Shalom Life | February 13, 2014

Jewish Leaders Denounce United Church of Canada Campaign

The campaign targets "unsettling goods" as part of a BDS movement against Israeli products

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: December 9th, 2013 in News » World

Late last week, the United Church of Canada launched a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against “unsettling goods,” leading to a boycott of Ahava, Keter Platics and SodaStream, all of which have factories in Israel, particularly, in Judea and Samaria.

Speaking on the issue, B’nai B’rith Canada’s CEO, Frank Dimant, said that the Church “would realize who they really are hurting,” when they took “time to examine the facts.” Sodastream “employs 500 Palestinians as well as 400 additional Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem at its Ma’ale Adumim manufacturing facility alone,” reported the Israel National News.

Jewish leaders have since denounced the boycott, with such figures as the President and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, Avi Benlolo, saying that the United Church’s boycott was targeting the wrong group.

“Despite Hamas’ repeated calls for the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews, based on Article 13 of the Hamas Covenant, which states ‘There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad,’ and despite calls by Fatah officials for a third violent intifada against Israel, the United Church sees fit to pray for a successful boycott against Jewish businesses in Israel, while ignoring the ongoing incitement to violence and genocide against Israel and Jews coming from Palestinian leaders,” Benlolo said.

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