Netanyahu strikes out against German department store boycott

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday by addressing the decision by German department store KaDeWe to remove articles from Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights from its shelves.

Netanyahu began by noting the store chain's dark history.

"This department store was owned by Jews; the Nazis took it," he began. "Absurdly, this department store is now marking products from Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights."

"It started marking products, and now we are informed that they have removed the products – a full-fledged boycott," Netanyahu continued. "We strongly protest this unacceptable step – one which is morally and substantively improper and invalid historically."

"And we expect the German government to condemn this labeling and treat it in a serious manner," he added. 

Netanyahu also addressed the State of Israel's decision to concentrate on Hevron as the nucleus of ongoing terror attacks against Jews and Israelis. 

"We continue to fight terrorism," he said. "At the end of the week I held consultations with the Minister of Defense, Internal Security Minister and IDF Chief of Staff."

"I have instructed the security agencies to concentrate their efforts on Hevron, where most or all of the attacks are originating," he stated, noting similar measures were taken in Arab parts of Jerusalem. "There we make arrests, roadblocks, curfews and are flooding the area with our forces." 

"I want to thank the security forces for taking vigorous action to thwart terror attacks, or catch murderers," he continued. "I would also like to express a word of appreciation to the citizens of Israel."

"We are facing a terrorist wave of individuals – it is not terrorist organizations, this is the terrorism of individuals, sometimes with knives, mainly incited via social networks," he added, noting fighting 'lone wolf' attackers is "systemically difficult."

He encourage civilians to remain vigilant, and praised their "awareness, stamina, and courage" – speaking in the wake of two separate attacks in two hours thwarted by armed and alert civilians. 


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