One of the most effective ways to protest Israel’s recent actions in Gaza is to hit its supporters where it hurts: their wallets.
BDS – Boycott, Divest, and Sanction – is the movement that seeks to isolate Israel economically, diplomatically, and militarily. Groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and the Presbyterian Church (USA) have officially joined BDS and are voting with their dollars, and so can you.
BDS will only be effective if we all join together. We’ve already written about 15 broad ways you can participate in BDS. To help you out more, here is a list of 9 specific companies and products you can boycott to send a message that the Israeli incursion into Gaza will not be tolerated:
1. Victoria Secret
It’s time to start buying lingerie from another store. Victoria Secret is one of the biggest clients of Delta Galil, a company that runs a textile factory in the West Bank. The company has been criticized for operating its headquarters on land taken from Palestinians in Galilee.
2. Hewlett Packard
Hewlett Packard owns EDS Israel, which supplies the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s computer systems and equipment like the Basel System, a biometric permit system that monitors and controls Palestinian movement through checkpoints in the West Bank and Gaza. HP equipment is also used by Israeli prisons and the company has assisted in the technological development of Israeli settlements in Palestine.
3. Soda Stream (and Scarlett Johansson)
Soda Stream is an Israeli company that owns a factory connected to the settlement Maale Adumim, helping to perpetuate the occupation of Palestine. “The Israeli army forcefully expelled 200 Palestinian families from their homes to make space for the construction of Maale Adumim. Recently, it announced a plan to expel another 2,300 Palestinians to make way for the settlement’s growth,” stated Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for BDS. Scarlett Johansson, the spokeswoman for Soda Stream, has stated that she does not regret promoting the product and even resigned from her work with Oxfam, and international relief organization, when they sent her a letter criticizing her role in perpetuating the occupation.
4. Estee Lauder (including Clinique, MAC, and Aveda)
Estee Lauder’s chairman Ronald Lauder is also the chairman of the Jewish National Fund, which was established in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land. The quasi-governmental organization is affiliated with the continued building and growth of Israeli settlements. Estee Lauder products include Clinique, MAC, and Aveda.
5. Sabra Hummus
The top hummus manufacturer in the US is owned by Strauss Group, and Israeli company with a strong relationship with the IDF. Strauss Group has adopted the Golani Brigade, an elite unit of the IDF with a history of abusing Palestinians. The corporation also provides food products and personal care packages for IDF soldiers.
While most people know Motorola for their cellphones, the company also creates bomb fuses and missile guidance systems for Israel. They also manufacture components used in drones and the communication and surveillance systems at checkpoints and along the separation wall between Israel and Palestine.
7. Sara Lee
Sara Lee has 30% stake in Delta Galil and is directly involved with brands like Sara Lee Bakery, Champion, Hanes, Platex, and Ball Park Hotdogs. The company was awarded the Jubilee Award by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for its commitment to business in Israel.
This makeup, hair, and skincare manufacturer has both investments and manufacturing in the occupied Palestinian village, Al-Mujaydil. Prime Minister Netanyahu awarded L’Oreal the Jubilee Award for strengthening the Israeli economy in 1998.
Not only is skipping McDonald’s good for your health, it supports BDS. McDonald’s has a prominent partnership with the Jewish Fund United, which promotes visits to Kiryat Gat, an Israeli city built on the ruins of a destroyed Palestinian village. McDonald’s branches in Israel have also confirmed firing employees for speaking Arabic at work.