It is particularly gratifying that Britain is seen as "a special problem' in respect of the Boycott! And the criticism by Nehemia Stressler and Israeli manufacturers of Israel's Government for its bombardment, because of its effect on exports, gives the lie to those who say Boycotts don't work. On the contrary, appeasement and sweet talk doesn't work and never has worked. The only thing that Zionism and its representatives understand is the language they employ in respect of the Gazan population, who have been subjected to a forcible boycott for over 3 years. BOYCOTT WORKS!!!
Rachel Shabi Tel Aviv, The Guardian, 4th April 2009
Last week, the Israel Manufacturers Association reported that 21% of 90 local exporters who were questioned had felt a drop in demand due to boycotts, mostly from the UK and Scandinavian countries. Last month, a report from the Israel Export Institute reported that 10% of 400 polled exporters received order cancellation notices this year because of Israel's assault on Gaza.
The paper said that, while trade difficulties with Turkey during the Gaza assault received more media attention, Britain was in reality of greater concern.
Finance journalists have reported that Israeli hi-tech, food and agribusiness companies suffered consequences following Israel's three-week assault on Gaza, and called for government intervention to protect businesses from a growing boycott.
However, analysts stressed that the impact of a boycott on local exporters was difficult to discern amidst a global economic crisis. "If there was something serious, I would have heard about it, " said Avi Tempkin, from Globes, the Israeli business daily.
They met with many Israeli officials and TU officers, as well as with PGFTU, Birzeit University staff, the BDS National Committee, PA officials, a women's union, among others. The PGFTU's message throughout the report is not helpful, to say the least, as far as BDS is concerned; but at least they did not speak against BDS and even acknowledged that BDS is very popular among Palestinians.
The Israel Lobby will now go into full gear to prevent this from happening, at all costs. Like us, they know fully the significance of such a motion passing.
Israeli exports hit by European boycotts after attacks on Gaza