The Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid just put out this helpful top ten list of companies that make products that directly harm Palestinians – either by exploiting labor, developing technology for military operations, or supplying equipment for illegal settlements – that should be boycotted this Christmas. Here is a sampling from their list:
This brand’s cosmetics are produced using salt, minerals, and mud from the Dead Sea — natural resources that are excavated from the occupied West Bank. The products themselves are manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement Mitzpe Shalem. AHAVA is the target of CODEPINK’s “Stolen Beauty” campaign.
2. Delta Galil Industries
Israel’s largest textiles manufacturer provides clothing and underwear for such popular brands as Gap, J-Crew, J.C. Penny, Calvin Klein, Playtex, Victoria’s Secret (see #10) and many others. Its founder and chairman Dov Lautman is a close associate of former Israeli President Ehud Barak. It has also been condemned by Sweatshop Watch for its exploitation of labor in other countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.
While many of us know this brand for its stylish cellphones, did you know that it also develops and manufactures bomb fuses and missile guidance systems? Motorola components are also used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) and in communications and surveillance systems used in settlements, checkpoints, and along the 490 mile apartheid wall. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has launched the “Hang Up on Motorola” campaign.
4. L’Oreal / The Body Shop
This cosmetics and perfume company is known for its investments and manufacturing activities in Israel, including production in Migdal Haemek, the “Silicon Valley” of Israel built on the land of Palestinian village Al-Mujaydil, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948. In 1998, a representative of L’Oreal was given the Jubilee Award by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for strengthening the Israeli economy.
To check out their full list, visit their website.
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Intel should be added to the list. It is not an Israeli company, but they are building so many plants in Israel that we should send them a message: Intel chips are helping Israelis oppress and occupy Palestine.
In fact, Intel has 5 plants in Israel, at least one of them on Palestinian land. This website has good information but it is not up to date: http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-intel.html
Thanks for the info. If you go to the full top ten list that I linked to in the post, you’ll see that Intel is actually number 7. So it is included. It’s still good to have more info on it.
If you’re interested in more info on the Motorola campaign, check out http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=209
There’s also a spoof of the new Motorola Droid commercial here: http://endtheoccupationblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/drop-droid-our-spoof-of-motorola-droid.html
And video of a great example of creative protest of Motorola–guerrilla theater in a Best Buy–here: http://endtheoccupationblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/excuse-me-geek-squad-my-motorola-phone.html
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” And certainly not help those businesses that sell or put up the foolish symbols of Christianity “…
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To think the Christians give their umm unconditional love…ahahhaahah