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Monday, June 30, 2014

Supreme Court decisions ---Boycott Israel Movement

               5-4 split



WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union's costs of collective bargaining.
In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.

The Boycott Israel Movement
Last week, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) generated headlines when it became the largest religious group in the United States to endorse a divestment boycott against Israel. The vote called for the church’s investment fund to sell stock in three companies that do business with the Jewish state.
The United Methodist Church, the largest mainline Protestant group in the U.S., has also recently voted to sell the stock of a firm that provides security equipment to Israel’s prison system. The Methodists did reject a call for a church-wide divestment.

The reason for the boycotts is to protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians. Various liberal organizations have somehow gotten the idea that Palestinians are being mistreated, and they want to apply “economic leverage” to force Israel to do something crazy—like tear down its West Bank security barrier. (Yes, the wall that has been protecting Israeli citizens from suicide bombings.)
Another reason for the boycott is to avoid buying products produced in so-called “illegal settlements.” Since the West Bank is a hodgepodge of zones controlled by Palestinians and Jews, there is no way for a supermarket to know for sure what jurisdiction a crate of apples came from.
The idea of boycotting Israel is not a new concept. An official embargo of all Zionist institutions and Jewish businesses was adopted by the Arab League immediately after the formation of the state of Israel in 1948.

The organizers of these boycotts need to realize that it’s not just the Arabs that they are copying. When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany he ordered a boycott of Jewish shops, banks, offices and department stores. Nazi storm troopers held signs on street corners that read: “Germans, defend yourselves against the Jewish atrocity propaganda, buy only at German shops!” And “Germans, defend yourselves, buy only at German shops!”
What has been largely lost to history is that Hitler’s boycott was a complete failure. It was so widely ignored by German shoppers, Hitler called it off after just three days. What followed the unsuccessful boycott was a series of laws which robbed the Jews of their rights and property.

The boycott against Israel has no chance of working. The dollar amount of the Methodist Church’s holdings was only $100,000. Israel has a total GDP of $300 billion. I’m sure someone who takes cancer drugs made by Teva pharmaceuticals is not going to stop using them because they are made in Israel.

The boycott Israel movement is really just anti-Semitism by another name. The enemies of Israel keep presenting a series of falsehoods, hoping that the public will accept them as fact.