(Editor’s Note: As England sinks into a bog of Israel-hatred and outright anti-Semitism–the House of Commons recently voted by a lopsided 274-12 to recognize the non-existent state of “Palestine”– it is important to note that Israel still has friends who stand firm. Just as in the darkest days of the Mandate, when a few staunch friends stood out, men like Josiah Wedgwood, Richard Crossman and Orde Wingate, so today people like Nick Gray, Director of Christian Middle East Watch, should be celebrated.)
The supposedly pro-Palestinian Boycott Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement frequently makes the news with its aggressive and counter-productive antics in stores and on the streets. But supporters of Israel, both Jewish and Christian, are fighting back.
It’s a common joke in the pro-Israel community that there are fewer and fewer things that BDS supporters can eat, use or be treated with without infringing their own “never buy Israel” mantras.
BDS purists have (or should have!) banned themselves from using mobile phones, receiving the best heart treatments in hospital or enjoying the delights of cherry tomatoes or Medjool dates (both of them yummy as well as healthy and produced in Israel).
Just so BDS supporters can check themselves on their way to go shopping, there’s now an app for that. “Am Israel Buy” (a play on the Hebrew phrase “the people of Israel live”) is a compendium of Israeli-sourced foods, cosmetics, clothing and even books about Israel, most of which can be ordered online from your phone (oops, sorry Mr BDS, you shouldn’t be using your Smart Phone with its Israeli-invented voicemail and SMS).
The Am Yisrael Buy app is available on most mobile platforms, so go buy.
While we’re talking apps, canny supporters of Israeli products can use the software boycotters themselves use as they avoid the same items! www.buycott.com is the home of the “Buycott” app, which allows you to scan barcodes with your phone to detect products you want or don’t want to buy.
Campaigns you can join include avoiding Chinese potatoes and Johnson’s Baby Powder (no, I don’t know why either) and, of course, a good number to either avoid or buy products from Israel or the settlements. Buycott is also available on most mobile platforms.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is one of the largest of the Christian pro-Israel organisations and hosts Israel’s biggest annual tourist event, the Christian Feast of Tabernacles. At this year’s event, attended by some 4,500 international delegates from 80 nations, ICEJ launched The Israel Buyer’s Guide, an annual publication in print or as a pdf download, in conjunction with the Israel Manufacturer’s Association.
At the launch, ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler said,
“In spite of all the challenges which Israel faces, it is rightly known today as the ‘Start-Up Nation’, making immense contributions to the world in the fields of medicine, science and technology, and serving as a major engine of the digital age… Through our new Israel Buyer’s Guide, we want to better inform Christians on how they can find and purchase Israeli goods and innovations abroad while also bolstering the Israeli economy.”
Dr Bühler also highlighted the Buyer’s Guide as a counter to the BDS Movement’s attempts to strangle Israel economically by persuading people to boycott Israeli products.
On another front HaTikvah Film Trust, a British Christian media organisation that makes documentary films, has produced a 23 minute expose (available on YouTube) of Britain’s betrayal of the Jewish people by abusing the Mandate given to her to encourage Jewish settlement in Palestine after World War One.