As some people and organizations seek to single out Israel for boycotts or similar actions, it is heartening to see that there are many who reject the scapegoating and singling out of Israel and recognize them for what they are. We are seeing a groundswell of Israel’s supporters who speak out and take actions to combat those who treat Israel as they treat no other nation. This story from Sweden caught my eye:
In a public statement, the student union of the ruling Moderate party (Fria Moderaternas Studentforbund) writes “We can unload the ships”.
The statement refers to the boycott that the Swedish Dockworkers Union currently is imposing on Israeli cargo arriving to Sweden as well as Swedish cargo destined for Israel. In response to the Dockworkers Unionâ€™s boycott, the young Moderates offered to offload and load those ships which the dockworkers refuse to handle.
Their statement reads:
“Today, the Swedish Dockworkers Union has initiated a blockade of goods to and from Israel. The reason is that Israel did not let through a number of ships which were aiming to break their naval blockade of Hamas. To so clearly take a stance for Hamas and their unlimited naval access to accept all the goods they wish, including weapons, is a manifestation of hate towards Israel, not a support for the suffering population. Those who really want to have peace in the Middle East should instead take a stance against the terror group Hamas and the horrible suffering which it has caused Gazaâ€™s population. It is Hamas’s fault that people are suffering in Gaza, not Israelâ€™s.”
As a sign of their support of Israel the students have consequently decided to act in order to break the Swedish blockade against Israel and load and unload those ships which the dockworkers refuse to handle.
Anyone in Sweden interested in helping the Moderate Student Union can contact chairman Gustav Dymov for further information and contact details:
Great initiative, and one that they explain clearly and emphatically. Good for them!
h/t to Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy blog.