TV: In-Depth Report - Dirty Politics Holding Up a Bill to Ban the Sale of Fur in Israel.
April 29th 2015, Israel: Channel 1 TV's 'Mabat Sheni' ('Second
View') aired an in-depth report on the introduced bills to ban the sale
of Fur in Israel, led by the "International Anti-Fur Coalition" (IAFC).
The program exposed the dubious politics on a local and international
level to sabotage the bill. Finally the mystery is revealed on how a
bill that has vast public support both globally and from the Israeli
public, in addition to parliamentary support in the Knesset from across
the spectrum and yet for 6 years has been held up via dirty greed
founded trickery. Indeed this bill should be the least complicated bill
to pass, for it doesn't involve any of the controversial issues that
plague so many other bills. It is 100% founded only on ethics and
compassion, so what could go wrong? The truth is that top people from
the Fur industry ( the IFTF) in Denmark and Canada managed to influence
some Israeli politicians and lobbyists via trickeries that included
abusing diplomatic relations while interfering with a 100% internal Bill.
These shameful acts included the Danish top Fur Company 'Kopenhagen
Fur' inviting Israeli Members of the Knesset, who were to vote on the
bill, to 5 stars hotels, showrooms, a fashion show, and visits to their
Appallingly, in additional the Danish Embassy received between the
years of 2009-2014, $10,000 each time the 70 hour counselling contract
was renewed, and paid for, by the furriers, to get the Danish Embassy to
take action against Israel's internal bill.
Just after Canadian P.M. Harper met with P.M. Netanyahu, in Israel, an
internal message issued by the foreign office of Minister Avigdor
Liberman to the MKs stated that the "High Council of National Security
for Israel" mentioned that the bill to ban the sales of fur in Israel,
could pose a danger to international diplomatic relations. This in
actuality acted like a "Veto", getting the entire Coalition to suddenly
inverse their support and to vote against the bill.
The fact is that the reverse is true. This bill has huge global
support from the public, many celebrities, politicians and other world
leaders, voicing their support for the ban. In no way, could the bill be
a danger to the security of Israel. In fact considering the global
support for the ban, it would benefit Israel's standing to vote in the bill.
The furriers and their lobbyists, also tried to blindside the bill by
saying it is anti-Semitic (hence, implicating the leaders behind the
bill) and that they are concerned about the Danish and Canadian Jews,
many whom are involved in the fur industry. They ignore the fact that
the (IAFC) was founded by Jane Halevy, a French- Israeli.
"The wealth of a very few people, should not drown out voices of both
the Israeli and the world public, calling for an end to the cruel fur
industry. Millions of animals are turned into $/products based solely on
greed. It should be the duty of any country to do whatever possible to
stop this insanity and protect the innocent animals and not those who
profit from this barbaric trade. "I call upon all the Israeli MKs to
demonstrate their opposition to corruption by signing on the bill that
is to be soon re-introduced": Jane Halevy concluded.
A great opportunity now stands before the new Israeli Knesset to prove
that they truly represent their public and shall not stand for dirty
trickery and misleading lobbying undermining Israeli law making.
****To watch the full report (in
(By: Mitzi Ocean freelance writer)