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The Calves’ Rebellion

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The nation of high-tech and (according to foreign reports) nuclear bombs is once again threatened by a malicious, anti-Semitic plot — a Palestinian boycott on purchasing calves from Israel. If only it were a Palestinian vegetarian intifada, but no. It’s a decision made in September by the Palestinian Authority to stop buying 120,000 head of cattle a year from Israel, which account for 60 percent of the beef consumed in the Palestinian enclaves of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The PA is searching for and encouraging its ranchers and traders to find alternatives. Oy gevalt!

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The coordinator of government activities in the territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, of course rushed in to help. Last week he warned that “Israel will not allow boycotts of any kind against Israeli produce.”

The proud Zionist response is, as usual, a threat of collective revenge. “If the status quo is not restored, Israel will not permit most Palestinian agricultural products into Israel,” said a message sent by COGAT at 8:43 P.M. Saturday. The message’s unusual........

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