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February 6, 2014 11:53 am

Oxfam Spokesperson Owned by SodaStream’s Daniel Birnbaum on BBC Newsnight (VIDEO)

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Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, being interviewed on the BBC. Photo: Screenshot / BBC.

Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, being interviewed on the BBC. Photo: Screenshot / BBC.

Back in the 60s, anti-war activists sometimes used the pejorative phrase “you have to burn the village to save it” to condemn U.S. military tactics in Vietnam, to (unfairly) characterize the alleged destruction of North Vietnamese villages as being for the larger purpose of purging Viet Cong forces from the area. While such sloganeering was something of a specialty within the anti-war movement, that particular sentiment comes to mind when considering the mindless, destructive campaign by Oxfam, and like-minded pro-BDS groups, against the SodaStream factory in Mishor Adumim.

As you’ll see in the following clip of a segment on BBC’s Newsnight, Oxfam (an anti-poverty organization!) would evidently rather see 500 Palestinians fired from their jobs than tolerate the presence of a successful Israeli owned factory in Area C of the West Bank. Whilst there are some anti-settlement lies that go unchallenged during the debate, the hypocrisy and moral obtuseness of Oxfam and the broader anti-SodaStream movement is clearly revealed in the exchange between Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman, Oxfam’s Director of Policy Ben Phillips, and SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • Yidvocate

    Orwellian inversions of truth.

    “Palestinians thrown off their lands” what about all the Jews that Jordan expelled from there between 48-67?

    “Illegal occupation” Really? Of who? Jordan? No they illegally occupied from 48-67. The Palestinians? No such creature and certainly no such polity in 67.

    “Illegal Settlements” Says who, Oxfam? Are not these Arab invaders of north Africa and the Middle East, in truth the illegal settlers and the Jews who have had a continuous presence here for thirty five hundreds years and the only sovereign entity ever in these lands the rightful occupants?

  • Abe

    Why are there roadblocks, no one asked…

    Wait, oh yes they were blowing up buses and in our citys..

    Oh, what happened to all the greenhouses and factory’s in Gaza from where the “Settlers” were expelled, did the Palestinians create new jobs there (no road blocks…), no, they use it as a staging area to launch rockets..

    Waste of time

    • Sloane

      Right on, Abe.

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