by Gil Ronen
Visit to Bethlehem by activist Kay Wilson reveals the Palestinian Authority itself doesn't boycott Israel.
Photos from the visits that Wilson posted to Facebook Monday show Israeli goods and even Hebrew signs advertising those goods on prominent display in supermarkets and hardware stores.
"Take a good look at each picture here,” she wrote. “They are from my visit to Bethlehem when I went to see my Palestinian friend. The pictures show a normal town. Just like any other town, Bethlehem has wealthy neighbourhoods and poor neighbourhoods. Personally, I saw some very nice housing. I saw some beautiful Palestinian shops. I saw Israeli goods sold in Palestinian supermarkets (which makes a mockery of the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions) and I saw that some Palestinians have cars that the rest of us can only dream of. For peace to be possible, it has to be based on truth. And the truth is that there is no genocide against the Palestinians. There is no Holocaust being perpetrated by Jews. None. None. Not even one.”
After her post received a torrent of “likes” and “shares,” Wilson added: “Today, little old insignificant me, posted a couple of pics of the realty of Bethlehem on my FB. It went viral as they say, and infected the social media. In 12 hours it got nearly 700 likes and nearly 400 shares (not bad at all) and was also reposted on blogs. Moral of the story: We don't have to backed by politicians, have huge money, even be smart or famous to make a difference - because truth always prevails. We may all be relative nobodies, but it's the little words and deeds that make a difference. So keep sharing the things that make the world a better place, no matter how small you think they are. And keep sharing the truth about our beautiful Israel.”
While the Palestinian Authority is a no-go zone for Jewish Israelis, Wilson was able to enter it legally as a tour guide. In addition, she holds dual Israeli-British citizenship.
Hebrew product sign for water heater in hardware store Kay Wilson
Israeli tuna, mayonnaise in supermarket. Kay Wilson
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