Know Your History: Arab Boycott (NY Times Dec 4, 1945)

Introducing a new series where I bring to you news from the newspaper archives to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.

With BDS all the rage among the Israel haters these days, did you know that Arab were boycotting Jewish goods before the establishment of the modern state of Israel?

Except they were not called “Jewish” goods.

From the New York Times, December 4th, 1945.

Note: I cannot provide a link to the full article since it is only available to those who have purchased a NY Times subscription. But I have provided a screenshot below.

NY Times archives Arab boycott 1945

Yes, there were Arabs living in Israel at the time, but they were not a distinct nation called “Palestinian.” They were simply referred to as “Arab groups in Palestine” (I will get around to the birth of “Palestinian nationalism” in the early 20th century in other posts).

Hat tip: Roberto.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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