The "NAM" (Non-Aligned Movement) countries are meeting in Cuba this coming Shabbat for their triennial Nonaligned Movement (NAM) summit.
An Israeli government official was quoted to the Jerusalem Post:
"We expect to be taken to the cleaners, criticized for everything short of breathing," one government official said Wednesday.
As they decided last year, "settlers" are specifically being targeted by these countries, and they call upon their members to refuse entry to Israelis who live beyond the "Green Line" in Israel.
The JPOST reports:
While Israel does not have diplomatic relations with 30 nations of the 118-member NAM, it does have good relations with a number of them, including India, Thailand, the Philippines, Ecuador, Honduras and Panama.
There is no expectation, however, that the resolutions that will emerge from this conference will be any different than the lopsidedly anti-Israel resolutions that emerged form the last NAM summit three years ago in Kuala Lumpur.
That summit's "Declaration on Palestine" called upon member states "to undertake measures, including by means of legislation, collectively, regionally and individually, to prevent any products of the illegal Israeli settlements from entering their markets consistent with the obligations under international treaties, to decline entry to Israeli settlers and to impose sanctions against companies and entities involved in the construction of the wall and other illegal activities in the occupied territory, including east Jerusalem."
But seriously, guess who actively encourages countries of the world to boycott Israeli products from Yehuda and Shomron, and would love for the settlers to be refused entry to Thailand and India? The Palestinians? The Hizbollah?
The #1 group that acts against the Jews in Yehuda and Shomron is Gush Shalom -- the radical Left in Israel.
I must tip my hat though, to Meretz MK Ran Cohen. When he was Israel's Minister of trade, he steadfastly refused to allow for products to be marked as "produced over the Green Line" -- to foil the demands of the European Union, which attempted to boycott these products.
Yet a different MK and the last Minister of trade did capitulate...and passed a law that products for export to Europe that were made over the "Green Line" would be easily identifiable.
Of course, you all know what MK that could possibly be...who else capitulates faster than a speeding bullet...
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