What to do with Israel?

10 Jun

Last Monday Israel ‘intercepted’ the freedom flotilla bound to Gaza to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, the ‘interception’  in international waters, left 9 of the humanitarian activists  dead. Israel claims the killings were in ‘self-defense’ as they were being attack by chairs, clubs and knives. One of the victims was a 19 year old US citizen who was shot in the head 4 times at 45cm, so DEFEND themselves they did.

Israel has seized all the video and photographs taken by the journalists on the ship and has only allowed their own EDITED video, and photographs, including a IDF released photograph that was apparently taken on the ship. However the picture is somewhat confusing the picture was obviously taken on daylight but the ship was attacked at night. To learn more about the picture you can go to Max Blumenthal’s blog who has carefully examined the oddities of IDF’s released information:


The Rache Correy ship was also intercepted o Friday so all the humanitarian efforts seems to be worhtless, it did  cause, however, an uproar on the international community and increase the awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to the imposed  (illegal) blockade by Israel.

But will Israel ever be punish for playing pirates on international waters and killing 9 civilians, although the international community has condemned the attack, Israel’s biggest allied the United States (and financial supporter) continues to defend Israel’s right to know what was on the ship and of course to “defend” themselves. Obama has called for an investigation that “meets international standards” but has not called for an un-biased international investigation as requested by the UN and the international community. Israel has rejected an international investigation.

Let’s face it, like the disproportionate attack on Gaza in December of 2008, where almost 1500 Palestinians were killed, Israel will come out untouched. Even the efforts of the Goldstone report to bring the Israeli Defense Forces to the UN Human Rights Council for crimes against humanity were doomed. Perhaps that is why Richard Falk, a United Nations special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights said when interviewed on Democracy Now! “that the best hope for the Palestinians is not at a governmental level or through reliance on the United Nations, but rather through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, which has increasingly come to resemble the anti-apartheid campaign that was so successful in delegitimizing the racist regime in South Africa.”

Naomi Klein, author and journalist,  has also called for a boycott on Israel stating “It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.”

How do we boycott? according to the BDS movement (http://bdsmovement.net/) we can do it in 3 ways:

1-Consumer Boycott

Individual consumers can show their opposition to Israel’s project by participating in a consumer boycott of Israeli goods and services. A consumer boycott works in two ways: firstly by generating bad publicity for the offender and secondly by applying economic pressure for change.

The Israeli barcode begins with 729The Israeli barcode starts with 729

2-Academic/Cultural Boycott

Gorillaz, The Pixies and Elvis Costello are some of the artists that have canceled their concerts in Israel

Relevant website: www.pacbi.org

Academic and cultural collaboration boosts Israel’s image on the international stage. By refusing to participate in cultural exchange, artists and cultural institutions globally can send a clear message to Israel that their occupation and discrimination against Palestinians is unacceptable. In particular, the academic boycott can have significant impact on the establishment that is responsible for promoting theories and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of Israeli policies of occupation and discrimination.

3- Sports Boycott

International sporting events can play an important role in shaping a country’s image in the rest of the world. A sporting boycott of Israel would send a powerful message that its policy of occupation, expulsion and racism against Palestinians is unacceptable.

Swiss activists distrupt Israel's World Cup qualifier

Swiss activists disrupts Israel’s World Cup qualifier, September 2007

But there are also a call to boycott the companies that support Israel’s policies and 13 companies with the worst record for supporting Israel’s policies are:

General Electric


The Home Depot

The Limited (Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza)



Estée Lauder


Delta Galil

Marks & Spencer

Sara Lee

Coca-Cola (Ive alway’s liked Pepsi anyway)


Additional companies you may wish to boycott, that I haven’t profiled here, are:

Danone (yogurt, HP, Lea & Perrins, Evian water, Jacob biscuits),

Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies),

Johnson & Johnson

Nokia, Nestlé, and Timberland.

Please let me know your thoughts and if you know of any other ways to boycott apartheid Israel or if you want any other information. I will be happy to do my research.


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