The economic boycott is the easiest to understand. It is analogous to the boycott imposed on South-African which helped pressure the apartheid regime. In the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression, in July 2005, the following appeal was launched:
“We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.
These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”
What you can do?
– Don’t buy “Made by Israeli Apartheid”! Make it a point not to buy Israeli goods, and ask stores to stop supporting Israeli Occupation and Apartheid and to change the brand of their merchandise. Ask your friends and colleagues to join the boycott of Israeli Occupation and Apartheid. It depends on each of us to make the boycott grow and become more effective – it doesn’t cost time or money, but it can be an important step towards the fall of the Apartheid Wall and the end of Israeli Apartheid.
– Picket lines and leafleting in front of stores and shopping malls that are known for selling Israeli goods is a simple but effective way of promoting the boycott. You are able to inform the public, raise awareness and, at the same time, pressure the management of the stores to stop selling Israeli goods.
– In most of the mainstream media it is not easy to obtain space to get your message across. Work with independent and local media, and approach publications of organizations and those intended for specific target groups that might be more sensitive to the issue. Write letters to the editor and opinion-editorial articles.
Examples around the world:
– Canada :
Indigo Books and Music Inc. (Indigo, Chapters, World’s Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks, Coles, The Book Company or Indigospirit ). Picketts are being held regularly in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria etc…
Israeli wines and particularly from the Golan heights (Yarden)
Connex and Alstom
Connex , Veolia and Alstom
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