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Boycott hits israel - zionist
plea for help

This is an email sent by a zionist group in israel to their friends in America for help - read it, it reveals the real economic collapse Israel is facing as boycott after boycott hits israel.


Subject: An Easy Way To Help Israel Now
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 12:52:05 -0400
From: Dovid Ben Chaim <>

[Below is an e-mail just received from the group headed by the great Rabbi Avi Weiss. Please help and forward.]

Hello there,

As we are all aware, the situation Israel has been facing is a gravely dangerous one.  Every Israeli has been a victim of terror, either directly or indirectly.As if this is not bad enough, the Israeli economy has taken a huge hit resulting in terrible losses.  Companies, businesses, and stores (large and small) are unable to move their goods due to a nonexistent tourism industry. 

In addition, the boycott of Israel by the EU has resulted in the loss of an entire market for the Israelis.It is the typical chain effect and everyone from the manufacturers down to the store owners are in horrible financial trouble. 

Store owners are unable to pay their rents, pay for their inventory, replenish inventory sold, support their families or pay their bills. Our fear is that these shops will start to close leaving every Kikar in Israel deserted.We can help in a very real and direct way. 

We have store owners in Israel that are willing to travel with some of their inventory. What happens is, they come with enough inventory...sell off what they brought, and then take orders that are filled upon their return to Israel. 

For example, at KJ in Manhattan on Mother's Day....people were buying up a storm and once everything was sold, people had no problem with seeing a sample of the item, paying for it, all with the understanding that once the vendor returns to will be shipped. Think of all the Ben Yehuda stores.  Art work, photographs, prints and posters, jewelry, trinkets, ceramics, judaica, t-shirts...these are just some examples of the  merchandise sold in the stores there.  With the same assortment of vendors brought here, there will be something for everyone.

We are coordinating these events for a number of communities throughout North America --the first to be held in Westchester and we need your help. We are desperately trying to defray our travel costs.  We need to fly these vendors in at our expense.  Two airlines have agreed to allow people with frequent flyer miles to purchase round trip tickets from Israel in other people's names (the vendor's names).  Delta and Continental. 

Also, it might be possible to utilize American Express points/miles to purchase tickets.  We are asking for people to donate frequent flyer miles so that we can directly help these Israelis.  If given the chance to come here to our communities, they will return to Israel with the funds to pay their bills and support their families.  In turn, the manufacturers also benefit because inventory is being moved, paid for and replenished.We need to act quickly and because of this, we are looking to start bringing vendors in for June. 

We are asking you to donate your miles/points and to let us know if you are able to do so as soon as possible. Our communities will be joining together to assist these Israelis.  We are in need of your help to make this possible and to see it through to fruition.  We are all one people...we are all family.  They need our help desperately and we need yours.

We are available for any questions you might have.  Feel free to contact us at anytime.

With much appreciation,
Meredith Weiss                             
National Director,                         
Coalition for Jewish Concerns                               
(office) (718) 796-4730