February 28, 2014

Don't Buy the Israel Boycott Hype

David Rosenberg, Wall Street Journal

The Associated Press

The Western media has bought into the notion that a new wave of Western boycotts against Israel is underway. But like so many trend stories, this one doesn't stand up to scrutiny. For Israelis, talk of boycotts brings back bad memories of the 1970s and '80s. After the Yom Kippur War and the Arab oil embargo, scores of countries severed diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. Europe turned a cold shoulder and many of the world's biggest companies refused to do business with it. Israel's pariah status not only hurt the economy, it dealt a blow to the Zionist dream of normalizing the Jews by giving them their own country.

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TAGGED: BDS, Middle East, Palestine, Palestinians, Israel

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