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Sky7i rated on 22 Mar 2012
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Sky7i commented on 24 Nov 2010
I left this message on the Apparent Software forum, however (like many indigenous peoples!) it disappeared without comment. If anyone knows the answer, I would greatly appreciate it.

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First of all, I have to say I like some of your software, particularly Blast; it's the kind I would like to support.

I noticed that Apparent Software is based in Israel, apparently run by Americans who emigrated there. Outraged by what I saw happened in Gaza last year, I am currently supporting the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement. I am also rather alarmed by the ethnic cleansing which seems to be integral to the state since its founding.

However, I do not believe in collective punishment. My government has done some immoral things which I renounce, so I wouldn't want anyone to boycott me thinking I support such evil acts. I have Israeli friends who fully and frankly acknowledge the immorality of ethnic discrimination and work hard to correct the mistakes that have been made, supporting the right of Palestinian refugees to return and also equal rights for all. I wouldn't think of boycotting them. I would like to know if the management of Apparent Software fits into this category, or if they accept tacitly or explicitly support the injustice being done in their name.

Thank you kindly!
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Sky7i replied on 24 Nov 2010
Update: I received a reply via e-mail.

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We don't mix politics and business.
You are free to do whatever you want.

Regards,
Jacob Gorban
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To this I would reply that politics and business are inseparable, and that consumers should be aware of the ethical consequences of their purchase decisions to whatever degree they can manage. A lot of us try to buy Fair Trade chocolate or coffee, or avoid shoes knowingly made in sweatshop regimes. Mr. Gorban made a choice that was very much political when he decided to move to and/or base his business on ethnically cleansed land. (Many of the Gaza refugees are originally from what is now Ashdod.)

It was immoral to support South African businesses complicit with apartheid, or American firms who supported the Jim Crow South or the Third Reich. Israel isn't as bad as the Third Reich, but Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter acknowledge that it is worse than Apartheid South Africa and that the Palestinians are treated like animals. If management cannot distance themselves from such obvious wrongs as ethnic cleansing, I sadly cannot support them as an ethical consumer.
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