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Boycott 101

PLANNING A BOYCOTT DEMONSTRATION

 Pick a boycott target – suggest starting with one or two products sold in a particular store

Talk to the store manager and ask how product decisions are made – individual store or headquarters.

Write a letter to the decision-maker (store, or headquarters) explaining what product is offensive and why and ask the store to remove the product from their shelves.  Say when you are planning to boycott if the product isn’t removed from the shelves.

Obtain a permit, if necessary, for the area where you are planning to demonstrate.

Create a flyer with information about when, where, why, and what you are calling people to boycott.  Give directions for getting to the location and a specific time frame.  Distribute to those you want to engage in the demonstration with you.  Include some “principles for the boycott,” for example:

A few gentle reminders to those planning to demonstrate:

1) We must practice strict nonviolence, even if insulted, shoved, or worse. This is turn-the-other-cheek time!

2) Our aim is to persuade the open-minded--not to taunt, provoke, or be baited by anyone opposing us.

3) We're working for justice and peace for all the people on the region, including Israelis.

4) We emphasize that we strongly oppose all forms of racism, including anti-semitism.

5) We make clear that we're not opposed to the State of Israel, but rather its 43-year occupation and  colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and its ongoing blockade of Gaza.

6) We can also make clear that we're boycotting to bring an end to the Occupation and Blockade,  just as the boycott of South Africa forced an end to Apartheid and segregation in that country.

7) We assure everyone that once the Occupation and Blockade end, our boycott can also end.


Have information sheets available for demonstrators to hand to shoppers and passers-by during the demonstration explaining why you are demonstrating against the product(s).  Make your own or search the internet for prepared sheets for frequently boycotted items (AHAVA, SABRA, OSEM, TRIBE).

If you want to use signs, either prepare them ahead of time, or include on your flyer approved language for signs to be made.  (Otherwise you may get verbiage that does not comport with your group’s purpose).

If you want to chant or sing, prepare song sheets for demonstrators to join in.  Use familiar tunes and write catchy words.

Dress in costumes if you are so inclined – helps attract attention.

Engage passers-by in conversation about what you are doing and why.

You may want to have other handouts available – information on local events, End the Occupation postcards showing the 4 maps of the incredibly shrinking Palestine or how much US military aid is given to Israel – tailor your handouts to your group’s interest and abilities to discuss.

Keep a list of demonstrators’ contact information so you can contact them for the next time.

Take pictures/video and post them on a website.  Invite press/media coverage.

Repeat often.

PC(USA) approves boycott of all Israeli products 

from Occupied Palestinian Territories 

 

220th General Assembly language approved by 71% vote of plenary

  1. Call upon all nations to prohibit the import of products made by enterprises in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.
  2. Call for the boycott of all Israeli products coming from the occupied Palestinian Territories, including AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories Beauty Products and all date products of Hadiklaim, The Israel Date Growers Co-Operative Ltd, often marked by the brand names: King Solomon Dates and Jordan River (not Israeli products from Israel.)
  3. Direct the Stated Clerk to communicate this action to all other PC (USA) councils and entities and invite and strongly encourage those groups and organizations to endorse this boycott until significant progress toward Palestinian rights and independence can be reported to the General Assembly or General Assembly Mission Council.
  4. Direct the Stated Clerk to inform our ecumenical partners of this action, both nationally and globally, and call upon them to join in the boycott of these companies.”

 

UnknownRead resolution language here on PC(USA) website.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Boycott 101 Packet
 
A detailed guide and educational resource
to empower local congregations
View or download individual sections of packet

 

PC (USA) boycott  in a Nutshell sodastream-protest

The GA Call to Boycott:  Who. What, When, Where, Why - here

PCUSA  Boycott Flyer (visual) - here

Four-page product summary - here

Bulletin Insert - here

PCUSA Boycott Resource - here 


Boycotting Specifics

What is BDS and how can you participate? - here

What can one person do? - here

Individual Pledge to Boycott Israeli Occupation - pledge cards here

Activities for an Occupation Free Faith Community - here

Church/Presbytery Pledge to Boycott Israeli Occupation - pledge card here


Background Materials

Summary of PCUSA GA Israel/Palestine statements 2010-12 with maps - hereahava_button_mid

PCUSA  Boycott Activity - Recent History - here


Product information and background 

Occupation-Free Shopping (one page summary) - here

AHAVA Information Sheet - here

INTERSTAR, TIP TOP, EDUSHAPE TOYS Information Sheet - here

KETER PLASTICS Information Sheet - here

SODA STREAM Information Sheet - here

  • Occupation Profiteering: The SodaStream Model for Success - Jan 2014 factsheet - here
  • More on Sodastream boycott campaign here.
  • For Interfaith Coalition Boycott of all Sodastream products, click here.
  • For response to SodaStream's argument that they are helping Palestinians with jobs, click here.  
  • For response to the argument that boycotts of settlement goods will hurt Palestinians, click here.
  • Sodastream factory worker speaks about work conditions, click here.
Wineries to Boycott - here


Demonstration Materials

Pamphlet (Soda Stream) - here

Store Manager Cards (Soda Stream) - here

 

BDS FAQs - here 
Intro to BDS - here
 
provided by The BDS Movement - boycott, divestment, sanctions

 


 

SOME OF THE RETAILERS WHO SELL PRODUCTS MADE IN ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS 


AHAVA COSMETICS
The company factory and visitors' center are in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied West Bank.
sold at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Lonely Planet, Zappo’s, Amazon, BeautyBridge.com, DermStore.com, SkinOne.com, VitaCost.com, Soap.com, Makeup Alley, Birchbox.com, Ulta Health and Beauty

INTERSTAR TOYS
These are produced in the Barkan Industrial Zone, which is part of an illegal settlement in the West Bank.
sold at Toys R Us, Amazon, Muni Toys, others

KETER PLASTIC PRODUCTS
Both Keter and its full subsidiary, Lipski, have factories in the Barkan industrial zone, which is a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
sold at Ace Hardware, Amazon.com, BJ's Wholesale, Costco, Home Depot, Menards, Lowe's, Orchard Supply Hardware, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart, Wayfair, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, True Value Hardware, Northern Tools, PepBoys

SODASTREAM
The main plant of the company has been in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomim, an illegal settlement in the West Bank. After closing their plant there, they have moved to the Negev/Naqab desert where Arab Bedhouins are being displaced.
sold widely at Bloomingdale’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Bon Ton, Crate & Barrel, Costco, HyVee, JC Penney, Kitchen Collection, Kohl’s, Le Gourmet Chef, Macy’s Meijer, Sears, Shopko, Staples, Sur la Table, Target, Williams-Sonoma, SkyMall, others

 


The information on settlement products has been prepared to aid Presbyterians and others in boycotting settlement products or working to ban their sale in the United States.

More information on each company and the illegal settlements may be found at WhoProfits.org


 

Does "positive investment" or "constructive engagement" work to bring about change? Click here.



 
 

List of Helpful Websites

Gush Shalom:  Products made in Settlementshttp://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/campaigns/boycott_settlements_products/ and http://www.gush-shalom.org/Boycott/boyceng.htm Gush Shalom (Translated from Hebrew, the name means "The Peace Bloc") is a long-time Israeli peace organization.  Translated from Hebrew, the name means "The Peace Bloc."

Who Profitswww.whoprofits.org An on-going grassroots investigation effort by activists in The Coalition of Women for Peace, a leading Israeli feminist peace organization, dedicated to ending the Israeli occupation of the OPT and reaching a just peace in Israel/ Palestine.

Palestinian BDS Movement: http://bdsmovement.net/?q=node/68 This website is overseen by the steering committee of the Palestinian BDS National Committee and has been adopted as a tool of the ICNP (International Coordinating Network on Palestine) to support efforts of networking and coordination.

Kairos Palestine:  www.kairospalestine.ps

Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign:

http://www.stopthewall.org/index.shtml

 

 

 

The Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is a coalition of Palestinian non governmental organizations and popular committees that mobilize and coordinate efforts on local, national and international levels. These efforts are focused upon stopping and dismantling the Apartheid Wall, and resisting Israeli occupation and colonization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code Pink “Stolen Beauty” Campaign:           http://www.codepink4peace.org/section.php?id=415

Boycott Israel Campaign:  http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-l-oreal.html Run by Innovative Minds, a young independent software house specializing in the application of internet and multimedia technology for promoting a better understanding of Islam in the west.

Boycott Israeli Goods:  http://www.bigcampaign.org/ News and resources from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organization with members from many communities across Britain, and increasingly throughout the world. PSC represents people from all faiths and political parties, who have come together to work for peace and justice for the Palestinian people.   PSC is opposed to all forms of racism, including anti-Jewish prejudice.

Companies Supporting Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land:  http://www.interfaithpeaceinitiative.com/profit.php A downloadable PDF is available covering “Companies supporting Israel’s Occupation,” with sources identified.

Corporate Watch – Tracking Corporate complicity in the Occupation of Palestine: http://corporateoccupation.wordpress.com/

Jewish Voice for Peace:  http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

New England Conference (United Methodist Church), Divestment Task Force Report and Recommendations 2010:  http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375

Palestine Solidarity Committee- Seattle:   http://www.palestineinformation.org/main.htm A wonderful website that provides resources, links, and information on what they are doing!  Check out their boycott program.

Olympia Food Co-op – boycott of Israeli products and companies  http://olympiafood.coop/boycott

Boycott Toolkit:  Boycott Israeli settlements

http://boy.co.tt/target/campaign/israeli-settlements/

Philly BDS:  www.phillybds.org This group in Philly has targeted Sabra and Osem/Tribe

 

Interfaith Peace Initiative- 88 page document describing global actions to end the Occupation: http://www.interfaithpeaceinitiative.com/globalactions.pdf

US Campaign to End the Occupation:  www.endtheoccupation.org

SAMPLE DOCUMENTS

1.  PLEDGE TO PRAY, STUDY, AND ACT REGARDING BOYCOTT/DIVESTMENT

To end oppression of Palestinian people and

Occupation of their land

In response to the ongoing cycle of violence that undermines negotiations and hope for an enduring peace in Palestine and Israel, and in support of the principles of the KAIROS Palestine Document 4.2.6,  I endorse the use of divestment and an economic and commercial boycott of products linked to oppression of Palestinian people and occupation of their land.

 

As a peacemaker committed to nonviolent resolution of deep-seated conflicts, I join a growing number of international and religious partners, including Jewish, Muslim, and Christian voices, who believe that economic sanctions can inspire a more useful dialog and negotiation towards a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.  Respect for the dignity of every human being, alongside a vision to put aside the violence of terrorism, oppression, and military force is key to moving negotiations forward for a lasting peace for all involved.

 

We are all the children of Abraham, let us no longer profit at the expense of the safety and security of one another. Instead let us end the violent cycle and build a circle of peace.

 

I Pledge to Pray, Study, and Act regarding Boycott/Divestment:

Name:

Address:

E-mail:

Phone:

 

Specifically I agree to:

Refuse to purchase the following items or types of items: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Refuse to invest in: ________________________________________________________________________

Write letters to: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Please give or mail this pledge to:  (insert name and address of boycott organizer)

 

 

 

Session Resolution dated _________________________

 

2.  PLEDGE TO PRAY, STUDY, AND ACT REGARDING BOYCOTT/DIVESTMENT

To end oppression of Palestinian people and

Occupation of their land

In response to the ongoing cycle of violence that undermines negotiations and hope for an enduring peace in Palestine and Israel, the ________________Presbyterian Church, through its session, and in support of the principles of the KAIROS Palestine Document 4.2.6., endorses the use of divestment and an economic and commercial boycott of products linked to oppression of Palestinian people and occupation of their land.

 

As peacemakers committed to nonviolent resolution of deep-seated conflicts, we join a growing number of international and religious partners, including Jewish, Muslim, and Christian voices, who believe that economic sanctions can inspire a more useful dialog and negotiation towards a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. Respect for the dignity of every human being, alongside a vision to put aside the violence of terrorism, oppression, and military force is key to moving negotiations forward for a lasting peace for all involved.

 

We are all the children of Abraham, let us no longer profit at the expense of the safety and security of one another. Instead let us end the violent cycle and build a circle of peace.

 

 

We, members of the ___________________Presbyterian Church, _____________________________Pledge to Pray, Study, and Act regarding Boycott/Divestment of the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories :

Name                                 Address                                  e-mail                               Phone ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Please give or mail this pledge to:  (insert name and address of boycott organizer)

8. 3  Sample Flyer of  Items to Boycott

(Available as a separate document only.)

 

8.4  Letter to Store Manager

Dear Store Manager,

 

 

While shopping today, I noticed that your store sells items that are manufactured by companies that actively support violations of human rights and international law in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  I am a human rights defender and I would hope this store is also concerned with human rights, not only in our country, but also around the world, including our government’s stated position regarding the Israeli occupation and settlement activities that are harmful to our US policies and world standing.  I ask you to stop stocking the following products until they are produced in line with international law:

 

•     Ahava Beauty Products

•     Sabra dips and salads

•     Tribe products

•     Osem products

•     Dates produced on the West Bank and sold as Israeli: King Solomon and Jordan River, and others

 

If you are not the final authority in your store, please communicate this message to a higher authority, such as regional or national manager.

 

Very truly yours,

 

__________________________________

Name

 

__________________________________________

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8.5  Letter to Ulta Beauty Stores

(Date)

 

Ms. Lyn P. Kirby, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chuck Rubin, President and Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Carrie Lannon, Director of Customer Relations

Ulta Beauty Stores

1000 Remington Blvd., Suite 120

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Fax: 1-630-410-4861

 

Re: Boycott of Ahava Beauty Products sold by Ulta in Metro Washington DC

Dear Ms. Kirby, Mr. Rubin, and Ms. Lannon:

 

This is to inform you that tomorrow morning at 10 am we are planning to conduct a peaceful, legal, and nonviolent demonstration on the public sidewalk outside your Silver Spring, MD store located at 914 Ellsworth Drive to deliver a copy of this letter to the store manager on duty, and to respectfully urge customers entering the store not to buy the Ahava beauty products sold there.

 

We are not asking customers to boycott the store.  We will politely and respectfully ask them not to buy Ahava products, and will explain to them the reason why.  We will also hand out information flyers on the international boycott on Ahava products being coordinated here in the United States by (among others) the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (www.endtheoccupation.org).

 

Israeli cosmetics maker Ahava promises “beauty secrets from the Dead Sea” when in reality the company is hiding the fact that its products come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the West Bank, which has been militarily occupied by the state of Israel for 43 years in violation of International Law.  Ahava claims its products are made in Israel.  They are not.  They are made in the illegal Israeli West Bank settlements of Kayla and Mitzpe Shalem from minerals and on land illegally expropriated from the Palestinian people.  Activities by Ahava and other Israeli companies on the West Bank are destroying hope for the just peace for Israelis and Palestinians that our U.S. government is working hard to bring about.

 

We urge you to discontinue carrying Ahava products in your stores and salons, and we will be happy to work with you to further explain the role of the international boycott against Ahava and other West Bank Israeli products in bringing about a just peace for the people of Israel and Palestine.

 

Sincerely,

(Name, address, fax #)

8. 6  Letter to Osem Investments/Tribe Foods

TO: Osem Group Investments, Ltd. ;Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Inc.

SUBJECT: Osem violations of corporate responsibility

As a coalition of Philadelphia area organizations working for human rights, social justice, and peace in Israel-Palestine, we are appalled by Osem’s financial support of and partnership with The Jewish National Fund. Osem is facilitating activities that directly violate international law and U.S. foreign policy, actively promote racial discrimination, and contribute to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. We urge Osem to adhere to standards of corporate social responsibility that prohibit support for violations of international law and human rights. We request that Osem reconsider its policies, and withdraw support for the The Jewish National Fund.

Tribe food products are the second largest selling hummus in the United States. As concerned U.S. citizens, we insist that proceeds from the sale of your products in our country be consistent with U.S. foreign policy, as well as the principles of the Geneva Convention, human rights and international law. Currently they are not.

Documentation regarding the human rights and international law violations committed by the Jewish National Fund over the past 60 years is abundant. The JNF was created in 1901 to acquire land and property rights in Palestine for exclusive Jewish settlement. Less well known is the JNF’s role in the dispossession of Palestinians from their homes and ancestral lands since 1948, the disastrous environmental effects of the planting of non-native trees on the ecosystems of Palestine, or the fact that the JNF pine forests were planted on the ruins of Palestinian villages that had been razed in order to prevent their owners from ever returning to reclaim their homes. Because by law all land owned or administered by the JNF is reserved for the exclusive use of “the Jewish people in perpetuity,” the JNF has played a key role in the ethnic cleansing of its indigenous people.

After the 1948 Nakba and the expulsion of approximately two-thirds of the Palestinian population from their homeland, the JNF was repackaged as an environmentalist organization carrying out forestation activities. The JNF's forests, parks and recreational facilities, planted and built on the ruins of hundreds of destroyed and depopulated Palestinian villages have critically served to veil from public view the continuing official Israeli attempts to erase the traces of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The JNF is thus fundamentally complicit in the denial of displaced Palestinians' rights to return, restitution and compensation, and in green-washing Israel's regime of colonization and occupation.

Today the Jewish National Fund, with significant support from Tribe and Osem, continues its work of appropriating land for Jews and evacuating Palestinians. Since 1967, the JNF has been the essential partner of the Israeli government and the army in building the infrastructure of the Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem – building Jewish-only roads and expanding Jewish settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Today its $600 million “Greening the Negev” project is forcing native Bedouins into seven urbanized Bantustans, destroying their traditional way of life and building Jewish-only suburban enclaves – complete with non-native green lawns and water-wasting sprinkler systems – where a desert community has existed for thousands of years.

We call upon Osem to cease its support of the JNF, and to endorse the “Boycott From Within” in which Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, and members of the global community join the Palestinian call for a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Together we call for: an end to the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza; dismantling of the “separation barrier;” recognition of the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinians citizens of Israel to full equity; and respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Corporations have a responsibility to uphold human rights and international law. We call on Osem to withdraw public and financial support of the Jewish National Fund and to join the Boycott From Within.

Signed,

Philadelphia BDS Coalition, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Philadelphia SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Tax Aid to Israel Now!)

Philadelphia Jews

From:  http://www.phillyalnakba.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Tribe_Osem_Letter.pdf

 


8.7  Sabra Food Company

ISRAELI BRANDS SOLD IN THE US:

SABRA HUMMUS

Sabra produces traditional Arab salads like hummus, baba ghanoush, and fried eggplant. Sabra is 50% owned by the Israeli company the Strauss Group, and 50% owned by Pepsico (the Strauss Group also owns 100% of Max Brenner -see below). The Strauss Group is the second largest Israeli food and beverage company and is widely touted as one of the great successes of Israeli industry. According to a Strauss Group report, “Humus is one of our national foods, and can be found in just about every Israeli home.”

On its website in the section on “Corporate Responsibility,” the Strauss Group emphasizes its support for the Israeli army, noting in a section entitled “In the Field with Soldiers”, “Our connection with soldiers goes as far back as the country, and even further. We see a mission and need to continue to provide our soldiers with support, to enhance their quality of life and service conditions, and sweeten their special moments. We have adopted the Golani reconnaissance platoon for over 30 years and provide them with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path. We have also adopted the Southern Shualei Shimshon troops from the Givati platoon with the goal of improving their service conditions and being there at the front to spoil them with our best products."

Historically, the Israeli army has been a flagrant violator of human rights and international law. Even by the abysmal standards of the Israeli army, Israel’s “elite” Golani Brigade has a history of severe human rights abuses. According to a January 2009 article in Ha’aretz Daily, the Golani Brigade, “is known as a brigade that struggles with no small number of disciplinary problems and scandals, caused by bad behavior ranging from revolts against commanders to abuse of Palestinians.” During Israel’s January, 2009 assault on the Gaza Strip, The same Ha’aretz article reported that, “Golani is currently operating in the sector in which the IDF has seen the toughest battles with Hamas, the eastern part of Gaza City,” and “since 2003, Golani has also been involved in combating Palestinian terror groups in Gaza” (more from Ha’aretz on 2004 Golani Brigade destruction in Rafah). “In virtually every conflagration, Golani is rushed to the conflict point. In April 2002, during the intifada, the brigade played a central role in Operation Defensive Shield and the missions preceding it, and Golani’s actions in the Jenin and Tul Karm refugee camps led to the elimination of a number of wanted militants… Golani participated in the siege on Yasser Arafat’s Muqata compound in Ramallah, the capture of the casbah in Nablus (along with the Paratroops), and in the difficult fighting in Jenin refugee camp… In the… Second Lebanon War, it saw fierce battle with Hezbollah in the villages of Maroun al-Ras and Bint Jbail and suffered 14 casualties between two battalions.”

“Breaking the Silence”, a group composed of ex-Israeli soldiers, has documented numerous cases of Golani Brigade involvement in human rights abuses. As just a few other recent examples, in November, 2008, in a widely disseminated video, members of the Golani Brigade filmed themselves forcing a captive, blindfolded Palestinian to sing humiliating songs, some of a sexual nature, and some about the Golani Brigade. In December, 2005 a Golani Brigade officer was convicted for beating a Palestinian detainee and threatening to cut off his penis.

Yigal Amir, the assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was a member of the Golani Brigade. A 1995 New York Times article on Amir and the Golani Brigade reported, “One day reporters came upon some of them [Golani Brigades] in a Palestinian village near Bethlehem, dragging youths into a bus packed with soldiers beating their clubs on the steel seat frames in unison and chanting wildly: ‘We are Golani! We are insane!’… ‘In Golani, everybody hits,’ Mr. Amir's comrade, Mr. Nagar remembered…. During searches in Jabalaya, a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Mr. Nagar said, ‘The officer says, before breaking into a house, give them a 10,000 mile tune-up.’ The Times article noted that, in addition to Amir, “Three men who had served in Golani have committed widely publicized murders of Arabs and an Israeli peace campaigner.”

The Strauss Group partners in honey production with Kibbutz Yad Mordechai which is located just outside of the Gaza Strip. According to the historian Walid Khalidi’s book “All that Remains,” Yad Mordechai, established in its current location in 1943, has expanded onto the land of the Palestinian village of Hirbiya, which probably fell to Israel in November, 1948.

Sabra’s headquarters is on 49th St and Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens.

Unfortunately, in September, 2008, the Massachusetts-based Tribe Hummus, a competitor of Sabra, was “acquired by the Israel-based Osem Group for $57 million.”

 

From Adalah NY – adalahny.org:

 

The Strauss Group, which distributes food items under the Sabra label, gives financial support to the Israel Defense Forces, particularly the Golani Brigade.  This facilitates activities that directly violate international law and U.S. foreign policy, actively promotes racial discrimination, supports brutal Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians, and contributes to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.  Even by the abysmal standards of the Israeli army, Israel’s “elite” Golani Brigade has a history of severe human rights abuses against Palestinian and Lebanese people. According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, the Golani Brigade “is known as a brigade that struggles with no small number of disciplinary problems and scandals, caused by bad behavior ranging from revolts against commanders to abuse of Palestinians.”

 

With significant support from Tribe and Osem, the Jewish National Fund continues its work of appropriating land for Jews and evacuating Palestinians. Since 1967, the JNF has been the essential partner of the Israeli government and the army in building the infrastructure of the Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem – building

Jewish-only roads and expanding Jewish settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Today its $600 million “Greening the Negev” project is forcing native Bedouins into seven urbanized Bantustans, destroying their traditional way of life while building Jewish-only suburban enclaves complete with non-native green lawns and water-wasting sprinkler systems where a desert community existed for thousands of years.

 

From:  www.phillybds.org

8.8  Company Info:  Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories

AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories, an Israeli cosmetics company, has situated its main manufacturing plant and showroom at the Israeli Jewish settlement Mitzpe Shalem in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank near the shores of the Dead Sea. Mitzpe Shalem, built on occupied land in 1970, is an illegal settlement, as are all Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Ahava’s capture of Palestinian natural resources from the Dead Sea is, according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, a patently illegal use by an occupying power of stolen resources for its own profit.  To add insult to injury, Ahava’s labels claim that the country of origin of its products is “The Dead Sea, Israel”—this type of labeling has been decried by Oxfam, among other human rights groups, as blatantly misleading.

While we were working on putting together the new AHAVA boycott campaign we called STOLEN BEAUTY, CODEPINK led several delegations to Gaza, one of which never made it into the Strip because the Israeli government wouldn’t let them through the Erez crossing. Several CODEPINK activists decided to take a fact-finding mission to the Ahava plant in the West Bank, corroborating what we had read about the plant’s location and its practices. The women decided to seize the opportunity and—with the avid encouragement of the Israeli Jewish and Palestinian peace activists that they had met—they went to the Ahava store at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv to stage a protest action. Some put on bikinis, wrote on their bodies with mud NO AHAVA/NO LOVE, while others carried signs with slogans such as “There is no love in occupation.” They chanted, sang and made the Israeli evening news.

About a week later, we heard that Kristin Davis was going to be at Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue promoting Ahava products and signing autographs. Two of us went to the store to deliver a letter to Davis, requesting she stop letting Ahava use her beautiful face and good name to cover up their crimes. She was less than receptive, and we were escorted out of the store. A week later, the CODEPINK bikini brigade showed up at the “Tel Aviv Beach Party”—part of the Israeli government’s multi-million dollar “Re-brand Israel” campaign—in New York’s Central Park. The bikinis and our anti-occupation message made Fox News.

We recently sent letters to Ahava’s headquarters in Holon, Israel, as well as to Ahava USA and Kristen Davis, giving them notice of our boycott. We sent copies of these letters to Shamrock Holdings, the investment company of the Roy E. Disney family, which owns 19% of Ahava’s shares. On Monday of this week, CODEPINK women showed up in bikinis and mud at the Cosmoprof North America Trade Show in Las Vegas to let Ahava representatives know we were launching our STOLEN BEAUTY campaign.

We have sent letters to over 100 retailers requesting that they stop stocking Ahava products because Ahava helps finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians. In August we’ll be outside a drugstore, department store or mall near you, exposing Ahava’s dirty secrets and showing that real beauty is more than skin deep. You can go to www.stolenbeauty.org to find out how to join our campaign. And you don’t have to wear a bikini to do it.

About 37% of the company shares are held by the West Bank settlement of Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem, 37% by Hamashbir Holdings (the investment fund of  B. Gaon Holdings and the Livnat family), about 18.5% are held by Shamrock Holdings (the investment fund of the Roy E. Disney family), and 7.5% by the West Bank settlement of Kibbutz Kalia.

From www.codepink.org

Stolen Beauty – Ahava Boycott

 

 

Join our boycott to pressure Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories to end its support for Israeli occupation and apartheid.

Ahava excavates resources and manufactures their products in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.  These settlements, Mitpze Shalem and Kalya, collectively own 44% of Ahava’s stock and thereby directly profit from Ahava sales.

Use the following resources and information to get involved in the Stolen Beauty campaign in whatever capacity you can.

 

Pledge to Boycott Stolen Beauty Sign our pledge to boycott Ahava until it meets our demands to end its support for Israel’s illegal settlements.

 

Spread the Word Inform your friends and family about Ahava’s dirty secrets in Palestine/Israel. Simply use our form to send them information about the Stolen Beauty campaign.

 

Why Ahava Get the dirt on Ahava’s operations in Palestine/Israel.

 

Sign Up as a Local Organizer Use this form to sign up as a local Stolen Beauty organizer and we’ll send you all of the resources you need to bring the boycott to your community.

 

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From  www.endtheoccupation.org

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AHAVA DEAD SEA COSMETICS

According to whoprofits.org, “Ahava manufactures cosmetics products using minerals from the Dead Sea. The company has a factory and a visitors' center in the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied West Bank. 34% of the company shares are held by the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem… 6% by Kibbutz Kaliya (settlement).” All Israeli settlements violate international law.

As the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) explains in its description of L'Oreal, which also uses Dead Sea products,  “It should be noted that one-third of the western shore of the Dead Sea lies in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. While the entire shore and its resources are systematically closed to Palestinians by Israeli military occupation and apartheid practices, Israel exploits the Dead Sea for international tourism, mining and improving its image.”

Ahava products are not labeled as produced in the West Bank as required in the UK.

Ahava US is headquartered in New York at 411 5th Avenue, at 37th St.. Ahava’s products are sold in many New York stores.

From www.adalahny.org

 

 

Response to questions posed by Melinda Thompson to Who Profits:

You are correct, in the Israeli debate there is a distinction between the 'illegal' outposts and the settlements that are not illegal according to Israeli law. However, you should note that the settlements are not legal under Israeli law, they are just not illegal. In any case, as we know, all of the settlements are illegal under international law.

Here is what we know about the source of the raw materials of Ahava: like all other Israeli companies that use minerals from the Dead Sea they get their minerals from Dead Sea Works, which is the only Israeli factory licensed to retrieve minerals from the Dead Sea. The factory of Dead Sea Works is indeed located inside Israel and not in the West Bank. We did get some initial information from an insider at the Ahava factory that they get their mud from a site next to the settlement of Kalia, which is in the occupied section of the Dead Sea, but we have no official documents to back this up. This is why we do not have this fact on our website. 

In solidarity,
Merav

Merav Amir
Research Coordinator
The Who Profits from the Occupation project
The Coalition of Women for Peace
www.whoprofits.org
Tel: +972-50-8575728

 

 

 

 

8.9  Sample letter to TIAA-CREF Pension Fund

Sample letter from https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/images/JVP_PetitionJune2010FINAL2.pdf

TIAA-CREF

 

Dear Board:

 

I am a participant and investor in TIAA CREF Pension Fund ( the Fund) who is deeply concerned that the Fund invests in many companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Some of these companies provide weapons and covert surveillance supplies that maintain the occupation by force. Others take or exploit Palestinian resources, including scarce water and even the land itself. All are profiting from Israel’s violations of international law and international human rights standards.

 

Some examples:

CATERPILLAR profits from the destruction of Palestinian homes and the uprooting of Palestinian orchards by supplying the armor-plated and weaponized bulldozers that

are used for such demolition work.

VEOLIA profits from the construction and expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements by operating a landfill in the West Bank, exploiting Palestinian natural resources to serve the settlements, and by contracting for the future operation of an illegal light rail system connecting these settlements with Jerusalem.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN profits from the production of parts for the Apache helicopters and F-16 aircrafts used by Israel against civilians in Gaza during Israel’s 2008-09 assault. ELBIT profits from the confiscation of Palestinian land by providing surveillance equipment that is mounted on the Separation Wall, which was declared unlawful by the International Court of Justice.

MOTOROLA profits from Israel’s control of the Palestinian population by providing

surveillance systems around Israeli settlements, checkpoints, and military camps

in the West Bank, as well as communication systems to the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.

 

While the specific companies held change over time, the Fund’s investment criteria do not screen out such investments, which are incompatible with our values and with corporate social responsibility.  Out of commitment to equality, freedom and international law, I therefore urgently request that the Fund divest from companies that:

 

• Directly profit from or contribute to the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the

West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

• Provide products or services that contribute to the construction and maintenance of Israeli settlements and/or the Separation Wall, both of which are illegal under

international law.

• Provide products or services that contribute to or enable violent acts that target civilians.

 

I respectfully request that the Fund establish investment criteria to exclude any such companies in the future.   The Fund strives to provide financial services for the greater good, helping those of us who are participants to plan for and live in retirement. Please help us invest the fruit of our labor and enjoy our retirement in good conscience.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1.1.  What is the Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid?

The Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid is the Palestinian call issued by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, which represents a number of major Palestinian civil society organizations and over 60 regional popular committees coordinated within the Campaign.

After 50 years of suffering and struggle, after the expulsion of two thirds of the Palestinian people that up to today have been refused their right of return, after the destruction of Palestinian heritage in all of Historic Palestine, Palestine today is now facing the third wave of expulsion. The Apartheid Wall is now over 1/3 completed. Palestinian lives, livelihoods, lands, and villages are being destroyed on a daily basis. The effects of expulsion and displacement are already visible everywhere. Today, the Apartheid Wall, with its horrendous effects on Palestinian life, is merging with the

longstanding policies of settlement expansion, the creation of Jewish-only infrastructure in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and industrial zones - Israeli sweatshops for the impoverished Palestinian population - into a comprehensive scheme of colonial domination and conquest. This crime of apartheid needs to be stopped, together with the incursions, killings, and stranglehold of the Palestinian people that is the Israeli Occupation.

People throughout the world are expressing their solidarity with Palestinians struggling against Israeli Apartheid with constant actions of support. The international community has expressed its views in hundreds of UN resolutions, and most recently, the highest judicial body in the world – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague – has confirmed the illegality of the Apartheid Wall, as well as the Israeli Occupation and colonial settlement policy. The ICJ has reminded all states of their “obligation not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction.”

However, Israel has refused to recognize and comply with this decision and the subsequent UN resolution endorsing the ICJ opinion, just as it has done with all other resolutions regarding Palestinian rights. Only concrete international pressure against Israel can ensure that these decisions are implemented and that apartheid will be relegated to the past once and for all.

The Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid also aims at highlighting the responsibility of the international community. Not only has the international community not enforced its own decisions, such as the ICJ decision and UN resolutions, it has continued to directly support Israeli Apartheid. Most of the countries in the world give direct or indirect support to the Occupation, massacre, and Bantustanization of the Palestinian people. This needs to stop!

1.2 What are the objectives of the Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions?

The aim of the Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions is to force Israel to respect international law and to free Palestine from the crimes of Israeli Apartheid, starting with the dismantling of the Apartheid Wall, the payment of reparations for damages caused to Palestinians by the Wall, and the return of all confiscated lands.

This Call must serve as a tool in the hands of the people of the world to exercise their power and exert pressure on their governments, institutions, and companies, in order to demand respect for the rights of the Palestinian people.

The main goals of the Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions are:

  • To reveal to the world the true nature of Israel’s occupation and apartheid practices
  • To give human rights a real value by making Israel accountable and forcing it to pay a price for its crimes
  • To reveal and highlight the responsibility of the international community in supporting Israeli Occupation and Apartheid
  • Above all, to end international support for Israeli Apartheid, since apartheid can never survive without external assistance.

1.3 How are the calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid linked?

Boycott, divestment, and sanctions are three levels of pressure that share the same motivations and goals.

The Call begins from the fact that resolutions and verdicts calling for Israel to respect some of the most fundamental rights of the Palestinian people have already been expressed by governments, the UN, and now by the International Court of Justice as well.

However, during the last 50 years the international community has never been willing to take up the enforcement of any of its own decisions. We are thus calling upon the people of the world to pressure their own governments to bring about real change. The people of the world must demand that their governments and institutions finally implement their own statements and resolutions through sanctions.

Boycott campaigns are the most immediate form of action. The power to boycott is in the hands of everyone and can be implemented in everyday life. Boycott actions help to raise awareness in the streets, in the shops, and in our homes; they address everyone. A successful boycott does not only state that a price must be paid for Israel’s apartheid crimes, but is also a clear sign to your political representatives of how their constituencies want them to act. However, individual action cannot be a substitute for organizing and mobilizing with others in order to end the support for apartheid from your institutions and enterprises, since the base of support that allows Israeli Apartheid to exist and continue lies in the political and financial ties between Israel and your economies and governments.

Divestment campaigns respond to this call by involving organizations, groups, and movements in coordinated campaigns that pressure enterprises and institutions to divest/disinvest from Israeli Apartheid. These campaigns involve networking and mobilizing towards a common goal: spreading awareness and creating involvement on different levels of political activism and within different sets of institutions. This involves creating links with social movements and other constituencies in your communities and calling for always greater involvement and support from your governments to impose sanctions against Apartheid Israel.

Sanction campaigns are directly addressed to your governments and international institutions. It is important to note that it will be only through grassroots pressure, such as boycott and divestment campaigns, that the call for sanctions will gain the necessary political weight to force the international community to stop compliance with Israeli crimes. Sanctions can reach from the suspension of Free Trade Agreements and arms embargos, to a complete halt to all trade with Israel.

1.4 Are we strong enough to make the Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid effective?

The Boycott Movement against South African Apartheid started in the late 1950s with small groups of activists and exiles in Britain and Sweden. It took years, if not decades, before it became a global movement and before churches, trade unions, and political parties became directly involved in the struggle. But once it was initiated, this movement helped lead eventually and inevitably to the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa.

The supporters of Palestine today can already count on existing boycott campaigns in many countries of the world; on divestment campaigns aimed at a diverse group of institutions and companies; and on a widespread call for sanctions at national and international levels. But just as important, the movement can help find its way forward by learning from past experiences of the anti-apartheid struggle, thanks to the active support of South African movements and from many representatives of the worldwide movement against apartheid in South Africa.

Dozens of websites offer research and information about different campaigns against Israeli Apartheid. Initiatives and campaigns are already mobilizing the streets throughout the Arab world, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia with calls for boycott and divestment. (For more information on these movements, see: “Get Involved”)

In fact, the potential power of this movement has begun to worry the Israeli government and pro-Zionist lobbyists to such an extent that they have supported the introduction of a proposed law in the U.S. Congress that would ban divestment, and are working with institutions and websites to stop the “danger that we will be exposed to an international boycott as was the case before the fall of the regime in South Africa.” These words come from none other than the Israeli Minister of Justice, Tommy Lapid. (BBC, January, 4, 2004).

So our strength lies in unified and coordinated efforts that allow all of these various initiatives to work together and reinforce each other, reaching out to all of our societies in order to effectively unmask Israel’s apartheid policies and create popular pressure on our governments and enterprises to stop their support for Israel.

1.5 Does the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns also hurt Palestinians?

The clear call of the Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, of the more than 60 popular committees located all along the Wall’s path, and of the civil society organizations coordinated in the Campaign, is to enforce an immediate and effective boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid.

As one of the members of the grassroots campaign in Palestine against the Apartheid Wall has declared: “On top of daily humiliation, we are suffering 70% unemployment, our land and water is stolen, our trees uprooted, our houses demolished, our people massacred, and thousands imprisoned and tortured – we have nothing left, so how could a boycott ever harm us?”

The Apartheid Wall - as well as Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies as such - is aimed at rendering the Palestinians cheap and easily exploited labor for Israeli industries, by destroying their agriculture and preventing any Palestinian industrial development. International support for this process of exploitation does not in any way help the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and self-determination, but instead furthers Israel’s apartheid policies. This support for Israeli Apartheid needs to be stopped, not safeguarded in the name of concern that these campaigns will “hurt” Palestinians whose lives are already being decimated.

1.6 Why do you not call for boycott and divestment only for companies directly involved in the construction of the Apartheid Wall?

The Apartheid Wall is currently the central element of the further development of Israeli Apartheid; however, it is certainly not the only crime Israel has been committing against the Palestinian people. The Wall cannot be understood except in relation to the expulsion of 3/4 of the Palestinian population since 1948, the massacres, the house demolitions, the destruction of land, the theft of natural resources, the annexation of land, the colonial settlement policy, the killings, the mass arrests, tortures, collective punishment, and the many other exhaustively documented crimes and human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people in their land and abroad.

Calling for a boycott of and divestment from only those products and companies directly involved in the construction of the Wall would mean seeing the Apartheid Wall outside of its proper context. This would also mean implicitly condoning all of these other crimes that have been committed.

Further, singling out these products and companies would mean overlooking the fact that it is the Israeli state and not the individual companies that bear the responsibility for the construction of the Apartheid Wall. It has been a “democratically” elected government of national unity (Likud and Labor) that approved the Wall’s project, and it is this state and its national economy that needs to be the target of world wide pressure to respect human rights and international law by ending its apartheid policies.

For the same reasons, boycott campaigns aimed only at settlement goods implicitly give the wrong message and ultimately take aim at the wrong target.

1.7 With boycott, divestment and sanctions, are you are targeting the citizens of Israel, instead of the politicians who make Israeli Apartheid politics?

The target of boycott and divestment is the Israeli state – its economy and institutions. It is aimed at an economy shifting between the expulsion of the Palestinian workforce and the exploitation of Palestinian resources and labor; an economy that is flourishing and surviving only thanks to international financial and commercial aid. It is aimed at a national economy that has been in a deep crisis since even before the start of the second intifada in September 2000 and that seeks a way out – as with all previous economic crises – through increased military spending and war profiteering. It is the task of a politically conscious worldwide civil society to stop this support to this war economy which is the base on which Israel is able to build its occupation and apartheid policies.

On the other hand, cultural, sports, and academic boycotts are focused on key institutions that create and propagate Israeli propaganda and political strategies aimed at hiding the daily crimes of apartheid and aiding their implementation. These forms of boycott intend to stop “business as usual” and to highlight the fact that Israel is systematically denying Palestinians their rights to education, culture, and sports as part of the destruction of everyday life of the Palestinian population, while it is at the same time asking for full support and integration on an international level.

Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israeli Apartheid are thus neither targeting single citizens nor individual politicians, but are rather aimed at a regime and its infrastructures that have destroyed Palestinian life for more than 50 years and are now on the verge of closing off the Palestinian people definitively into impoverished Bantustans.

1.8 Is boycott of Israeli Goods or Zionist labels anti-Semitic?

Who asks you this question normally is not really interested in knowing if you are anti-Semitic, nothing can make him or her think so. When the world boycotted Apartheid South Africa nobody was wondering if it was based on “anti-white” or “anti-protestant” motivations.

This question or accusation is often brought forward in order to make you feel the racist and to hide the racist character of Israeli apartheid. It will come up in order to depict Israel as the victim, at best “not only a victim” through a conscious confusion between Judaism and Zionism and a complete distortion of the reality on the ground where the Zionist quest to conquer Palestine but without the Palestinians has brought over the Palestinian people more than half a century of expulsion, humiliation, exploitation and oppression.

1.9 Do boycott, divestment and sanctions contradict or hamper existing or future negotiations over “Peace proposals”?

“Peace” proposals can only bring Justice and Peace if they are based on the respect of Palestinian Human Rights, International Law and the UN Resolutions regarding Palestine . The call for boycott, divestment and sanctions is aimed at creating effective pressure on Israel in order to force a regime that has violated international law and Human Rights since its very inception to obey to international rulings and concede Palestinians the rights upon which peace can be built. It is Israel’s determination to use its military and economic power to devastate Palestinian lands and lives day after day and to impose negotiations that force Palestinians to renounce on their legitimate rights and make sure no real peace can be achieved. It is effective international pressure supporting the Palestinian struggle for their rights that can build the ground for a just and lasting solution.

longstanding policies of settlement expansion, the creation of Jewish-only infrastructure in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and industrial zones - Israeli sweatshops for the impoverished Palestinian population - into a comprehensive scheme of colonial domination and conquest. This crime of apartheid needs to be stopped, together with the incursions, killings, and stranglehold of the Palestinian people that is the Israeli Occupation.

People throughout the world are expressing their solidarity with Palestinians struggling against Israeli Apartheid with constant actions of support. The international community has expressed its views in hundreds of UN resolutions, and most recently, the highest judicial body in the world – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague – has confirmed the illegality of the Apartheid Wall, as well as the Israeli Occupation and colonial settlement policy. The ICJ has reminded all states of their “obligation not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction.”

However, Israel has refused to recognize and comply with this decision and the subsequent UN resolution endorsing the ICJ opinion, just as it has done with all other resolutions regarding Palestinian rights. Only concrete international pressure against Israel can ensure that these decisions are implemented and that apartheid will be relegated to the past once and for all.

The Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid also aims at highlighting the responsibility of the international community. Not only has the international community not enforced its own decisions, such as the ICJ decision and UN resolutions, it has continued to directly support Israeli Apartheid. Most of the countries in the world give direct or indirect support to the Occupation, massacre, and Bantustanization of the Palestinian people. This needs to stop!

 

 

2.1 What is a boycott?

By its nature, a boycott is an instrument of the powerless against the powerful, used by those without access to power mechanisms and who are therefore forced to organize voluntarily from the grassroots level. Boycott is a move and movement of ordinary people who refuse to support injustice and who use their right to choose as consumers in order to support – in this case – the Palestinian quest for freedom and justice, and to express their opposition to the political positions of their governments and institutions. Boycott is thus a means of pressuring these governments and institutions from below to take action on a political level against Israeli Apartheid.

2.2 Do boycotts work?

Boycotts are effective on various levels. A successful boycott can change public opinion and indicate to political representatives what course of action their constituencies are expecting from them. In addition, boycotts have also already made a clear economic impact in preventing companies and multinationals from supporting Israeli Apartheid.

Take the example of a boycott campaign against McDonald’s that has been carried out throughout the Middle East:
“McDonalds is a ‘major corporate partner’ of the Jewish United Fund. In its own words, the Jewish United Fund ‘works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel.’ Also, McDonalds chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
McDonalds has [recently] announced it is closing down its operation in the Middle East due to loss of revenue as a direct result of the boycott (Oct 2002), and is replacing Greenberg as its chairman and CEO (Dec 2002). Since the launch of the boycott campaign, two of Jordan's six McDonald's franchises have closed due to lack of business. In Egypt, McDonald's decided to change its brand name to Manfoods this past March, in an attempt to dodge the boycott. It had no effect and Egyptian police forces were ordered to guard the entrances to McDonald's restaurants, after stone throwing incidents took place. A total of 175 restaurants will be closed at a loss of $350 million.

In the face of giants like McDonalds crumbling under the pressure of the boycott, smaller companies are wary of supporting Israel and are steering clear in fear of being boycotted.
Amidst calls for a boycott of Amazon.com, the internet bookstore Amazon.com terminated its association with the Jerusalem Post (Nov 2002). It was revealed that the Jerusalem Post was donating its slice of the profits derived from the Amazon.com partnership to Israeli soldiers returning home after committing massacres and other abuses of human rights on the occupied territories. Their advert, which appeared on most of their pages, read ‘Buy Amazon.com & Support Israel.’ Inundated with complaints, Amazon.com severed its ties to the Jerusalem Post, demanding they remove all the adverts and vowed not to hand over any more profits.” (see www.inminds.com)

2.3 How can I recognize Israeli products? Are there lists of products to be boycotted?

All products packaged and exported by Israel bear a barcode that starts with “7290.” However, many products are packaged abroad or are produced by multinationals and companies supporting Israeli Apartheid – these products will be coded in other ways.

In order to orient boycott initiatives and consumers willing to make a choice against Israeli Apartheid, many websites offer comprehensive lists of products to be boycotted. These sites often make a division between companies and products “made in Israel” and companies and products supporting Israeli Apartheid.

Comprehensive lists and information can be downloaded among others from:
http://www.kate3.com/index.jsp, http://www.albadil.net/index.htm (Arabic)
http://www.bigcampaign.org/boycott.html (English)
http://www.nodo50.org/csca/palestina/campanya_boicot-2002.html (Spanish)

(for more websites see “get involved”)
(Please note that the Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is not responsible for the accuracy of all the information given on these different websites.)

2.4 What is the academic boycott?

The academic boycott calls upon universities, academic institutions, students, and scholars to stop cooperation with their Israeli counterparts. Israeli academic institutions and scholars are not only instrumental in perpetuating and teaching Israeli racist and colonial ideologies and repressing internal dissent, but these institutions are also places where the theories, plans, and projects of Israeli Occupation and Apartheid are elaborated and intellectually supported. The academic boycott asks the student movements and the international academic community to take up their responsibility as intellectual leaders to uphold and promote the ideals of justice, freedom, and equality and to oppose colonial apartheid policies such as those inflicted upon the Palestinian people. Academia can never be “neutral”; academics need to choose between supporting the status quo or being part of a movement to promote social change and justice.

2.5 Doesn’t the academic boycott limit the growth of opposition inside Israel and target scholars who oppose the politics of Israeli Apartheid?

Noted Israeli historian and University of Haifa Professor Ilan Pappe has estimated that only 100 out of 9,000 Israeli academics have “raised their voice against the occupation,” and some of those 100 are in danger of losing their jobs because of their stated political positions. (Quotation from www.inminds.com).

Over the last 50 years, during which Israel has committed incessant crimes against the Palestinian population, no clear opposition has come from Israeli universities – although there has been no academic boycott in existence that could have hampered this opposition from developing. Instead, Israeli academic institutions have continued to maintain their strong ties with the state’s political and military elite through close cooperation, developing research, strategies, and projects for the oppression of the Palestinian people, in addition to providing an intellectual basis and support for the discourse of racism and colonialism on which Israeli society bases its claims to the conquest of Palestine.

The Palestinian population, as well as other political opponents of Israeli state ideology, cannot see these institutions as anything but instruments for perpetuating discrimination and apartheid rule. The academic boycott inevitably has an impact on individual Israeli academics, even those who oppose the apartheid regime of their state. But Israeli academics who support the boycott understand and accept this as a temporary personal inconvenience that is incomparable with the systematic suffering of the Palestinian people.

At this very moment, Israel is destroying the Palestinian academy and educational system as a whole through closures, the targeting of students and professors, and the denial of access to educational facilities through the construction of the Apartheid Wall and other forms of Bantustanization of the Palestinian people. At such a moment, safeguarding an Israeli academy that is supportive of these crimes is not supporting intellectual freedom, but rather supporting its destruction.

2.6 Are academic boycotts effective?

The effects of an academic boycott are not only measurable in a decrease of funding for institutions that support Israeli Apartheid, but also in the impact it can have on public opinion. As with the academic boycott that gradually isolated academic institutions in Apartheid South Africa, the academic boycott against Apartheid Israel will provide an important message to future generations and future leaders of the worldwide Anti-Apartheid movement. It also forces academics around the world to take seriously their institutional and intellectual connections to Israeli Apartheid and to the Occupation in Palestine, and their intellectual responsibility to refuse to support the status quo through a bogus form of intellectual “neutrality.” The movement for an academic boycott seeks instead to be part of a movement of academic institutions that work to bring about social change and social justice.

2.7 What would an academic boycott look like?

Academic boycotts can take various forms:

• Stopping or refusal of joint academic and research projects with Israeli institutions
• Suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to Israeli academic institutions
• Refusal to participate in conferences organized or hosted by, or involving, Israeli academic institutions
• Refusal to contribute with research and studies to Israeli academic institutions or publications
• Promotion of divestment and disinvestment of international academic institutions from Israel and from companies supporting Israeli apartheid

 

2.8 What is the cultural boycott?

The cultural boycott is a means for artists and cultural institutions to express their opposition and outrage against the construction of the Apartheid Wall and Israeli Occupation and Apartheid in Palestine. It is a call upon artists and cultural institutions not to lend their names and works to Israeli Apartheid and not to continue “business as usual” in the face of the ongoing crimes committed by Israel. The cultural boycott is especially important, considering the severe destruction that is aimed at annihilating the development of Palestinian culture and arts, and more generally, at destroying the entire Palestinian cultural heritage.

Cultural boycotts can include:

• Refusal to perform in Israel.
• Refusal of copyright or distribution rights to Israeli institutions and companies.
• Opposition to Israeli participation in cultural initiatives as long as Palestinian artists and their people are still suffering under Israeli Apartheid.

2.9 What is the sports boycott?

The sports boycott has its main precedent in the boycott imposed against South African apartheid on all levels. For many countries, sports are a way to represent and assert themselves and their politics in front of the international community, especially at international events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. Israel is no exception to this. The massive international media attention that was paid when an Israeli athlete won a gold medal in windsurfing at the Athens Summer Olympics in 2004—which included public statements from Ariel Sharon and Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz—is an example of the powerful link between sports and propaganda.

The sporting community, federations, athletes, and sports fans are asked to express their opposition to Israeli crimes and to call for an end to Israeli Occupation and Apartheid by contesting Israeli participation in international and bi-national competitions.

 

 

From the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign:  http://www.stopthewall.org/boycott/first/5.html

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