Boycott Israel Websites Built Using Israeli Software Wix

November 18, 2013 8:39 pm 19 comments
Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami speaking at NASDAQ where Wix shares were listed to trade. The website building platform claims 40 million users, including many who oppose the Jewish state. Photo: Screenshot / Wix.

Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami speaking at NASDAQ where Wix shares were listed to trade. The website building platform claims 40 million users, including some who oppose the Jewish state. Photo: Screenshot / Wix.

Fringe organizations dedicated to boycotting the Jewish state are finding it hard to practice what they preach, with many of their websites built on a popular Israeli software platform, according to Paul Charney, chairman of the UK’s Zionist Federation (ZF).

After an investigation, the ZF said it found several websites that advocate BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions — of Israel were programmed with the popular Tel Aviv-based website platform Wix.

ZF found that the website of the Cornell University branch of ‘Students for Justice in Palestine,’ whose campaigns include advocating the boycott of skincare products, soft drink manufacturers, and even hummus, and, even more controversially, the website of the ‘Palestinian Holocaust Museum’ were among many BDS websites built with Wix.

“The misguided BDS campaign to ostracize Israel has hit another snag,” Charney said. BDS supporters now “find that living without the benefits of the Start-Up Nation might not be as easy as they’d hoped. Supporters of peace should be pleased, since boycotting Israel does nothing to help the two sides reconcile,” he added.

Wix was listed on New York’s NASDAQ stock exchange this month, and claims 40 million users around the world.

19 Comments

  • hi everybody! just wanted to ask some questions, maybe one of you can answer me!

    1. could explain to me how boycotting businesses of Jews around the world / Israelis that no longer live in Israel is not racist?

    2. why don’t BDS do anything about the 200,000 Syrian civilians murdered by Assad, or the Izid & Christians being systematically slaughtered and raped by ISIS? or maybe a word about darfur? I mean, I thought they were pro-human rights activists?

    3. BDS head Omar Barghouti was quoted saying (on video): “I DO NOT BUY INTO THE TWO STATE SOLUTION. It is not just pragmatically impossible it was never a moral solution.. The first issue would be the right of return but if the refugees were to return you cannot have a two state solution like one Palestinian commentator remarked, YOU WILL HAVE A PALESTINIAN STATE NEXT TO A PALESTINIAN STATE RATHER THAN A PALESTINIAN STATE NEXT TO ISRAEL” – so how’s talking about the destruction of a country is considered legit and democratic?

    thanks!

    PS. do you remember that the Nazis also started with boycotting of Jewish businesses?

  • Jeffrey
    Regarding the BDS Globe disruption last year , it transpires that one of their headline acts Bruce Levy ,was subsequently purged by the BDS for retweeting a virulently antisemitic Veterans Today article on Press TV . The purge was all about damage limitation . They discarded levy s London BDS blog and set up London BDS groups . A short while later it was business as usual , the new twitter stream retweeting the notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan .
    Levy took the bullet for the cause . Pity the whole wretched bunch don’t join him .

  • Iron Lion, How do you know that Wix is not targetable? I haven’t found anything to say otherwise, but I’m curious about your methodology.

    As for the rest of you, (And before you get on my case, you don’t know me, don’t know what I stand for, so don’t even go there) yes, there are racists within the Palestine Solidarity camp. Not going to challenge that, but that doesn’t make the entire movement racist. On that note, why do I hear so many people calling BDS racist, but yet noone will acknowledge that racism that is influences Israeli policy and actions in Israel and the Occupied Territories. If you don’t like Israel being singled out, then maybe it’s time you stand up and say something. There are children in Gaza literally standing in shit right now because the power plant ran out of fuel. Why? The Gaza blockade. You may blame Hamas for all of this (and I’m not saying you give Hamas carte blanche to do whatever, I do not support their actions) but if the Israelis gave a damn about the Palestinian citizens living in Gaza, this never would have happened.

    Yes there is racism in the ranks. It is your job to point that out, it is our job to cull it, because it ultimately detracts from our message. I don’t care about the Jewish nature of Israel, this isn’t about Israelis as Jews. This is about the fact that Zionism is a racist political ideology (and yes, it is political, there are Jews who are working to make sure that there is a strong separation between Judaism and Zionism.) This is not about the Jews right to have a place where they are safe from persecution, I’m all for that. This is about letting the world know that when one group of people thinks that it has a God-given right to a parcel of land, and to steal it from the indigenous people living there, that mythos is racist. It was racist in South Africa with the Afrikaners, it was racist when the Europeans and their descendants colonized the Americas, it is racist in Palestine. So yes this is about Jews, but only insofar as they are the occupiers in this current scenario. When it happens else where, the people and location will change, but it will still be wrong.

    (Note: I use racist in this reply for a simple reason: Like it or not, Arabs are semites. They speak a semitic language. Therefore Palestine Solidarity work cannot be “Anti-Semitic.” And it is not inherently anti-Jew.)

    • Dear BDS activist, I read with interest your claim that we israelis are racists, but the example you put forward, the lack of fuel in Gaza, is not relevant. It is as if you blamed the British for being racist because they wouldn’t send Fuel to Germany during the war (or the other way around, for that matter). As much as I know Gazans can purchase from Israel as much food, as many civilian goods and a reasonable quantity of fuel per day, that they choose not to buy from Israel, due to cheaper prices from Sinai. I just did a research on that subject.

    • “This is about the fact that Zionism is a racist political ideology “.
      No, Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people.

      “Like it or not, Arabs are semites. They speak a semitic language. Therefore Palestine Solidarity work cannot be “Anti-Semitic.””
      This is mere quibbling. It is true that the Arabs are also semites, but the term “antisemitic” means “anti-Jewish”, was coined with hat meaning in mind and has always been understood to have that meaning.

      “This is not about the Jews right to have a place where they are safe from persecution, I’m all for that.”
      How kind of you! Where would you permit us to have that place where we are safe from persecution, since you would deny us our ancestral homeland?

      “This is about letting the world know that when one group of people thinks that it has a God-given right to a parcel of land, and to steal it from the indigenous people living there, that mythos is racist. It was racist in South Africa with the Afrikaners, it was racist when the Europeans and their descendants colonized the Americas, it is racist in Palestine.”

      The point is, we are NOT alien colonizers, the way the Afrikaners were in South Africa, the Europeans in the Americas, etc. We are returning to our ancestral homeland. Was it “racist” when the American descendants of black slaves colonised Liberia?

      • Shimona
        My grandparents were forced to leave India and formed part of the exodus in 1947 to migrate to what we all know is Pakistan.

        Should I, therefore, and my children and their children, fight for “our right” to return to our ancestral homeland in India?

        Absolutely not. Why? Because we want peace, not bloodshed. We forgive, we move on.

        I truly believe and pray that the Israelis and Palestinians learn to co-exist.

        Yes Hamas should stop firing peas from their peashooters into Israel and Israel should not retaliate disproportionately – I.e. should stop the killing of innocent men, women and children (and I do not deny that Hamas also kills the innocent – it’s just the IDF appear to kill indiscrimately too – two wrongs don’t make a right, period?)

        Israel and the Arab world should stop playing into the hands of the West who are the instigators of this conflict. They know many Jews do not forgive the West for the atrocities committed against them and neither to the Arabs so what better way than to let the two bitter parties destroy one another whilst the firestarter sits back and enjoys the show. The West wants peace but peace only in death so don’t trust the Bonesman (the glorified modern-day suited and booted pirate John Kerry)when he claims he wants peace between the the Arabs and the Jews.

        Salaam, Shalom – let’s hhope and pray for true peace.

        • Hi Arif,

          just wanted to comment about your claim: “and Israel should not retaliate disproportionately – I.e. should stop the killing of innocent men, women and children”

          how do you define a “proportionate” response to over 4000 rockets fired on civilians? if someone attacks you with a knife and you have a gun, would you fight back with a knife to be “proportional”? if a maniac riot in the middle of the street threatening to kill people would you want the police to send one officer to stop him, to be “proportional”? so if someone weaker attacks Israel, why should Israel limit their means, on the expense of their civilians lives (who are the victims here), just to be “proportional”? please explain that logic, and while you at it, please provide a single country in this world that you believe would react differently to over 4,000 rockets fired on its civilians.

          now another thing: “killing of innocent men, women and children”. first, accept the fact that war means civilians dying. there is no technology in this world that allows a country to fight in a war without hurting civilians. in this case, Hamas uses human shields, hide in schools and hospitals (even UN admitted that fact), and do pretty much everything to make maximum civilians casualties on their own side (to gain support). still, the combatant/civilians death ratio is more then reasonable (1:1), and Israel even broke world record in minimum civilians casualties in urban warfare in 2008 conflict, with 1:30 (1 civilian killed per 30 combatant). so yeah, Israel has to defend itself but at least Israel tries to minimize civilians collateral damage and do so pretty well.

          now I know what you are going to say: “according to UN, over 80% are civilians!”. UN is a piece of *** organization that admitted publicly that they actually get their numbers based on minister of health in Gaza, which is Hamas, and some anti-Israelis NGOs, like Be’tzelem. all that while IDF provides them with tons of information, video footage and records they simply ignore.
          so if you believe the UN numbers, just know two facts:
          1. they based their estimations on Hamas and anti-Israelis NGOs.
          2. in every single war Israel ever fought, UN estimated high civilians casualties, and after the war was over the numbers turned out to be significantly lower then what UN said.

          just keep that in mind.

  • Last summer, BDS demonstrated against a performance by an Israeli theatre company at the Globe Theatre in London. The banners that they were displaying said “End Israel”. They is no question what their objective is. A short-term pretence that they only want a limited boycott of certain Israel products is simply a cover for their true intentions.

  • For thousands of years the Jewish nation has always been pointed at by the fingers of so many anti-semetic nations of the world. We have been here for thousands of years as all of our enemies have disappeared from our planet.

  • Iron Lion Zion

    I have a serious question for the author of this article: how does using wix conflict with BDS? Especially if we consider that BDS doesn’t call for an end to israel but just the companies the profit off of war crimes (wix isn’t one) then how do you feel comfortable making this “gotcha” statement went your conflation just makes it look like you are grasping at straws for ad hominem insults?

    • Algemeiner Staff

      No. The BDS movement asks its supporters to cut all ties with the Jewish state; yes, some have focused that on companies working in the occupied territories, which, of course, makes even less sense as they people who directly suffer are the Arabs, even more than the Jews. What this article shows is that Israeli firms are global and sanctions have little impact, but for the political perception.

      • At the bottom of this post I’ve linked an article by Naomi Klein which illustrates why you’re mistaken —there are several such articles by Judith Butler and other prominent thinker/writers/journalists as well. This is unfortunately not even a question of what you personally believe but a matter of fact: BDS is a tactic to stop the ethnic cleansing, not a dogma that is unilaterally accepted. I suppose it could be hard for a zionist to understand that last point thought.

        Even if you want to pretend BDS is anti-semetic you can’t pretend it is categorical when a lot of the members of SJPs and other groups around the country don’t actualize it in that manner.

        Here’s the article, as a fellow journalist I’m sure you’ll read and respect the analysis:

        http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2009/01/israel-boycott-divest-sanction

        • Iron Lion, you might want to re-read that Naomi Klein article. It disproves what you claim, and shows that the BDS movement does indeed want to boycott anything Israeli, whether or not it is directly connected to companies that allegedly profit off of war crimes. For example:

          Just about now, many a proud Zionist is gearing up for major point-scoring: don’t I know that many of those very high-tech toys come from Israeli research parks, world leaders in infotech? True enough, but not all of them. Several days into Israel’s Gaza assault, Richard Ramsey, the managing director of a British telecom specializing in voice-over-internet services, sent an email to the Israeli tech firm MobileMax. “As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company.”

          Ramsey says that his decision wasn’t political; he just didn’t want to lose customers. “We can’t afford to lose any of our clients,” he explains, “so it was purely commercially defensive.”

          It was this kind of cold business calculation that led many companies to pull out of South Africa two decades ago. And it’s precisely the kind of calculation that is our most realistic hope of bringing justice, so long denied, to Palestine.

        • @Iron Lion Zion

          Nor­man Finkel­stein, a for­mer pro­fes­sor at DePaul Uni­ver­sity and noted critic of Israeli poliy caused quite a stir in anti-Israel cir­cles in 2012 when he claimed that the BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions) move­ment has char­ac­ter­is­tics of a “cult” and seeks to destroy Israel.

          He began the dis­cus­sion by argu­ing that Israel is a state rec­og­nized under international law with respon­si­bil­i­ties, oblig­a­tions AND rights. He chal­lenged the latent hypocrisy within the anti-Israel move­ment (and his co-panelists), which con­stantly points to inter­na­tional law to jus­tify its agenda while ignor­ing the fact that inter­na­tional law estab­lished Israel as a Jew­ish state. “How does one pro­pose to win sup­port for the Pales­tin­ian cause based on inter­na­tional law yet not sup­port two states? That just doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said.

          He con­tin­ued to assault com­mon objec­tives of anti-Israel activists. He specif­i­cally took issue with the BDS movement’s claim of being “rights-based” while again not rec­og­niz­ing Israel’s right to exist, say­ing, “That’s pure unadul­ter­ated hypocrisy. And, speak­ing per­son­ally, I don’t want to have any­thing to do with it. And speak­ing polit­i­cally, it won’t go anywhere.”

          When Israel became a State in 1948, 5 Arab countries attacked the following day. Israel lost 1% of its population. In 1948, some 156,000 Arabs CHOSE to stay and become citizens. In which case, Israel must be the most hopeless country when it comes to “ethnic cleansing”! In 1948, 856,000 Jews were “ethnically cleansed” from Arab countries where they had lived for hundreds of years as “dhimmis” or second class citizens.

          In 1967, the Arabs attacked; and again in 1973. In all cases, it was Arab aggression and Arab rejectionism that continues this conflict. When Egypt illegally “occupied” Gaza, they did not ask the Palestinians for a state. Similarly, when Jordan illegally occupied Judea and Samaria and threw out the Jewish majority in Jerusalem, no mention of a state. The Arabs could have had their 23rd state in 1948 but rejected it. Moreover, the British (Churchill in 1922) illegally stole 78% of the land mandated for the Jewish national home, to create the Emirate of Trans-Jordan, which later became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Thus, Jordan is a British creation, whereas Israel, the modern state, was “reconstituted” in international law, a law that cannot be altered, cancelled or ignored, no matter how hard the EU or US try.

          The Arab-Israeli conflict rests entirely on the position that for the Arab it is shameful to have Jews living as equals in the Middle East. Hence, Gaza is Judenrein; Abbas has declared “Palestine” to be Judenrein. One cannot be a Jew and hold citizenship in Jordan or Saudi Arabia.

          After the Qu’ran and Mein Kampf, the most popular book in the Moslem world is “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, a malicious forgery accusing Jews of blood libel and world domination.

          This book is alive and well and constitutes numerous iterations. Inside, you will find “Jews” speaking out against Jews, Judaism and Zionism. Sadly, you refer to Jews who, for unconscious reasons, attack their own people, while defending the right of others to murder Jews whether inside of Israel or outside.

          • A Zionist

            You put the Quran into the same league as Mein Kampf?

            What utter nonsense, what lies!

            Stop trying to fool people into believing the majority of the Muslims in this world all hate Jews. We are NOT racist, we do NOT hate Jews. If you bothered to read the Quran you will see that we are commanded to respect all races, all creeds. The only Jews (and Christians) that the muslims were commanded to kill at the time of the Prophet Muhammed were the handful of Jews (and Christians) who broke a peace treaty where innocent Jews and Muslims were killed and that’s what “that” verse you and your cronies always hide behind relates to..!

            Stop your lies, stop trying to cause trouble because the world does not believe your garbage.

            I stress this because I’m sick of the propaganda each agaenda tries to project upon the innocent. My brother, a medical doctor, treated an Israeli soldier in the UK who mistook my brother as an Italian or Greek. The two were chatting and when my brother told him he was a Muslim the Israeli soldier was shocked and even more shocked when my brother told him we give salutations of peace to ALL the great Jewish Prophets especially Moses and Abraham. The Israeli soldier admitted he was not taught this in Israel where he grew up and at the end of their friendly chat the two shook hands.

            God, and you only know what your true agenda is whether it was or wasn’t disclosed in the so called Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

            I tend to look at the actions of people and unfortunately yours stinks.

            Get a reality check

            So, A Zionist, stop being sneaky, speak the truth, look for commonalities between people to bring them together rather than trying to drive a bigger wedge between them, and finally, learn to accept that truth always conquers falsehood.

          • How different is YOUR Tora in terms of racism against ANY ‘Gentile’? Why do your leaders make it clear that Palestinians are not to be considered ‘human’?

            http://goo.gl/hu6SVr

        • To offer the hatred filled Klein who is nothing more than a rabid anti-Semite accidentally born a Jewess, as an objective source is really plunging the depths of credibility.

          There is NOTHING to respect about an individual who attempted to whitewash the blatantly anti-Semitic “2001 Durban Conference” or who even more egregiously accuses Israel of being a sick society based on “Holocaust pornography” where Jewish men sexualize images of emaciated Holocaust victims as something to masturbate over.

          Read here to see just how low she will stoop in her quest to destroy the Jewish state: http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1317489&ct=7506395

        • You reply is a typical BDS tactic, identifying what you call a “prominent thinker/writers/journalists” who share BDS hatered toward Israel to establish legitimacy for BDS. BDS is not only based on a lie that Israel is an apartheid state like old South Africs, but uses bullying tactics against those who disagrees with it and use pressure tactics on uninformed celebrities to enlist their support. All your pretention about relying on facts to support an ideology based on lies, is shameful.

        • Iron lion etc
          Suggest you check out the BDS / PSC logo which depicts a Palestinian state ‘ From the River to the Sea ‘ . They also call for the RoR of millions of so called refugees to pre 67 borders . Not very Two state solution .
          Then again I think you already know that . Save the BDS BS for those who are not up to speed with BDS and its underlying motives .

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