April 08, 2009

Boycott one get one free!

Tescos has set up a boycott helpline, according to the Jewish Chronicle:
Pro-Israel groups have attacked Tesco for setting up a customer helpline for those considering boycotting Israeli goods.

Tesco says it provided the service in expectation of calls questioning its stocking of products from Israel and the West Bank.

Callers selecting the general information option on its customer helpline hear the recorded message: “If you are ringing regarding Israeli goods, please press one.” They are then connected to specially-trained call centre staff.

A Tesco spokesman claimed the dedicated line — introduced for “functionality” reasons after increased inquiries during the Gaza conflict in January — was removed on Monday. But it was still available when the JC rang later on. Tesco does not offer a similar service regarding products from elsewhere.

Well perhaps they don't get as many queries about goods from elsewhere.
Zionist Federation co-vice-chair Jonathan Hoffman said Israel had been made a scapegoat. “The risk is that supermarkets will say it’s too much of a problem to stock Israeli goods.”
Israel's been made a scapegoat? What for?

Did you notice anything about the intro to the article? "Pro-Israel groups have attacked Tesco." Well? Pro-Israel groups. They always used to say "Jewish groups". Has the tide turned? Is the JC distancing Jews and Jewish groups from Israel? I doubt it. I read that in 1913 the JC was acquired by a consortium of zionist businessmen. It has changed legal ownership but I don't know if it has ever been owned by non-zionists.

Anyway, the article goes on to claim that Tescos were going to stop their boycott helpline but it must have been fun while it lasted and BDS is on a serious roll now.


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