HUNGARY - App Boycotts Products Tied to Israel

Arno Froese

The free app, called “No Thanks,” was launched by Palestinian graduate student Ahmed Bashbash [based in Hungary] last November. Downloaded by 100,000 users within a month, the app enables consumers to scan product barcodes to determine if the item has connections to Israel.

By the start of April, “No Thanks” reported one million people had downloaded the app. Millions of users had viewed tikTok influencer videos promoting “No Thanks,” contributing to the app’s growth of 900,000 downloads in four months.

The app targets companies from McDonalds to Adidas. Some companies made the boycott list for condemning the Hamas terrorist attacks of October 7, in which 1,200 Israelis were murdered and 253 people kidnapped into Gaza.

“I trust that supporters of the ‘No Thanks’ app, which urges the boycott of Netflix and Apple, will soon be turning off their TVs and disposing of their iPhones,” said Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors and an expert on the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions).

For Eyal Cohen, an Israeli expert in software and app engineering, the problem with “No Thanks” is that “it makes it very easy to boycott without having to dig deep at all,” he told The Times of Israel.

“A lot of people really want to be a part of something. It doesn’t matter if it’s justified, as long as they feel inspired by it,” said Cohen, who is based in the US and studied at Brandeis University.

“I have to give it to the pro-Palestine movement and even terrorism, as they inspire people,” said Cohen. “It really does persuade people, unfortunately, it’s not a logical thing,” he said., 28 April 2024

Arno's Commentary

Cohen’s words, “It doesn’t matter if it’s justified, as long as they feel inspired by it,” seem profound and not limited to Arab Palestinians but literally to the world at large. 

Here we are reminded of the words of Nehemiah 13:2: “Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.”

Doubtless, the intended curse (boycott) will have the opposite effect on Israel.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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