Tuesday, 6 October 2009

IDF general to boycott beauty products

The Israeli Army (Israeli Defence Force) is having a conscription crisis. Large numbers of young Israelis are finding ways to avoid compulsory armed service.  Usually by citing religious objections, however a recent high profile case involves a successful model Bar Rafaeli, who chose to arrange a marriage of convenience and take up an advertising contract rather than serve.

Bizarrely Bar Rafaeli originally agreed to compensate for this by promoting conscription and visiting injured soldiers. As the stupidity of such a compromise has sunk in her attitude has hardened and she has publicly condemned conscription as futile waste of her time,

 “Israel or Uganda, what difference does it make? It makes no difference to me. Why is it good to die for our country? What, isn’t it better to live in New York? Why should 18-year-old kids have to die? It’s dumb that people have to die so that I can live in Israel.” Bar Rafaeli

Even more bizarrely the retired general in charge of IDF HR has come out and said that in response he will boycott the beauty products she advertises. Major-General (Res.) Elazar Stern is quoted as saying, "What we have here is a moral problem as well as a democratic one – a society causing its own internal decay, and we won't be able to endure it eventually". The retired general said he has stopped buying products advertised by supermodel Bar Refaeli, "ever since they decided to put a draft dodger on their products – external beauty overpowering internal beauty”.

You know, he is a sensitive guy.

Just to illustrate the moral problems incubating in the Zionist state this year the Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) named an Eden Springs commercial Bar Refaeli, as the ‘most sexist add of the year”. Which would be fine if there wasn’t a strong wiff of the selective application of progressive values here in defense of something that is well, just not very progressive at all.

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