Anonymous said: Does the boycott of any food/drink products help the Palestinian cause? I've heard people asking for boycotts against Coca Cola, McDonalds and Starbucks, but I wasn't sure if those companies were pro-Israel or what.
There are a lot of lists out there that name different companies to boycott for profiting off of the occupation of Palestine. Here are three:
Most lists have a few names in common, including Soda Stream, Ahava, HP, Sabra Hummus, and Victoria’s Secret.
Starbucks is not on any list. It’s CEO is a zionist iirc, but the company itself doesn’t have any stores in Palestine nor does it donate to any zionist causes. You may have other reasons to boycott Starbucks though.
I’m not aware of anything regarding Coca Cola or McDonald’s. I know that both operate in Palestine (including in ‘48 Palestine), but if they are actually involved in profiting off of the occupation and Palestinian suffering? I’m not sure.
Boycotts do have an effect. Not only do they bring attention to the plight of the Palestinian people, but they also force companies profiting off of the suffering the Palestinian people to face the consequences of their immoral behavior. For example, after the so-called Operation “Cast Lead” massacre on Gaza in 2008-09, Israeli exporters reported a 21% drop in demand (mostly in Britain and Scandinavia). More recently, SodaStream has faced drops in sales and in stock value for maintaining a factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim.
Johansson responded by stepping down from her Oxfam role. From afar, it looked liked she’d received very poor advice; that someone who is paid good money to protect her interests hadn’t done the necessary research before she’d accepted the role and that she’d unwittingly inserted herself into the world’s most intractable geopolitical conflict. By the time Oxfam raised the issue, she was going to get flak if she did step down, flak if she didn’t. Was the whole thing just a bit of a mistake?
But she shakes her head. “No, I stand behind that decision. I was aware of that particular factory before I signed it.” Really? “Yes, and… it still doesn’t seem like a problem. Until someone has a solution to the closing of that factory to leaving all those people destitute, that doesn’t seem like the solution to the problem.”
But the international community says that the settlements are illegal and shouldn’t be there. “I think that’s something that’s very easily debatable. In that case, I was literally plunged into a conversation that’s way grander and larger than this one particular issue. And there’s no right side or wrong side leaning on this issue.”
Except, there’s a lot of unanimity, actually, I say, about the settlements on the West Bank. “I think in the UK there is,” she says. “That’s one thing I’ve realised… I’m coming into this as someone who sees that factory as a model for some sort of movement forward in a seemingly impossible situation.”
Well, not just the UK. There’s also the small matter of the UN security council, the UN general assembly, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Court of Justice… which all agree that they’re in contravention of international law. Half of me admires Johansson for sticking to her guns – her mother is Jewish and she obviously has strong opinions about Israel and its policies. Half of me thinks she’s hopelessly naive. Or, most likely, poorly advised. Of all the conflicts in all the world to plant yourself in the middle of…
"When I say a mistake," I say, "I mean partly because people saw you making a choice between Oxfam – a charity that is out to alleviate global poverty – and accepting a lot of money to advertise a product for a commercial company. For a lot of people, that’s like making a choice between charity – good – and lots of money – greed.”
"Sure I think that’s the way you can look at it. But I also think for a non-governmental organisation to be supporting something that’s supporting a political cause… there’s something that feels not right about that to me. There’s plenty of evidence that Oxfam does support and has funded a BDS [boycott, divest, sanctions] movement in the past. It’s something that can’t really be denied.” When I contacted Oxfam, it denied this.
Ziozifteh needs to be ejected into space asap
OUR CAMPUS JUST PASSED BDS!!!!
UWindsor students’ alliance just passed a BDS motion in a referendum, 798 to 585 against. So they join the Regina, York, Carleton, Trent and UToronto in Canadian schools that have passed BDS in one form or another.
This is great news that isn’t getting enough attention congrats all.
I take Israel apologism really personally. Back in 2006 bombing of Lebanon I saw so many radical leftist types and anti-war types either fight with me publically or were silent and very quietly disassociated with me, it killed about 90% of the friendships that I had. Up untill that point I really thought that it was all a matter of education and knowledge of very basic facts and that I could just talk people-at least the ones that weren’t totally obtuse and that I know-into seeing other people as human beings. That year changed all of that and I have no tolerance anymore for people that feign that they just can’t figure it out.
But honestly I never thought we’d ever get to the point where this much of the left would change on this issue. Like that they’re able to take a side at all never even mind following through on adopting bds; compared to where they were just ten years ago and that is kind of amazing? So I dunno, it’s a setback but that the vote was still as close as it was gives me a lot of hope.
But it makes me wonder about all the shitheads I disassociated with back then and if they changed and if they’re embarrassed about their shit opinions.