Monday, November 22, 2010

Its a BIG deal: Buy Israeli Goods Nov. 30 and Always

It’s a BIG deal: Buy Israel Goods Campaign November 30
From the Israeli advocates at Stand With Us:

On Tuesday, November 30, anti-Israel activists in New York City plan to demonstrate and call for boycotts of stores that sell Israeli products. Their target is Ricky's because it carries Ahava goods. But this action in New York is just one of many. Boycotters have been energetically lobbying other stores across the country to drop Israeli products, from local co-ops to Costco and Trader Joe's.

The pro-Israel, pro-peace community urges you to join a counter campaign. We are making November 30 a BIG (Buy Israeli Goods) Day. Let us show anyone that calls for boycotts of even one or two stores, that it will always be met with a much larger counter-movement to buy Israeli goods.

StandWithUs and the America-Israel Chambers of Commerce calls on schools, college campuses, synagogues, community organizations, and individuals to designate Tuesday, November 30, as the day to actively Buy Israeli Goods. Go to your local stores and request Israeli products. Whenever a boycott is called, respond by purchasing the very Israeli goods that are being targeted and let store managers know they should keep them well-stocked on the shelves.

The holiday season is fast approaching. When you go holiday shopping, choose presents from the wonderful array of Israeli-made items, from fine Israeli wines to the high quality Ahava beauty products, Israeli jewelry, shoes and clothing lines, and of course, food. Select Sabra or Tribe hummus, great Israeli wines and Osem cookies to grace your holiday party.

We must defeat the boycotters who advocate destructive instead of constructive measures, who undermine hopes for peaceful co-existence, and whose only goal is to defame, cripple and damage Israel.

We can defeat them if we join together. The very date, November 30th, should encourage us. It comes the day after the 53rd anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution when the effort, against all odds, to restore the Jewish State was endorsed and recognized by the international community. It also comes just as Hannukah is approaching when we celebrate the Maccabees who also restored Jewish independence, and who were a few who triumphed over the many. We can do the same, and shine a light on Israel for all people of good will.

On November 30th, go shopping for Israel no matter where you live. Buy for Israel. Buy for peace. Be a big part of this BIG (Buy Israeli Goods) Day.

Where can you buy Israeli products locally?

Try here.


Becky Johnson said...

I for one will be buying from Trader Joe's here in Santa Cruz which has resisted pressure from anti-Israel groups such as the ISM, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Resource Center for Nonviolence to boycott Israeli food products.

Dusty said...

Thank you, Becky. I plan on shopping at the Berkeley Bowl, an independent grocery store in Berkeley which has steadfastly refused to submit to the haters and carries a beautiful variety of Israeli products. They have Health and beauty aids made from Dead Sea minerals, Israeli olive oils, cheeses and chocolates. They are also one of the few places locally to get "Sharon fruit"- a gorgeous variety of Israeli persimmon that is candy sweet and crunchy. They are spectacular, eaten like an apple, but they are also delightful sliced thinly in a spinach salad, with a fruit or nut vinegrettte