Giulio Meotti points out some very scary parallels between the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses in Germany in the 1930’s and the European boycott of ‘settlement goods’ in our own time.
We obtained a copy of the document just released by the Europen Union with a list of the Israeli locations beyond the Green Line.
The document is meant to support “the exclusion of settlement goods from preferential treatment”. It’s a very detailed list of all the Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria which must be isolated, targeted and boycotted, including the postal code and the name of the city, village or industrial zone where production conferring status has taken place appear on all proofs of preferential origin issued or made out in Israel.
A note clearly states: “Operators are advised to consult the list before lodging a customs declaration for releasing goods for free circulation in support of which they intend to provide proof of preferential origin issued or made out in Israel. If they find the postal code appearing on the proof of origin in their possession in the list of non-eligible locations, they should refrain from claiming preference”. The communities listed are non eligible for duty-free status under the 1995 EU-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
There is also the correct spelling in Hebrew, from Merom Golan to Beit El, Sha’arei Tikva and Elkana, Alfei Menashe and Bracha, Halamish (“also named Neve Tzuf”) and Kiryat Arba, Psagot and Ofra.
This boycott blacklist not only violates international free trade, it is an obstacle to Mideast coexistence and constitutes the revival of racism.
The EU boycott is reminiscent of the 1933 first Nazi boycott of Jews, in which youth held posters in German and English urging the boycott: “Germans, defend yourselves against Jewish atrocity propaganda.”
The poster of the boycott lobby now says: “Europeans, defend yourselves against Israeli atrocity propaganda.” Where is the difference?
There is also the same feeling of helplessness expressed by the great philolog Viktor Klemperer, a witness of the Nazi boycott: “The boycott begins tomorrow. Yellow placards, men on guard. Pressure to pay Christian employees two months salary, to dismiss Jewish ones. No reply to the impressive letter of the Jews to the President of the Reich and to the government. No one dares make a move”.
Replace placards with labels, Christian with European and Jewish with Israeli. No one dares make a move.