Pears Foundation Funds Israel Boycott Lobby


By Jonathan Hoffman
November 21, 2012
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http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/no-board-cooperation-ngo-whi...

Shockingly the Pears Foundation - the main funder of Jewish Community projects in the UK which describes itself as "a British family foundation rooted in Jewish values" - funds Crisis Action which is lobbying to persuade the EU to impose a boycott of goods produced in the Disputed Territories of Judea and Samaria.

http://crisisaction.org/en/partners

Look at the list of "current funders"......

Does Pears believe that a boycott of Israeli goods is consistent with "Jewish values"?

Pears really needs to become more discerning about its funding decisions, if it is not to become part of the problem rather than part of the solution to antisemitism:

http://cifwatch.com/2012/11/09/kosher-stamps-for-post-anti-zionism-at-pe...

I asked Pears to comment on their funding of Crisis Action but they did not respond.

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happygoldfish

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 09:04

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crisis in action's most recent annual report can be read at http://crisisaction.org/docs/annual-reports/crisis-action-2011-12-annual...

it is engaged in 6 campaigns … syria, sudan and southern sudan, israel and the occupied palestinian territory, the democratic republic of congo, the lord's resistance army, and afghanistan

on page 6, its israel and opt campaign is summarised as ": the European network of NGOs, coordinated by Crisis Action, helped catalyse action by European member states to increase the political cost of trading with illegal Israeli settlements"

on page 18, it states: "Although the Palmer Report focused on the legality of the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, it was misinterpreted in some media to mean that the entire blockade was legal."

on page 22, it makes clear that it advocates a boycott of settlement produce (but not "legitimate israeli produce"): "In contrast to campaigns advocating for a total boycott of Israeli goods, this movement sought to enable consumers to distinguish between legitimate Israeli produce and that originating from illegal settlements."


Mary in Brighton

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 09:40

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" Pears really need to be more discerning about their funding decisions "

Jonathan why don't you exercise your power and make them ?

goldfish are you against consumers having information about the origins of products they might buy ?


Real Real Zionist

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 11:48

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I asked Pears to comment on their funding of Crisis Action but they did not respond.

It is possible that Pears have better things to do with their time than get involved in a squabble with someone that is totally discredited and a full time attention seeker.

How is your " campaign " to stop the Board from engaging in a joint exercise with Oxfam coming along btw ?


Ben F

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 12:40

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And only a FORMER Co-Vice Chair of the ZF too.


J.Clifford

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 13:00

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Tra-la-la Trolls and BDS supporters must be so annoying for you that one of your favourite funders supposedly "a British family foundation rooted in Jewish values" has been shown up for what it truly stands for.


Real Real Zionist

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 13:31

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Janet I am sure the Pears Foundation is perfectly comfortable with what it is and its numerous admirers are too. You don't seriously think a childish swipe from Hoff is going to hurt it do you ?


J.Clifford

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 15:28

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Don't know about Pears Foundation but you Trolls aren't too comfortable with it. Anything 'childish Hoff' blogs appears to have 'hurt' you to the point of insanity - then again it didn't have to 'hurt' you that much did it?


zaheerayin

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 16:50

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Did Janet have her tongue stuck out when she typed that?


happygoldfish

Wed, 11/21/2012 - 18:00

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Real Real Zionist Hoff is the man with the blogging rights.He sets the agenda. He abuses it by using it as a forum for his own personal agenda.

a blog is personal!

but i agree we need more people with blogging rights

then we could have posts like this one, from "snowtracks in the desert", telling us how to make israeli sweet potato turkey pot pie for tomorrow's thanksgiving dinner


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 09:51

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a blog is personal!

I take that point, it was rather a silly thing for me to say. I will amend the comment to reflect that.

In agreeing that we need more people with blogging rights you are not agreeing with me. I am content for Hoff to fill the whole stage continually reminding folks what he is and what he represents. Though I guess some people might find sweet potato turkey pot pie a welcome change in diet from Hoff's porkie pies.


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 09:55

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Janet,Hoff is the man with the blogging rights.He sets the agenda.Since this agenda consists of shameless self promotion, nit picking swipes at individuals and organisations and an endless stream of trivial drivel he is only going to get swiped at.

If he were to post something constructive I am sure folks would engage with him constructively.

Tell you what you are a mate of his. How about you get him, say, to post his thoughts on how the IP nightmare might be resolved. Then people would discuss it constructively and without rancour.


J.Clifford

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:03

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I don't feed trolls not even sweet potato turkey pie.


happygoldfish

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 15:03

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J.Clifford I don't feed trolls not even sweet potato turkey pie.

how about this, then, from the same blogger …
An Expat Adventure in Israel?

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