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Contact: Helen Freedman, Executive Director
March 26, 2012


     This Friday, March 30, is one we approach with trepidation. Israel's enemies, including Barack Obama's friend, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are planning a Global March on Jerusalem (GMJ) to protest against the "Judaization" of Jerusalem. Millions of Muslims will supposedly be marching against Israel's borders. Israeli institutions in major cities will be threatened.

     How did such an idea take hold? It ignores Israel's ancient and current claim to Jerusalem as its capital city. It ignores the fact that under Israeli sovereignty the churches, synagogues and mosques and all other holy places are protected by the IDF and Israeli police. It totally ignores the multi-cultural nature of Jerusalem.

     And America's major Jewish organizations seem to be ignoring the threat also. Where are the outcries, the demonstrations, the street protests? All we hear from our so-called leaders is silence. The grass-roots groups are trying to raise awareness of this outrage with limited success. The media is complicit with the enemies of truth.

       Compounding this abomination is the threat of a boycott of Israeli goods on the same day. This boycott would support the GMJ. One group has come up with a response - a BIG day - BUY ISRAEL GOODS.  Although AFSI differs with StandWithUS in some respects - such as their continuing faith in a "peace process," we feel it is important for you to join their BIG program. See their information below and if nothing else, be sure to BUY BIG on Friday, March 30, to assert your pride as an American who loves Israel.


StandWithUs Announces "BIG" (Buy Israeli Goods) Day For March 30  





StandWithUs is urging schools, campuses, synagogues, community organizations, and individuals to celebrate Israel by designating March 30 as the day to buy up Israeli goods at local stores. 
The date was chosen because the anti-Israel boycott campaign has planned a global boycott of Israeli products for the same day (March 30). Protestors will stand outside stores, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli products.
"We need to show the boycotters that their efforts remain doomed. Let the boycotters know that when they call for boycotts of even one or two stores or products, they will face a much larger movement to buy Israeli goods," said StandWithUs co-founder and CEO Roz Rothstein. "We are telling people to go to their local stores, request the exact Israeli products being targeted, and buy them out. Let store managers know they should keep Israeli products well stocked on the shelves."
StandWithUs, in partnership with the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, successfully countered similar boycott days in 2010 and 2011. They mobilized Israel supporters in every store that the boycotters had targeted worldwide. Shoppers bypassed the protesters and bought out entire Israeli product lines. Delighted store owners said it was their best shopping days and promised to keep their shelves stocked with the targeted products.
March 30, 2012, is an opportune day to purchase Israeli products because the Jewish holiday of Passover is in April this year. Shoppers can choose presents from the wonderful array of Israeli-made items, from fine Israeli wines to the high-quality Ahava beauty products, Israeli-made jewelry, shoes, clothes, and food, including Sabra or Tribe hummus and Osem cookies.
"We must defeat the boycotters who advocate destructive, instead of constructive, measures, who undermine hopes for peaceful coexistence, and whose only goal is to cripple and damage Israel by hurting Israeli citizens," Rothstein emphasized. "We can only do this by joining together to be part of a BIG campaign like this." (AFSI takes exception with the statement about "undermining hopes for peaceful coexistence." We believe it is Muslim Arab hatred and unwillingness to recognize Israel's right to exist that destroys hopes for peace.)

Visit www.BuyIsraelGoods.org -The Web site includes a store locator so people can find stores in their area that carry Israeli products. The BIG campaign is a partnership between StandWithUs and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

StandWithUs is encouraging Israel's supporters to take videos and photos of themselves purchasing the products and submit them to big@standwithus.com.


StandWithUs created a flyer listing "Six Reasons You Should Oppose Boycotting Israel" at  www.standwithus.com/flyers/pdfs/saynoboycottsflyer3.pdf. One reason, the flyer lists,  is that boycotting Israel hurts the peace process by encouraging hard-liners and "does nothing to help the Palestinians improve their lives." Shoppers should buy both Israeli and Palestinian products as "an investment in peaceful coexistence." (Again, AFSI believes there is no "peace process" possible, especially since Hamas and Fatah have joined forces and rockets and missiles have been targeted at Israeli citizens by the hundreds. "Palestinians" will see an improvement in their lives when their leaders start caring for their people, rather than lining their own pockets with European and U.S. funds.)

StandWithUs has released an online button promoting the campaign for supporters to post to their Facebook walls. A physical button is also available to pin on your clothes, attach to your key chain, etc. Order it at shipping@standwithus.com

  • YouTube footage from UK supermarket (TESCO)  - WATCH
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