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Nine brands you can start boycotting

Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) are big news in 2014.

If Scarlett Johansson’s Sodastream fiasco didn’t grab your attention, perhaps the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli universities did, or Netanyahu’s increasing talk of million-dollar PR campaigns, legal offensives and diplomacy efforts to counter the BDS threat.

Opinion pages are filled with debate.

John Kerry has warned Israel that it could be facing a delegitimization campaign “on steroids” and voices from all sides are speculating that a boycott movement against Israel could be about to break into the mainstream.

But what would that actually mean in supermarkets and shopping baskets?

The BDS campaign covers all Israeli products: It’s a broad tactic aimed to pressure the state itself to change. But it also reserves a special focus for companies that are actually involved in — and make hefty profits from — occupation policies.

These organizations may be forced to pay attention to the boycott very soon — and they may not be the ones you’d expect.

1. Sodastream

Via: AP

Thanks to Scarlett Johansson’s recent adventure in international politics, most of us now know about Sodastream’s role in perpetuating the occupation of the West Bank.

The fizzy drinks makers are produced in Ma’ale Adumim, one of the many illegal Israeli settlements that cuts through Palestinian land, seizing resources and making the development of an independent Palestinian economy look impossible.

“The Israeli army forcefully expelled 200 Palestinian families from their homes to make space for the construction of Maale Adumim,” says Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the BDS National Committee. “Recently, it announced a plan to expel another 2,300 Palestinians to make way for the settlement’s growth.”

2. Jaffa Oranges

Via: AP

Brands like Carmel Agrexco and Mehadrin, which export the famous Jaffa brand of oranges, make big profits from farming on Palestine’s land.

Many of the companies’ fruits and vegetables — which include avocados, sweet potatoes and pomegranates — are grown and packaged in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, where 94% of land is under direct Israeli control.

As well as violating international law, commercial farming in the area deprives Palestinians of agriculturally-rich farmland and seriously limits access to water, which local people are often forced to buy by the tank at vastly inflated prices.

3. Ahava

Via: AP

Ahava means love in Hebrew, but the story behind is unromantic.

The company’s major factory — and its plush visitors’ centre — is based in Mitzpe Shalem, a settlement in the occupied West Bank that also owns 37% of the brand.

The location gives Ahava privileged access to the minerals and mud of the Dead Sea, which form the big-selling ingredient in their face masks, body scrubs and moisturisers.

The company makes about $150 million a year from the sale of these miraculous products while Palestinians continue to be effectively barred from utilising the resources of the Dead Sea.

4. Golan Heights Wine

Via: AP

According to its website, this winery is located in Israel’s prime location for world-class vineyards.

However, that place is the Golan Heights: occupied territory seized from Syria in the War of 1967. Then, most of the 140,000 Syrians that lived in the Golan were displaced and have not been allowed to return, and today the area is home to some 20,000 settlers.

Although the Golan Heights Winery is one of Israel’s biggest exporters, it’s far from the only producer of settlement wine.

The Carmel, Tshibi and Barkan wineries all own vineyards in the Golan Heights, while Teperberg 1870 and Binyamina operate in the West Bank.

5. Victoria’s Secret

Via: AP

Victoria’s Secret is targeted by BDS campaigners because of where the brand sources its fabrics.

America’s largest brand of lingerie gets its textiles from Delta Galil Industries, a company with a warehouse in the Barkan Industrial Zone, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

It also runs stores in Ma’aleh Adumim and Pisgat Ze’ev — both in occupied territories.

Settlements like these destroy the contiguity of a future Palestinian state and are widely considered to be the biggest obstacle to the success of the peace process.

Victoria’s Secret, however, is not the only company to buy its materials from the settlement industry: Delta Galil also supplies to companies like Walmart, Calvin Klein, Nike and Columbia, among others.

6. Sabra Hummus

Via: AP

Food appropriation is a big deal in the Middle East, where the adoption of falafel and hummus as Israel’s national snacks is a point of contention for Palestinians.

Sabra, however, is a BDS target for other reasons: The USA’s top hummus manufacturer is owned by Strauss Group, an Israeli company with strong ties to the IDF.

The corporation has “adopted” the Golani Brigade, an “elite unit” of the Israeli Army with a reputation for bad behavior that ranges “from revolts against commanders to abuse of Palestinians,” according to Haaretz.

Golani troops were on the front line in Operation Cast Lead, the 2008-9 assault on Gaza which killed some 1,400 Palestinians.

Strauss, apparently, provided the lunches, exclaiming on its website that it provides “food products” for missions and “personal care packages for each soldier.”

After U.S. BDS groups targeted Sabra in 2010, Strauss removed the wording from its Corporate Social Responsibility pages. But it has said nothing of withdrawing its support for IDF troops.

7. Medjool Dates

These super-sweet dates are a Palestinian staple, traditionally eaten to break the Ramadan fast.

But today, over half the global harvest of medjool dates is produced by Israel, often on settlements in Palestinian land and especially in the Jordan Valley.

There, illegal labor practices have been recorded on a significant scale.

In 2008, 7,000 Palestinian children were found to be working on settlement date farms. What’s more, the provenance of settlement dates is often concealed with a “produced in Israel” label — Hadiklaim, one of the biggest settlement producers, markets its products under the brand names Jordan River, Jordan River Bio-Tops and King Solomon.

8. Eden Springs Water

Much of Eden Springs’ bottled water — which is widely marketed to universities, local authorities and other institutions — comes from the Salukia spring in the Golan Heights.

Israel’s occupation of the Golan has been condemned by the U.N., and, as Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reminds us, international law only gives occupiers a limited right to use the water resources of occupied territory.

Despite that, settlers in the Golan can use as much as 17 times more water per capita than the area’s other inhabitants — a state of affairs that is not helped by the commercial exploitation of springs.

9. Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard’s slogan is a predictably Silicon Valley coinage: “If you’re going to do something, make it matter.”

For Palestinians, however, some of the things HP does matter more than others. The firm owns EDS Israel, which supplies the computer systems of the Israeli Ministry of Defense and produces hi-tech equipment like the Basel System, a biometric permit system that controls the movement of Palestinian workers through checkpoints in Gaza and the West Bank.

HP equipment is used by Israeli prisons and the army, and the company has also invested in the technological development of illegal settlements, taking part in the Smart City project in Ariel.

Bethan Parry

Bethan is a writer and editor currently based in Palestine and Israel. She’s written for a range of publications in the US, UK and Middle East, was previously a staff writer for The Day, where she wrote analysis on everything from fiscal policy …


Bill Gates Foundation sells shares in Israeli prison contractor G4S

The Bill Gates Foundation appears to have responded to activist pressure over its investment in Israeli prison contractor G4S by selling some, if not all, of its shares in the company.

Stock exchange filings published yesterday show that the foundation’s stake has dropped below the 3 percent threshold above which holdings must be declared.

It is not known how many shares, if any, the Gates Foundation continues to hold, although that should become clear in the next few months when more detailed filings will be published.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation purchased a 3.17 percent stake in G4S for £110 million ($184 million) in June 2013, a move opposed by Palestinian and international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) groups due to the role that G4S plays in helping Israel run its prison system.

G4S has a contract with the Israeli Prison Service to supply and run security and management systems at six prisons where Palestinian political prisoners, including children, are routinely tortured.

In April, protests were held at the at Gates Foundation offices in London, Johannesburg and Seattle. A petition signed by more than 14,000 people called on the the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S because of its role in Israel’s prison service.

A statement signed by more than twenty Palestinian organizations and 130 international groups argued that its holdings in G4S meant that the Gates Foundation “is legitimizing and profiting from Israel’s use of torture and mass incarceration.”

“Pressure is starting to work”

“We are glad the pressure on the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S is starting to work. We urge the foundation to sell any remaining shares it still holds and release a public statement pledging not to invest in corporations profiting from Israel’s military occupation,” said Rafeef Ziadah, a campaigner with the British anti-poverty group War on Want and the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

G4S has already lost contracts worth millions of dollars. Trade unions, universities and other public bodies in Europe and South Africa have canceled many contracts with G4S over concerns about the firm’s role in Israel’s prison system.

Protests will take place outside the G4S shareholders meeting next Thursday (5 June), as they have the previous two years.

Gavan Kelly, advocacy director at Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support and advocacy organization, said that the ongoing hunger strikes by Palestinian political prisoners underlined why the Gates Foundation’s investment appeared so outrageous.

“More than 125 Palestinian prisoners remain on hunger strike after more than 35 days to protest their detention without trial. It’s clear that G4S’s involvement in Israel’s prison system is incompatible with the Gates Foundation’s stated commitment to human rights and equality,” he said.

Harsh punishment

According to Addameer, more than 125 Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike on 24 April to protest being held under administrative detention, a form of detention without trial where prisoners are not allowed to see the “evidence” held against them.

Visiting restrictions make it difficult to get exact figures but it is thought that the hunger strikes have since escalated and may now involve up to two hundred prisoners. The hunger strikes have now reached a critical moment as many prisoners have now gone 35 days without food.

More than 40 hunger strikers were yesterday transferred to a hospital due to their deteriorating health. Israel has responded to the continuation of the hunger strikes with harsh punishments, including isolating the hunger strikers from the rest of the prison population, the denial of family visits for four months, daily searches and beatings and restrictions on access to legal counsel.

A video from Addameer details the role that G4S plays in Israel’s abhorrent prison system:

Martyrs of Gaza: Finally, names posted

I Expect the martyrs to have faces and age too. Listen to Rafeef Ziadah on Youtube at end of post.

It is no longer acceptable that apartheid regimes destroy lives, as if they were never born and vanished in thin air, simply because the US governments hate to name victims of aggression, occupation and apartheid behavior…

If the UN or any international organization make it a habit to list the names and faces of victims in mass murder scheme, anywhere around the world and under any political regime, maybe violence with take more frequent breaks.

Growing up in Gaza, Free Palestine‘s photo
All Ov you that is in education should be thankful, this what education is like in Gaza.
Fallen Students during the latest Israeli war on Gaza: this is what education is like in Gaza?

1– Ahmed Jabari

2 – Ranan Yousef Jalal Arafat

3 – Mohammed Hamed al-Hams

4 – Heba Adel Mashharawi Turk

5 – Mahmoud Hamad Abu Soawin

6 – Omar Mashharawi

7 –  Haneen Khaled Tafesh

8  – Habis Hassan Msmah

9 – Wael Haider Ghalban

10 – Hesham Mohamed Ghalban

11 – Mohamed Hani Al-kaseeh

12 – Essam Mahmoud Abu Al-Maaza

13 – Khaled Abou Nasr

14 –  Rani Hammad

15 – Marwan Abdel Rahman Abu Qomsan

16 – Walid Mahmoud Abadleh

17 – Odai Jamal Nasser

18 – Faris Ahmed Bassiouni

19 – Mohammed Iyad Saadallah

20 – Ayman Abed Abu Warda

21 – Tahreer Ziad Salman

22 – Ismail Khatab Qandil

23 – Younis Kamel Tafesh

24 – Mohammed Talal Salman

25 – Hassan Salem Alhela

26 – Ziad Farhan Abu Jalal

27 – Ahmed Mohammed Jadou Abu Jalal

28 – Amjad Mohammed Jadou Abu Jalal

29 – Khaled Khalil Al-shaaer

30 –  Ayman Rafiq Salim

31 –  Ahmed Osama Mohammed Al-Atrash

32 –  Mohammed Saleh Ashitoa Alloulihy

33 – Awad Hamdi Hassan Al-Nahal

34 – Abdulrahman Salem al-Masri

35 – Moukhlis Mahmoud Adwan

36 – Osama Mousa Abdel Gawad

37 –  Ali Abdel Halim Ali Mana’ma

38 – Ashraf Hassan Darwish

39 – Mohamed Mahmoud Yassin

40 – Osama Youssef Mansour Al-Qadi

41- Ahmed Salim Said

42 – Hani Abdel Meguid Ibraam

43 – Ali Hassan bin Saeed

44 – Samantha Khalil Mahmoud Qudaih

45 – Mohammed Sabri Aydat

46 – Tamer Khaled Al Hamri

47 Saadia Mohammed Dib

48 Jamal Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou

49 Abdullah Mohammed Ramadan Alumzenr

50 Suhaila Mahmoud Yassin Al-Dalou

51 Samah Abdul Hamid Yitzhak Al-Dalou

52 Tahani Hassouna Ahmed Al-Dalou

53 Ibrahim Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou

54 Yusuf Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou

55 Amina Hassan Mattar Alumzenr

56 Sami Imad Subhi Al-Ghafeer

57 Mohammed Bakr Aghaff

58 Sara Mohamed Al-Dalou

59 Sohail Ashour Hamada

60 Mou’men Suhail Hamada

61 Atiyah Abd al-Mubarak

62 Hossam Hussein Abu Shawish

63 Jumana Salama Ibrahim Abu Seifan

64 Tamer Salama Ibrahim Abu Seifan

65 Nawal Faraj Mahmoud Abdel Aal

66 Iyad Yousef Abu Khoussa

67 Musa Mahmoud Juma Sumairi

68 Ahmed Essam Sami Al-Nahal

69 Tasneem Zuhair Mahmoud Al-Nahal

70 Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmed Abuamrh

71 Nabil Ahmed Odeh Aauamrh

72 Mohammed Iyad Fouad Abozzor

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74 Mohammed Salameh Saadi Jondia

75 A’hed Hamdi Alqtati

76 Nismah Helmi Salem Abozzor

77 Amin Zuhdi Ibrahim Bashir

78 Tamer Rushdie Mohammad Bashir

79 Rashid Alyan Atiya Abu Amra

80 Ibrahim Mohammed al-Astal

81 Omar Mahmoud Mohammed al-Astal

82 Jalal Mohammed Nasr

83 Hussein Jalal Nasr

84 Abed Mohammed Attar

85 Saifuddin Sadeq

86 Husamettin Zein

87 Mahmoud Said Abu Khater

88 Abdullah Salem Harb Abu Khater

89 Mohammed Riad Khamlkh

90 Ramadan Ahmed Mahmoud

91 Rama Al-Shadni

92 Mohammed Al-Qasser

93 Raneen Jammal Aldel

94 Ramiz Najib Musa Harb

95 A’aed Sabri Radi

96 Amin Ramadan Al-Malahi

97 Husam Fayez Abdel Gawad

98 Salem Pouls Sweilem

99 Mohamed Zidan Tubail

100 Ibrahim Mahmoud Hawajri

101 Arkan Harbi in Abu Kamil

102 Osama Walid Shehadeh

103 Khalil Ibrahim Shehadeh

104 Suhaib Fouad Hijazi

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107 Ahmed Tawfik Nasasrh

108 Mohammed Tawfiq Nasasrh

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