12/12/06

Why the El Al Boycott Will Fail

My two cents:

El Al Sabbath observance is a good thing and I am for it. If they must change back now to violating the Sabbath, then that is too bad.

El Al is a good airline, a safe airline. I cannot imagine that anyone will boycott El Al when push comes to shove.

Plus, the rabbis have no power to declare a boycott of anything. Yes, they could say El Al was treif if it was a chicken. But it's an airline, not a chicken.

So I conclude that the boycott will fail and that El Al will fly on Shabbat.

2 comments:

bryce said...

Here, you write: "If El Al must change back now to violating the Sabbath, then that is too bad." But in another post you wrote: "Any attempt to characterize this decision of the Conservative movement as "Tragic" or "Sad" is wrong and must be rejected."

So, saying "too bad" is okay, but "sad" isn't. Curious.

Bryce said...

From the news:

"El Al estimates it is losing at least $1 million per day as a result of the loss of passengers from the hareidi religious public both in Israel and abroad. It may lose more, if the rabbinical leadership abandons talks aimed at resolving the crisis, and calls for an official boycott."

Seems like the boycott -- err, that is, even the unofficial boycott -- is indeed having an effect.