Organizers of the new world-wide campaign to boycott imports of goods and services from so-called Palestine and their clients today expressed satisfaction with the spectacular results they have registered in this regard.
Newly-elected CEO Waleed Abu Ish of the Boycott of Palestinian Goods and Services Commission (BPGSC) said he is delighted that global distributors have been shifting their imports of agricultural and horticultural products from the Arab settlements in Gaza and the West Bank towards more deserving sources in the developing world.
"The reactionary Islamist neo-Nazi regime in Gaza created by the Muslim Brothers and the corrupt gangster regime in Ramallah, propped up by certain discredited NGOs, racist clergy and academics in the West, are enforcing apartheid against 60,000 indigenous Christians and over 2 million women. This heinous religious and gender apartheid is illegal under international law and must stop at once," he said.
He noted that the multinational business community is sensitive to handling tainted products from Palestinian entities which Judge Goldstone identified as engaging in war crimes. Accordingly, there has been a dramatic decline in Palestinian shipments to Western markets - including the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Jordan, Turkey and Japan - of flowers, soap, olive oil, figs, dates, pita, Cremisan wine, strawberries, couscous and handicrafts.
Last year, two-thirds of this trade was lost due to cancelled orders in the amount of $62 million. This included rejected Palestinian promotions of fair trade chocolate bars and many apparel categories. The forecast for the entire year of 2014 is an astonishing 71 per cent plunge.
Abu Ish also reported on successful discussions with the services industry in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. "There is a growing realization that fostering business dealings and exchanges in the travel, educational, professional and medical sectors with these apartheid-based regimes is counterproductive." For example, reputable travel agencies no longer book tours to the Palestinian territories.
"We are also grateful to the British and Canadian authorities for acting on our requests to deny entry to incoming trade missions and fairs from "Palestine," Abu Ish stated. "This ensures that Palestinian commerce will never gain a foothold in Western markets to lubricate these odious regimes," he said.
The BPGSC campaign is proud to be receiving the support of thousands of consumers in shopping clubs, trade unions, senior citizens groups, Catholic and Evangelical churches in America and Scandinavia, the Jewish, Lebanese Maronite, Palestinian Christian, Hindu and Ismaili Muslim faith communities, women's groups, the farm community and charitable organizations.
It is confident that just as South Africa - the apartheid paradigm established by Dutch colonialist settlers - was brought to its knees by the boycotts led by international civil society, so too will the brutal Palestinian Hamas and Fatah Muslim oligarchs of Gaza and the West Bank be defeated by NGOs like us world-wide.
Recent events in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Saudi Arabia mean that the entire Arab world ruled by Muslim despots is exploding. This will allow Arab Christians their freedom to build their churches again all over the Middle East and Arab women to enjoy full human rights, just like in democratic Israel.