Is­rAc­tion Day goes global

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACKMAN

THE PRO-IS­RAEL grass­roots cam­paign to com­bat the boy­cott and help the home­less at the same time has spread be­yond the UK.

Is­rAc­tion Day, which en­cour­ages the pub­lic to buy Is­raeli prod­ucts and do­nate them to home­less char­i­ties, has been adopted by groups in South Africa and Ger­many — and more could fol­low.

Found­ing groups North West Friends of Is­rael and Sus­sex Friends of Is­rael are in talks with or­gan­i­sa­tions in the US, Canada, France and Scan­di­navia to join in on the event on De­cem­ber 13.

The ini­tia­tive has al­ready at­tracted the sup­port of the Board of Deputies, Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion, Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil and the Glas­gow Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral Is­rAc­tion Day saw £30,000 worth of food do­nated to the home­less, but North West Friends of Is­rael co-chair An­thony Den­ni­son said that this year the event would be much big­ger.

“There’s a mas­sive need for peo­ple to give to food banks, and it’s great that peo­ple can sup­port Is­rael at the same time,” he said

“It’s also im­por­tant to sup­port the re­tail­ers who ig­nore anti-Is­rael boy­cotts that are really an­ti­semitic cam­paigns.

“The more peo­ple join in, the more it shows how much the boy­cott is a fail­ure.”

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