The Anti-Defamation Commission has denounced the appearance of BDS stickers that were placed on Israeli food products at Coles Malvern this week. The discovery was made by a Jewish woman whose parents are Holocaust survivors.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission issued the followings statement:
“A new front in this vicious war against Israel has been declared, as members of the Jewish community cannot even go shopping without being assailed by a full-throated antisemitic movement. The actions of this dangerous , reminiscent of the Nazi campaign of ‘Don’t Buy From Jews!” must be forcefully condemned. Who would have thought that a supermarket in Melbourne would be hijacked by BDS advocates who are willing to use underhanded tactics, intimidation and the vicious slur of apartheid to promote their warped cause. Let’s be clear: the call for boycotting of Israeli goods creates a climate of incitement and hostility which has often resulted in the murder of Jews. It also takes no great leap of the imagination to see that the words “Free Palestine” are a hate-filled rallying cry for the violent annihilation of Israel, echoing the rhetoric of the genocidal Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. It is a matter of grave concern that such malicious material, which has become the weapon of choice for those who wish to delegitimize Israel, is defiling our shelves, and we call on Coles to be extra vigilant in ensuring that such incidents do not occur again.”