Monday, December 09, 2013

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Pseudo-spiritual entity self-beclowns:

The United Church of Canada’s newest Israeli boycott campaign, this one targeted at consumer items manufactured in the West Bank, was condemned this week as “nothing less than an assault on the Jewish people,” by the Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“The echoes of the past history of Church-sanctioned antisemitism continue to grow stronger,” said Avi Benlolo, president of the Centre, in a Tuesday statement that also accused the 500,000-strong church of giving “tacit support for the hatred and terror” against the Jewish state.

The boycott in question, Unsettling Goods, urges church members to avoid a laundry list of consumer products, from plastic sheds to skin creams to carbonation devices, that are manufactured by Israeli companies with operations on land occupied since the 1967 Six Day War.

For now, Unsettling Goods has zeroed in on three main Israeli manufacturers: The cosmetics firm Ahava, which exports skin products made from Dead Sea mud, Keter Plastics, a manufacturer of sheds, fences and outdoor furniture, and SodaStream, the makers of high-end kitchen devices to carbonate tap water.

Churchgoers are also urged to target retailers carrying the products, such as Canadian Tire, The Bay, Home Depot and Walmart—although they are not specifically asked to avoid these companies altogether.

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