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.

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.

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.

For more ideas on how to get involved, check out the popular consumer boycott campaigns targeting companies such as Carmel Agrexco, Ahava, Eden Springs, Motorola and SodaStream.

Latest Consumer Boycott Articles

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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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Palestinian civil society to Oxfam: “match words with action”, break ties with Scarlett Johansson

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Oxfam ambassador Scarlett Johansson recently became the public face of Israeli settlement company SodaStream

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UN year of solidarity with the Palestinian people begins with boycott success

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Just three weeks into 2014, the BDS movement has already achieved important successes

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Dutch pension giant divests from 5 Israeli banks

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The PGGM fund cited the banks’ unethical and illegal practices in the West Bank

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Round-up of BDS successes in 2013

This round-up was published in conjunction with a Palestinian BDS National Committee statement looking ahead to 2014.

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151 Organizations Tell Ben & Jerry’s: Stop Selling in Israeli Settlements

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On September 9, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) released a letter to CEO Jostein Solheim signed by 151 civil society organizations calling on Ben & Jerry’s “to stand by its Social Mission and to ensure that its products are not sold, catered and distributed in Israeli settlements.”

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