….and here is how one British Jew responded to a boycott call in the UK

July 25, 2010 by J-Wire
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Gerald Oberman lives in Brighton. He sent the following e-mail to the Methodist Church in the UK….

J-Wire publishes part of Oberman’s e-mail…his boycott instructions to the Church

to the Methodist Church by Gerald Oberman regarding their call for a boycott of goods from “illegal Israeli settlements”.

To: The General Secretary of the Methodist Church and Connexial Team.

Dear Sir,

In your annual conference you have passed a policy calling for a boycott of goods from “illegal” Israeli West Bank settlements”.

You claim this is not antisemitic. But how else do you explain this strange obsession with Israel? What about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, or the Sudanese slaughter in Darfur, persecution in Zimbabwe and elsewhere?

Your boycott of Israeli “settlements” is, of course, the prelude to a boycott of all Israel. I trust you are preparing a complete boycott of everything coming out of Israel.

Check all your medications. An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis.  So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately, diagnose their symptoms.

An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralysed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries. If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel .

Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood.  This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn’t use this device because of your passionate cause.

These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from Israeli research and developments.

Boycotts often affect research.  A new research centre in Israel hopes to throw light on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Joseph Sangol   Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer Hospital , aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research.

A  researcher at Israel ‘s Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies which can neutralize the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the  existing vaccine.

Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko’s research and discovery of one of the human cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to DNA repair, control of newly produced proteins, and immune defense systems.

The Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Centre has successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson’sdisease in a select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique.

For women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids, the development in Israel of the Ex Ablate 2000 System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a non-invasive alternative to surgery.

Israel is developing a nose drop that will provide a five year flu vaccine.

These are just a few of the projects that you can help stop with your  Israel boycott.

Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

So, throw away your computer. Computers should have a sign attached saying Israel Inside. The Pentium NMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids.

Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R. & D. facilities outside the US in Israel.

Get rid of your mobile phone. This technology was also developed in Israel by Motorola which has its biggest development centre in Israel. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli scientists.

Part of your personal security rests with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect and defend our lives from the terrorists you support.

A phone can remotely activate a bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank robbers, or hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and police have access to cellular jamming and detection solutions. Israel’s Net line Communications Technologies has the security expertise to help the fight against terror.

Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. Israel has more museums per capita. Israel has the second highest publication of new books per capita.

Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation on earth. These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom of expression, economic opportunity, and quality of life.

Israel is the only country in the world which had a net gain in the number of trees last year.

Israel is making a massive contribution to the world, including the Palestinians – and to you – in science, medicine, communications and security.

Pro rata for population, Israel is making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth.

And what is the Arab world doing? Buying rockets and missiles and threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

The call by your church to boycott Israel, which is the intention, reeks of the stench of antisemitism.

You should all hang your heads in shame.

Yours faithfully,

Gerald Oberman.


3 Responses to “….and here is how one British Jew responded to a boycott call in the UK”
  1. David R says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with the intent and message of Gerald’s letter. However, the facts (at least the ones I can speak to) are misleading: “Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel”

    TRUE: The “CentrINO” (Not CentrUM) processor was designed and developed in Israel
    FALSE: The Pentium 4 microprocessor was developed in Israel (I was one of the pentium4 designers. This particular processor was developed in Oregon).

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    I’m sorry for the betrayal of Bishop Putney on this issue as representing the Catholic Church as President of the National Council of Churches in Australia.
    I hope in this matter it wasn’t something he wanted to be a signatory to, the same applies to the Salvation Army.
    Maybe there should have been a conscience vote.
    It was interesting to note that the Prespyterian Church isn’t a member.

  3. Yittah says:

    You have of ourse, sent copies of this to al the Australians calling for boycotting Israel, I hope…..I will do my part and send it to everyone on my mail list.

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