Thursday, October 30, 2014

Palestinian SodaStream Boycott Leads To Hundreds Of Unemployed West Bank Arabs

(Inquisitr) As one famous Israeli politician once said, “The Palestinians never miss the opportunity to miss an opportunity,” and the recent SodaStream debacle, involving Scarlet Johansson, was no exception to that rule.

There has been controversy for a while now, surrounding the SodaStream factory in the West Bank, a territory which is disputed between Israel and the Palestinians, since their 1967 war.

A campaign against the SodaStream factory was launched by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, (BDS) which works to ruin prospects of peace in the Middle East, by unhelpful boycotts, such as the SodaStream one.

While the group works to isolate the Jewish State what it actually does, as this case proves, is to cause unnecessary trouble and the loss of hundreds of Palestinian jobs for the workers from surrounding Palestinian towns who were employed by the company. [...]

The boycott is clearly counter-productive, no matter what your view on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute of land is, as it has directly caused a massive loss of income for hundreds of Palestinians who cannot travel over 100 Kilometres to the relocated SodaStream factory in Israel.