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Boycott Israel Activists Claim Credit for SodaStream Factory Closing

Company Points to Fizzling Profits in Cost-Cutting Move

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Published October 30, 2014.

The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is closing its West Bank factory and anti-Israel activists claimed credit for forcing the move.

The company, which makes home soft drink machines, made the announcement about its Maale Adumim facility on Wednesday. It also said that its third quarter sales had dropped 9 percent.

SodaStream said that closing the West Bank factory would result in a $9 million savings in production costs. A second factory in the Galilee also will be closed.

CEO Daniel Birnbaum said in September that the decision to shut down the West Bank factory would be based solely on economics.

The operations from the two plants are slated to be relocated by the end of 2015 to a new facility in Lehavim, a Negev community near Beersheba in Israels South. The company will receive a government subsidy for its operations in the new plant. The Lehavim plant is expected to employ a significant number of Bedouin Arabs.

Birnbaum told The Associated Press that the company is working with the Israeli government to secure work permits for its Palestinian employees from the Maale Adumim factory so that they can work in the new plant.

The company also has a plant in Ashkelon and 20 others around the world. There are currently about 1,100 employees in the Maale Adumim plant, including 850 who are Arab-Israelis or Palestinians.

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CUNY Boycott Israel Vote Falls Just Short

Pro-BDS Grad Students Fail To Win Absolute Majority By JTA

Published October 27, 2014.

A student group at the City University of New York failed to advance a resolution to boycott Israeli academics and divest from Israeli companies.

Thirty-one members of the Doctoral Students Council at CUNY voted in favor of the resolution on Friday eight votes short of the amount required for the required majority. Twenty-five members opposed the resolution, which also calls for the divestment from Israeli companies, and 10 abstained.

It would have been the first student government in the United States to approve an academic boycott against Israel, according to Haaretz.

The council represents nearly 5,000 graduate students.

Fridays vote had been postponed from September following a debate on the proposal, which is titled the Resolution for the Endorsement of Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. It calls for the end to the partnership between Baruch College and the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel.

Among other points, the proposal cites Israels alleged violations of international law and restrictions on Palestinian academics; universities shows of support for Israeli troops fighting Hamas in Gaza this summer; and a claim that Israeli professors and students at Israeli universities who speak out against discriminatory or criminal policies against Palestinians are ostracized and ridiculed if not publicly shamed, or worse.

The council voted a strong majority in favor of a similar resolution at the end of the spring term. However, the full DSC membership did not give the requisite majority.

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57 South Africans Busted at Woolworths Boycott Israel Protest

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Published October 27, 2014.

Some 57 protesters calling for a boycott of Woolworths in South Africa because it carries Israeli products were arrested in Johannesburg.

The protesters were arrested on Saturday and charged with public disturbance, the South Africa Press Association reported. They reportedly walked into the store and lay on the ground with signs.

Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment, or BDS, protests also took place in Cape Town.

Members of the Congress of South African Students Western Cape branch placed a pigs head in the meat department of a local Woolworths last week as part of the protests.

Many of our customers have asked if we source from the occupied territories. We do not, Woolworths said in a statement published in the South Africa Independent. Our suppliers are expected to adhere to the ethical standards in our code of conduct.

The company added, We fully comply with government guidelines on product from Israel. Less than 0.1 percent of our food is sourced from Israel. It is not known if the protests have hurt Woolworths sales.

BDS backers reportedly plan to continue to pressure the company, Woolworths Holdings Limited, until its annual general meeting on Nov. 26.

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Rochester By-Election: David Cameron's Candidate Kelly Tolhurst is Anti-Israel Activist

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A Tory candidate selected by the party to stand in the Rochester and Strood by-election is an hardcore anti-Israel activist.

Kelly Tolhurst, who won an open primary to fight in the by-election next month, has urged supporters on her Twitter account to boycott Israeli businesses, placing her at odds with her party, which has refused to support boycotts.

Local businesswoman and councillor Ms Tolhurst has also re-tweeted messages from the Free Gaza Movement, reports the Jewish Chronicle.

In tweets, Ms Tolhurst calls for Israeli companies SodaStream and Ahava to be boycotted, and retweets a list of nine of brands that can be boycotted “to hold Israel to account for its violation of international law.”

Other re-tweets link to media reports of the Israeli bombing of UN schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip. All date from the period of conflict between Israel and Hamas in July this year.

She also backs a petition calling for David Cameron and foreign secretary Philip Hammond to send a Royal Navy ship to Gaza to help with humanitarian efforts.

Anti-Israel Tweets on Kelly Tolhurst’s Twitter account (Twitter)

In November 2012, she said she was “disappointed” that the UK had abstained during a UN vote on Palestinian statehood.

Cameron has publically stated his opposition to Israeli boycotts. In a speech to the Knesset in March, he said: “To those who do not share my ambition, who want to boycott Israel, I have a clear message. Britain opposes boycotts, whether it’s trade unions campaigning for the exclusion of Israelis or universities trying to stifle academic exchange.

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Jewish BDS Group Protests Israeli Dance Troupe in Buenos Aires

Los Otros Judios Carried ‘Boycott Israeli’ Signs

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Published October 23, 2014.

A Jewish group affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel demonstrated outside of a performance in Buenos Aires by an Israeli dance troupe.

The Los Otros Judios, or The Other Jews, group demonstrated outside of an auditorium in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening against the Mayumana dance troupe.

Members of the group define themselves as Jews that refuse to accept that Zionism and Judaism are synonymous.

News of the demonstration was spread by social networks.

Demonstrators stood in front of the Opera Allianz Theatre where Mayumana was performing, waving Palestinian flags, and carrying signs that read Boycott Israel, solidarity with the Palestinian people and Dont be an accomplice to Israeli apartheid in Palestine.

The group will perform its show, Racconto, which means story or flashback in Italian, on Thursday and Friday night as well.

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Am Yisrael Buy: Pro-Israel app aims to counter flurry of BDS ones

Two New York University students participate in an Israeli products buycott to combat Israel Apartheid Week, March 2010. (Courtesy of The David Project)

The latest Israel technology wasnt developedat the Technion, nor was it hatched by a startup in Tel Aviv. In fact, it didnt come from Israel at all.

Am Yisrael Buy, a new app (available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone) designed to helpusers locate and buy Israeli products, is the brainchild of Rabbi Daniel Cohen, 49,the spiritual leader at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, N.J.

Afterlearning this summer about appsbeing developed to advance the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the rabbi said he went looking for a pro-Israel app and couldnt find one that was standing up to BDS.

So Cohen, who sees BDS as a movement geared toward isolating and destroying the Jewish state, took it upon himself to create Am Yisrael Buy,which launched just before Rosh Hashanah. Some 2,500 users have downloaded it so far; it includes a list of Israeli products for purchase, as well as links to Israeli media outlets and Israeli organizations.

For now, the effort pales compared to the technology on the other side. Using the Buycott app, which catalogues products and their affiliations and lets users set up campaigns to either support or avoid certain products, pro-Palestinian activists created a Long live Palestine, boycott Israel campaign, which now has over 400,000 users. In contrast,BuycottsSupport Israel and Boycott Terrorist Organizations has just under12,000 users.

While Buycott wasnt designed specifically for the BDS movement, several other apps have been, including two separate ones that share the title Boycott Israel. And in March this year, the BDS movement announced that it was creating an app that offered a comprehensive database of Israeli products, and a barcode scanner to help everyday consumers boycott the Jewish state.

Interestingly, despite their different goals, Am Yisrael Buy and the BDS apps are similar in that they share information about Israeli products. A consumer wishingto buy Israeli goods could easily download a BDS application and repurpose it.

But Cohen insists that building an appwith a pro-Israel message is vital.

Ive always taken the view that its better to put out a positive message, he said. Quite frankly, a specific BDS app, by downloading it, you send a message, whether you intend to or not, that you are supporting BDS. The commerce is important, but equally important is the message that the American Jewish community in general is supportive of Israel. So each download of [my] application goes in the column of supporting Israel.

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Boycott Israel Activists Claim Credit for SodaStream Factory Closing

Company Points to Fizzling Profits in Cost-Cutting Move getty images Published October 30, 2014. The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is closing its West Bank factory and anti-Israel activists claimed credit for forcing the move. The company, which makes home soft drink machines, made the announcement about its Maale Adumim facility on Wednesday. It also said that its third quarter sales had dropped 9 percent. SodaStream said that closing the West Bank factory would result in a $9 million savings in production costs. A second factory in the Galilee also will be closed. CEO Daniel Birnbaum said in September that the decision to shut down the West Bank factory would be based solely on economics. The operations from the two plants are slated to be relocated by the end of 2015 to a new facility in Lehavim, a Negev community near Beersheba in Israels South. The company will receive a government subsidy for its operations in the new plant. The Lehavim plant is expected to employ a significant number of Bedouin Arabs. Birnbaum told The Associated Press that the company is working with the Israeli government to secure work permits for its Palestinian employees from the Maale Adumim factory so that they can work in the new plant. The company also has a plant in Ashkelon and 20 others around the world. There are currently about 1,100 employees in the Maale Adumim plant, including 850 who are Arab-Israelis or Palestinians.

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CUNY Boycott Israel Vote Falls Just Short

Pro-BDS Grad Students Fail To Win Absolute Majority By JTA Published October 27, 2014. A student group at the City University of New York failed to advance a resolution to boycott Israeli academics and divest from Israeli companies. Thirty-one members of the Doctoral Students Council at CUNY voted in favor of the resolution on Friday eight votes short of the amount required for the required majority. Twenty-five members opposed the resolution, which also calls for the divestment from Israeli companies, and 10 abstained. It would have been the first student government in the United States to approve an academic boycott against Israel, according to Haaretz. The council represents nearly 5,000 graduate students. Fridays vote had been postponed from September following a debate on the proposal, which is titled the Resolution for the Endorsement of Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. It calls for the end to the partnership between Baruch College and the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. Among other points, the proposal cites Israels alleged violations of international law and restrictions on Palestinian academics; universities shows of support for Israeli troops fighting Hamas in Gaza this summer; and a claim that Israeli professors and students at Israeli universities who speak out against discriminatory or criminal policies against Palestinians are ostracized and ridiculed if not publicly shamed, or worse. The council voted a strong majority in favor of a similar resolution at the end of the spring term. However, the full DSC membership did not give the requisite majority.

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57 South Africans Busted at Woolworths Boycott Israel Protest

Demand Department Store End Imports wikipedia Published October 27, 2014. Some 57 protesters calling for a boycott of Woolworths in South Africa because it carries Israeli products were arrested in Johannesburg. The protesters were arrested on Saturday and charged with public disturbance, the South Africa Press Association reported. They reportedly walked into the store and lay on the ground with signs. Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment, or BDS, protests also took place in Cape Town. Members of the Congress of South African Students Western Cape branch placed a pigs head in the meat department of a local Woolworths last week as part of the protests. Many of our customers have asked if we source from the occupied territories. We do not, Woolworths said in a statement published in the South Africa Independent. Our suppliers are expected to adhere to the ethical standards in our code of conduct. The company added, We fully comply with government guidelines on product from Israel. Less than 0.1 percent of our food is sourced from Israel. It is not known if the protests have hurt Woolworths sales. BDS backers reportedly plan to continue to pressure the company, Woolworths Holdings Limited, until its annual general meeting on Nov. 26.

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Rochester By-Election: David Cameron's Candidate Kelly Tolhurst is Anti-Israel Activist

Kelly Tolhurst (Getty) A Tory candidate selected by the party to stand in the Rochester and Strood by-election is an hardcore anti-Israel activist. Kelly Tolhurst, who won an open primary to fight in the by-election next month, has urged supporters on her Twitter account to boycott Israeli businesses, placing her at odds with her party, which has refused to support boycotts. Local businesswoman and councillor Ms Tolhurst has also re-tweeted messages from the Free Gaza Movement, reports the Jewish Chronicle. In tweets, Ms Tolhurst calls for Israeli companies SodaStream and Ahava to be boycotted, and retweets a list of nine of brands that can be boycotted “to hold Israel to account for its violation of international law.” Other re-tweets link to media reports of the Israeli bombing of UN schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip. All date from the period of conflict between Israel and Hamas in July this year. She also backs a petition calling for David Cameron and foreign secretary Philip Hammond to send a Royal Navy ship to Gaza to help with humanitarian efforts. Anti-Israel Tweets on Kelly Tolhurst’s Twitter account (Twitter) In November 2012, she said she was “disappointed” that the UK had abstained during a UN vote on Palestinian statehood. Cameron has publically stated his opposition to Israeli boycotts. In a speech to the Knesset in March, he said: “To those who do not share my ambition, who want to boycott Israel, I have a clear message. Britain opposes boycotts, whether it’s trade unions campaigning for the exclusion of Israelis or universities trying to stifle academic exchange.

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Jewish BDS Group Protests Israeli Dance Troupe in Buenos Aires

Los Otros Judios Carried ‘Boycott Israeli’ Signs Wikimedia Commons The Mayumana group performing in Barcelona. Published October 23, 2014. A Jewish group affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel demonstrated outside of a performance in Buenos Aires by an Israeli dance troupe. The Los Otros Judios, or The Other Jews, group demonstrated outside of an auditorium in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening against the Mayumana dance troupe. Members of the group define themselves as Jews that refuse to accept that Zionism and Judaism are synonymous. News of the demonstration was spread by social networks. Demonstrators stood in front of the Opera Allianz Theatre where Mayumana was performing, waving Palestinian flags, and carrying signs that read Boycott Israel, solidarity with the Palestinian people and Dont be an accomplice to Israeli apartheid in Palestine. The group will perform its show, Racconto, which means story or flashback in Italian, on Thursday and Friday night as well.

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Am Yisrael Buy: Pro-Israel app aims to counter flurry of BDS ones

Two New York University students participate in an Israeli products buycott to combat Israel Apartheid Week, March 2010. (Courtesy of The David Project) The latest Israel technology wasnt developedat the Technion, nor was it hatched by a startup in Tel Aviv. In fact, it didnt come from Israel at all. Am Yisrael Buy, a new app (available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone) designed to helpusers locate and buy Israeli products, is the brainchild of Rabbi Daniel Cohen, 49,the spiritual leader at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, N.J. Afterlearning this summer about appsbeing developed to advance the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the rabbi said he went looking for a pro-Israel app and couldnt find one that was standing up to BDS. So Cohen, who sees BDS as a movement geared toward isolating and destroying the Jewish state, took it upon himself to create Am Yisrael Buy,which launched just before Rosh Hashanah. Some 2,500 users have downloaded it so far; it includes a list of Israeli products for purchase, as well as links to Israeli media outlets and Israeli organizations. For now, the effort pales compared to the technology on the other side. Using the Buycott app, which catalogues products and their affiliations and lets users set up campaigns to either support or avoid certain products, pro-Palestinian activists created a Long live Palestine, boycott Israel campaign, which now has over 400,000 users. In contrast,BuycottsSupport Israel and Boycott Terrorist Organizations has just under12,000 users. While Buycott wasnt designed specifically for the BDS movement, several other apps have been, including two separate ones that share the title Boycott Israel. And in March this year, the BDS movement announced that it was creating an app that offered a comprehensive database of Israeli products, and a barcode scanner to help everyday consumers boycott the Jewish state. Interestingly, despite their different goals, Am Yisrael Buy and the BDS apps are similar in that they share information about Israeli products. A consumer wishingto buy Israeli goods could easily download a BDS application and repurpose it. But Cohen insists that building an appwith a pro-Israel message is vital. Ive always taken the view that its better to put out a positive message, he said. Quite frankly, a specific BDS app, by downloading it, you send a message, whether you intend to or not, that you are supporting BDS. The commerce is important, but equally important is the message that the American Jewish community in general is supportive of Israel. So each download of [my] application goes in the column of supporting Israel.

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