Bursting the BDS bubble again:
Sodastream, an Israel based home carbonation device is one of the main objects of the BDS' hole's ire. After many years of flash mobs, street theater, vandalism, and the occasional biting attack on innocent salespeople, what do the BDS'ers have to show for themselves?
SodaStream International Ltd's jumped 36 percent in the second quarter of 2013
The net income of the Israel-based company was $12.8 million, or 60 cents per share, for the three-month period ended June 30. That compares with $9.4 million, or 45 cents per share for 2013. Revenue rose 26 percent to $132.4 million from $103 million.
From Bloomberg Business Week:
While the soft-drink giants have seen domestic sales dry up, SodaStream (SODA) continues to bubble. This morning, the Israeli company said it sold 312,000 of its home carbonators in the U.S. last quarter, a 60 percent increase. The make-your-own-seltzer machines are now in slightly more than 1 percent of U.S. households, a penetration rate the company expects to double or triple in the next two years. (In Sweden, one in four households has one.) Worldwide, SodaStream posted a 25 percent increase in sales of its soda-making machines and a 28 percent increase in the syrups that mix up the drinks. A SodaStream spokesman, Yonah Lloyd, said sales of the company’s soda flavors are up significantly in the U.S. over those logged last year.
Off again On again:
Eric Burdon of the Animals is now in Israel for his August 1 concert . Yes, we're confused too, but happy that Eric will not allow the terrorists to win.
From the Independent:
In a statement from his management today 71-year-old Mr Burdon said he had already arrived in Israel and that the concert would go ahead as planned.
"It was not my decision to cancel the show, it was my manager's, who as a result of lots of threatening emails she received, was genuinely afraid for my life," he said. "I'm not afraid to perform here and very happy to be back in Israel"
He continued: "Above all, it is important for me to convey a message that the past is not important, and the most important thing is and I came to Israel, as I wished to. It was important for me to play here and I'm concentrating all my energies towards the performance. We are going to give a great show to the Israelis."
From our friends at 5 minutes for Israel - Radio 88FM will be broadcasting the concert on Thursday 1st August 2013, 21:30 Israel time. Listen online here
And in other BDS fail News- Israel had Record tourism income in 2012 despite that minor distraction in Gaza. Tourism income from foreign visitors rose to $5.1 billion.
The average amount spent by a tourist visiting Israel for less than 30 days in 2012 was $1,484 according to a sample survey of 25,000 families representing 41,000 individuals. The average tourist on an organized tour spent $1,549, on a package tour $1,500, and on an independent vacation $1,426.The average foreign tourist spends $153 per day, while those on land from a cruise spend $145.
56% of tourists to Israel are Christians, half of them Catholics and 19% Protestants, while 24% of tourists to Israel are Jews.
64% of tourists in 2012 said they came because of a recommendation by family or friends compared with 49% in 2011. 36% of tourists received information about Israel via the Internet compared with 27% in 2011.
Its not unusual:
Following in the footsteps of such legends as Barbra Streisand and Cliff Richard, Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones will be performing in Israel later this year. Rihanna will also be returning to Israel Tel Aviv.
Yet strangely oblivious to the facts, Anna Baltzer of the US Campaign has sent out emails, tweets and FB notices announcing that BDS is working:
Join me in wishing her many more such "victories".