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Published on: August 23, 2009 10:28 AM
By:  Haaretz
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Israel - Hundreds of Israelis have signed an online petition to boycott the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA, in the wake of a controversial article published in the Swedish daily Aftonbladet that suggested that Israeli soldiers “harvested” the organs of Palestinians.

The signatories were also dismayed at the refusal of the Stockholm government to denounce the allegations under the banner of press freedom.

“In the wake of the anti-Semitic publication of a Medieval-type blood libel against IDF soldiers, and the ongoing silence of the Swedish government on the matter, it is unacceptable that we continue to support the Swedish retailer IKEA,” the petition read. “Please, don’t just sign the petition, we need real action!”

Various figures in the Israeli government have harshly criticized the article and demanded, to no avail, that the Swedish government issue a condemnation. On Sunday it emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to press Stockholm for an official condemnation.

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IKEA boasts more than 283 branches in 36 countries, and its business cycle in 2007 stood at 19.8 billion euros. The first store in Israel opened in Netanya in April 2001, and a second store, in Rishon Letzion, will open in early 2010.

A Web-based petition calling for a boycott of Swedish furniture chain IKEA’s Israeli branch claimed to log over 4,600 signatories on Sunday.

In response, IKEA’s local management issued a statement describing the firm as a commercial nonpolitical organization that has, and will continue to have, an excellent relationship with Israeli consumers.


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 Aug 23, 2009 at 10:55 AM Charlie Hall Says:

This is a REALLY bad idea. IKEA is a private company, not part of the Swedish government, and its stores are franchises. In fact, IKEA's corporate parent isn't even Swedish, its a Dutch charity. And the owner of the Israel franchise is Matthew Bronfman!

This will show us up as ignoramuses and also give aid and comfort to those who wish to boycott anything Israeli.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM Eli W Says:

This is getting way out of control, blaming an entire country, their government and corporations, for the deeds of one irresponsible journalist?
Then how can we blame the europeans for boycotting Israeli products for the deeds of their government?
Responsibility has boarders too, face it, this is democracy, and freedom of speech.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM power up Says:

This is hisgares buimas, you protest their dicision of being quite, fine, boycotting, is only fueling more anti semetism, and to the zionists reading this blog: we are still in gules

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Ikea is as noted a global company unaffiliated with the publisher of the offending article. I don't see why they should be the object of the justified frustration with the Swedish government and the newspaper that published the article.

this may backfire as Israeli companies do not want to be penalized for positions they do not control taken by Israeli governments.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM moish Says:

is ikea big in israel??

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 09:59 AM wow Says:

Why should the owners of IKEA get the brunt off this? just b/c they happen to be Swedish? Boycott the newspaper not IKEA. Maybe we should stop eating Swedish Fish as well. No Saabs or Volvos either. No more Absolute Vodka. For the lady's this one might be tough but no more Alprose or Torino chocolate

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 09:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Where is the web site to sign on?

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
wow Says:

Why should the owners of IKEA get the brunt off this? just b/c they happen to be Swedish? Boycott the newspaper not IKEA. Maybe we should stop eating Swedish Fish as well. No Saabs or Volvos either. No more Absolute Vodka. For the lady's this one might be tough but no more Alprose or Torino chocolate

I was born in Sweden so I am used to people mixing up Sweden and Switzerland. The Swiss chocolate you mentioned is from Switzerland, not Sweden.
On a more serious note I cannot understand the connection with the IKEA chain and the antisemitic blood libel remarks - one has nothing to do with the other, and a boycott of IKEA serves no positive purpose.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM emes Says:

Reply to #6  
wow Says:

Why should the owners of IKEA get the brunt off this? just b/c they happen to be Swedish? Boycott the newspaper not IKEA. Maybe we should stop eating Swedish Fish as well. No Saabs or Volvos either. No more Absolute Vodka. For the lady's this one might be tough but no more Alprose or Torino chocolate

darn straight they should be too many yidden have been killed on the basis of blood libels you coulkd live without eating chocolate

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

The boycott is short-sighted and ill advised. How is IKEA responsible for the newspaper or the government? Should all jews be boycotted because a few throw rocks on Shabat?

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM emes Says:

a blood libel is very significant millions of yidden were killed with this excuse money or lack thereof works this is pikuach nefesh yisroel . free speech is one thing but a blood libel is inexcusable sweeden must excersize its free speech and condemn it

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM formally Says:

a foolish boycott that makes no sense
IKEA is a private company not associated with the newspaper.
The government cannot apologize for a private company where the newspapers are private and the country has freedom of the press.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Boycotting ikea is like boycotting the marks and spencer chainstore in england due to the scottish judge freeing the libyan mass murder. however the store suffers not the goverment.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Isn't the chocolate Swiss? Don't confuse Sweden & Switzerland.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:

I dont think that a 'few hundred' petioners will change any thing in Sweden.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 04:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Ikea Israel is owned by bronfman fisher
NOT the sweadish gov or press




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 Aug 23, 2009 at 06:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
wow Says:

Why should the owners of IKEA get the brunt off this? just b/c they happen to be Swedish? Boycott the newspaper not IKEA. Maybe we should stop eating Swedish Fish as well. No Saabs or Volvos either. No more Absolute Vodka. For the lady's this one might be tough but no more Alprose or Torino chocolate

IKEA is a Dutch-owned and operated company. It is not Swedish.
The owners of Ikea are Dutch, not Swedish.

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 05:58 PM miss yoka Says:

Whaat? IKEA is a Dutch-owned store, not Swedish! It hasn't been Swedish-owned for decades! Whenever you see B.V. after a company name, it means it's a Dutch-owned company. Were people seriously thinking they were buying true Swedish design at a place like IKEA??? Made-in-Asia stuff marketed by the savvy Dutch! Research a little before you rebel!

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 08:08 PM chief doofis Says:

Forget about IKEA. Let's stop drinking Scotch!

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 Aug 23, 2009 at 09:16 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #6  
wow Says:

Why should the owners of IKEA get the brunt off this? just b/c they happen to be Swedish? Boycott the newspaper not IKEA. Maybe we should stop eating Swedish Fish as well. No Saabs or Volvos either. No more Absolute Vodka. For the lady's this one might be tough but no more Alprose or Torino chocolate

Saab is owned by General Motors (although it has agreed to sell it). Volvo cars are made by a subsidiary of Ford. Absolut is owned by a French company.

We REALLY need to stop proposing boycotts, especially when we don't know who is the owner of the company we are trying to boycott!!

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 06:41 AM malach Says:

Reply to #12  
formally Says:

a foolish boycott that makes no sense
IKEA is a private company not associated with the newspaper.
The government cannot apologize for a private company where the newspapers are private and the country has freedom of the press.

The Swedish government can make a statement which disassociates itself from antiSemitism. It has been reported that the Swedish government partially funded the book that this journalist wrote with the unfounded blood libel allegations.
This is like NPR funding reports that favor Arabs and do not present the Israeli or Jewish side, but worse.
Obama made a statement about local police after that black man was arrested in Boston.
I do not understand why so many of you will bend over backwards to separate public actions of protest on a symbolic level from the point--a blood libel--and not defend your own Am. Do you actually want to sit by and have this disgusting trash publicized and not do anything about it?

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 01:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
wow Says:

Why should the owners of IKEA get the brunt off this? just b/c they happen to be Swedish? Boycott the newspaper not IKEA. Maybe we should stop eating Swedish Fish as well. No Saabs or Volvos either. No more Absolute Vodka. For the lady's this one might be tough but no more Alprose or Torino chocolate

Do not mix Switzerland with Sweden.

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 12:27 AM Random Says:

Now I think I will buy the comforter set I saw last week at Ikea
Sheesh, at least when boycotting know what you're boycotting!
Ikea does not automatically =Sweden Newspaper person

Plus it's freedom of speech, everyone get over it

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 08:18 AM Astonished Swede Says:

Reply to #2  
Eli W Says:

This is getting way out of control, blaming an entire country, their government and corporations, for the deeds of one irresponsible journalist?
Then how can we blame the europeans for boycotting Israeli products for the deeds of their government?
Responsibility has boarders too, face it, this is democracy, and freedom of speech.

You are exactly spot-on correct! If anyone feels offended he should sue the responsible publisher, that's the democratic way to react. / Best regards from a Swedish non-jew, who normally is a friend if Israel but now has started to wonder if the Israeli government has gone totally astray.

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 03:13 PM -_- Says:

If anything ths whole buisness shows that israel is the one that need condeming and boycotting.

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 03:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Charlie Hall Says:

This is a REALLY bad idea. IKEA is a private company, not part of the Swedish government, and its stores are franchises. In fact, IKEA's corporate parent isn't even Swedish, its a Dutch charity. And the owner of the Israel franchise is Matthew Bronfman!

This will show us up as ignoramuses and also give aid and comfort to those who wish to boycott anything Israeli.

Kamprad who created IKEA has never been active i any political movement agaist jewish people , not

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 Aug 25, 2009 at 05:39 AM Mark Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Ikea Israel is owned by bronfman fisher
NOT the sweadish gov or press




Okay fine Bronfman owns the store but the items are from Sweden.
There have been many boycotts on Israeli goods in the Arab world and Britain so why can't Israel or the Israelis boycott swedish made items.
We are just making a statement.
Sweden should have been more cearfull before publishing facts in a paper that are totaly untrue, does not the world know how the Arabs put over lies each time just to hurt Israel.

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 11:04 PM ola Says:

thousands of people sign 'online' petitions they don't understand all day long... Is this even newsworthy?

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 Aug 29, 2009 at 03:59 PM Anonymous Says:

For those who dont know, ingvar kamprad the founder of ikea was a nazi sympathizer in his youth..

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 Jan 09, 2010 at 11:29 AM STEVE Says:

My family and I will BOYCOTT IKEA. We will never buy anything from that store again.

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