Parade Politics

Parade Politics

In response to the online Opinion piece by Stephanie Ives, “Why New Israel Fund
Is Marching For Israel,” there is opposition to NIF participation in the
Israel unity parade because some of its grantees boycott products produced
beyond Israel’s 1949 armistice line. Such boycotts, unlike that of cottage
cheese, and of stores open on Shabbat by the very observant, as mentioned by the
author as justification, are far different. These are out of religious
conviction or to lower the price of an item. Boycotts of “settlement
products” perpetuated by the far left are organized and meant to cripple
existing businesses based upon ideological differences.

At a time when the global BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement is growing, such tactics are not only
immoral, but dangerous. People around the world do not see the distinction
made by Ives whether inside or outside the “green line.” What they do see
is Jews boycotting other Jews, which include some of the very companies which
they too are crusading against, such as Ahava products and Soda Stream.

Does the NIF want to march in the Israel parade? They should disassociate
themselves from all vestiges of BDS. It should be a no-brainer.


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