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January 17, 2009


Ynet News - Fruit growers in Israel have reported delays and reductions in orders from abroad since the military operation in Gaza was launched, due to various boycotts against Israeli produce. . . "We export persimmons, and because of the fighting a number of countries and distributors are canceling orders," Giora Almagor, of the southern town of Bitzaron, told Ynet. He said some of the produce had already been shipped while some was awaiting shipment in warehouses. Almagor said a large number of cancellations came from Jordan. "The produce stays packed in warehouses, and this is causing us massive losses," he said. . .

Ilan Eshel, director of the Organization of Fruit Growers in Israel, said Scandinavian countries have also been canceling orders. "It's mostly Sweden, Norway, and Denmark," he said. "In Scandinavia the tendency is general, and it may come to include all of the chains."

AFP - The Foreign Press Association urged its members to boycott Israeli army photos and video footage to protest at the shelling of a media building in Gaza City that wounded two cameramen. The move was also prompted by the Israeli army's refusal to allow reporters to enter the territory to cover the conflict in which some 1,100 people have been killed in the largest Israeli offensive ever launched on the Hamas-run enclave. "The FPA rejects and condemns the IDF policy of controlling the news coverage of the events in Gaza," said the group -- which represents foreign media outlets in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including AFP. . . The group asked media outlets not to use any photos or video footage provided by the Israeli military until it issues a formal apology for the attacks and "offers assurances that no such event will occur in the future."

The two cameramen, who worked for Abu Dhabi television, were wounded when an Israeli strike hit a building in Gaza City housing several international and Arab media outlets, witnesses and officials said.

Media outlets housed in the Al-Shuruq tower, located in the Rimal neighbourhood in the centre of Gaza City, include the Reuters news agency and television stations Fox, Sky and Al-Arabiya.

On January 2 Israel's Supreme Court ordered the state to allow foreign reporters into the Gaza Strip, but no journalists have gone in amid disagreements between the FPA and the authorities.

Israel's defence ministry sealed off Gaza when it launched an air offensive last Saturday. In recent days some journalists have been embedded with Israeli troops but none have been permitted to operate independently.

Robert Bryce, Salon - It's well known that the U.S. supplies the Israelis with much of their military hardware. Over the past few decades, the U.S. has provided about $53 billion in military aid to Israel. What's not well known is that since 2004, U.S. taxpayers have paid to supply over 500 million gallons of refined oil products -- worth about $1.1 billion –- to the Israeli military. While a handful of countries get motor fuel from the U.S., they receive only a fraction of the fuel that Israel does -- fuel now being used by Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and tanks to battle Hamas. . .

In 2008, the fuel shipped to Israel from U.S. refineries accounted for 2 percent of Israel's $13.3 billion defense budget. Publicly available data shows that about 2 percent of the U.S. Defense Department's budget is also spent on oil. . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jews have plenty of money and will survive a few boycotts. We've tightened our belts before and can do it again. But we wouldn't survive if we didn't defend ourselves from the never-ending incessant attacks of the anti-Semites. What matters is survival, and that people know that if they attack Jews they will be attacked in return. We may not be able to eliminate anti-Semitism, but we can limit the damage it does and protect ourselves. If others don't like it, that's just too bad. They'd do the same under the same conditions, and in fact have done so many, many times. There's not a thing Israel has done that every other nation on the planet hasn't done at one time or another. At least the Jews try to minimize the casualties, which very few other nations do.

January 18, 2009 4:45 AM  
Anonymous amused by fbi trolls said...

Jewish British lawmaker likens Israel to Nazis

AFPJanuary 15, 2009

LONDON - A veteran British Jewish lawmaker compared the Israeli offensive in Gaza Thursday to the Nazis who forced his family to flee from Poland.

Gerald Kaufman, a member of the Jewish Labour movement linked to Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ruling party, also called for an arms embargo against Israel.

"My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town . . . a German soldier shot her dead in her bed," Kaufman said during a parliamentary debate on the 20-day-old war which has left over 1,000 dead.

"My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.

"The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploit the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians."

Israel’s claim that many of the Palestinian victims were militants "was the reply of the Nazi," he said, adding: "I suppose the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants."

January 18, 2009 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When citizens of any country allow the worst of the worst of the worst to represent themselves and their country to the rest of the world those citizens can expect to pay the consequences. Boycott Israel!

January 18, 2009 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're wondering where these broken-record zionist bloggers are coming from, now you know.
"Last update - 07:14 19/01/2009

Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat anti-Zionist Web sites

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Tags: Israel, anti-Semitism, blog

The Immigrant Absorption Ministry announced on Sunday it was setting up an "army of bloggers," to be made up of Israelis who speak a second language, to represent Israel in "anti-Zionist blogs" in English, French, Spanish and German "
Check out the Air Farce's centcom as well.

January 19, 2009 3:08 PM  

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