These so-called “boycotters” are actually engaged in a store invasion and vandalism. Is this a single action or will it become a de facto part of French life, like car burnings?
As Vlad Tepes says:
This is more important than it appears. If French authorities do nothing about this, thugs will set policy for government and private sector alike. This defines fascism in its most repugnant sense.
There is supposed to be some kind of big demonstration in France this coming Thursday to further the cause of boycotting Israeli goods. In different times, that probably wouldn’t matter. But in the current downward spiral of the global economy, this virus could harm Israel if it spreads.
Notice in the video that they attack the produce department, taking tomatoes and clementines from Israel. In a strange echo of behavior in Palestine in 2005, they repeat wanton destruction.
Going after Israeli tomatoes is particularly ironic, given the Palestinian destruction of hothouses in Gaza after Israel withdrew:
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On the eve of Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, Middle East envoy James Wolfensohn brokered a deal to purchase greenhouses built by Jewish settlers in the hope of providing employment and export income to the Palestinian people and boost the fledgling economy. Wolfensohn and a number of other donors, including several American Jews, bought the greenhouses, which averaged more than $75 million in total crop output annually, and gave them to the Palestinian Authority.
Wolfensohn and a number of other donors, including several American Jews, bought the greenhouses, which averaged more than $75 million in total crop output annually, and gave them to the Palestinian Authority.
Almost immediately after Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, many greenhouses were ransacked and looted. In September 2005, looters in Neve Dekalim, the largest Jewish settlement in Gaza, walked away with irrigation hoses, water pumps, and plastic sheeting, often while Palestinian policemen watched.
Despite pleas from the Palestinian Prime Minister to leave the structures intact, the security situation around the greenhouses worsened. In 2006, roving gunmen destroyed greenhouses in the former settlement of Morag, and dozens of armed militiamen ransacked more than 50 acres of greenhouse space in the former settlement of Gush Katif.157 Witnesses said the militants used bulldozers to demolish the buildings’ frames, and then destroyed or stole whatever equipment they could find inside, including irrigation computers.
The Palestinian Company for Economic Development, the organization in charge of running the greenhouses, complained that hundreds of greenhouses and other agricultural installations were destroyed. In an appeal to the Palestinian Authority leadership, the company said, “These greenhouses and other installations and projects provide a source of income for over 4,500 families. We are very disturbed by the recurring attacks and thefts. Such actions jeopardize the largest agricultural project carried by the Palestinian Authority after the Israeli withdrawal.”
Nearly 70% of the greenhouses have been completely destroyed, most recently by Palestinians who dismantled some of the remaining greenhouses to sell to Egyptians after the Gaza-Egypt border was breached in January 2008.161 The treatment of the greenhouses is an example of how, contrary to Palestinian propaganda blaming Israel, the economic troubles in the Gaza Strip are largely self-inflicted.
For the civilized world, there is a time for building up and a time for tearing down, a time for holding on and a time for letting go.
The Palestinian cultural cesspit understands only half the equation: it breeds destruction.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.