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Looks as if another group of "humanitarians" has gone political.
I know that those people try hard to do a good job in many ways and are working tenaciously to bridge the gap between autochtones and allochtones in Belgium and in Europe, but I do regret that they don't refrain from taking sides in a complex issue such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
To some extent it feels to me a little similar to the donations by some Irish Americans to the IRA. They believed they were helping the "Irish cause".
As far as I know this organisation belongs to a wider group called "European Fair Trade Organisation", but I think they are the only ones to have this ad campaign.
They are not specifically Belgian. Similar organisations (and shops) are found in France, the Netherlands, etc.
Being critical of IsraŽl's policies only makes sense if you also dare to be critical of the "other side" , and this cartoon certainly does not do justice to the Israeli side.
In my opinion such cartoons may work as a boomerang . They do discredit those that reduce the conflict to a simplistic goodies-baddies opposition.
Not a good way to create a more just and more peaceful world as Oxfam is offciallys triving for.
Yet, am I wrong in believing that also Likud and Israel's
Labour party are often very unjust in their ways of (mis)representing each other? And can a state forbid groups of individuals to express "unjust" and "incorrect" opinions?
Best answer to disinformation is correct information.
This campaign looks like a futile attempt by fanatic masochists to revive an earlier anti-South Africa campaign. Sunkist now being replaced by Jaffa.
As far as I have noticed it's only the very young idealistic builders of "castles in Spain" that will deny themselves a good quality fruit because it was produced in a country that did try to make peace with a murderous enemy.
I would never want my choice between a Carmel wine or a French Chardonnay wine to be determined by whether Sharon or Chirac are my political buddies. There must be hundreds of other and better ways to express your political views than by a silly boycot.
It just increases the polarisation.
'Dost thou think, because thou art politically "virtuous", there shall be no more Tel Azra Wines, Tekoa Mushrooms, Shamir Salads, Adanim Tea in this country ?'.
If I must believe the oxy67.zaup.org/boy.html site not even any "carnations,helianthus,gypsophila,and roses with long or short stalks" can be imported any more.
People organising such boycots must be bad cooks and inveterate sourpusses.