ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS AN END TO APARTHEID

And YOU can help make my wish come true…..

Attention Christmas Shoppers: Top Ten Brands to Boycott

While there are many Israeli and multinational companies that benefit from apartheid, we put together this list to highlight ten specific companies to target. Many of these produce goods in such a way that directly harms Palestinians — exploiting labor, developing technology for military operations, or supplying equipment for illegal settlements. Many are also the targets of boycotts for other reasons, like harming the environment and labor violations.

1. AHAVA

This brand’s cosmetics are produced using salt, minerals, and mud from the Dead Sea — natural resources that are excavated from the occupied West Bank.  The products themselves are manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement Mitzpe Shalem.  AHAVA is the target of CODEPINK’s “Stolen Beauty” campaign.

2. Delta Galil Industries

Israel’s largest textiles manufacturer provides clothing and underwear for such popular brands as Gap, J-Crew, J.C. Penny, Calvin Klein, Playtex, Victoria’s Secret (see #10) and many others.  Its founder and chairman Dov Lautman is a close associate of former Israeli President Ehud Barak.  It has also been condemned by Sweatshop Watch for its exploitation of labor in other countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.

motobomb3. Motorola

While many of us know this brand for its stylish cellphones, did you know that it also develops and manufactures bomb fuses and missile guidance systems?  Motorola components are also used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) and in communications and surveillance systems used in settlements, checkpoints, and along the 490 mile apartheid wall.  The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has launched the “Hang Up on Motorola” campaign.

4. L’Oreal / The Body Shop

This cosmetics and perfume company is known for its investments and manufacturing activities in Israel, including production in Migdal Haemek, the “Silicon Valley” of Israel built on the land of Palestinian village Al-Mujaydil, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948.  In 1998, a representative of L’Oreal was given the Jubilee Award by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for strengthening the Israeli economy.

Dorot5. Dorot Garlic and Herbs

These frozen herbs that are sold at Trader Joe’s are shipped halfway around the world when they could easily be purchased locally.  Trader Joe’s also sells Israeli Cous Cous and Pastures of Eden feta cheese that are made in Israel.  QUIT, South Bay Mobilization, and other groups have targeted Trader Joe’s with a “Don’t Buy into Apartheid” campaign.

6. Estee Lauder

This company’s chairman Ronald Lauder is also the chairman of the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental organization that was established in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land and is connected to the continued building of illegal settlements.  Estee Lauder’s popular brands include Clinique, MAC, Origins, Bumble & Bumble, Aveda, fragrance lines for top designers, and many others.  They have been the target of QUIT’s “Estee Slaughter Killer Products” campaign.

7. Intel

This technology company that manufactures computer processors and other hardware components employs thousands of Israelis and has exports from Israel totaling over $1 billion per year.  They are one of Israel’s oldest foreign supporters, having established their first development center outside of the US in 1974 in Haifa.  Al-Awda (the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition) has urged action against Intel for building a facility on the land of former village Iraq Al Manshiya, which was cleansed in 1949.

sabra8. Sabra

This brand of hummus, baba ghanoush and other foods is co-owned by Israel’s second-largest food company The Strauss Group and Pepsico.  On the “Corporate Responsibility” section of its website, The Strauss Group boasts of its relationship to the Israeli Army, offering food products and political support.

9. Sara Lee

Sara Lee holds a 30% stake in Delta Galil (see #2) and is the world’s largest clothing manufacturer, which owns or is affiliated with such brands as Hanes, Playtex, Champion, Leggs, Sara Lee Bakery, Ball Park hotdogs, Wonderbra, and many others.  Similar to L’Oreal (see #4), a representative of Sara Lee received the Jubilee Award from Netanyahu for its commitment to business with Israel.

10. Victoria’s Secret

Most of Victoria’s Secret’s bras are produced by Delta Galil (see #2), and much of the cotton is also grown in Israel on confiscated Palestinian land.  Victoria’s Secret has also been the target of labor rights’ groups for sourcing products from companies with labor violations, and by environmental groups for their unsustainable use of paper in producing their catalogues.  That’s not sexy!

top_ten_thumbRemember, it’s also important to let these companies — and the stores that sell them — know that we will not support them as long as they support Israeli apartheid!


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17 Comments

  1. Joe said,

    December 5, 2009 at 17:31

    Thanks for the information. Not only will they be left off Santa’s list but plan to write letters telling these companies why. I refuse to support the nazis of today.

  2. Rampaging Manatee said,

    December 5, 2009 at 18:57

    Sabra is no good anyway with its modified corn starch. Thanks for the info. Try to avoid Starbucks and Home Depot too. Peace.

  3. prutt said,

    December 5, 2009 at 19:10

    just boycott the pagan ritual of christmas..period!

  4. Joseph Kahn said,

    December 5, 2009 at 19:19

    Thank you.We will boycott these products and make the companies bankrupt like USA.

  5. bluebeard said,

    December 5, 2009 at 20:07

    @prutt

    The pagan ritual of “Christmas,” yule, is fine. It’s the consumeristic, shopocalyptic bastardization of these rites that is objectionable. Don’t BUY anybody anything for yuletide. GIVE people things – your time, your company, your love, or a promissory note for these things. Jesus, if you believe the Christian myth, did not give his disciples trinkets – he gave them himself.

    In America’s genocidal conquest of this land’s native populations we gave the indigenous people trinkets for their land and way of life. Give love for “Christmas,” not trinkets. Give your heart, your ear, your muscle, your tenderness or whatever part of yourself your loved ones need. It’s like the difference between kissing someone and eating them.

  6. David said,

    December 5, 2009 at 20:30

    For folks who are interested in the Motorola boycott, you can find more information here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=209

    Also, check out the spin-off on the commercial for Motorola’s new ‘Droid’ phone:
    http://endtheoccupationblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/drop-droid-our-spoof-of-motorola-droid.html

  7. December 5, 2009 at 21:29

    I don’t believe we should send anything over seas that does not pertain to our troops. We are to support them, in doing what they are trying to accomplish.

  8. John said,

    December 5, 2009 at 22:44

    How does one boycott Intel? It seems they have chips in every computer or electronic device made.

  9. December 5, 2009 at 22:56

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  10. Pis Israel said,

    December 5, 2009 at 23:16

    Forget about not buying Israel products. What should be on your mind–Humen Resources offices at a Washington Signage states ” Gentiles need not apply”
    :^/

  11. Pro-Justice said,

    December 6, 2009 at 07:55

    Inte£ is NOT in all computer products.

    Apart from being an Israeli corporation, they are extremely evil and have been convicted of abusive and predatory monopoly several times (Japan, South Korea and the European Union).

    Buy only AMD chips for your computers/notebooks. They are excellent CPUs and much more affordable to boot. They probably don’t have any Israeli back doors built in either as a bonus.. I assume you good folks know that Israeli products all come with “questionable” features…

    Remember that debacle from a few years ago about ZoneAlarm having a backdoor? Guess who makes ZoneAlarm?… So is Commodo firewall/anti-virus.

    Basically, you can avoid Inte£ virtually completely with just a tiny bit of homework.

    Oh, and don’t buy any Nvidia video products… they are evil bastards. Buy from their non-evil competitor AMD/ATI.

    Your money and financial support should go to companies who don’t behave unethically, anti-competitively.

    Vote with your wallets 😉

  12. December 6, 2009 at 17:41

    Pro-Justice suggests that the ATI Radeon Video Cards are superior to NVidia, and that it is ‘easy’ to avoid Intel by simply purchasing the AMD option – this is not exactly the ‘simple’ truth. Intel products offer far more options than their AMD counterparts (find something that matches the i7 920 with an 8mg front side bus – it doesn’t exist – the 8mg FSB is the HIGHEST available, and it ONLY comes from INTEL).

    As for the ATI Radeon cards, their hardware may be good – perhaps as good as the NVidia – but – and this is one of those BIG-ass buts – their drivers are somewhat lacking, particularly if you are involved in anything that uses Open GL, in which case NVidia is clearly the superior product (and I’m not about to give up my Dual 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 240 – SLI® Enabled card for some inferior ATI card that won’t be able to handle the flight simulator that I specifically purchased the rig for … that would be, in a word, hubris.

    Am I pleased about the fact that Intel is on this list? No, not at all … but, I’ve also purchased items from China this year – something that doesn’t please me. Considering that the Intel chips are probably made IN CHINA … well, it makes it even worse in the long run.

    The point is, when I was putting together the computer that this video card is a part of I wanted the Intel processor – the i7 920 Quad Core processor whacks the duck poo out of the best of AMD – not to mention the rest of the architecture that came with the system (dude, it’s a Dell – yeah, I know, probably an evil company … so what – all companies are evil. Put down the placard and tell someone who gives a damn already, seriously. What exactly are you connecting to the Internet with – telepathy?).

    Open up any computer and you will find a collection of parts from China – I’m not sure about Macs, but couldn’t care less either (can’t stand the things).

    … I’m not buying from the other 9 companies on the list … never have (my new cellphone is even from Canada … via China … a Crackberry – RIM is a Canadian company).

    If you really want an ‘effective’ economic statement you should do what Gandhi did: revert to ‘homespun’ cotton – wear clothes made by hand, in situ; wear things that you make, from cloth made in your own country from indigenous materials (which could be very difficult depending upon where you are from … Canadians would be very … furry). In other words, this can be taken to extremes … quickly.

    Wie viel ist Aufzuleiden!
    What’s the difference between a CrazyComposer and ‘Aufzuleiden’?
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  13. Pro-Justice said,

    December 6, 2009 at 19:58

    So for a few percent faster chips, you won’t support the better company?

    You want to reward evil/anti-competitive/monopolistic behavior?

    You sound like someone who will use any excuse not to support companies who don’t screw the customer.

    AMD chips and ATi graphics offer fantastic performance/value for the money.

    You believe benchmarks as if they are holy writ… wake up and smell the coffee… they can/are easily manipulated.

    Buy Inte£/Nvidia at your own peril…. rewarding evil behavior only gives them more incentive never to change their ways.

  14. December 7, 2009 at 23:35

    Pro-Justice;

    It’s not a question of believing benchmarks as though they were inscribed in stone by the finger of HaShem – the flight simulator that I fly – X-Plane – takes advantage of the open GL graphics system and has specific notes that it has issues with ATI drivers – ATI has announced that they ‘may’ have a driver resolution sometime in 2010 for this issue (this topic was discussed recently in the X-Plane forum that I regularly read and contribute to).

    As for the ‘fantastic’ performance of the Athelon/AMD architecture – I’ve met several people using upper-end PC’s who would disagree with that assessment, particularly in the overclocked area of operations and the hyperthreading capabilities of the newer chips.

    In combination with the other factors involved, the computer that I was purchasing required the quad core power that the Intel processor provided – it was also the only option provided by the manufacturer – Dell does not sell AMD chips on their high-end machines (I don’t think they use them at all).

    Your assertion, by the way, that one company is better than the other is laughable. AMD is another multinational company with its bottom line at the heart of its interests. It doesn’t matter that their chips are made in Dresden – they could be made in Myanmar for all that it matters (as soon as they realize the possible savings … ).

    Intel’s involvement in Israel is disturbing, but at the same time I’m not about to start ripping the chips out of my motherboard at this time because I don’t like where it’s from. My favourite hat also happens to be made in China … I didn’t buy it, it was a gift.

    There is a point when the idea of ‘solidarity’ through economic support/boycotting and etc. can deteriorate into a form of fanaticism that is worse than most religious nuts. While self-immolation may not be the result of any of the situations it certainly sounds – at times – as though that may be the preferable ‘out’ to avoid consuming the forbidden fruits on the list of boycotted items.

    In other words … take a Valium (a nice generic version, benzodiazepam), have a nice glass of grapefruit juice (this will double or triple the bio-availability of the level of benzo in your system … and that’s a good thing) and RELAX.

    So, before you go accusing people of living by easily manipulated benchmarks, take into consideration that I may actually have relied on empirical data, primary research, witness testimony, and a careful investigation into the best performance for the application for which I would primarily be using the system. Considering the amount of money that I was considering investing in this system can you imagine for even one tenth of one microsecond that I did not check to make sure I was getting the best of the best? Well, for your information (not that it’s any of your business), I did: I built several systems through other company websites (one of which included the AMD/ATI architecture), and which ended up costing over $1000 more with 6gigs less ram, 500 gig less hard drive, no liquid cooling [an issue of noise for this type of system], only 500 watts rather than 850w, and no sound card.

    Suffice it to say, had I known about the Intel/Israel connection before my purchase I would have done what I do when I find it necessary to purchase an item made in China … though I have managed to avoid Israel for years, unlike China. I would should ‘F*%$& – I hate this …” … while entering the AMEX number.

    I would not purchase an inferior product – or a more expensive one – that would not fulfill my needs – to avoid Intel, or NVidia.

    Now, go take that benzo and grapefruit.

    wie viel ist Aufzuleiden!

  15. Pro-Justice said,

    December 9, 2009 at 06:12

    So then continue to give money to corporations who trounce the law and who screw over consumers.

    Me, i have a conscience and i don’t need toxic pharmaceuticals to ease my guilt.

    I will support those who abide by the law.

    Go enjoy your 5% performance increase, knowing that you are financing such dispicable behavior.

    Don’t make excuses “wah wah, my x-plane game will run 2.7% faster if i support evil Inte£” so F*** off by telling me to buy a company known not to be an anti-consumer monopolist.”

    If you want to finance said corporations, do so freely. Don’t lie that “all corporations are evil”

    No they’re not.

    Some are immensely and overwhelmingly anti-consumer while their competitors are not.

    How many times has AMD been sued by governments around the world?

    Inte£ has been sued numerous times (Japan, South Korea and the EU). Even the US has been investigating them. The latest news is that New York (primarily zionist infested) is going to sue one of the biggest zionist corporations (Inte£)… if that don’t tell you how evil they are, then nothing will.

    Always support legal and fair competition. That is the bottom line.

    Since AMD is the only other competition, by definition, that is who you must support, even if it is a slight inconvenience at times (if you can’t stand inconvenience, then just strike the word boycott out of your vocabulary, then go have a drink at Starbucks, while using a App£e Macbook with Inte£ cpu inside with $vidia graphics).

    Inconvenience is a small price to pay for doing whats good for the public/consumer.

    Hurt these corporations where it hurts: their bottom line.

    If every person suddenly had a conscience, imagine how many corporations could get away with even trivial crap let alone big stuff?

    Grow up and put up with a little inconvenience.

    And China is nowhere near as evil as the US/Israel/Britain yet you don’t boycott them…

  16. Joe said,

    December 16, 2009 at 04:24

    Wrote to Motorola and told them I avoid purchasing their phones today. Boy, did that feel good.

  17. Georgette Ioup said,

    December 19, 2009 at 01:57

    Naot shoes needs to be put on the list. They are very popular in the U.S. and few know that they are an Israeli brand.


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