One month after the end of Operation Protective Edge, a telephone survey by Geocartography found that 24% of Israeli Jewish consumers are boycotting Arab businesses down from 29% who boycotted businesses during the Gaza operation. This compares with 47% who said they planned to boycott Arab businesses during the fighting.
The survey also found that 51% of respondents said businesses who refused to fire employees who speak against the IDF should be boycotted, down from 57% last month. In practice 11% of Jewish consumers are boycotting such businesses, while 40% would if they could identify such businesses.
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The findings tally with “Globes” sources among suppliers who say that sales to Arab supermarkets are substantially down in recent months – one supplier said by about 10%.
Some Arab owned supermarkets have been hit even harder. The Big Zol branch in Shefaram near Haifa said that sales were down 50% during the Gaza operation. Super Zol owner Yussef Askar said, “Our stores are in Jewish neighborhoods. We only have one store in an Arab location in Shefaram. Jews stopped coming to the Shefaram branch but came back when the war was over.”
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com