The Irony of a Dutch Activist Pushing BDS on an Israeli Scooter
Occasionally there is a photo which is more than just a photo but an emblem for a movement. The photo of a well-known Dutch BDS-supporter, sitting atop an Israeli scooter with a “Free Palestine, Boycott Israel” sign giving the camera the finger is just that.
That man - Robert Willem van Norren – is a regular fixture at Amsterdam’s Dam Square (the city’s main plaza) where he comes no less than three times a week faring the typically awful Dutch weather, to wave Palestinian and anti-Israel flags. The only issue is that now van Norren has been arriving to spout his BDS agenda on a Breeze S3.
The Kalnoit Breeze S3 is a scooter designed and manufactured in Kibbutz Afikim in the Jordan River valley a few kilometers from the Sea of Galilee. So, the hypocrisy should not be lost on anyone let alone van Norren who has become one of the leading anti-Israel activists in the Netherlands. He can regularly be seen displaying a poster of an Israeli flag with a cockroach or a swastika over the Star of David symbol.
Fun fact! De scootmobiel van #BDS-activist Robert-Willem van Norren blijkt van het Israëlische merk Afikim te zijn (model Breeze). Van Norren is in goed gezelschap: zijn collega-beroepsdemonstrant Simon Vrouwe werd onlangs gespot in de Israëlische falafeltent Maoz.— Hidde J. van Koningsveld (@koningsveld) February 13, 2019
😂 #BDSFail pic.twitter.com/8ZCiYvNZoA
Since this story broke in various news outlets, the importer of Kalnoit Scooters in the Netherlands confirmed that van Norren is in fact riding a scooter made in Israel. Pro-Israel activists including Michael Jacobs – who regularly faces down van Norren on the Dam, originally made the discovery.
In a similarly related incident, another anti-Israel activist took a break from his BDS activities to eat at the Maoz falafel shop – a chain owned by the Israel-born Dutch businessman Dov Melo.