(JNS.org) The New York-based newspaper The Jewish Voice is calling on the pro-Israel community to boycott French-made products in response to France’s recent decision to issue labels distinguishing between Israeli products from within and beyond the 1967 lines.
“We are calling on all supporters of Israel, be they Jewish or not, to immediately cease and desist in the purchase of any and all products made in France,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial published Dec. 2. “And that means cheese, wines, perfume or any other staple items that we naturally associate with France. Let the French learn that Israel supporters will not be economically pinched without pushing back.”
The Jewish Voice’s editorial comes in the aftermath of Israeli Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren’s Nov. 27 tweet that Israelis should “think twice” about purchasing French products. France’s government directed businesses to not use “Made in Israel” labels for products from Israeli companies in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.
“The truth is, the anti-Semitism emanating from France is essentially endemic to the culture and society and has been for centuries. It is also the European hub of vitriol directed at the Jewish state,” The Jewish Voice wrote.
Jewish Voice Publisher David Ben-Hooren told JNS.org that he is encouraging other media outlets to mirror his newspaper’s call to boycott French products.
“I’m calling on other media companies to follow suit and create this awareness that we are not going to take this. We are not going take this from France,” Ben-Hooren said. “Let’s not forget that America is a major market for French products, and I hope the mainstream media will take notice of it and join us.”