In a recent news release, the American Board of Rabbis has called upon the people to boycott France, a call I have echoed on IsraPundit many a time. The complete text of the press release, as documented on the site, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/10/prwebxml173519.php, is reproduced below.
How effective are boycotts? Having called for several, my view as to why I boycott and advocate boycotts is as follows.
1. Boycotts are effective - see how we've been hurting the wine industry of The Islamic Republic of the Franks!
2. Boycotts are better than doing nothing, especially when accompanied by letters to the French embassy [indeed, I will be sending a copy of this post to the French embassy in Ottawa]. Boycotts give one a feeling that one is doing something more constructive than fiddling while Rome is burning.
3. Boycotts help spread the message in subtle ways. For example, the other day I needed tires and, as usual, Michelin was suggested. This gave me an opportunity to inform the vendor that "I don't buy from the French because of their anti-American and anti-Israel policies. Find something else for me".
4. Don't you feel nausea when you deal with the French? I sure do - and I boycott out of utter disgust.
5. The policies of boycott and disinvestment come from the enemy - nothing is healthier than giving the enemy a dose of it's own medicine. Why get mad - get even.
Text of the news release as posted at
New York (PRWEB) October 30, 2004 -- Following the welcome and acceptance by the country of France of Master Terrorist Yasser Arafat, the American Board of Rabbis (ABR) voted unanimously to ask the Jewish people for a world-wide ban of everything and anything French – products, services, and even the French language! The ABR is a New York-based Rabbinic association promoting Jewish unity through the advocacy of religious and human rights for the Jewish people worldwide. According to Board President, Rabbi Mordechai Yitzchok Friedman, “France’s harboring of Arafat, a known and internationally recognized terrorist, who is responsible for murder of thousands of infants, children, women, and men, is consistent with their tradition of anti-Semitism and anti-American activities.”
Beginning in 1940, France cooperated with the Nazis by promulgating and enforcing anti-Jewish legislation and by assisting in the deportation of Jews to extermination camps. The French Vichy government enacted the Statut des Juifs (Jewish Law), which defined Jews by race and restricted their rights. Vichy authorities also actively collaborated by establishing internment camps in southern France, arresting both foreign Jews and French Jews, and directly aiding in their deportation to extermination camps in occupied Poland. Such collaboration was a crucial element of the "Final Solution."
Following a recent U.N. Security Council vote to step up its campaign against terror, which resolves to "condemns in the strongest terms all acts of terrorism irrespective of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed, as one of the most serious threats to peace and security," United States President George W. Bush signed the Global Anti-Semitism Bill, requiring the US Department of State to monitor global anti-Semitism and annually rate countries on their treatment of Jews. France’s harboring of a known terrorist, such as Arafat, is a direct violation of both articles of legislation.
Rabbi Friedman, along with ABR members who are children of Holocaust survivors, experienced a dark period when the Nazis occupied Germany and many Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps to die. “Since the Holocaust, Jews have not been murdered as these terrorist Palestinian factions under Arafat’s control are doing now. We must not tolerate this double-standard where the proposed genocide of the Jewish people is applauded daily by Arafat and his followers.”
The Holocaust began in 1941, during a Berlin meeting between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini and the Nazi Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler. Hitler promised the Arab leader that after securing a dominant military position in Europe, he would send the Nazi war machine into the Arab world under the guise of liberating the Arabs from British occupation. About two months later, the infamous Wansee Conference took place in which the Nazis produced their plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
While captured Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg, al-Husseini escaped and became the major force to bring Hitler's program of genocide to the Arab world. Returning to the Middle-East, the mufti ordered death to any Arab who opposed him, as served to groom his nephew Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Husseini to instigate violence against the Jews and spread Nazi hatred throughout the Arab world. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Husseini later changed his name to Yasser Arafat.
Rabbi Friedman concludes, “As it states in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, Verse 3, ‘G-d will curse those who curse the Jewish People,’ and so shall the people and country of France be cursed.”