Recent Consumer Boycott Articles
- Earth Day Network Cuts Ties with SodaStream
- SodaStream Drops Amid Sanctions Over Jewish Settlements
- Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role following public outcry
- Cartoonists to Angouleme Festival: Drop SodaStream
- Palestinian civil society to Oxfam: “match words with action”, break ties with Scarlett Johansson
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Consumer Boycott Statements
- Palestinian Civil Society Urges COOP to Boycott Agrexco
- Palestinian civil society salutes Olympia Food Co-op’s decision to boycott Israeli goods!
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
Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for boycott of New Balance and Crowne Plaza over their sponsorship of the Jerusalem Marathon
Major business news outlet Bloomberg attributes the falling share prices of Israeli company SodaStream to the BDS campaign against it
This round-up was published in conjunction with a Palestinian BDS National Committee statement looking ahead to 2014.
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.”