BOYCOTT ISRAHELL; resources

BOYCOTT LINKS:
Beans of War
http://courses.washington.edu/commedia/projects/418_dotcom/beans_of_war/index.html

Boycott Israel Campaign
http://www.mylinkspage.com/israel.html

Boycott Israeli Goods
http://www.boycottisraeligoods.org/

Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign
http://www.bigcampaign.org/

Boycott of Israel
http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/php/topic.php?tid=96

Boycott Starbucks
http://windowintopalestine.blogspot.com/2008/11/boycott-starbucks.html

Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
http://www.bdsmovement.net/

British Committee for Universities in Palestine
http://www.bricup.org.uk/index.html

Cupe
http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?subject_id=51&lang=en

Divestment Support Committee
http://www.divestmentsupport.org/

Hang up on Motorola
http://www.hanguponmotorola.org/

Innovative Minds
http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-israel.php

JFJFP Sanctions and Boycotts
http://www.jfjfp.org/backgroundR.htm

Middle East Without War and Oppressors
http://www.mewando.org/

Mona Baker’s homepage
http://www.monabaker.com/

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/

Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Boycott Israeli Goods
http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index11.asp

Somerville Divestment Project
http://www.divestmentproject.org/divestment_campaigns.shtml

Stop Caterpillar
http://www.catdestroyshomes.org/

Stop The Wall Boycott Campaign
http://stopthewall.org/news/boycot.shtml

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BOYCOTT ISRAEL; Israeli Trading companies!

Israel’s export trading companies represent Israeli manufacturers and service companies on the international market. They utilize their years of experience and professional contacts in specific geographical and sectorial markets to ensure the standard and high quality of products, and they also make sure that the price is reasonable and fair. The export trading companies are a vital connecting link between the Israeli manufacturers and the world-wide business community, and their concern is for the interests of both parties.

A A.I.B.D (Argentina-Israel Business Development)
A.M. Maagal Marketing & Business Development Ltd.
Ad-On Marketing
AgriQuality
Aikap Group Ltd.
AMC
Arens Export
AsiaGate Co. Ltd.

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B B.I.T. Barak International Trade
Banafix
Baron R. Export Management Ltd.
Baron Trade & Export
Bar-Tex Import-Export Ltd.
BioMarkets
BMT Systems

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C C.S. Agencies
Circle Star Ltd.
Comodan Far East Ltd
Compania de Asistencia Tecnica de Gestion de Proyectos, S.L
Construct Mapamond L.T.D
CPR-Commercial Promotion Resources

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D Dovar D.A. Technologies Ltd.
Dubrovsky Ltd.

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E Eisenberg Export Company Ltd.
Elarco International Ltd.
Elul Technologies Ltd.
EPI INTERNATIONAL
Exportis Ltd. (Holyllenium)
EXPRO – Export Management & Company Representation

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F Filuet Group Ltd.
Flintec
Focus International Marketing
FreeMind Ltd.

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G G.I.C. Marketing Services Ltd.
Global Gate Ltd.
Gota Buying Servics

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H Harel-Hertz Investment House Ltd.
Holyllenium Ltd.

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I I.N.T.O. International Trade Oriented
IDR International Marketing Ltd.
Idud Marketing
Igal Lavi International Trading Ltd.
IGC Israel Germany Consulting
IMM Global
Indolink
Isrex (94) Ltd.
Istelcom
ITOCHU Corporation

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K Korea-Israel Co.
Kriport International Trading Ltd.

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L Lamed Investment and Trade Co. Ltd.
Lior Lavi
Lovely Marketing

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M Magna Business Development
Marcelo Schottlender Consulting
Mavua Group of Companies Ltd.
Maxpow – Worldwide Trading Ltd.
Medijuice Ltd.
Mipha International Ltd.
MYG Product Solution Ltd.
Mystigue Manna

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N Nardev Chemie (Israel) Ltd.
North East Technologies Ltd.
NOYGROUP K.K

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O Ofek International Marketing Network

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P Peled Raz Agencies (1992) Ltd.
Poland – Israel Trade Office
PPM – Projects Promotion & Management
PTL Group – China

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R Ranex Ltd
Romidan Ltd.

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S S.G.S – International Trade 2001 Ltd
S.I. Scientific Investment Ltd.
Scandi
Shafrir Godel
Sheng Enterprises
Shira Trading Ltd
Shraga Barak
Skylimit – Sales Outsourcing

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T Tafnit Communication Ltd.
Tamid – The American Israel Development Corp. Ltd.
The Trendlines Group
Tie-Business and projects promoters (1991) Ltd.
Triangle Technologies Ltd.
Trisun (Israel) Ltd.
Tzipa Carmon Exports (TC Exports)

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U Universal

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V Varlix Multitrade International Ltd.
VFI – Value Focused Investments
Vision Point

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W Wave Investment Management Marketing Consultants

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Y Yakov Baron Trade and Export
YOKI-KAL Trade & Business Development For The Far East Ltd.

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Z Zur Agencies

Ref: Israeli Trade offices

BOYCOTT ISRAEL; Rumors fuel calls for U.S. biz boycott over Gaza

The rumors circulated via email, on social networking sites like Facebook and conspiracy websites: top American companies are donating profits to Israel in support of the war in Gaza and consumers should boycott them.

The online campaigns call for a boycott of several major U.S.-based companies like McDonalds, the coffee chain Starbucks, Pizza Hut and cigarette maker Phillip Morris, though most of the companies have explicitly denied the rumors on their websites and in interviews.

“Let’s stop using American and British products for just one month. The U.S. will lose 8.6 billion daily if we stop using its products for only one month,” read one email being circulated in Arabic. “As a true Muslim do that. Tell your family, friends, and neighbors and stop for one month.”

“Let’s do what our rulers could not do…. BOYCOTT” read another.

The Facebook group Boycott American Companies That Financially Support Israel! Free Palestine! Has more than 7,000 members hailing from the U.S., Arab world, Europe and Indonesia and Malaysia.

A search for the keywords “boycott Gaza” returned 45 groups in English, French and Arabic calling for a boycott of companies that allegedly support Israel’s war on Gaza. Starbucks and McDonalds were among the most targeted.

“The messages about McDonald’s giving its revenues to Israel until next Saturday do not originate from, and are not affiliated with, McDonald’s. This is completely false and appears to be nothing more than a rumor or hoax,” Tara Handy, senior manager of Corporate Media Relations for McDonald’s said in a statement to AlArabiya.net.

On Saturday protesters in the French city of Nice smashed the windows of a McDonald’s restaurant. On Friday protesters in Venezuela burned a U.S. flag in front of a McDonalds in the capital of Caracas.

” Whenever there is tension in the region most U.S. headquartered organizations, they are targets ”
Rana Shaheen, Starbucks Middle East

Starbucks posted a statement on its website to combat the persistent rumors about the company and its CEO’s support for Israel.

“Rumors that Starbucks Coffee Company and its management support Israel are unequivocally false. Starbucks is a non-political organization and we do not support any political causes anywhere in the world,” it said.

Starbucks has sought to debunk rumors alleging a link between its CEO Howard Schultz and the Israeli Armed Forces as far back as 2006, though the rumor has resurfaced during the most recent conflict.

“Whenever there is tension in the region most U.S. headquartered organizations, they are targets,” said Rana Shaheen, communications manager for Starbucks Middle East. “Along with Starbucks you have McDonalds, Coke, the list is never ending.”

“These rumors may have originated because the CEO happens to be a Jew,” she told AlArabiya.net, but underscored that Starbucks itself does not have a political agenda. “The political views of any employee at any level – and the chain of command is very long – has no bearing whatsoever on the company brand.”

She noted that the heads of several major American companies happen to be Jewish so they become targets during periods of conflict.

Shaheen said Starbucks will be launching a Middle East website next month to help correct such disinformation campaigns.

A boycott of Danish products last year and in 2006 in retaliation for the publication of offensive cartoons dealt a significant blow to the profits companies with a significant presence in the Middle East.

Whether the proposed boycotts would have the intended economic effect on the U.S., however, was unclear, since as several companies pointed out they hire local workers and support the local economy.

“Given the local nature of our business, we believe that calls for boycotts of our products are not the appropriate way to further any causes, as they primarily hurt the local economy, local businesses and local citizens,” Kadri Taib, Coca-Cola Malaysia public affairs and communications director, said in a statement.

In Malaysia a Muslim consumer group called Friday for a boycott of several U.S. companies including Coca-Cola.

reF: Al Arabiya

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UK company boycotts Israeli consumers – BRILLANT, JOIN THE WORLD BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL!!!

Israeli computer engineer discovers he cannot order scarf online from London-based Pashmina company because it has joined Muslim consumer boycott against IDF operation in Gaza

Meiron Gestman, a computer engineer from Ramat Gan, discovered to his surprise on Monday that he could not purchase a scarf online from the London-based Pashmina company.

The reason for this was that the company which he wished to order from had joined a boycott against Israel due to the military operation in Gaza.

“I checked why they didn’t charge my credit card, and they told me they were participating in a voluntary boycott on Israel due to “the horrors committed by the Israeli army,” he said.

Behind the boycott is a British organization of Muslim consumers, who have imposed a boycott on Israel as well as all Jewish-owned American companies in protest against the fighting in Gaza and the US’s support for Israel in the battle.

The boycott received a warm welcome by many British internet sites, especially those related to Islam, and reports have been published by British newspapers. However Pashmina stressed to Gestman that it was only boycotting Israel, not all Jews.

‘Pashmina’ is not the only British company to have joined the boycott. Last week ‘FreedomCall’, a telecom company based in the UK, terminated all communications with the Israeli MobileMax following the Gaza operation.

The British-Muslim websites recommend boycotting a number of large firms, most of which manufacture products in Israel and all of which sell their products in Israel.

Among these are AOL, Coca-Cola, Delta-Galilee, Estee Lauder, Johnson and Johnson, Marks and Spencer, Revlon, Starbucks, McDonalds, Danone, Disney, IBM, Kimberly, Nestle, Nokia, and Intel.

‘Captives of Arab propoganda’

“I tried to convince the person who sent the email that he’s wrong,” Gestman told Ynet. “They’re just captives of the successful propaganda of the Arab side, and I wanted to help explain our side. They see things very superficially and one-sidedly.”

“I asked him whether he boycotted American products because of what they did in Iraq or whether he was boycotting Palestinian products because they were firing missiles on kindergartens in Israel. He didn’t really know what to say and answered pretty stupidly.”

The email sent to Gestman in reply to his questions said the company had boycotted other countries, such as Myanmar. It said the boycott was imposed out of shock at the number of civilians killed by Israel, but did not wish to undermine the suffering of Israelis or any victims wherever they may be. The company did not respond to any of Ynet’s emails.

Britain has been known for a number of boycotts against Israel, among these an academic boycott and a consumer boycott. The boycotts have had few economic ramifications, and the British government has consistently opposed them.

Ref: Ynet

Unilever to sell stake in plant based in West Bank settlement

The food and soap manufacturing multinational Unilever has announced that it will divest from an Israeli factory in a Jewish settlement illegally built on land confiscated from Palestinians.

Unilever, which makes household staples such as Sunsilk shampoo, Surf washing powder and Vaseline, said it would sell its 51% stake in the Beigel & Beigel factory in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

The UK and Dutch-owned multinational has followed Harrods department store – which cleared its shelves of Beigel & Beigel products, such as pretzels, in August – and a campaign by Britain to crack down on Israeli settlement businesses that are allegedly dodging EU import taxes.

Unilever’s announcement also came ahead of a report on its investment in the occupied territories by United Civilians for Peace, a Dutch human rights group.

UCP said the decision of Unilever, which defied the international boycott against South Africa during the apartheid era, showed that the firm was “serious” about international law and social responsibility.

But Unilever Israel, which bought half of Beigel & Beigel in 2001, said the move was strategic, not ethical.

“This decision has been taken with reluctance after a long period of analysis and review,” it said.

“Following the divestment in recent years of a number of non-core businesses … the decision has been reached to divest of its interests in the bakery business and will therefore seek to find a buyer for Unilever’s share in the Beigel & Beigel partnership,” the company said in a statement.

Ariel is one of three large Israeli settlement blocs that penetrate and separate northern and southern parts of the West Bank. It is surrounded by a network of roads that Palestinians are forbidden to use without special permission.

The settlement is built on land that Israel conquered in the 1967 Six Day war. According to UCP, the land for the Beigel & Beigel factory, in Ariel’s Barkan industrial estate, was confiscated from the surrounding Palestinian villages in 1981 by a Israeli military order.

“International law prohibits the confiscation of occupied land not for military purposes,” the UCP report says.

It also claims that Unilever is in effect supporting Ariel because it pays taxes to the Shomron regional council, which provides services such as rubbish disposal to Barkan. In return, Unilever receives, via Beigel & Beigel, some of the “generous” subsidies that Israel pays companies to produce in settlements.

Companies that operate in settlements also benefit from employing cheap Palestinian labour, the report says.

At Beigel & Beigel, 45% of the 140 workers are Palestinians from the surrounding villages whose land was confiscated for the construction. Most of them work on the assembly line operating machines and contrary to Unilever’s own labour standards, they are not paid the Israeli minimum wage, the report claims.

Many workers are paid to work 46.5 hours a week but they often work 50 hours with no compensation. One worker, who must pass through a checkpoint gate to go home after work, told UCP that he is often unable to return to his village.

Ref: Guardian

BOYCOTT ISRAEL – Starbucks the target of Arab boycott for its growing links to Israel + pro-israeli response


LINK TO CAMPAIGN + ANOTHER ONE

Across five Arab states a new and closely co-ordinated campaign to boycott American goods is being launched, with Starbucks coffee shops their primary target, but with Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Burger King outlets also on the list. In Beirut today, activists will be leafleting outside the city’s four Starbucks shops, detailing the pro-Israeli sentiments of its chief executive, Howard Shultz, and claiming he is “an active Zionist”. In 1998, Mr Shultz was awarded the “Israeli 50th Anniversary Tribute Award” from the Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha-Torah, which is strongly critical of Yasser Arafat and insists that the occupied Palestinian territories should be described only as “disputed”.

In a speech to Jewish Americans in Seattle earlier this year – at the height of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon’s, reoccupation of West Bank towns – Starbucks’ top man condemned Palestinian “inaction” and announced that “the Palestinians aren’t doing their job – they’re not stopping terrorism”. Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, complimented Mr Shultz for helping American students to hear “Israeli presentations on the Middle East crisis”.

Starbucks operates in six other Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – but the boycott protesters, who include both Palestinians and Muslim groups at Ein Shams University in Egypt and the American University of Cairo, have a much wider list of companies they wish to punishfor allegedly supporting Israel, not only in the Middle East but in the United States itself. They include AOL Time Warner, Disney, Estée Lauder, Nokia, Revlon, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and IBM.

Students at Dubai University and in the Syrian capital, Damascus, are now also liaising over their boycott plans.“At first, it was very frustrating getting even the four boycott groups in Lebanon to work together,” Amira Solh, one of the Lebanese activists, says. “We had difficulty defining whether we should target American goods or those companies that have direct relations with Israel. We really only got going the first time the Israelis laid siege to Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah.

Lebanon boycotts all Israeli goods, so we started asking, ‘What about those companies which help Israel directly?‘ “Most Arab countries have fallen into a capitalist world that accepts American companies with close links to Israel. What we are now initiating is an economic war.

Burger King incurred Arab anger more than two years ago when it opened an outlet in an illegal Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank.The company initially decided to close the outlet and then – after pro-Israeli lobby pressure in America – apparently allowed it to reopen under a different franchise.

Nestlé has bought a control-ling share in the Israeli firm Osem, allowing Nestlé to sell its products in Israel, including Nescafé, Perrier, Carnation, Smarties and KitKat. It is a deal which, in the words of one Israeli journalist, “provides Osem with a worldwide distribution and advertising infrastructure“. In a recent report to investors, Osem-Nestlé an- nounced a four-monthly profit of $7.5m (£5.1m).

In Lebanon, Coca-Cola – which runs a plant in the country – has attempted to deflect Arab criticism by pointing out that it does not manufacture Coca-Cola in Israel and sells only imported bottles of its products, including Fanta and Sprite, in the Jewish state. In what was widely seen as an attempt to soften the mood of protesters, the Coca-Cola company in Lebanon has suddenly embarked on a programme of planting cedar trees – the national emblem – near the town of Jezzine, south of Beirut.

Starbucks, which has 4,709 retail locations around the world, has been trying to damp down its pro-Israeli image,
telling protesters who have written to the company that its chief executive, Howard Shultz, who is himself Jewish, “does not believe the terrorism (sic) is representative of the Palestinian people“. When he spoke recently to his local synagogue, Starbucks says, “Howard was speaking as a private citizen and did not interview with the media regarding this subject“. Another Starbucks response says the company “is deeply saddened by the current events (sic) in the Middle East” and quotes a statement by Mr Shultz. “I deeply regret that my speech in Seattle was misinterpreted as anti-Palestinian,” he says. “My position has always been pro-peace and for the two nations (sic) to co-exist peacefully.

Arab students believe the real fears of American executives are focused not on losses in the Arab world but on the danger that Arab protests will be picked up by Palestinian sympathisers in Europe and even in America itself. Mr Shultz, who does not appear to have condemned the building of illegal Israeli settlements on occupied land, spearheaded Starbucks’ entry into the Israeli market last year with its first two coffee shops – built through a joint venture company called Shalom Coffee Ltd – in Tel Aviv. By the end of this year, Starbucks plans to have a total of 20 coffee houses operating throughout Israel. Mr Shultz is a regular visitor to Israel and one of many personalities who have been brought to Jerusalem as a guest of the Theodor Herzl mission, at whose gala dinner is held an award ceremony of the Friends of Zion to honour those “who have played key roles in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel”.

Others who have travelled on the Theodor Herzl mission include Baroness Thatcher, Newt Gingrich, the US Speaker of the House, and the former US governor Tom Ridge – now the head of “Homeland Security”.

Ref: Robertfisk.com

Starbucks International is having trouble maintaining its foothold in the Middle East as its Israeli partner; Delek Corporation begins negotiationswith the firm for the sale of its 80 percent stake in Starbucks Israel. In the event that Starbucks refuses to buy full ownership in the franchise,Delek will request that the parties restructure pricing arrangements,reported Globes. Under partnership agreements, Delek paid Starbucks $250,000 for the franchise rights of the coffee house in addition to a sixpercent turnover.

The company’s decision to sell its stake in the franchise followed the laying off of several Starbucks Israel personnel by Delek.The American coffee house chain is also facing hardship on the Arab front as a closely coordinated campaign to boycott American goods is already underway across the region. Activists have been seen leafleting outside Beirut’s four Starbucks locations, handing out information detailing the pro-Israel sentiments of the company’s Chief Executive, Howard Shultz. Protestors have also placed Nestle, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Burger King on their hit list. Established in the United States in 1992, Starbucks’ Middle East operations cover Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United ArabEmirates and Israel.

Ref: Innovated Mindes

For Pro-Israelis this is hurting…

It’s true that Starbucks closed its six outlets in Israel on April 1, 2003, citing “operational challenges” including Israel’s faltering economy. It’s also true that Starbucks continues to operate in other Middle Eastern countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

What is not true, company officials insist, is the implication that the closures were due to political pressures or “taking sides” with Israel’s enemies.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, which has investigated the matter, the decision was indeed strictly business. “There is no evidence that more nefarious considerations contributed to this decision,” the organization concluded.

Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz — characterized by the New York Times as “a Jewish American who has long been supportive of Jewish organizations and causes in the United States and in Israel” — says the company will return to Israel in due course.

REf: Urbanlegends

Israel boycott may be the way to peace

There is a fragile ceasefire in Lebanon, albeit daily violated by Israeli overflights. Meanwhile the day-to-day brutality of the Israeli army in Gaza and the West Bank continues. Ten Palestinians are killed for every Israeli death; more than 200, many of them children, have been killed since the summer. UN resolutions are flouted, human rights violated as Palestinian land is stolen, houses demolished and crops destroyed. For archbishop Desmond Tutu, as for the Jewish former ANC military commander now South African minister of security, Ronnie Kasrils, the situation of the Palestinians is worse than that of black South Africans under apartheid.

Meanwhile, western governments refer to Israel’s legitimate right of self-defence, and continue to supply weaponry. The challenge of apartheid was fought better. The non-violent international response to apartheid was a campaign of boycott, divestment and UN-imposed sanctions which enabled the regime to change without bloodshed.

Today, Palestinians teachers, writers, film-makers and non-governmental organisations have called for a comparable academic and cultural boycott of Israel as offering another path to a just peace. This call has been endorsed internationally by university teachers in many European countries, by film-makers and architects, and by some brave Israeli dissidents. It is now time for others to join the campaign – as Primo Levi asked: “If not now, when?” We call on creative writers and artists to support our Palestinian and Israeli colleagues by endorsing the boycott call.

While Mike Foster is right to point out (Letters, December 9) that the Balfour declaration of 1917 did not grant Israel its right to exist; it also could not promise a Jewish national home, as he says it did, because it was not in its power to do so. The British government merely “looked with favour” on such an idea. More importantly, he omits, as many do, the subsequent words, “… it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine …”. It is impossible to say that those qualifying words have been observed.
Malcolm Hurwitt
London

Read the Palestinian call