerusalem just 24 hours before the deadly terror bombing at a Jerusalem bus stop. In a thought provoking op-ed, Moore describes his concern over the blatant anti- Israel bias in the mainstream media: 

This and the other acts of Palestinian aggression that occurred during my visit are to me simply incomprehensible. There can be no excusing or condoning such brutality. Yet somehow, some of the world’s most well regarded analysts and politicians seek to portray this as part of an ongoing conflict, with justifiable and understandable cause. They seem oblivious to the reality that this terrorism is an expression of a basic refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist.

Even in such a blatant act of terrorism, they find some way to condemn the State of Israel for provoking the Palestinians. The overt bias is almost laughable. Within the last few weeks, an entire Jewish family was stabbed to death in their home at night, a shipment of Hamas-bound weapons was intercepted in the Mediterranean, and 54 rockets were fired into the Western Negev in a single 15-minute period. Israel cannot be blamed for being the provocateur.

In fact, these shameful acts should be an embarrassment to every supporter of the Palestinian cause. Instead, like the ones before it, this act of war will be met with cheers in Hamas’ training camps even as Palestinian leaders give lip service to the international community and condemn the attacks in English, while praising them privately in Arabic.

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Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 3:30 PM  | David Kuner

If this isn’t hate and incitement, Facebook, what is?

A petition is underway urging Facebook to take down a fan page dubbed the “Third Intifada,” which calls for a renewed violent uprising against the State of Israel. The fan page, which features anti-Semitic content, has over 300,000 followers and calls on Arabs who live alongside Israel’s borders to march into the Jewish State on May 15 in order to “liberate” Palestine.

The Anti Defamation League (ADL) requested that Facebook take down the page, on the basis that its content is filled with hate and incitement against Israel. According to Facebook’s terms of use, pages cannot contain messages of hate and incitement. As of yet, Facebook has declined the ADL’s request to take it down. 

By performing a simple search on Facebook, one can find numerous pages that contain blatant anti-Semitic content. It is shameful that Facebook allows its technology to be used in such a way, especially when its stated policy prohibits the creation of pages for the purpose of promoting hate and inciting violence.

Voice your concern and help stop the hatred of Israel by joining this cause on Facebook.

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Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 12:44 PM  | afarkas

Bible translator was lone casualty of Jerusalem bus stop bomb

Mary Jean Gardner, a 55-year-old Scottish woman working with Wycliffe Bible Translators, was the one person killed in Wednesday’s terror bombing. Having recently returned from ten years in West Africa, where she’d translated the New Testament into one of the native languages, Gardner was in Israel to embark on an Old Testament translation:

She had been staying and studying at the Homes for Bible Translators near Mevaseret Zion, close to Jerusalem, where she had been living with other students in a log cabin.

Miriam Ronning, a Finn who founded the centre with her husband in 1994, said the dead woman was quiet but popular among fellow students and dedicated to her task of translating the Bible for tribesmen in Togo.

“She was a very deep person, very motivated to study, very industrious,” Mrs Ronning said. “You would often see her in the library. She was very much appreciated. Gentle, introverted and very kind, it is a real loss for the project in Togo and to our student body.”

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Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 10:31 AM  | David Kuner

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