| For the past
several years, Jews in France have been the subjects of a new wave of rampant
anti-Semitism, levels not seen in about 50 years, and the French government has
done little more than offer lip service. Synagogues in France have been set
ablaze and Nazi-like graffiti has almost become the norm. Many Jews in France
are reported to be scared to wear Jewish symbols in public out of fear of being
A similar desecration of grave yard of
World War II British soldiers who fought and died to liberate France was also
France, however, is not alone
in this wave of anti-Semitism. Reports of violence and slurs against Jews
throughout Europe have been reported in the media.
Boycott Watch has received several emails asking those who support the current
boycott of French goods to explicitly buy kosher wine from France so the Jewish
vintners would not be double boycotted. French kosher wineries have a limited
market in France because their products are made by Jews, and the added French
products boycott in the US would result in a drastic blow to the kosher wine
market that has blossomed in recent years. The fear is that Jewish wine makers
may be hurt financially or even be forced to go out of business.
The primary market of kosher French wines is outside
of France, and therefore the added weight of limited export sales would hurt
the Jews in France. Nobody would claim that Jews in France had any compassion
for Saddam Hussein. The boycott of French products in the US is based upon the
French government's obstruction of the US efforts in the United Nations against
Saddam Hussein's regime.
Boycott Watch has not
contacted any French wineries for comment to confirm these fears. Boycott watch
has, however, spoken to several US wine retailers that sell both kosher and
non-kosher wine. The consensus is a significant drop in French wine sales, but
overall total wine sales have remained steady. In essence, French wine is no
longer flying off of the shelves of US retailers but other wines, including US
domestic products, have replaced those sales resulting in a higher demand for
the non-French wines and steady overall sales.
the mean time, wine shoppers have been asked to buy kosher wine from France,
but not non-kosher wine French wine.
sent to Boycott Watch:
Don't Punish French Jews!
As Passover approaches, please remember not to
punish the Jews in France who did not stand up for Saddam Hussein like the
French Government has. Passover is the celebration of the redemption of the
Jewish people. Extend the redemption of our people to the Jews of France who
have been suffering from a new wave of anti-Semitism. At your Passover Seder
and all year round, please drink kosher wine from Israel *and* France.
Do Not Punish the Jews in France who make kosher
End of Sample email sent to Boycott