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New Shopping Guide Grades Businesses on Support for Israel, Jewish People — and Hamas

A local woman passes by a shop that displays an Israeli flag in the city of Tiberias, Israel, Nov. 8, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A new online guide launched ahead of the start of the holiday shopping season aims to help shoppers avoid spending their money at businesses that support the Hamas terror group and espouse hatred toward Israel and the Jewish people.

The initiative, called “StopDontShop,” was announced earlier this week by StopAntisemitism, a nonprofit that tracks incidents of anti-Jewish hatred across the world.

“We’re hoping that consumers take into account which businesses they’re supporting this holiday season, and StopDontShop is the perfect guide to help them decide,” StopAntisemitism executive director Liora Rez told The Algemeiner. “People should be aware of which of their favorite brands stand in solidarity with the Jewish people, and those that support terrorism.”

Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war on Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists invaded the Jewish state and massacred civilians across southern Israeli communities, StopAntisemitism said it has received several requests to expose businesses that support the Palestinian terror group and highlight those that stand in solidarity with Israel.

StopDontStop includes a database of nearly 100 businesses that StopAntisemitism has graded based on their support for terrorism, Israel, and the Jewish people.

A green check mark means businesses and service providers have demonstrated “unwavering support” for the Jewish people and Israel or have “taken a stand against terrorism.” A yellow symbol of caution signals clarity is needed on “rumors pertaining to their real or perceived position on the Israel-Hamas war.” And a red octagon with an “X” symbol at the center indicates they support Hamas or espouse hatred toward Israel and the Jewish people.

The interactive website, which encourages users to add a business by emailing any relevant links and screenshots, lists Amazon, Chanel, Walmart, and Sony Music Group as among those to receive a green check mark.

StopAntisemitism flagged cosmetics company Huda Beauty — whose founder, Huda Kattan, has allegedly made dishonest statements about the Israel-Hamas war — with a red stop sign. Biotech firm Alkon Corporation received one too. Its CEO, Lauren Scott, said “I am Hamas” on her LinkedIn page, in a post in which she accused Israel of “oppression” and “apartheid.” StopAntisemitism also urged Jews not to shop at Nuudii System, which sells women’s underclothing, because its CEO, Annette Azen, accused Israel of fabricating evidence that Hamas beheaded babies to “get support for genocide.”

Caution is urged when shopping at Starbucks, which is currently suing to stop unionized employees from using its logo in social media posts declaring solidarity with Hamas. Krispy Kreme also earned a “caution” grade. Last month, reports emerged that the Middle Eastern Student Association of the University of California, Los Angeles sent funds it raised through Krispy Kreme’s Digital Dozens program to Gaza.

“The mission of this campaign is to empower consumers with information,” Rez said in a statement while announcing the initiative.” As we approach the holiday shopping season, StopDontShop encourages everyone to think twice about the impact of their spending. By providing clear categories and detailed insights, our campaign aims to guide consumers across various industries, ensuring they make informed choices that align with their values.”

StopAntisemitism told The Algemeiner that more businesses will be added daily to StopDontShop’s database.

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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Israeli Diplomat Detained in Russia, Embassy Apologizes

Russian immigrants (new olim) attend an event marking the 25th anniversary of the great Russian aliyah to Israel from the former Soviet Union at the Jerusalem Convention Center on Dec. 24, 2015. Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90.

The head of an Israeli government agency that assists Jews in the Diaspora to make Aliyah was briefly detained in Russia last week, it was reported on Tuesday.

Alon Shoham, the CEO of Nativ, a directorate within the Prime Minister’s Office which helps Jews from former Soviet Union countries move to Israel, was in Russia for a number of meetings when he was stopped by authorities at the airport on his way out. According to media reports, after the diplomat handed airport security his passport for inspection, they noticed stamps from his frequent visits to Ukraine, which prompted the brief detention.

After explaining that the visits were part of his official capacity as head of Nativ, Shoham was released only to be detained once again minutes before his flight was set to take off. Ultimately, Shoham was let go and returned to home to Israel later that day.

As a result of the incident, the Russian Embassy in Israel issued a formal apology to the government due to the questioning. It is not known exactly the reason why Shoham was questioned so extensively, particularly since Shoham travels with a diplomatic passport and has previously served as the Israeli ambassador to Belarus. As per Israel’s Channel 12, government officials believe the move was intended to “send a message.”

The brief detainment of the Israeli diplomat comes as a meeting between the different Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, is scheduled for February 26 in Moscow, following an invitation by Russia.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told the Munich Security Conference this past weekend “Russia has invited all Palestinian factions who will be meeting on the 26 of this month in Moscow. We will see if Hamas is ready to come to the ground with us.” In response to a question about working with the terror group, “We are ready to engage. If Hamas is not, then that’s a different story. We need Palestinian unity.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has not been particularly friendly to Israel since war broke out on October 7, after Hamas terrorists raided southern Israel, killing over 1,200 and taking hostage more than 240. Putin has spoken with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, telling him in December “Russia will continue to supply the Gaza Strip with essential goods, including medicines and medical equipment.” Putin called the situation in Gaza a “catastrophe” in previous comments.

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Israel Railways Chief Says Attacks Thwarted on Train System

Cars drive on a highway as a train enters a station in Tel Aviv, Israel November 25, 2018. Picture taken November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Corinna Kern

The chairman of Israel’s train system told a conference on Tuesday that unknown foreign actors have repeatedly tried to hack the country’s rail system.

“There were attempts of a cyber attack on the trains, though we were not harmed,” said Moshe Shimoni, the chairman of Israel Railways at Yediot Ahronot’s National Resurgence and Resilience Conference. “We held a cyber week where we prepared for such a scenario, we raised awareness as much as possible, and we are fully protected.”

Shimoni’s announcement comes days after an El Al flight was targeted by hackers during a trip from Thailand to Tel Aviv. El Al said “hostile elements” had tried to divert the plane from its intended destination.

Shimoni further detailed how in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre, when Hamas terrorists broke into southern Israel amid thousands of rockets, slaughtering over 1,200 Israeli and taking hostage more 240, train service continued to function despite the weekly closure for Shabbat.

“The stations were closed, because it was on Saturday, and they quickly turned into soldier pick-up stations. At about 5:00 p.m., we received permission to operate trains to transport soldiers from north to south, and vice versa.”

According to Shimoni, over 1,000 rail workers were called for reserve service, causing initial delays for regular train transport. Operation have returned to normal though, he said, with all stations operating except for one in Sderot, which  was attacked by Hamas.

“We currently carry 220,000 passengers per day. This just shows how important the trains are,” he added. At the conference, Shimoni detailed the plans for expansion of the train, of which new stations in the center will be opened in the next two years to provide closer service for residents in places such as Petah Tikva and Bnei Brad.

Seven railway workers were murdered by Hamas, according to Shimoni. In their memory, seven citrus trees have been planted in one of the railway’s main compounds.

“We will find the way to commemorate together with the families,” he said. “The families know this, we will accompany them as much as possible.”

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Champion cyclist and IDF veteran Leah Goldstein is ‘angry and heartbroken’ after a women’s festival cancels her keynote motivational speech

A championship bicycle racer and motivational speaker says she is “angry and heartbroken” after her appearance at an International Women’s Day festival was cancelled because of her service three decades ago in the Israel Defense Forces. Leah Goldstein, of Vernon B.C., was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the INSPIRE Women’s Day event in […]

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