S. Africans Successfully Protest Against Israel's JNF and Reggies Toy Stores



Nationwide “StopTheJNF” pickets were held at Reggies Toy Stores in protest against Reggies support, funding and endorsement of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) – an Israeli parastatal that is directly involved in Israeli human rights abuses.

As a result of the protests, Reggies Toy Stores were forced to close their doors at some malls, including the one at Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg.

Stop The Jewish National Fund (StopTheJNF) is an international BDS campaign. The local South African chapter of the StopTheJNF was initiated and is led by a group of concerned Jewish South Africans, representing a growing number of Jews who are increasingly opposed to Israel’s discriminatory policies and the JNF’s complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. See this recent Mail&Guardian newspaper article that exposes the JNF and its complicity in Israeli human rights abuses:

Alan Horwitz, national spokesperson of StopTheJNF (South Africa), explains: “We feel it our moral duty as Jews, who have known anti-Semitism and oppression, to oppose the oppression of others. We feel that there is something fundamentally abhorrent that a toy store, meant to be a joyous space for children, is complicit in [Israel’s] ethnic cleansing…despite the connection to the JNF that some of our fellow Jews may hold, we hope that our words and actions will encourage them to critically confront the role the JNF is playing in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.”

The South African chapter of the StopTheJNF campaign, the main organizer of the above protests, has on several occasions informed Reggies Toy Stores CEO, Mr Issy Zimmerman (who is also a senior executive of the international toy company, “Toys R Us”), of the gross human rights violations being carried out by the JNF against the Palestinian people. However, Zimmerman not only refused to end his involvement with the JNF (a recipient of Reggies’ financial support) but has threatened to intensify it!

What would South Africa’s children say if they knew that their toys are funding the demolition of Palestinian children’s homes?

For more information or to join the StopTheJNF campaign visit: www.bdssouthafrica.com/2012/11/stopthejnf-south-africa.html

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