Campaign in Argentine Town Calls for Boycott of Israeli Tourists

Palestinian solidarity movement launches protest against 'Israeli military tourism' in Argentina's Patagonia region, where Israelis make up about 10 percent of the lucrative tourist trade.

JTA
JTA
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
A woman holds a sign which reads "Boycott Israel" in front of symbolic coffins while attending a demonstration supporting Palestine, in Berlin, Aug. 1, 2014.
A woman holds a sign which reads "Boycott Israel" in front of symbolic coffins while attending a demonstration supporting Palestine, in Berlin, Aug. 1, 2014.Credit: Reuters
JTA
JTA

A campaign against Israeli backpackers has been launched in the Patagonian region of Argentina, where Israelis make up about 10 percent of the lucrative tourist trade.

Posters appeared Monday in the city of Bariloche, a major tourism center located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in which most of the stores have signs in Hebrew to attract Israeli visitors, calling for a boycott against Israeli tourists.

“Boycott Against Israeli Military Tourism” was written on the posters, signed by the Palestine Solidarity Committee in Argentine Patagonia.

The epithet “Jews Out of Patagonia” also appeared on two pesos bills, the lowest denomination of Argentinian bills.

Following on a protest by the local Jewish community, the National Institute Against Discrimination, or INADI, opened an investigation, and its regional delegate, Julio Accavallo, demanded sanctions against the boycotters and called for the posters to be removed.

The Argentinian Jewish political umbrella DAIA criticized the anti-Israeli campaign and expressed satisfaction with the INADI investigation.

“We applaud INADI delegate Accavallo, who is challenging this boycott initiative as a violation of Argentine law. Our center has expressed its solidarity with the Bariloche Jewish community and offered its support and cooperation against the BDS hatemongers,” Sergio Widder, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for Latin America, told JTA. BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Bariloche also was a refugee city for Nazis after World War II. Former Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke served as the director of the German School of Bariloche for many years.

“The Wiesenthal Center has exposed the BDS movement as being based on the 1930’s racist Nazi “Kaufen nicht bei Juden,” or Do not buy from Jews, campaign. Adolf Eichmann would laugh to know that in the country whose hospitality he abused, his legacy now discriminates against Israeli teenage backpackers”, said Doctor Shimon Samuels, director of International Relations for the Wiesenthal Center.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel

ISRAEL-VOTE

Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism