Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Karin Kloosterman, a Canadian-Israeli freelance journalist living in Tel Aviv, sent me an opinion article about a vote by the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees - Canada's largest union - to boycott Israel. In the article she points out that those who voted for the boycott should also stop using :
  • all those cellphones that use technology developed by Motorola Israel;
  • computers that use Intel's Centrino chips or Intel's new multi-core processors, both of which were largely developed at the company's facilities in Israel ( several parents in our children's school and kindergarten, and at least one friend of ours work for Intel R&D here in Haifa );
  • AOL Instant Messenger: the technology behind this was developed by four young Israelis ten years ago;
  • water taps: according to Karin Kloosterman "almost every town and city on the grid in Ontario distributes water through valves developed by Israelis";
  • Skype: VOIP, the technology that made Skype possible and enables us to talk for free over the internet services, was Pioneered in Israel;
  • Several drugs that save lives or make lives more livable and that were developed by Israeli companies and/or researchers: Copaxone and Rebif ( drugs for multiple sclerosis ), Exelon ( used against Alzheimer's disease ), Doxil ( an anti-cancer drug );
  • OHIP: covered camera-in-a-capsule technology of Given Imaging ( where one of our neighbors works, according to the company car that she drives ), which eliminated the need for painful colonoscopies.

As you see - and as the blinkered 'idealists' of the so-called Left in many western countries fail to notice - Israel did contribute a little more to humanity than only that damned occupation. For some reason I believe that the Jewish state has contributed and continues to contribute much, much more to mankind than all those regimes that will never have to fear a boycott by CUPE, NATFHE, and other organizations and individuals who claim to care for the wellbeing of the Palestinian people. Unless of course you consider Hama rules and suicide terror in its ultimate form to be laudable contributions.

Probably all those who voted in favor simply did and do not have any idea what the Jewish state is all about, and that the occupation is something that many of those Israelis who in a more normal world would be their natural allies would like to get rid of as soon as possible, if not sooner. In the meantime, many of the public employees in the Ontario area will stop using what they know to be Israeli products, unaware of the Israeli origins of so many things that will continue to make their lives easier and more pleasant. As Karin Kloosterman told the teachers of Ontario before they were about to vote on the boycott ( unfortunately her advice did not have the result she hoped for ): "...perhaps you should think about reneging on your vote, and be reminded of something my grade 4 teacher used to teach us about searching for the truth, no matter what the consequences, lest you all be like the type of vegetarians that no one likes- the ones who sneak meat when nobody is looking."

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