Editor’s note: Outpost readers are likely to be familiar with one or more of the lists of products using Israeli technology drawn up by supporters of Israel that would-be boycotters would have to give up if they abided by their own boycott calls. These range from Iphones to IPads to Macs to any machine with an Intel chip to life-saving drugs to (heaven forfend!) Volvos. But very few will be aware that the first such mocking lists going back seventy years. It was put together by Abba Eban, Israel’s first–and by far the most eloquent–ambassador to the UN. In Eban’s day of course the movement wasn’t called BDS and lacked the current boycott’s high moral pretensions. Back in 1947 it was the plain old Arab boycott. Eban’s list, in which he facetiously offers his help to those Arabs wishing to enforce the boycott of Jewish goods, is printed in the recent biography of Eban by Asaf Siniver.
In my past articles, I feel I may have been a bit hard on the Arabs. So . . . in apology, I have compiled a list to help them with their boycott. Since it is imperative that all loyal Arabs avoid any and all contact with Jewish influences, the following must be adhered to religiously:
An Arab who has syphilis must not be cured by salvarsan, because it was discovered by a Jew, Ehrlich. If an Arab suspects that he has gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew, Neissner. An Arab who has heart disease must not use digitalis, which comes from the Jew, Ludwig Traube.
If he has diabetes, he must not use insulin, because of the research work of a Jew, Monkowsky. If he has a headache he must shun pyrqmidon and antipyrin because of the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Arabs with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibereich, who thought of chloral hydrate.
Arabs should be ready to die in greater number and not permit treatment by the method of Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram, whose method of treatment of ear and brain damage has saved millions.
Arabs of all ages must forgo the use of vitamins, because the discoverer of their special nutritional value was a Jew, Kasimir Funk. They should continue to die or be crippled by infantile paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine was a Jew, Jonas Salk. They must refuse to use streptomycin and continue to die of tuberculosis, because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.