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Hillel Manne, founder and owner of Beit El Winery in the West Bank Israeli settlement of Beit El, displays the season’s first leaves in his vineyard on March 26, 2014. Mr. Manne says his 2012 vintages have completely sold out.
Hillel Manne, founder and owner of Beit El Winery in the West Bank Israeli settlement of Beit El, displays the season’s first leaves in his vineyard on March 26, 2014. Mr. Manne says his 2012 vintages have completely sold out.
(Heidi Levine for The Globe and Mail)

PATRICK MARTIN

Grapes of wrath: Bring on the boycott, say defiant Israeli settlers

Not every Israeli settler is worried about the growing boycott campaign being waged against Israel and targeting, in particular, the products of its controversial communities in the West Bank.

Take Hillel Manne, founder of the tiny Beit El Winery, a boutique operation on the rocky hillside where Jacob, in the Bible’s Book of Genesis, is said to have dreamed of a ladder to heaven. The 56-year-old Mr. Manne, a native of Palo Alto, Calif., readily admits that the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or BDS) campaign against Israel is having a significant effect on the export of his wines. But not the one you might imagine.