Consumer Boycott

Individual consumers can show their opposition to Israel’s violations by participating in a consumer boycott of Israeli companies, goods and services or of international companies involved in Israeli policies violating Palestinian human rights and international law. A consumer boycott works in two ways: firstly by generating public awareness about Israeli apartheid and occupation as well as international support for it and secondly by applying economic pressure for change.

It differs from country to country, but the most common Israeli exports include:

fresh fruit and vegetables such as Jaffa citrus fruits and Israeli Medjoul Dates
Ahava cosmetics
SodaStream drinks machines
Eden Springs bottled water
– Golan Heights Wineries and other Israeli wines

There are many international companies that are complicit in Israeli violations of international law. Examples include HP, Caterpillar, Volvo, Hyundai, among many others.

Trying to boycott the products of every single company that participates in Israeli apartheid is a daunting task that has a slim change of having a concrete impact.

It makes more sense to focus on optimal targets that are being targeted as part of national or international campaigns. Consumer boycotts are most effective when part of a broader campaign against a particular product or aiming to pressure a retailer to stop selling a particular Israeli product.

Get in contact with a BDS organisation in your area to find out what companies and products are being targeted and how to support local campaigns. If no such organization exists, start your own campaign, in coordination with well-recognized BDS organizations.

While boycott is an individual act, it becomes much more powerful if it is promoted collectively and finds strong support in organisations, movements and communities willing to promote the boycott and forces retailers to stop selling particular Israeli products.

Across the world, supporters of Palestinian rights are advocating a boycotts adopting a number of diverse actions: Pickets of retailers, letter-writing campaigns, pressure from civil society organisations such as NGOs, faith groups and trade unions.  Popular pressure has forced retailers to stop selling Israeli produce and produce from illegal settlements in particular. The consumer boycott is beginning to bite, too: a fifth of Israeli exporters reported a drop in demand as a result of the boycott in the wake of the Gaza massacre.

Latest Consumer Boycott Articles

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University of Exeter students vote to boycott Israeli settlement products in a landslide

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The referendum, which garnered 86% approval, generated the largest voter turnout in the history of the university.

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Ireland’s biggest food retailer drops Israeli produce, as European boycotts surge

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Major Israeli food exporters are facing an unprecedented wave of cancelations in orders from Europe as a result of Israel’s most recent massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

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Soros fund drops shares in Israel’s SodaStream

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Soros Fund Management, the family office of the billionaire investor George Soros, has sold its stake in SodaStream, following pressure by Soros partners

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Round-up: Israel’s massacre in Gaza prompts international sanctions and boycott action

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Latin American countries are taking tough measures against Israel while grassroots mobilisations across the world demand boycott and sanctions

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Major Israeli exporter reports cancelled orders due to Israeli massacre in Gaza

Fruit juice exporter Priniv has reported cancelled orders from Sweden and elsewhere in Europe

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Earth Day Network Cuts Ties with SodaStream

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SodaStream had been a partner of the Earth Day initiative as part of its efforts to greenwash its role in Israeli apartheid

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Boycott New Balance and Crowne Plaza over their sponsorship of apartheid marathon

Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for boycott of New Balance and Crowne Plaza over their sponsorship of the Jerusalem Marathon

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SodaStream Drops Amid Sanctions Over Jewish Settlements

Major business news outlet Bloomberg attributes the falling share prices of Israeli company SodaStream to the BDS campaign against it

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Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role following public outcry

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Scarlett Johansson has quit her Oxfam ambassador role following a huge outcry over her decision to become the public face of a new SodaStream ad campaign despite the company being based in an illegal Israeli settlement

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Cartoonists to Angouleme Festival: Drop SodaStream

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Over forty cartoonists and illustrators from a dozen countries around the world released an open letter today to Franck Bondoux, director of the International Festival of Comics at Angoulême, asking the festival to drop its relationship with the Israeli drink manufacturer SodaStream

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