Galilee Green in Israel has been selling extra virgin olive oil from Israel for 3 years, and has amassed a loyal following and rave reviews on their product. Last week, their facebook page came under a coordinated attack, encouraged by posts like this that were shared widely across social media.
From the Jerusalem Post
Dozens of Facebook users have bombarded the Galilee Green Facebook page urging people not to buy their products, based on their claims that the products come from “stolen land” and “stolen olives” as well as far more virulent accusations.
“Ironically, we work with Kibbutz Deganya Alef,” Galilee Green president and CEO Rabbi Shmuel Veffer told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. “The land the trees are on was purchased from the Ottoman Turks before WWI and the Balfour Declaration. Our offices are in Yavne’el on land purchased by Baron Rothschild from the Turks and Yavne’el was founded in 1901. The land here and at Deganya was rocky and barren of trees.”
Veffer and his wife, Chana, founded the company together with Nili and Arnie Abrahams, all of whom are immigrants from Toronto, Canada.
The first bombardment of messages, many in the form of one-star reviews, succeeded in bringing Galilee Green’s 5-star rating down to 3-stars.
How can you help fight the haters?
Like the Galilee Green Facebook page. Leave a kind word and some encouragement.
Consider a purchase (free delivery to North America!)
Go to the one star reviews- the one who have clearly never tried the olive oil. Click on the three dots “…” at the top right of the offensive review and “Report” it to Facebook. If they get enough complaints, they will potentially remove it and ban the user.
When they write "Boycott all Israeli products and anything marked kosher" you know its nothing less than garden variety Jew-hate.