IRELAND’s biggest food retailer, SuperValu, drops Israeli produce as European boycotts surge

10641066_610558342397220_906829822118251579_nMajor Israeli food exporters are facing an unprecedented wave of cancelations in orders from Europe as a result of Israel’s most recent war in Gaza. SuperValu, the biggest food distributor in Ireland, told the Irish media last week that it has withdrawn Israeli products from its shops. Not to worry, Russia is buying up what the EU doesn’t want.

outstanding-russia-is-boycotting-european-produce-and-will-replace-it-with-imported-produce-from-israel

10557399_750321361680046_2480718165784925481_n

Friends of Syria  And Israeli media reports suggest that other major European retailers have taken similar decisions without announcing them publicly. Israeli fruit and vegetable exporters have faced cancelations from Scandinavia, the UK, France, Belgium and Ireland. Retailers have become fearful of the rapidly growing consumer boycott of Israeli goods, according to an 11 August article in Hebrew business website The Marker.

A spokesperson for EDOM, a major Israeli fruit grower and exporter that has extensive operations in Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, told The Marker:

mozaheb20130308144647813

Importers from Europe are telling us that they can’t sell Israeli produce … One European buyer has told me that he had been blocked in several chains in Denmark and Sweden, and then in Belgium. Last weekend, he told me that mangoes which had been packaged in the Netherlands, as always, and shipped to Ireland, were returned, claiming that Israeli produce would not be accepted …

Among the other exporters interviewed for the article is an Israeli pomegranate grower who is quoted as saying that they had been forced to cancel their “entire work plan in the UK” because major retail chains were no longer interested in Israeli goods, and that similar messages had been received from importers in Belgium and Scandinavia.

121102-bds-oranges_0

separate article published in The Marker on 27 July details how fruit juice producer Priniv had lost a major contract with a business in Sweden after refusing a request to export the produce in a way that would make it easier to conceal the fact it was produced in Israel. Customers in Belgium and France also made similar requests.

Priniv director Ido Yaniv attributes the drop in sales to Israel’s attack on Gaza.

Organized boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns have in recent years succeeded in pressuring retailers across Europe to announce that they will not stock produce from illegal Israeli settlements or from companies that operate in settlements. The Tesco chain the UK is the latest to make such an announcement.

BtluR7XIYAAgunS.jpg-large

Ireland’s largest grocery and food retailer distributor SuperValu instructed all of its 232 stores to remove Israeli products from the shelves earlier this month. In an email to store managers, the chain called on store managers to “remove all stock from available sale and dispose of [it] at store level.” “It’s mostly fruit and vegetables, carrots and herbs more specifically,” a source from the retailer told the Irish Herald

bernie-hughes-mark-stedman

Following the Irish Herald story, SuperValu issued a statement saying that it has not officially endorsed the boycott of Israel but did not deny that Israeli products have been removed from its stores.

Major Irish toy store Smyths may have taken a similar decision, temporarily displaying a poster at one Dublin store stating that it had removed products made in Israel from the shelves.

bds1

The decisions come as part of a huge upsurge in support of the Palestinian struggle and boycotts of Israel across Ireland. Protests have been held in retailers across the country and calls for boycott have been made by national trade unions, local councils and even sports stars including Irish and Leinster rugby star Gordon Darcy.

Calls for boycotts of Israeli products, for sanctions and a military embargo to be imposed on Israel have been a key part of the huge mass demonstrations in solidarity with Gaza that have taken place across the world in recent weeks.

Campaigns against Israeli fresh produce exporters have intensified following thedecisionby the UK Co-operative retail chain to boycott all companies that operate in settlements, with campaigns also underway in FranceSpainBelgium, the NetherlandsGermanyNorway and Sweden.

 

Share

Hamas fighters captured by Israel blow the whistle on Hamas war crimes

During the summer’s Gaza war, hundreds of Hamas militants surrendered to or were otherwise captured by Israeli forces. In the course of interrogation, many of these prisoners were candid regarding the unlawful tactics of their leaders.

Hamas prisoners held by Israel

Hamas prisoners held by Israel

Israel Today  A statement released by the Shin Bet, or Israel Security Agency (the local equivalent of the American FBI) noted that the investigation of these prisoners confirmed that “prominent use was made of mosques and hospitals [in Gaza] as meeting points and hideouts. Worse still was the digging of tunnels and launch sites, and the placing of arsenals, near kindergartens.”

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 9.14.42 pm

The Shin Bet went on to list a number of the more revealing testimonies, including the names and hometowns of the more chatty prisoners, a move that is certain to get them labeled as “collaborators” back in Gaza.

hamas war crimes 5

  • Abdel Rahman Balousha from Khan Younis revealed that the Alsafa and Alabra mosques in his hometown served as meeting and assembly points for Hamas terrorists.

  • Muhammad Ala’a from Khan Younis and Muwaz Abu Tim from Bani Suheila said that they were recruited for Hamas military activity at mosques in their respective hometowns.

  • Muhammad Ramadan from Khan Younis said that his February 2014 training as an anti-tank fighter took place in a hall located beneath the Alshafi mosque. He added that the hall serves as an Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades training and instruction facility.

  • Muhammad Alqadra from Khan Younis said that several local mosques served as sites to conceal war materiel such as RPGs, heavy PKC machine guns and AK–47s. He added that local schools and hospitals, including the Nasser and Halal hospitals, were also arsenals.

  • Afif Jerakh and Amad Jerakh from Beit Lahiya said that an attack tunnel had been dug close to a kindergarten.

  • Muhammad Abu Daraz from Greater Ibsan said a tunnel in which he worked was begun next to the Alfukhari clinic adjacent to the Abu Daka family home. He said that in the area in Hazara in which he was arrested there is a kindergarten, next to a clinic, to which he was to bring prisoners in the event of a successful kidnapping.

  • Muhammad Alqadra from Khan Younis said that it was well known that senior Hamas leaders and their armed bodyguards, usually in police uniforms, openly hide in hospitals.

  • Marad Amr said that before he was arrested he saw a Hamas Toyota military jeep blocking the entrance to the European hospital in Khan Younis.

Shin Bet insisted that given this evidence, “it is clear…that Hamas knowingly and intentionally operates in and adjacent to civilian areas… Hamas deliberately operates in these locales, thus turning the civilian population into human shields on the assumption that Israel will be blamed for any injury and loss of life.”

1891400_918645284816884_2840731058046146916_o

 

 

Share

“Nothing else matters.” How an Israeli father shielded his family from Hamas mortar rocket attack

Jehan Berman immigrated to Israel from Belgium and now lives on Israel’s border with Gaza. Last week, during a birthday party for his 3-year-old son, a mortar landed just outside the kindergarten where they were celebrating. Unable to make it to the bomb shelter, Jehan shielded his wife and child with his body as the rocket fell and was wounded by shrapnel, which embedded itself into his back.

Share

MUSLIM charities offer $5,300 paychecks for families of suicide bombers in Israel

For the first time, startling details are being made public about the millions of dollars funneled from Middle East charities to Islamic terrorists and their families. These are the same charities supported and funded by Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas front groups in the U.S. like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MSA, and more.

Wasfiyeh Idris, the mother of suicide bomber Wafa Idris, surrounded by other female family members, holds a portrait of her daughter at her home in the al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank town of Ramallah 30 January, 2002. Idris believed to be the first ever female Palestinian suicide bomber, blew herself up in central Jerusalem 27 January, killing an elderly Israeli man in an attack claimed by the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a radical offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

Wasfiyeh Idris, the mother of suicide bomber Wafa Idris, surrounded by other female family members, holds a portrait of her daughter at her home in the al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank town of Ramallah 30 January, 2002. Idris believed to be the first ever female Palestinian suicide bomber, blew herself up in central Jerusalem 27 January, killing an elderly Israeli man in an attack claimed by the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a radical offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement.

Daily Signal (by Sharyl Attkisson)  The money was used to reward Muslim terrorists and their families after attacks on Israelis and U.S. nationals visiting Israel between 2000 and 2005 during the second intifada or Palestinian uprising. The evidence was presented today in a landmark case in New York federal court. Three hundred U.S. nationals claim Arab Bank knowingly provided financial services to terrorists and their financiers in violation of the U.S. anti-terrorism law. Arab Bank contends it did not knowingly serve terrorists.

Bank documents reveal an elaborate system for which Amman, Jordan-based Arab Bank served as the center point. Some Israelis refer to the bank as the “Grand Central Station of terrorist financing.”

For example, bank documents allegedly show that a dozen Middle Eastern charities with links to the terrorist group Hamas and other radical Islamic groups transferred $32 million to Arab Bank during the second intifada. The money was then allegedly paid out to families of suicide bombers and other Palestinians who engaged in acts of terrorism against Jews.

140821_Sharyl_CHART_v1-01

An additional charity, the Saudi Committee for the Support of the Intifada al Quds, sent nearly $100 million through Arab Bank. The plaintiff’s analysis of bank records indicates $32 million of it ended up being distributed as cash payments to martyrs and their families, including the families of suicide bombers, and the rest was distributed to other Hamas-controlled charities.

According to evidence presented by the plaintiffs today, based on bank documents, families of suicide bombers received a $5,300 payment, or about four times the average annual Palestinian income at the time of $1,600. If a martyr was wounded but not killed, he received $2,655. If a martyr was arrested and jailed, the family received $1,325. The recipients simply showed up at an Arab Bank branch, presented identification, and received the cash.

Under anti-terrorism law, it’s illegal for banks to do business with designated terrorist entities or with groups that they  know or have reason to believe are linked to terrorists or terrorist activity. That’s where the two sides sharply differ.

Women shout as they follow an empty coffin for Palestinian suicide bomber Wafa Idris during her symbolic funeral through the streets of the al-Amari refugee camp to a cemetery in the nearby West Bank town of Ramallah

Women shout for joy as they follow an empty coffin for Palestinian suicide bomber Wafa Idris during her symbolic funeral through the streets of the al-Amari refugee camp to a cemetery in the nearby West Bank town of Ramallah

Arab Bank’s attorney told jurors in opening statements last week that the Saudi Committee was a legitimate humanitarian group that was never a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. Arab Bank also claimed that any business it may have conducted with terrorists or terrorist groups was limited in nature and entirely unintentional, due to typos or mistakes in screening.

In 2005, Arab Bank settled a U.S. Treasury Department investigation into alleged money laundering and terrorist financing by paying a $24 million fine without admitting wrongdoing.

The plaintiffs in the New York trial are seeking monetary damages and financial penalties from Arab Bank.

Share

PRO-HAMAS MUSLIM gang waving Palestinian flags attack Jewish couple on a street in Manhattan

Muslim assailants hurled anti-Semitic slurs before attacking the woman and punching her husband as he tried to stop them.

Israel-and-Palestine-13

INN A Jewish couple in New York were physically assaulted Monday by an anti-Semitic gang, who then fled the scene in cars flying the Palestinian Authority flag, according to the New York Post. Police sources say two cars and several motorbikes suddenly pulled up next to the couple as they were walking on East 63rd Street near Third Avenue on the Upper East Side, just after 8 p.m. Monday evening.

The attackers then started shouting “anti-Jewish statements,”, before launching their assault. One of the men struck the woman with a water bottle, and another punched her husband in the side of his head as he intervened to defend her.

The victims, who live in the area, were left shaken but not seriously injured. Their identities have not been released, but the Post said the husband was 27 years old, and that they may have been targeted because he was wearing a kippa (skullcap).

Share

HAMASchmuck leader cries “uncle”…begs Obama to stop Israeli “holocaust” on Gaza

Hey, you don’t need Obama, all you need to do is stop building terror tunnels and launching missiles into Israel, and you always could have had anything you wanted. Hopefully, now, that ship has sailed.

Yahoo News  The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal  (living in luxury in Qatar) is calling for the White House to step in and end “the holocaust” he alleges Israeli forces have carried out against Palestinians.

BpZMU4OCEAA3E5E.jpg-large

“You as the leader of the most powerful state in the world, I ask you to call (on) Israel to stop its aggression on Gaza — and to lift the siege and open the cross borders and to rebuild Gaza,” Khaled Meshaal told Yahoo! News in exclusive comments, directed at President Obama, published Monday. “This is our demand.” (Rebuild it yourself with all the money we’ve sent you)

“What is the difference between what (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu, (Israeli Defense Minister Moshe) Yaalon and (Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Benny) Gantz are doing — killing thousands of civilians, children, women, entire neighborhoods, targeting mosques, destroying hospitals and schools,” Meshaal added, in some of his most brazen remarks made yet. “What’s the difference between that and what the Nazis did in the 1930s and ’40s? And what Hitler did. This is the real holocaust.”

Meshaal’s comments came after the latest cease-fire between Israel and Hamas definitively broke down over the weekend. In the interview, in which he answered all other questions in Arabic, Meshaal was at times defiant, comparing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at one point to Adolf Hitler.

Share

“Hamas will pay a high price,” vows Benjamin Netanyahu, for a mortar bomb fired from the Gaza Strip that killed a 4-year-old Israeli boy

Gaza rocket that killed four-year-old Israeli boy, Daniel Tragerman, was launched from near a school used as a shelter for Palestinian refugees, says IDF.

Times of Israel  Boy succumbs to wounds after rocket hits home; Ashdod man in critical condition from wounds sustained by rocket; hundreds of rockets land in Israel Friday.

Daniel Tragerman

Daniel Tragerman

Sirens wailed only very shortly before the mortar shell struck outside the Tragerman family home at the kibbutz, and his parents — Doron and Gila — were unable to get their son Daniel into their protected room in time. He was killed by shrapnel from the explosion that smashed into the house. Several cars and buildings sustained damage from the fire following the explosion of the mortar shell.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas would pay a “heavy price” for the killing. In a phone call to local Sha’ar Hanegev council head Alon Shuster, Netanyahu said the IDF and Shin Bet would intensify their operations against Hamas and other Gaza terror groups until sustained calm was guaranteed for Israel. Shuster said the family had only recently returned to their home, having stayed elsewhere during part of the war.

daniel-3

US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro condemned the attack. “I condemn in the strongest terms this outrageous terrorist attack and offer condolences to the boy’s family. Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself, which the United States supports,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Tragerman was the first Israeli fatality since Hamas breached a truce on Tuesday and resumed rocket fire at Israel, prompting a re-escalation of fighting and the collapse of ceasefire talks in Cairo. One person was in critical condition, and two others were lightly injured, in a separate rocket attack in the Ashdod area later Friday.

F140821KK02

By Friday evening, Gaza-based terror groups had fired over 110 rockets and mortar shells into Israel since the morning. Sirens sounded across southern and central Israel as a barrage of rockets was launched in the late afternoon hours. Earlier Friday, a rocket slammed into an empty house in Sderot, causing significant damage.

Also on Friday afternoon, a synagogue in Ashdod suffered a direct hit by a Gaza rocket. The building was badly damaged and three people were injured in that attack, one moderately.

Hamas has fired over 3,500 rockets at Israel in the past 46 days, including some 600 from close to schools, mosques and other civilian facilities.

 

Share

ISLAMIC STREET JUSTICE! Hamas goes on a killing spree, executing 18 “alleged” collaborators with Israel

Nothing like a good old- fashioned execution spree to bring out the crowds

Nothing like a good old- fashioned execution spree to bring out the crowds

The executions followed Thursday’s assassinations of three of Hamas’s most senior commanders in an Israeli air strike. Israel also attempted to assassinate Hamas military chief Muhammad Deif and may have succeeded: Israeli officials have asserted he’s likely dead, but other reports indicate he may have survived.

Breitbart (h/t Jim Y)   Israel’s intelligence services are believed to rely on informers to locate the whereabouts of Hamas leaders.

BUH BYE!

BUH BYE!

According to The Times of Israel, the security official said the 11 suspected informers were killed early Friday at the Gaza City police headquarters. He said the 11 Gaza men had previously been sentenced by Gaza courts, though he did not elaborate as to what kind of judicial process may have been followed. Hamas has sentenced numerous individuals to death after only summary proceedings.

Dragging the bodies of alleged informers through the streets of Gaza

Dragging the bodies of alleged informers through the streets of Gaza

Hamas TV reported that the number of those executed actually consisted of 18 men. Six of those executed were shot dead in front of a mosque by men in Hamas military uniforms, according to reports by Israel National News. Last month, at the height of the Israel Defense Forces’ Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian media source reported that Hamas had killed over 30 suspected informants for Israel.

Share

BEWARE! Antisemitic swans are attacking Jews all over Europe

177026115I was attacked by a swan the other day, as I walked along the bank of the River Stour in Kent. The creature climbed out of the water and lunged towards me, wings puffed up, making this guttural and hate-filled coughing noise. I kicked out at its stupid neck and told it to fuck off and the bird backed away towards the river, still making that demented hissing, like a badly maintained boiler.

800px-The_swan_attacks_man.Hokkaido-toyako,人を襲う洞爺湖の白鳥P6200258モザイク

Spectator  (h/t Inexion) At first I was mystified as to how I had gained its enmity. I wasn’t near its mate and still further distant from its sallow and bedraggled idiot children. Nor had I advanced towards it, or even given it a threatening glare. And then the horrible realisation dawned on me. The swan had attacked me because it believed — mistakenly — that I was Jewish.

There was no other possible explanation. And as I stood, a little shaken, on that riverbank, it occurred too that all of these mysterious anti-Semitic attacks which we’ve been hearing about recently, the attacks in which the perpetrators remain a complete and utter mystery, are almost certainly the work of swans. Why had I not realised this before?

article-2121505-125DF326000005DC-980_966x549

The previous day I had read a very long piece in the Guardian by Owen Jones precisely about anti-Semitism. In the course of more than 1,000 words Owen kindly cautioned us against having anti-Jewish feelings and pointed out that anti-Semitic attacks were on the rise throughout Europe and that this was a bad thing, on the whole.

But nowhere did he say who was responsible for this nastiness and I was left with the impression that it could be any of us, just any of us, walking down the street one day and we’re suddenly possessed of the insuperable desire to torch a synagogue or knife a rabbi.

a-swan-can-beak-a-woman-arms-you-know

Puzzlingly, Owen did dwell for a paragraph or two on the anti-Semitic roots of some of Europe’s far-right parties. So there was a sort of implication that perhaps those sorts of people had been responsible, although no direct allegation. I have heard and seen much the same thing on the BBC andChannel 4 News; reports of horrible attacks upon synagogues and Jewish businesses in Europe.

A huge spike in anti-Semitic attacks in this country, too — more than 200 in the last month; more in the last four weeks than the previous six months put together. But no mention, not even a hint, as to who might be responsible. A complete mystery, isn’t it? 

racistswan01

We are left to try to fathom our own explanation — and it is very difficult, isn’t it? I think the giveaway, though, is some of the graffiti which accompanies these attacks: Allahu Akbar! Jihad! Stuff like that. It’s obvious — unusually literate, fundamentalist swans.

Here’s the thing. I will bet every penny I have and more besides that virtually all of the anti-Semitic attacks in this country — and in France and Germany and Belgium — have been perpetrated by Muslims. And because they have been perpetrated by Muslims, that fact will simply not be reported, even when it is plainly obvious that the attackers were Muslim.

Angry_Mute_Swan_and_Rottweiler

This is a peculiar state of affairs, to my mind. Imagine if it wasn’t Muslims or swans. Just pretend for a moment that of, say, 200 anti-Semitic attacks in the UK, a study discovered that 198 of them had been committed by Methodists. That the one thing which 99 per cent of violent UK anti-Semites had in common was membership of the Methodist church. Do you think that such a fact would not be mentioned in news reports of such incidents, or in comment pieces by juveniles warning us how horrible anti-Semitism really is?

I think the journos would be falling over themselves to nail the Methodists, and to delve and investigate the roots of this sectarian hatred. I think this fact would be considered salient and significant, germane to the issue at hand. But not with Muslims.

Angry-swan-55148-1

Instead, Owen and the rest will first try to disguise the fact that it is Muslims making these attacks and then secondly, when it becomes patently obvious that it is Muslims, will try to insist that this fact is irrelevant and perhaps simply an unfortunate coincidence. And that anyway, because not all Muslims are anti-Semites, the fact is not worth reporting.

But of course it would not be considered irrelevant and a coincidence if it were any other minority group on earth, would it? And of course it isn’t irrelevant, or a coincidence; there is a strain of anti-Semitism running through Islam, and a mistrust or even loathing of Jews is firmly rooted within both our Muslim communities and in Muslim countries from Turkey to the Indonesian archipelago.

Bu_n7KLIEAEWe7u.jpg-large

This does not mean for a moment that all Muslims are anti-Semites, and nor of course should that conclusion be drawn. But Islamic anti-Semitism is surely a fact — and recognised as such by plenty of the more, um, enlightened Muslim writers, such as Mehdi Hasan.

Here’s what he had to say on the issue: ‘It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace. Any Muslims reading this article — if they are honest with themselves — will know instantly what I am referring to. It’s our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism.’

Angry swan  accuses media of being "Swanophobic"

Angry swan accuses non-swan of being “Swanophobic”

Remember, it is only three or four years ago that our most moderate and amenable Muslim organisation, the Muslim Council of Britain, refused to take part in Holocaust Day, so great was its animus toward Britain’s Jewish community.

To refuse to tell the truth when you know what the truth is constitutes bad journalistic practice, to my mind. But it is also deluding and utterly gutless.

sfrnyn5beljfsblulo7f-760x163

Share