common sense, Current Events, Israel

Way To Overreact: The Bay is NOT boycotting AHAVA products

So I had this marvelous idea for a blog post where in addition to featuring The Hudson’s Bay Company (the oldest company in North America) in the Loser List for boycotting products made by Israeli cosmetics company AHAVA, I was gonna mock the decision by posting a video of myself ruining my HBC Canadian Olympic mittens with none other than some AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream (yeah, that’s odd…)

But not so fast…

At 4:37 this afternoon, HBC CEO Bonnie Brooks and Moshe Ronen, National Chair, Canada-Israel Committee released a press release denying the claim that AHAVA products were to be boycotted. In fact, boycott seems to be the completely wrong word to use in this case:

Whether or not you believe the press release (I do… for now at least), something has to be said about the quick the reaction from both sides in response to this news – The pro-Israel community with the backlash & The Bay in response to backlash. While I’ve always admired the pro-Israel community’s ability to unite in quick response to threats, it is important to actually be accurate on the claims being brought against you.

In fact even the JTA’s initial bulletin about the “boycott” has either been removed or has magically disappeared:

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/13/2742547/boycott-campaign-targets-israeli-goods-in-canada

Another blog – Excruciating Minutiae – also reported this story, and delivered some interesting points for us to learn regarding this whole mess. It’s a good read, so check out the link above.

Rule #1 in journalism folks: Be right before being first – or in this case before jumping on the bandwagon.

Unless you’re like me and laziness kind of kicks in before legitimately responding to the events at hand…

 

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common sense, Frum Judaism, rants

Loser List #16: Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court

It pains me to post this, because I’m torn between whether or not I should laugh at this or shake my head in utter disappointment at the ridiculousness of this absurdity. I’ll choose both:  Oy veh…

In a nutshell, it’s all a big understanding really – a result of two people from different ethnicities playing a crazy game of broken telephone. But I gotta to criticize both sides here. Continue reading “Loser List #16: Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court”

Current Events, Loser List, media, News, USA

Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Indonesian Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, as the Obamas arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday. Yes… that’s what I’m calling it. I obviously know he’s not Jewish and wouldn’t know a thing about the term, but to this observant Jew, what happened here is clear demonstration of Shomer Negiah failure.

Here’s what happened: On a trip to Indonesia, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle met with various foreign diplomats and representatives of said country. One of those individuals was Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring. Continue reading “Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama”