Pro-Israel groups protest upcoming Boycott Israel day

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – Pro-Israel groups are urging supporters to buy Israeli goods on March 30 to counter a global anti-Israel boycott called for that day.

"We are telling people to go to their local stores, request the exact Israeli products being targeted, and buy them out,” said Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs, which is spearheading the Buy Israel Goods project together with the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce. “Let store managers know they should keep Israeli products well stocked on the shelves."

March 30 has been declared the fifth annual Global Day of Action by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, an international initiative that seeks to undermine support for Israel using these three methods. The movement is asking its supporters to protest outside stores that stock Israeli products, and speak out for academic and cultural boycotts of Israeli individuals and institutions.

The two pro-Israel groups mounted a similar counter-protest last November, calling on shoppers to buy Israeli-made products at stores targeted by the BDS movement. A list of U.S. stores carrying Israeli products is available at www.BuyIsraelGoods.org.

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