Several councils in Scotland adopt boycott of Israel

24 May 2011

A Scottish municipality has imposed a ban on any new books by Israeli authors that were printed or published in Israel from its libraries, while another is calling on its citizens to boycott of Israeli goods. West Dunbartonshire Council, consisting of towns and villages west of Glasgow, reportedly agreed the ban after last year's raid by IDF naval commandoes on a ship attempting to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip that led to the death of nine Turkish nationals. The ban followed a decision made two-and-a-half years ago following war in Gaza to boycott goods produced in Israel. According to that law, the council and all its public bodies are forbidden to sell goods that originated in the Jewish state.

A West Dunbartonshire Council spokesman told the ‘Daily Express’ newspaper over the weekend that the boycott was not retrospective and that no books had been removed from libraries. The council said that ten other councils had agreed to join the boycott. He admitted that Israel was the only country being boycotted by the council, adding that the municipality had no intention of issuing a ban on products originating from Iran, Syria or Libya.

Meanwhile, the Scottish city of Dundee has issued a recommendation to boycott goods produced in Israel. However, the matter was set aside after city legal advisers said it was likely illegal under European Union law, which forbids members from boycotting products from countries that have not had an official embargo imposed upon them. The City Council instead opted to distribute posters throughout the city asking residents not to buy Israeli goods and place a special sticker on products that are made in Israel.

"A place that boycotts books is not far from a place that burns them," Israel's ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, told the Israeli news service ‘YNet’. European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor also reacted with outrage. “It is inconceivable that products from the Jewish State are banned or distinctively marked in Scotland,” he said. “These acts are eerily reminiscent of darker times and perhaps there is a level of hatred that connects them.”

 

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Arthur Rosenthol

Sun, 05 Jun 2011

Great idea! Why don't we Jews boycott scotch whiskey? If all the kiddush clubs drank Kentucky bourbon it would help the US economy and send a message to Scotland.

@A2Mac

Wed, 01 Jun 2011

Dear Friends,

I am Scottish and ashamed fof my country for the first time in my life. The actions of a few communist student protester councillors with no understanding of Israel and its contribution to the world.

The BBC led propaganda of the politically correct left has inspired a few low level politicians to make poor judgements based on the pro Arab propaganda we are bombarded with.

While Iran hangs gays, Saudi whips rape victims, Syria supplies rockets to Hamas, Jordon funds terrorist camps and the entire Islamic global Jihadists movement plots the destruction of Democracy, freedom, western values and progress.

West Dumbarton is shaming Scotland.

Alastair Gordon

Sun, 29 May 2011

Okay, my pathetic Scottish relatives, can I assume you will let your child die if she requires pharmaceuticals made in Israel? Will you abandon your Windows computer? Ready to trash your cellphone? Maybe you'll tell your daughter or gay son to vacation in Syria, Iran or Sudan? Or did your tiny liberal minds think you would just be giving up gefilte fish and Jaffa oranges? I think mass emigration since WW2 must have removed the best and the brightest from Scotland and left behind a fetid gene pool of envious Jew-hating troglodytes. I am ashamed to be Scottish.

b.kline

Fri, 27 May 2011

I guess the mindset that forbids thousands of brilliant minds, yes even Jewish minds, will remain bitter and will only find satisfaction when their libraries are full of copies of the Koran. Good luck!

Carole

Wed, 25 May 2011

Maybe they should boycott Israeli goods such as, medicine, biotechnology, construction, agrotechnology, and a list of about 200 more items that make their lives more meaningful and prosperous. They should try getting what they need from the Palestinians.