How ‘YOU’ can Support Palestine by Boycotting Israeli Products
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has sparked a global movement of solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are facing brutal oppression and violence from the Israeli forces. One of the ways that people around the world can show their support for Palestine is by boycotting Israeli products, or products that are made by companies that support Israel financially or politically.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a non-violent campaign that aims to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect the human rights of the Palestinians. The BDS movement calls for boycotting Israeli products and companies, divesting from institutions that invest in Israel, and imposing sanctions on Israel until it ends its occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, grants equal rights to Palestinian citizens of Israel, and respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
There are many products and brands that are either produced in Israel, or are owned by companies that have ties with Israel or support its policies. Some of these products and brands are very common and popular, and may be found in your local stores or online. Here are some examples of products and brands that you should boycott to support Palestine:
Starbucks: The coffee giant has faced a boycott campaign after it sued a workers’ union for using its logo in a tweet showing solidarity with Palestine. Starbucks also has a history of supporting Israel and its former CEO, Howard Schultz, is a vocal Zionist.
McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza: These fast food chains have all given away free food to the Israeli military during the recent attacks on Gaza. They also have franchises in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle: These beverage and food companies have operations and factories in Israel and in the illegal settlements. They also benefit from the exploitation of Palestinian natural resources, such as water.
L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Garnier: These cosmetic companies have factories and research centers in Israel, and use ingredients that are sourced from the occupied territories. They also support pro-Israeli organizations and lobby groups.
Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook: These tech giants provide services and platforms to the Israeli government and military, enabling them to surveil, oppress, and target Palestinians. They also censor and remove content that exposes Israeli crimes or supports Palestinian rights.
Adidas, Puma, Nike: These sportswear brands sponsor the Israel Football Association, which includes teams from the illegal settlements. They also profit from the Israeli market, which is built on the dispossession and discrimination of Palestinians.
These are just some of the products and brands that you should boycott to support Palestine. For a more comprehensive and updated list, you can visit the official website of the BDS movement, or download the app ‘No Thanks’, which scans barcodes and tells you if a product is related to Israel. By boycotting Israeli products, you are sending a clear message to Israel and its supporters that you stand with Palestine and demand justice and freedom for its people.