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Yesterday, Wednesday 20 June, marked 100 days since NUJ member Alan Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza. Here is the press release:
We are encouraging all members to pause and think of Alan for one minute at 14.15 BST – the time that Alan's parents will release 100 balloons in their home village in Scotland.
At the same time, Alan's colleagues across the BBC will show their support for him, his friends and his family. We are urging all NUJ members to join with them in marking this event.
The NUJ will also deliver letters to the new Palestinian Prime Minister as well as to the UK Foreign Secretary urging them to redouble their efforts to secure Alan's release and to the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate thanking them for their support and urging them to help keep Alan's case high on the political agenda.
Well, this is ironic. About 5 weeks after Alan was abducted in Gaza, the National Union of Journalists voted to boycott Israel, probably hoping that such an action would trigger Alan's release from grateful Palestinian terrorists. Appeasement didn't seem to work. Didn't work back in 1939 either. Here's the story:
13 Apr 2007,
NUJ votes to boycott Israeli goods
The National Union of Journalists has voted at its annual meeting for a boycott of Israeli goods as part of a protest against last year's war in Lebanon.
Today's vote was carried 66 to 54 - a result that met with gasps and a small amount of applause from the union delegates present.
The vote came during a series of motions on international affairs and reads: "This ADM [annual delegate meeting] calls for a boycott of Israeli goods similar to those boycotts in the struggles against apartheid South Africa led by trade unions and the TUC [Trades Union Congress] to demand sanctions be imposed on Israel by the British government and the United Nations."
In my post Israel Creates more in One Month than Islam in a Century, I noted that One year after Norway's Socialist Left Party launched its boycott of Israel, the importing of Israeli goods has increased by 15%, the strongest increase in many years. Boycotts against Israel will never work since the world needs Israel's products more than Israel needs theirs.
It is interesting to note that the anti-Semites in Britain and Europe back in the 40s and 50s used to tell Jews, "Why don't you get out and go to your homeland in Israel." Well, now that the Jews are in Israel, the anti-Semites in Britain and Europe are asking the Jews to get out of Israel! Is there no satisfying these Jew-haters?
Last December, Barry Shaw of the Daily Sport ((the British analog of the New York Post) instructed leftist idiots on how to properly boycott Israel:
FrontPageMag,OK. So I understand that you are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the Palestinians.
28 Dec 2006,
If You're Going to Boycott Israel, Do It Right
That's fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed up all the facts.
I'll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it - do it properly.
Let me help you.
Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops, lotions, etc., made by Abic or Teva.
It may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter but, hey, that's a small price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel, isn't it?
While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the medical contributions to the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how about telling your pals to boycott the following....
An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis.
So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately, diagnose their symptoms.
An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralysed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries.
If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel.
Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood.
This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent.
Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn't use this device because of your passionate cause.
These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from the Israeli know-how you wish to block.
Read the Rest.
Previous calls for boycotts against Israel:
Photo Credit: boikottisrael.no
16 May 2002,
Academia split over boycott of Israel
The request for co-operation between respected research scientists was routine; it had been granted several times before. Could the Norwegian Veterinary School send a DNA clone sample to be used in gene therapy research at the Goldyne Savad Institute in Jerusalem?
It was the reply that caused shock and surprise. Unfortunately, due to Israeli military action on the West Bank and the closure of several Palestinian universities, the department head in Oslo felt unable to co-operate.
After spelling out these reasons, Prof Ingrid Harbitz politely concluded in an e-mail on April 22: "On this background I find it impossible for me to deliver any material to an Israelitic [sic] University."
It is a story indicative of an increasingly heated and divisive debate within international academia about the most appropriate way to respond to the crisis in the Middle East.
A growing number of academics are calling for a boycott of research and cultural links with Israel.
Well, that seems very productive, boycotting scientific research against a country that contributes more to modern civilization than any other country in the whole of the Middle East.
UK lecturers support Israel boycott call
Britain's University and College Union (UCU), comprising of university academics, voted in favor of considering a boycott of Israeli academics and institutions at its conference in Bournemouth on Thursday evening.
The resolution, passed by 158 votes in favor and 99 against, "notes that Israel's 40-year occupation has seriously damaged the fabric of Palestinian society through annexation, illegal settlement, collective punishment and restriction of movement... deplores the denial of educational rights for Palestinians by invasions, closures, checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and arrests of teachers, lecturers and students."
29 May 2005,
The stain remains
So, in Britain, the boycott on Israeli universities imposed by the railroading tactics of malevolent executive members of the Association of University Teachers has been lifted, thanks to a democratic vote that needed to be taken in an extra ordinary session of AUT members.
And so the anti-boycott campaigners can congratulate themselves that justice was, in the end, done and they can go home happy in their victory.
And yet, the injustice remains. The boycott has been lifted but the vicious slander against the Israeli universitie, remains.
It was strange indeed that no other universities in the world were considered for academic boycott. Singularly, this action stank of antisemitism, not criticism of Israeli academic policy.
The rationale given for the boycott was proven to be false and malicious, and anything Israeli remains under the threat of future action by the activists who are still determined to pursue their goal of eradicating what they perceive as a scourge -- the racist Jewish State of Israel.
As usual, leftist self-loathing Jews may be behind the UK Boycott:
The Vineyard of the Saker,
15 Jun 2007,
UK Jews and Israelis behind anti-Israel boycott
The JC today identifies the key players in the escalating British campaign to boycott Israel. Our investigation shows that many are Jewish or Israeli, and that they justify their stance as part of the struggle for Palestinian rights and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
A high proportion are deeply involved in UCU, the University and College Union, which last month sparked an international outcry by voting to facilitate a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
Related Blogs on Anti-Israeli Sentiments:
Back in May of 2007 British journalists vote to boycott Israel, and now British doctors join them, claiming Israel is guilty of "war crimes."
20 Jun 2007,
Anti-Israel march fizzles and burns
What if you gave a party and no one came?
A year in the planning. Publicized for months.
Ads in the Metro. A full page ad in the New York Times. Buses drove in from as far as Ohio.
Over $100,000 was spent promoting the June 10 rally and march "The world says "No" to Israeli Occupation" in Washington.
And hundreds, yes, hundreds showed up.
UPDATE 24 Jun 2007: Carl in Jerusalem has an interesting idea on how to get Alan back:
24 Jun 2007,
Humanitarian aid for humanitarian aid
... Hamas is asking Israel for 'humanitarian aid' for the Gaza Strip.
...I propose that Israel ask that Hamastan also free kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston.
UPDATE 4 Jul 2007: A dream come true - NUJ welcomes Alan’s release