SOUTH AFRICA - BDS Tries to Derail Multi-Million Dollar Deal with Israel

Arno Froese

A proposed multi-million dollar deal between Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) and South Africa’s biggest dairy producer Clover could be in serious trouble due to heavy pressure from the anti-Israel lobby.

Newly-formed consortium Milco, in which Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) holds a majority, is offering to buy 59.5% of the South African dairy producer. 

The deal would buy out Clover for $354 million and bring a much needed financial boost to South Africa’s struggling economy and Clover, which has run into financial difficulties.

The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement in South Africa (BDS SA) has vehemently opposed the possible deal, accusing CBC of being “complicit” in human rights abuses and violating international law. It also threatened a “militant but peaceful campaign” if the deal goes through.

CBC is Israel’s leading manufacturer and distributor of popular beverages including Coca-Cola, Fuze Tea and other well-known drinks.

The anti-Israel organization also warned that “if the deal proceeds, we will actively initiate, support and or join the call for direct-action and a militant but peaceful campaign, including protests and disruptions, against Clover and a boycott of all its products.”, 10 February 2019

Arno's commentary

Boycotting Israel is nothing new, and in the long run, has always turned advantageously for Israel. 

At the very beginning, before and after Israel’s Declaration of Independence on 14 May 1948, virtually all countries of the world had some level of boycott implemented. Britain and the US, for example, had in place an active arms embargo for the Middle East. Quite naturally, its target was Israel, because the surrounding Arab countries could openly purchase weapons and technical know-how from the global market. 

But, why boycott Israel? The accusation is that Israel is “complicit in human rights abuses and violating international law.” Yet Israel is an open society, the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, with the lowest human rights violations when compared to the neighboring countries. What we are seeing here again is simply antisemitism. But that too in the long run will turn out be an advantage for 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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