A very big Thank You to all of you who came along to support our first Israel Action Day on Sunday 17th February in Dublin's Grafton Street. And to those who couldn't make it - thank you for your continued support, messages of goodwill and your encouragement - they are very much appreciated.
We were really pleased that Nati Rom joined us all the way from Shilo in Israel. Nati is the founder of Lev Haolam (Heartland of the World), an organisation that markets and sells online, products from Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank). These wonderful products, made by individuals, communities and businesses in the Jewish heartland, include cholocates, wine, cosmetics, ceramics and jewelery; those same products that would be deemed illegal if the discriminatory and immoral "Occupied Territories" Bill were to be passed into law, and which we handed out to passersby.
We are very much aware that this Bill is just the thin end of the wedge and that the ultimate goal of the wider Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, is the destruction of the State of Israel. In the words of BDS leader and activist, Omar Barghouti: "Definitely, most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine." These are hardly the words of a peacemaker!
We had great conversations with hundreds of Dubliners, handed out literature, and explained that not only is BDS non-peaceful but that it hurts the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Palestinians, such as when SodaStream was forced out of the West Bank a few years ago with the loss of 600 Palestinian jobs.
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