For a while now, BDS-holes belonging to a group called Canadians for Justice & Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) have been defacing Israeli products by affixing stickers to them.
In recent week, the stickers had been affixed to bottles of Israeli wine in Vancouver, British Columbia, and to grocery products in Calgary, Alberta.
Both affected companies removed the labels and vowed increased vigilance.
CJPME is urging activists to post Facebook pictures of the labels stuck on products.
The Jewish Defense League of Canada has written to the federal minister of public safety that “conspiring with other groups and persons to willfully damage business premises and impeding people from carrying on normal business … must be stopped.”
Also, the JDL said it has brought the matter to the attention of the Canada Revenue Agency, as CJPME’s charitable arm, the CJPME Foundation, is registered as a federal charity that issues tax receipts for donations and lists the same address as the CJPME.
Now this group has done something really stupid – filming “educational videos” showing them clearly in the act of defacing the products.
(Update 1: Since I posted this, CJPME took down the YouTube videos. I suspected this would happen, so I downloaded the videos beforehand and have uploaded them to Vimeo
Update 2: Vimeo removed the videos so I am now trying LiveLeak)
In this first video, an overly cheerful BDS-hole by the name of Miranda Christina Gallo instructs viewers as to which brands are Israeli, while clearly placing some stickers on products.
And here she instructs viewers as to how to place the stickers most effectively, while again being filmed doing so.
I am not familiar with Canadian law but this seems to fall under Mischief, which is section 430 of the Criminal Code.
430 (1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully
(a) destroys or damages property;
(b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;
(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
(d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.
Filming yourself in the commission of a crime – while encouraging others to do so – does not seem like a smart move.
Update: This post has triggered a petition to revoke the charitable status of CJPME.