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From time to time we have exposed different hoax letters and scare stories featured on the Internet. (see Hoaxism vs Integrity and French anti-Semitism Hoax.)

Today's feature is a letter about a German arms embargo on Israel, urging people to boycott Germany. The origin of this fib was a temporary suspension of German shipments of parts for the Merkava tank in April of 2002, when the Jenin massacre hoax was current. The German suspension was apparently a response to a Europen Union boycott vote. Though it may not be saying much, Germany is probably Israel's best and most steadfast ally in Western Europe.

The same letter reporting that Germany has embargoed arms sales to Israel "recently" (this was in 2002) appears in numerous Web logs since 2002, always "fresh as a daisy" and has shown up quite a few times in my mailbox. None of the people who pass on this dangerous fib, with its ridiculous boycott call, ever bother to check the provenance of the information.

If you got the letter below, please reply to whoever sent it with this article. If you sent the letter, please send this article with an apology to all recipients of the letter. If it is posted at your Web site, please note that it is a hoax.

The letter begins:

"Several weeks ago, Germany announced its decision to stop all arms sales to Israel. Since then, other countries have followed suit. In response, Israel has canceled its annual multimillion dollar contract for its nationwide DAN buses which were manufactured in Germany, and is looking at other bus suppliers in the U.S., and Japan."

The wording has been the same for the last four years. Some sites that feature this "news" -

Think Israel Web Log - Linda Olmert, February 29, 2004
Think Israel Web Log - Evelyn Hayes, November 2, 2004
Think Israel Web Log - Posted by Marion DS Dreyfus, November 28, 2006 - States "This came from Gigi Markowitz"
askyenta.com 7/6/2006 - labeled "Important, please read !!!" - submitted by "Aaron B."

And several others. Apparently, "Think Israel" posters are the worst offenders in spreading this fiction. They don't bother to read what others have posted at Think Israel. You can type a phrase from the letter in the Google search engine and you will find all of the above posts and about 30 others.

The last time I wrote about hoaxes, I got (unbelievably) some irate letters along the lines of "if it isn't true, then it ought to be true." But it isn't true, and it should not be true. Though the letter insists that the EU is financing terror in the Palestinian Authority, the EU has been boycotting the Hamas government of the Palestinian authority because the Hamas refuse to recognize Israel. The letter calls for a boycott of Carlsberg beer, but Carlsberg has a bottling company in Israel.

If it were true, the idea that an Israeli or Jewish boycott of Europe, called for in this letter, could have a significant economic impact, is ludicrous. A European counter-boycott would all but paralyze the Israeli economy however.

The people who are posting this letter (with the note - "Please send this to at least 10 like-minded people") are doing a lot of harm to Israel. Hoaxes of this sort a vicious and irresponsible sort of e-vandalism.

The hoax letter is below.

The Hoax Letter in Full

Several weeks ago, Germany announced its decision to stop all arms sales to Israel. Since then, other countries have followed suit. In response, Israel has canceled its annual multimillion dollar contract for its nationwide DAN buses which were manufactured in Germany, and is looking at other bus suppliers in the US, and Japan.

The Europeans and their Muslim allies should understand that boycotts work both ways. When we said NEVER AGAIN, we meant it. Europe is stuck in the mentality of 1933 and conditioned to thinking of Jews as defenseless entities. The reality is very different. As long as Europe adheres to and supports its primitive Middle Ages death cult, European products must be off limits.

We continue to call for a complete boycott of travel and products from the following countries France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Holland, and China, due to their support, sponsorship, and/or participation in global Islamic terror. The voting record of the above countries at the UN openly endorses Muslim terror.

Remember, every time you buy a bottle of Evian, a Carlsberg product, a Spanish melon, a Godiva chocolate, a Dior lipstick, a Gucci bag, or a German kitchen appliance, you are financing the next Muslim mass murderer.

The European Union gives over $10 million per month to the Palestinian Authority, knowing full well that the money is funneled to buy, import, and train Muslim terrorists and their weapons of mass murder.

We strongly encourage everyone to buy American and Israeli products instead. Buy Estee Lauder or Ahava instead of Chanel, Dior, and YSL. Tell the salespeople why. Educate the public when you shop.

Europe is underwriting the Arab war to exterminate the Jewish state. We cannot sit idly by while this happens. Make your voice heard and let them feel the sting in their pocketbooks. Let the Europeans know that supporting terror does not pay.

Please send this to at least 10 like-minded people.

Don't even think about sending it to any "like-minded people."

Ami Isseroff

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Thank you for writing about this hoax. I recieved it today, and it had been forwarded to many, many people. While there are many things to truly worry about, I think it is embarassing that people beleive and forward this rubbish.

Julia in Oz, Tuesday, January 2nd

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