What’s Sauce for the Goose

Israeli settlement products must be labelled as such, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Produce from Israeli settlements must be specially labelled, to allow consumers to take ethical considerations into account while shopping.

We in Israel can only agree with this ruling, but would like it to be applied to several products currently being sold in Israel. After all, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Chocolate
The city of York, in the UK, is world-famous for its chocolate. Many companies are based there, including Kit Kat, Aero, Milkybar and, of course, Rowntrees.
But York has a darker side to its history – The Massacre at Clifford’s Tower. In 1190, one of the worst anti-Semitic massacres of the Middle Ages, and there are plenty of competitors for this title, took place in York. A mob trapped the city’s Jewish community in the Clifford’s Tower, a part of York Castle and demanded that the Jews allow themselves to be baptised. Most of the Jews chose to commit suicide rather than be murdered or forcibly baptised by the mob.

Clearly, all chocolate products from York must be specially labelled to allow consumers to take ethical considerations into account while shopping for chocolate.

Cars
Henry Ford had a long history of anti-Semitic behaviour. He is reported as attributing all evil to Jews; “The Jews caused the war, the Jews caused the outbreak of thieving and robbery all over the country, the Jews caused the inefficiency of the navy…”

It is time that all Ford cars carry a special label to allow consumers to take ethical considerations into account while shopping for a car.

It goes without saying that Volkswagen does not have a good record when it come to Jews. During World War II, the company took Jews from concentration camps to work as forced labour. One Volkswagen plant became part of the Neuengamme concentration camp. In total, the Volkswagen plant contained four concentration camps and eight forced-labour camps.

Yes, it is definitely time to remind the world of Volkswagen’s history with every Volkswagen carrying a special label to allow consumers to take ethical considerations into account while shopping for a car.

Cheese
Swiss treatment of Jews has always been questionable. Jews were banned from the territories of the Swiss Confederation, but in the 16th century some found their way to Aargau, one of Switzerland’s more northerly cantons. Aargau was occupied territory, having been taken by force from the Habsburgs, and not all Swiss laws applied.
For three centuries, Jews were allowed to live only in two villages. In 1893, the people of Switzerland voted to outlaw kosher ritual slaughter, a ban that remains in force to this day, despite several attempts to overturn this discriminatory, anti-Semitic, law.

All Swiss cheeses should carry a special label to allow consumers to take ethical considerations into account while shopping for cheese.

Arms
The United Kingdom has had very mixed relations with the Jewish state. From its attempts to foil the founding of the state by handing British fortifications to the Arabs, to its consistent support for anti-Israel resolutions at the UN the UK has never got over the loss of its mandate.

But the UK has no problem supplying Israel with a wide range of arms. In fact, Israel is the one of the largest markets for UK arms companies. All British weapons should carry a special label to allow their targets to know where the guns that are shooting at them came from. They can then make some ethical considerations, or duck.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveler, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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