June 12, 2011

It's time to sample some Irish whiskeys...

Fed Up With Scotch Boycotts of Israel? Boycott Their Whiskey. — Commentary Magazine:

In the last few weeks, the Scottish municipalities of Dunbar and West Dunbartonshire were in the news because of their official boycotts of Israel. In a gesture of support for the Palestinians, Dunbar has sought to boycott all products made in Israel while West Dunbartonshire has banned books by Israeli authors from being acquired by their public libraries. But some pro-Israel activists are not taking this lying down. They say two can play at this game and are now promoting a counter-boycott of the most famous product of the region where Israeli books may no longer be read: Scotch whiskey.

The Jerusalem Post reports today that the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs (FJMC) has called for Jews to boycott whiskeys produced in the West Dunbartonshire region. The FJMC is an umbrella group for men's clubs affiliated with the Conservative movement of Judaism has brought to its members attention that three well known producers of spirits, Morrison Bowmore, Loch Lamond and Chivas Brothers are products of that region of Scotland. Chivas, which also produces the Glenlivet and Ballantine brands, is a popular staple of Sabbath "Kiddush clubs" which follow services at some synagogues....

Divrei Torah over Chivas? Who knew? Try it with a single malt...

Alas, there's nothing Scottish I use, and thus can boycott, except Scotch. If I find some time and energy (Ha!) I'll send e-mails to Scotch distillers, telling them I'm drinking gin now, because of this sick and disgusting business.

* Update: To any stranger who Googles this piece up, I'm not Jewish. But all SANE Americans support Israel! Why?

As I wrote here...

Israel is us. Israel and the United States are the only two countries that are ideas. Anyone who "gets" America's idea, as expressed in the founding documents, is an American. As much so as someone whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower. If I say someone is "un-American," you would not imagine that I'm criticizing their skin color, or accent, or lack of long residence in our country.

It's much the same with Israel. Jews from obscure corners of the world, with all sorts of languages and skin colors can make Aliyah and become Israelis.

Both countries have been refuges for the oppressed. And both have been founded by those who fled the control of their "betters" in the European elites. Fled and used only their own strength and courage to build a country from nothing. Both countries were toughened by fighting against savages, and by taming a harsh landscape.

Both countries are hated by Leftists, because Leftism is about taming people, and putting them under control of self-styled elites...
Posted by John Weidner at June 12, 2011 8:35 AM
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