Do not let them give a prize to boycotters, even if they are Israeli
The owner of a McDonald’s in Tel Aviv, who boycotts Jews who live in Judea&Samaria has applied to get a franchise in Ben Gurion Airport. In Israel, there is a law against boycotters. It is not activated sufficiently well nor sufficiently often. The Shadow has brought to our attention a creative initiative shown by an anonymous person/people: they put up a sign just like those that warn (Jewish) Israelis that they are about to enter Area A of the Palestinian Authority and that going there is both against the law and dangerous (apartheid, anyone?) saying:
Israelis Please Note: Area “M” is ahead of you, which is controlled by a company that boycotts parts of Israel. By entering this area you become a supporter of the boycott.
Owner of McDonald’s Israel is Omri Padan, one of the original founders of the Peace Now movement. He has openly stated that he will not open any branches in Judea&Samaria. In effect, this is boycotting Israeli citizens, and there is a law against boycott.
According to ynetnews, Yossi Dagan, head of Samaria Regional Council, wrote letters to both the Transportation Ministry and the Finance Minister stating:
. . . as Padan is in violation of the anti-boycott law, he cannot participate in a government tender. Therefore . . . Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is entitled to block Padan’s application for airport concessions.
Both ministries responded that this is not a matter they can decide upon since they are not responsible for concessions at the airport. Is this another instance of lackluster national leaders being unwilling to stand behind a law the Knesset passed?
So, what can we do? The Israel Airport Authority is responsible for tenders at the airport (would this not fall under the Transportation Ministry?). In any case, the only place I found where one can write to them and ask that the concession not be awarded to the boycotter McDonald’s is HERE. First, fill in your personal information in the uppermost section and then go down to the bottom, where you will see this:
I wrote something about hearing that McDonalds was applying for a tender at Ben Gurion and, given that they openly and purposefully boycott citizens of Israel living in Judea&Samaria, something that is against the law in this country, and therefore I respectfully request the Airport Authority not give a prize to boycotters.
Add to the comments section below any other ideas you have for fighting this potential tender.