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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Toronto buys over 500 cases of Israeli wine in half an hour to beat boycott

Remember the old joke about how for an Irish wedding you double the liquor and for a Jewish wedding you halve it. Don't believe it. I got the email and pictures below from a reader in Toronto who asks to remain anonymous. This is truly a beautiful story:
Hi Carl,

There was a boycott of Israeli wine at the largest Ontario LCBO (Ontario's liquor distributor) by a group called Not In Our Name (see info at http://www.nion.ca/) and another Palestinian organization (I'm not sure specifically which one). In a counter move, Toronto's Jewish community mobilized and showed up in the hundreds to buy all the Israeli wine at this LCBO. I heard from someone outside that they sold over 500 cases in a matter of a half hour. By the time I got there, about 30 minutes into the counter protest, there was no more Israeli wine available, and the boycotters had left in defeat. Here are some pictures if you are interested for your blog. If you are interested, please refrain from using my name. Thanks and I love the blog.

Thank you for sending the story and the pictures. Maybe we should ask some of these people from Toronto to go buy up some of the Israeli products at Carrefour in France.


There are more pictures from this demonstration here.


At 1:15 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The BDS campaign is not about influencing Israeli behavior. It is about isolating Israel around the globe as a prelude to effectuating its ultimate destruction. What should be noted is towards whom the BDS campaign is NOT directed at: the Palestinians for their Nazi behavior and extreme anti-Semitism. To the Left, the Palestinians are the victims and the Jews are the occupiers - which is a neat and morally repugnant reversal of morality and historical truth. Which doesn't matter to those hate Jews and they could care less if the Palestinians suffer as a result of their misplaced hostility towards Israel.

At 1:53 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Sorry your comment now sounds like you were imagining something. I decided that I don't have to give those morons a soapbox from which to spout their crap.

At 1:56 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

And if I have to go to full moderation to keep the morons and the trolls off here (I already moderate anything more than a day old to keep the spam comments out), I will.

At 2:15 AM, Blogger Josephine said...

Great report!

I was there today. It was fantastic.

I posted a few photos of the empty shelves, LOL. I've got video but it probably won't be uploaded before tomorrow.

At 2:17 AM, Blogger menodimi said...

A great day for Israel,the Jewish community,Canadians and Democracy.I felt proud being a participant in support of Israel.The crowds were peaceful,decent,well behaved,and polite.Contrast that to the anti Israel protests around the world where chants of "Long Live Hitler" framed the behaviour of vicious crowds, who in some instances went as far as chasing police for blocks(London).The growing demonization of Israel is a barometer of a growing anti semitism around the world.Jews cannot be the sheep of yesterday whose naivety could not allow then to fathom the thought that human beings could subject human beings to the wholesale slaughter that was the Holocaust.Today my parents,Holocaust survivors,would be proud of the Jewish community,and Canada!Shalom and Happy Passover!Next year in Jerusalem.

At 2:57 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Josephine (or anyone else who has video),

Please send it to me and I'll embed it (first best video only).

At 3:08 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl, I say go for it! I was referring to the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions campaign that was initiated by the Palestinians and adopted by Far Leftist groups worldwide. As we both know, the comparison of Israel to South Africa is both factually and invalid and morally obscene. That said, I'm heartened that people bought out those 500 cases of Israeli wine to best this boycott. And I agree with you these morons don't need a soapbox - on your blog and from the rest of us who support Israel.

Its bad enough already out there.

At 3:13 AM, Blogger Moe Wire said...

JDL Canada played a huge role in making this happen. However, all our Jewish orgs - CJC, B'nai Brith, UJA & Simon Weisenthal put the word out through their mailing lists as well. While I was happy to see this incredible turnout, it highlighted what we can achieve if we all work together. Unfortunately this hardly ever happens. Our national Jewish orgs should feel shame for not cooperating with each other more often. Egos & agendas stand in the way of solidarity, which in turn weakens us all.

At 4:05 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Agreed, etty. Jewish and Zionist organizations can effectively work together to ensure Israel gets the backing it needs. A lot more has to be done to beat back the wave of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attacks we've witnessed over the past few years. I think a major and beneficial difference in that effort this time is Israel appears to now have a government that will put the country first instead of acting as a spokesperson for Israel's adversaries. That's long overdue and welcome.

At 4:35 AM, Blogger abbie said...

One stick can easily be snapped in half, two sticks make it more difficult but three or more it is almost impossibleto break. When the community is united as it was today at the LCBO store at Summerhill in Toronto, all who were there felt pride. The next time we must show undivided support is at York University on June 22nd when York, Queens and Osgoode Hall will have a conference on ONE STATE. This is just the beginning and we all must be there to show our solidarity for Israel and against jew hatred.

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

Funny how these groups tell everyone to boycott Israeli products but they still carry around their cell phones, lap tops and other electronic devices made with and by Israeli companies.

So far this insane idea hasn't hit my area, but if it does, I will be buying a whole lot of Israeli wines.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

I heard about this. Very cool to see the boycotters go home in defeat.

At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go

At 7:39 AM, Blogger rickismom said...

This is a proud moment for the Jewish community.This type of thing should be done more often.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The boycotters were STUPID for planning this a few days before Pesach.

I bet the store would have sold out of Kosher wine regardless!


At 8:12 PM, Blogger Josephine said...

Thanks for the link, Carl!

I really think the tide is turning and the Jewish community is starting to realize that something serious is happening which requires action on their part.

I hope the Zionist Christians are getting it, too.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Izzy said...

I was there too. I wrote a little bit about it as well. I'm very proud of the Jewish community here in Toronto. =)


At 11:56 PM, Blogger 89 said...

Oh snap! What a hilarious and may I say righteous story. It's just like the boycotting of Denmark after the cartoon controversy - suddenly everyone wants to buy from Denmark to fight the boycott. Whenever I hear of a boycott of Israel, I make a point to buy some Israeli fruit, some lottery tickets in an Israeli lottery etc. First I check if Israel has become an "apartheid" state, and every time it hasn't, so - in short Laugh Out Loud.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Andres said...


I want to thank these canadinas macckabees for this great action against antisemitism and for the sake of democracy!!

As a non-jew its`s really scary to the same facist-winds as were blowing in the winds in nazi German, now being supported by the "brown" leftwingmovement of the West and the arabic islamists.

May we christians and jews stick toghether and recongnize that we share the samt source and the same hope in Israel and Messiah!!

God bless Israel!!

Am Israel chai!! /andres chacòn


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