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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Adding my name to the boycott

My good friend and fellow blogger Jameel (at the Muqata) has written an excellent letter to the distillers of West Dunbartonshire; the Scottish region that has recently implemented a complete ban on all Israeli products.
I urge you to join us in this counter-boycott, and encourage your friends, family and Shul's kiddish clubs to do the same.
Here's Jameel's letter.  I'm proud to add my name to it:

Letter to the Fine Whisky Distillers of West Dunbartonshire
Tuesday, 31rst May, 2011
To The Fine Whisky Distillers of West Dunbartonshire;
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd.
Auchentoshan Distillery, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire G81 4SJ
Distillers of Auchintoshan, Bowmore, Glen Garioch, McClelland’s
Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd
Lomond Industrial Estate, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire G83 0TL
Distillers of Loch Lomond, Scots Earl, Distillery Select, Glen Scotia,
Littlemill, Croftengea, Craigslodge, Inchmurrin, Glen Douglas, Inchfad
Chivas Brothers
Kilmalid, Stirling Road, Dumbarton, Lanarkshire, G82 2SS
Distillers of Ballantine’s, Chivas, Royal Salute, Clan Campbell,
Something Special, Passport, 100 Pipers, Imperial, Long John
Aberlour, The Glenlivet, Glendronach, Strathisla, Longmorn, Scapa
Tormore, Jameson, Paddy, Powers
Walker Special Old, Wisers
I would like to preface this letter, in that I have enjoyed your fine whisky products for many years, and believe they are truly world-class. Unfortunately, due to the actions of your esteemed West Dunbartonshire council members, I will not be able to enjoy your whisky in the foreseeable future.

It has come to my attention that the West Dunbartonshire Council claims to have voted unanimously to boycott Israeli products.
The West Dunbartonshire Council clearly states their point on their website, updated on the 30th of May, 2011.
The actual boycott resolution is as follows:
‘This Council deplores the loss of life in Palestine which now numbers well over 1,000. This Council also recognises the disproportionate force used by the IDF in Palestine and agrees to boycott all Israeli goods as a consequence. Officers should immediately cease the purchase of any goods we currently source, which were made or grown in Israel. Officers should also ensure we procure no new goods or produce from Israel until this boycott is formally lifted by WDC.’
I find it disturbing that the esteemed council found no reason to mention the reason for the IDF’s operation in Gaza. There was no mention of the intentional targeting of civilian infants, children, women and men by Gaza’s Hamas government, the thousands of rockets they launched at Israel’s civilian population, and the restraint that Israel employed over the previous years when attacked on a daily basis.
The IDF does not target civilians. The vast majority of Palestinians that Israel killed have been terrorists. Go check the facts. I have. Palestinians terrorists routinely use hospitals, mosques, and schools to launch their rocket attacks on Israel. Try defending your population from terrorists and see if you can guarantee zero collateral damage. Does your council not condemn the barbarism of the Arab terrorist because in the back of their minds they are concerned terrorists might hunt them down and terrorize THEIR families?
Why was there an IDF operation in Gaza in the first place? To oppress poor Palestinian Arabs? How would you deal with Gazas’ Arabs’ targeting Scotland’s babies, other children, and other civilians. Have you not seen the pictures of atrocities the Arabs have visited on innocent children, or does your council not care? We are not talking about isolated attacks on Israel, but about thousands of rockets they have launched at Israel’s civilian population.

The restraint of Israel under attack is astounding. Colonel Richard Kemp, previous Commander of British Armed Forces in Afghanistan said when presenting his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in October 2009: “During its operation in Gaza, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.” (source)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said to the US Congress last week: "Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel's Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one half of 1% are truly free, and they're all citizens of Israel! This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East!" (source)
Lastly, the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas stated this past Saturday that the future state of Palestine will be “free of Jews.” (source)

The State of Israel offers equal freedom for all its citizens, Jew, Arab, and Christian alike, including full parliamentary and judiciary representation. The State of Israel is the unchallenged leader of democracy in the Middle East, and the West Dunbartonshire Council boycott unfortunately attempts to undermine the very success of Israel as a democracy.
Therefore, it saddens me to have to inform you that the global counter-boycott of Scottish whisky products, distilled in the West Durbanshire Council region, is beginning. I don’t know anyone who bears malice toward these fine distilleries. When, however, your local council representatives boycott my country, under the most unethical and immoral of pretext, you cannot expect your market to sit idly and pretend your are not perverting justice.
• The counter-boycott is on the purchase of Scottish Whisky, distilled in the West Durbanshire council region.
• The counter-boycott is not retroactive and applies only to purchases made from June 2011 onwards.
• The counter-boycott will not prevented global residents from purchasing whisky products, distilled outside of West Dunbartonshire.
• Attempts to depict this counter-boycott as racist are also entirely inaccurate. The counter-boycott is instigated in response to conduct and boycott initiated by the West Durbanshire Council and applies to no specific ethnic or religious group. This is in direct opposition to the West Durbanshire Council which refuses to condemn the actions of Palestinian terrorists targeting Israeli civilians and the anti-Semitic, racist declarations of the Palestinian Authority, which calls for a “Jew-free” apartheid, State of Palestine.
The counter-boycott is publicizing the list of West Durbanshire distilled whisky by internet and distributing press releases to news agencies and others around the globe.
Jameel Rashid
The Muqata Blog

Also signed,
David Bogner
The Treppenwitz Blog

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We recently discovered Suntory Single Malt Whisky "Yamazaki". It's quite good; I guess they'll be getting my business from now on.

Posted by: Sean | Jun 1, 2011 7:14:39 AM

Shultz kiddish clubs?

Posted by: wogo | Jun 1, 2011 8:18:24 AM

Truly amazing letter. This deserves wider distribution. Strong work, Jameel.

Posted by: psychotoddler | Jun 1, 2011 2:18:49 PM

When Scotland decided to release the Lockerbie Bomber is when I decided to switch from single malt scotch to bourbon. I haven't looked back.

Posted by: Raz | Jun 1, 2011 5:36:32 PM

Only thing is that the distillers are not the ones boycotting Israel...

Posted by: Shlomo Argamon | Jun 1, 2011 5:45:43 PM

San Francisco is also joining the boycott.
See this:
And this:
As well as this:

And here's a cogent commentary:

Israellycool is doing a fine job riling-up the folks in West Dunbartonshire (most unemployable part of Great Britain, btw): http://www.israellycool.com/2011/06/01/the-great-whisky-counter-boycott/.

Bourbon - it's sacramental. Who knew?
And tequila has come a very long way since the days of drunken frat boys.

Posted by: At The Back of the Hill | Jun 1, 2011 9:03:07 PM

"Clan Campbell?" Oh, the shame, that my ancestors would even tangentially be involved in this nonsense (didja ever wonder what "wry mouth" is a transliteration of?) ;./

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jun 6, 2011 12:48:36 AM

I recently sent a letter to the council with copies to the distillers involved. I would suggest this to be an effective way to get the point across.

Posted by: Morton Isaacs | Jun 6, 2011 9:15:48 PM

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