Israel-Haters Behaving Badly

A few current stories that highlight just how nasty the Israel-haters are.

First up we go to the UK, where Israel-haters have once again vandalized a factory.

Three people have been charged with criminal damage after a protest by pro-Palestinian activists at an aerospace factory in Cheshire.

Demonstrators scaled the roof of APPH in Runcorn on Thursday over claims it produces landing gear for Elbit drones which have been used in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Two men and a woman, aged 19 to 30, are due to appear before magistrates later.

No respect for property…and no respect for human beings, as this next story from Elliot Bay near Seattle shows:

For over 10 days the ZIM San Diego, a large container ship owned by an Israeli shipping company, has remained moored in the middle of Elliot Bay near Seattle since Antifa-backed, anti-Israel groups have threatened to block the ship from unloading.

The Post Millennial has learned that the ship has not been unloaded due to the protesters harassing port workers entering the facility and continued threats against them. The ship was scheduled to dock and unload Saturday, but over 200 protestors from Falestinyat and Antifa showed up to stop them. Workers arriving at the port were heckled, and in some cases, attacked. A female security guard trying to enter the Port of Seattle Saturday to get to work, was reportedly mobbed by a group of anti-Israel protesters. Her rear window was smashed and her was car dented. The ship still has not docked in port.

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So much for the so-called “non-violence.” And so much for BDS actually hurting Israel.

Studies have shown that the BDS movement has little to no effect on Israel but rather, adversely affects retailers in other countries that are attempting to sell the products, Palestinians and Arabs who work for Israeli companies, as well as workers who ship the products.

ZIM is a member of the 2M Alliance, one of the world’s largest shipping organizations. The company transports products from many different countries all over the globe. The Post Millennial has obtained a summary of the manifest of the ship which included: general goods, machinery, spare parts such as parts for cars from China and Korea. According to the summary, there is no Israeli cargo on board only imports to the US from China and Korea.eral goods, machinery, spare parts such as parts for cars from China and Korea. According to the summary, there is no Israeli cargo on board only imports to the US from China and Korea.

As a result, those primarily impacted by the actions of the activists will be local stores, consumers, and the workers at the port workers. Many workers only get paid if the ship is unloaded. Many truck drivers only get paid if they pick up and drop off containers. If they are blocked, they will not get paid, impacting their livelihood and their families.

Other local activist groups such as the Seattle chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which has backed candidates on the city council such as Marxist Kshama Sawant and socialist Tammy Morales, have joined in boycotting stores and goods they think are Israeli or supportive of the Jewish state.

However, they seem to be targeting companies owned by or affiliated with Jews regardless of the ramifications to Arabs in Israel who work for the companies. One example is the SodaStream plant which used to be in the West Bank industrial zone of Mishor Adumim, where the Israeli carbonated beverage company employed 1,300 workers. According to The Times of Israel, of that workforce, 350 were Israeli Jews, 450 were Israeli Arabs and 500 were West Bank Palestinians. Pay and benefits were identical for workers in comparable jobs, irrespective of their citizenship and ethnicity.

In October 2015, following pressure from the BDS movement, which launched a vicious campaign against SodaStream and spokeswoman Scarlett Johansson who is Jewish, the company closed the plant and caused 75 Palestinians to be laid off.

Similarly, the BDS movement continues to target Pillsbury, an American company which has a plant in Israel which employs Jews and Arabs. Another target of the movement is Sabra hummus, of which 50 percent of the company is owned by Pepsi/Fritos Lay.

The most ironic target of the BDS movement is Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, which has been a staunch supporter of many liberal causes including Black Lives Matter, even after antisemitism was revealed in the organization. Support of a Palestinian state and an end to Israel was in the original BLM charter. Ben and Jerry’s consistently provides products and support to Palestinians and also has factories in Israel that employ both Jews and Arabs.

Hat tip: Maimon

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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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