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Buy No Evil: boycott settlements via phone app

As everyone knows, the “settlement freeze” – the Netanyahu’s government lame attempt at showing seriousness on the peace process – will expire tomorrow (26 September). There is, however, another way of reminding the settlers they are illegitimate – by boycotting their produce.

In the 1980s, an old leftist sneer was that the “entire agriculture of the settlements could be placed under the roof of one mall.” That is certainly no longer the case. As the settlers embraced the ethos of blood and land, a sizeable number of them decided against keeping their settlements as a bedroom community while working elsewhere (or in the settler councils’ bloated public sector), but rather create their own organic agricultural produce.

This has lately become one of the main tactics of the settler’s propaganda campaign: look, they say, we have boutique wineries, gourmet goat cheese and free range eggs. This same freedom of movement does not extend to the Palestinians, whose land was stolen – err, sorry, “impounded for security reasons” – but in the increasingly a-political atmosphere of Israel fewer and fewer people care.

The one thing the settlers are afraid of is a boycott. They need this money. According to this American Public Radio report, organic produce is a $290 million industry for the settlement movement. When the Palestinian government started an official boycott, the screeches from the settlements pierced the heavens. There were demands to prevent Palestinian products from reaching Israeli ports (the only way Palestinians can export their produce). When Gush Shalom republished their list of settlement produce, the settlers were so worried, they went for the nuclear option.

The Knesset is considering a bill (Hebrew)  which will make it illegal to for an Israeli citizen to boycott the settlements and their produce. Should it become law, the bill will be will be enforced retroactively: it will allow any settler to sue any Israeli who “encouraged or provided information for a boycott” up to one year before the bill went into effect. The settler-boycott activist stands to be fined 30,000 shekels without need for the settler to prove damages. This bill is intended to frighten Israelis who oppose the settler movement.

So we can safely assume the boycott hurts the settlers. Which is as it should be. And, nowadays, you can find the necessary information at your fingertips: the good people of Activismos (led by my good friend Itamar Sha’altiel) have introduced us today to the Buy No Evil app. It’s an Android app, which can be downloaded for free from Google’s Market, and it contains all the information you need to identify a settlement product. Download it now, before it becomes illegal!

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    1. Ilana Leeds

      Nothing worst than a Jewish lefty Israel hating anti settler activist with a keyboard spewing out garbage. They are on their own little suicide mission to destroy Israel from the inside out.
      I could be here all night laying out my reasons why I think this post is the biggest load of garbage ever dumped on the net by some one trying to wield a war of words with the industry and honesty of the settlers in Israel. Because of the settlers Israel will survive.
      Buy from the Israel settlers and support industry and hard work. Why should we support a bunch of lazy people who sit around all day under the olive trees smoking the nagillas complaining that Israel has stolen their land while their wives are out hoeing the fields.
      Buy Israeli made and definitely in the SHOMRON it is quality and it is KOSHER which is a dirty word for the lefties, isn’t it?

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    2. Any idea if/when this app would be available in iTunes? Does Apple let these kinds of things through their strict filters?

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    3. Hi, Adam.

      Interesting question – Apple shies away from political apps. We’ll have to wait and see.

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    4. Ali


      if this is a “load of Garbage”, then why in the world did you read it, most importantly why did you respond to it?. Obviously it’s IMPORTANT Garbage for you!!.


      Job well done!. and ITunes is definately
      worth a Try. I know Peace Now has released a similar app, tracking down settlements


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    5. CS

      There is nothing you can do against the settlements, Gurnisht. They are growing faster than any other place in Israel. People move there in masses. Settlers have more children. Settlers are very productive people also in the economic sense. The settlements provide great quality of life. Great views, with lots of fresh air. Compare the climate of Yehuda and Shomron to the crowded heat and humidity of Tel Aviv. When the rockets from Gaza will hit your neighbourhood, Gurnisht, I hope you will flee to the settlements. The settlers start building again today. That is good for your type. More Tel Avivians will be able to survive the rockets by hiding a settler’s house or garden. That will be the time to repent.

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    6. It’s part of a wide campaign to undermine the legitimacy of Israel, and not surprisingly, there are plenty of self-flagellating Jews behind it.

      It’s a shame that most settlements are
      Trabantenstädte instead of productive communities. It’s a shame that there are so many ultra nationalists living in them, and that the governments (and the Israeli society) are letting them set policies.

      But whoever is capable of participating in it – or lets face it, just pretend to participate in it, because you want all your pinko friends to think you’re an up-to-date “activist”) – is a self-righteous quasi-intellectual latte-sipping, Tel-Aviv dwelling pill.

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    7. Ilana Leeds


      Well Dan I am not one to blow my own trumpet but I think personally you should stick to the issues at hand and not delve into people’s personal lives in order to gauge the worth of their contribution.
      We all know who Mikeybear is and the poor chap has big baggage and lots of issues to work through.
      I would rather support Israeli products and agriculture than be a self hating apostate Jew who takes on all the negative press about Israel and gives that weight.
      Good try but it doesn’t work here.

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