Buy Israeli Wines – Don’t Buy Settlement Wines (They’re not the Same)

Buy Israeli Wines – Don’t Buy Settlement Wines (They’re not the Same)

On April 6, 2011, Meretz USA President, Dr. Moises Salinas-Fleitman, and Executive Director Ron Skolnik issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

This Passover, as part of your traditional celebration of freedom and justice, Meretz USA asks you to add the political act of boycotting wines produced in West Bank settlements to your holiday. As you shop for Passover and buy wine for your Seder, we urge you to refrain from buying wines that were produced in settlements. Passover is a story of liberation, and what better way to embody and live the experience of liberation than to stand up to the unjust policies of the Occupation and of settlements in the West Bank?

The Green Line between Israel and the West Bank/Gaza constitutes the geographic basis for a viable Israeli-Palestinian two-state compromise; four decades of Israeli settlement expansion are destroying that basis. Israel’s Occupation and settlement policies compromise Israel’s character as a democratic Jewish-majority state, while undermining relations between Israel and the future Palestinian state. These policies isolate Israel diplomatically in ways that are likely to have long-term security consequences. For these and other reasons, Meretz USA is promoting a boycott of wines grown and produced in West Bank settlements. Buy wines from Israel, don’t buy wines from the settlements; they are not the same.

The following table lists wines made in West Bank settlements and sold in the U.S. Please boycott these wines. If you know of any other wines that are produced in West Bank settlements and sold in the U.S., e-mail us as mail@meretzusa.org and we will add them to the boycott list.

Click on this PDF document– Wine boycott.pdf –or go to our website for this list of wines we suggest you not buy.

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By | 2011-04-06T19:55:00+00:00 April 6th, 2011|Blog|9 Comments

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  1. Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Folks,

    I’m quite confused by the fact that Meretz USA has made no mention of boycotting Israeli wines from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    Wines from the Golan Heights are sold in the US: http://www.golanwines.co.il/distributor_1_eng.asp?id=5

    What is the explanation for this? Has Meretz USA decided to give Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights a free pass?

    Ted

  2. Werner Cohn April 10, 2011 at 4:20 am - Reply

    so here is this pronouncement, signed by a Doctor and an Executive Director, promulgating a punishment upon Israelis who do not meet their high moral standards.

    1) who appointed the Doctor and the Executive Director to their positions ? Was there a meaningful election by a membership ? If so, was there more than one candidate for each position ? Or were there just some moneyed donors who made the personnel decisions ? Whatever the process was, does it give any moral legitimacy to Doctor and Executive Director to declare a boycott on part of the Israeli wine industry ?

    2) This is not the first time that someone has declared the Jews of Gush Etzion guilty of the crime of being Jews. The story goes back to the 1920’s, when the Arabs decided that this region must be judenrein, free of Jews, and then proceeded to murder those Jews that they could find, a task taken up once more in 1948. If the Doctor and the Executive Director would take the time to read that history ….

    3) The Doctor and the Executive Director have decided where the borders of Israel and Palestine need to be. Obviously, being Doctor and Executive Director, and being resident in the United States, it is they, not the Israelis and the Palestinians, who are suited for that task in their own eyes.

    4) Doctor and Executive Director have decided on this punishment of Israel during the same week that Hamas is attacking Israel with a rain of missiles. But neither Doctor nor Executive Director can be bothered to consider these bombardments. Such consideration, apparently, would not promote the “peace” as conceived by Doctor and Executive Director.

  3. Anonymous April 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    I read this blog regularly, and the silliness of the comments made by “Ted” never cease to amaze me. When an organization, like Meretz USA, attacks settlement construction in the West Bank, does that mean that, by not noting the Golan, they are supportive of settlement there? Of course not.

    When it says it’s for a “two-state solution”, does that mean that they’re giving Israel a “free pass” regarding a withdrawal from the Golan? Gimme a break!

    Ted, give us all a break and start using your energies to help end the occupation, not squabble with the forces that are trying to do so.

    Stu

  4. Ken Knoppow April 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    My reaction to the lack of a boycott of Golan wines is exactly that of Ted’s. If we are going to boycott the occupied territories, let’s be consistant. Golan is occupied! It may be religiously Kosher, but it’s politically traife. As to Werner’s comments, are you a supporter of Meretz or of Bibi? I think you got on the wrong website!

    Ken Knoppow

  5. Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Ken,
    I, too, boycott Golan wines. My problem with Ted is that the tone of his comments is never constructive. He seems dedicated to tearing down, rather than finding common ground.

    Stu

  6. Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Dear Stu,

    It seems to me it’s rather straightforward. If you title your campaign “Buy Israeli Wines – Don’t Buy Settlement Wines (They’re not the Same)” but exclude wines from the Golan Heights, there is something factually (and legally and morally) wrong with your campaign.

    Also, please bear in mind that if you discourage people from buying West Bank wines, and fail to mention the many Golan Heights wines available in the US, you may actually stear people to buy more wines from the Occupied Golan Heights. Don’t you think that stearing people away from supporting one Israeli occupation to support another Israeli occupation is problematic?

    Ted

  7. Ron Skolnik May 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    The boycott statement did not make explicit reference to goods and services made in settlements in the Golan Heights. The goal of this campaign is to end the policies of Settlement and Occupation in the West Bank by calling them out and achieve a two-state solution. Therefore, we have explicitly focused on boycotting products that are the direct result of the Settlement and Occupation policies and that impede the ability to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinian people. Peace with Syria is an important issue, and we believe a final Israeli-Syrian peace agreement will involve a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights. But, it is clearly settlement in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, with a settler population of roughly 500,000 that constitutes the more immediate threat to peacemaking, human rights, and Israel. In order to highlight this threat, and to avoid conflating the West Bank and Golan Heights issues, we did not include goods and services made in the Golan in our targeted boycott.

    The question of the Golan has been addressed here: http://www.meretzusa.org/targeted-boycott-why-not-golan

  8. Karin September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Or boycott Israeli wine that doesn’t protect wild life a better reason than politics

    http://www.greenprophet.com/2011/09/judean-hills-wineries-israel/

  9. Anonymous July 4, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Thanks for giving me a nice List of Wines to go out and buy!
    I will go ahead and support them!!

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