Israel Starts New Propaganda War To Beat Boycott
By Catherine Philp
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have been ordered to dig up intelligence showing that
supporters of an economic boycott are linked to terrorists
and enemy states.
The strategy was presented at a ministerial meeting called
to discuss how to respond to the growing number of foreign
companies refusing to do business with Israeli entities
operating in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
They are considered illegal under international law.
At the meeting Yuval Steinitz, the Minister for Intelligence
and Strategy, outlined a plan for a media blitz against
organisations advocating boycotts. His strategy includes
intelligence agencies working to expose "their connection to
terror organisations and enemy states", the Hebrew-language
newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Oxfam was accused of promoting an anti-Israeli boycott last
month when it parted company with Scarlett Johansson, the
Hollywood star, over her promotional work for Sodastream.
The Israeli company manufactures products in a West Bank
settlement. Oxfam insisted that it did not support a total
economic boycott of Israel, but merely opposed trade with
Britain also opposes a boycott, but continues to regard the
settlements as illegal and not part of the state of Israel.
Brussels is to issue new rules requiring the separate
labelling of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank, to
allow consumers to make more informed choices.
A coalition of leading pro-peace Israeli and Palestinian
business people, including Meir Brand, the CEO of Google
Israel, warned last month that Israel's economic growth
would suffer if an agreement was not reached to end the West
Bank occupation. "The world is beginning to lose its
patience and the threat of sanctions is becoming more
imminent," the group said.
The issue of how to combat the boycott threat has divided
the Israeli Government. Yair Lapid, the Finance Minister,
and Tzipi Livni, the Justice Minister and chief negotiator,
both leading moderates, were pointedly excluded from
Sunday's meeting despite their direct connections to the
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