600 lovers of Israel emptied a wine store in Toronto for Israeli wines. Outside were about a dozen anti-Zionists urging the Canadians to boycott Israeli wines.
A boycott against Israeli wine organized by Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism backfired on Sunday when hundreds of consumers staged a counter-boycott and bought up the Summerhill LCBO’s entire stock of Israeli wine in a matter of hours.
The protest, dubbed «Apartheid is Not Kosher» was scheduled to take place at the Summerhill LCBO, at 10 Scrivener Square, between 1 and 3 p.m.
Not In Our Name, an affiliate member of Independent Jewish Voices, had planned to picket in front of the store to distribute information about the Palestinian cause and «Israeli apartheid».
The group also urged people to contact their local LCBO to «tell them you don’t support Israeli apartheid and they shouldn’t either».
Don Carr, The CJN’s president, who went to the demonstration to support the counter-boycott, said that «a forlorn little group of about a dozen protesters stood meekly on the sidewalk on Yonge Street, north of the store. Some carried signs urging the boycott. However, they were swallowed up by the hundreds and hundreds of Jewish purchasers.”
The result was a successful counter-boycott that attracted about 600 supporters of Israel to the Summerhill LCBO, who bought out the store’s entire stock of Israeli wine.
LCBO spokesperson Chris Layton said that a total of 1,455 bottles of Israeli kosher wine and spirits were sold at the Summerhill LCBO on Sunday.
Ami Cohen, who was also supporting Israel, said the boycotters left soon after the counter-demonstration began.
«They had about six people here. They came here and then they left».
Pro-Israel supporters waved Israeli flags as they danced and sang Hatikvah in front of the store.
Source: Jnews.com (Canadian Jewish News).