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NAOMI KLEIN E IL BOICOTTAGGIO AD ISRAELE


 

Israele : boicottaggio, ritiro degli investimenti e sanzioni – 10/01/09

di Naomi Klein

È ora. Un momento che giunge dopo tanto tempo. La strategia migliore per porre fine alla sanguinosa occupazione è quella di far diventare Israele il bersaglio del tipo di movimento globale che pose fine all’apartheid in Sud Africa.boycott-israel-275x275
Nel luglio 2005 una grande coalizione di gruppi palestinesi delineò un piano proprio per far ciò. Si appellarono alla «gente di coscienza in tutto il mondo per imporre ampi boicottaggi e attuare iniziative di pressioni economiche contro Israele simili a quelle applicate al Sudafrica all’epoca dell’apartheid». Nasce così la campagna “Boicottaggio, ritiro degli investimenti e sanzioni” (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), BDS per brevità.
Ogni giorno che Israele martella Gaza spinge più persone a convertirsi alla causa BDS, e il discorso del cessate il fuoco non ce la fa a rallentarne lo slancio. Il sostegno sta emergendo persino tra gli ebrei israeliani. Proprio mentre è in corso l’assalto, circa 500 israeliani, decine dei quali artisti e studiosi rinomati, hanno inviato una lettera agli ambasciatori stranieri di stanza in Israele. La lettera chiede «l’adozione immediata di misure restrittive e sanzioni» e richiama un chiaro parallelismo con la lotta antiapartheid. «Il boicottaggio del Sud Africa fu efficace, Israele invece viene trattato con guanti di velluto…. Questo sostegno internazionale deve cessare.»
Tuttavia, molti ancora non ci riescono. Le ragioni sono complesse, emotive e comprensibili. E semplicemente non sono abbastanza buone. Le sanzioni economiche sono gli strumenti più efficaci dell’arsenale nonviolento. Arrendersi rasenta la complicità attiva. Qui di seguito le maggiori quattro obiezioni alla strategia BDS, seguita da contro-argomentazioni.

1. Le misure punitive alieneranno anziché convincere gli israeliani. Il mondo ha sperimentato quello che si chiamava “impegno costruttivo”. Ebbene, ha fallito in pieno. Dal 2006 Israele accresce costantemente la propria criminalità: l’espansione degli insediamenti, l’avvio di una scandalosa guerra contro il boycott_logoLibano e l’imposizione di punizioni collettive su Gaza attraverso un blocco brutale. Nonostante questa escalation, Israele non ha dovuto far fronte a misure punitive, ma anzi, al contrario: armi e 3 miliardi di dollari annui in aiuti che gli Stati Uniti inviano a Israele, tanto per cominciare. Durante questo periodo chiave, Israele ha goduto di un notevole miglioramento nelle sue relazioni diplomatiche, culturali e commerciali con moteplici altri alleati. Ad esempio, nel 2007, Israele è diventato il primo paese non latino-americano a firmare un accordo di libero scambio con il Mercosur. Nei primi nove mesi del 2008, le esportazioni israeliane verso il Canada sono aumentate del 45%. Un nuovo accordo di scambi commerciali con l’Unione europea è destinato a raddoppiare le esportazioni di Israele di preparati alimentari. E l’8 dicembre i ministri europei hanno “rafforzato” l’Accordo di Associazione UE-Israele, una ricompensa a lungo cercata da Gerusalemme.È in questo contesto che i leader israeliani hanno iniziato la loro ultima guerra: fiduciosi di non dover affrontare costi significativi. È da rimarcare il fatto che in sette giorni di commercio durante la guerra, l’indice della Borsa di Tel Aviv è salito effettivamente del 10,7 per cento. Quando le carote non funzionano, i bastoni sono necessari.

2. Israele non è il Sud Africa. Naturalmente non lo è. La rilevanza del modello sudafricano è che dimostra che tattiche BDS possono essere efficaci quando le misure più deboli (le proteste, le petizioni, pressioni di corridoio) hanno fallito. Ed infatti permangono reminiscenze dell’apartheid profondamente desolanti: documenti di identità con codici colorati e permessi di viaggio, case rase al suolo dai bulldozer e sfollamenti forzati, strade per soli coloni. Ronnie Kasrils, eminente uomo politico sudafricano, ha detto che l’architettura della segregazione da lui vista in Cisgiordania e a Gaza nel 2007 è “infinitamente peggiore dell’apartheid”.

3. Perché mettere all’indice solo Israele, quando Stati Uniti, Gran Bretagna e altri paesi occidentali fanno le stesse cose in Iraq e in Afghanistan? boycott-israel-free-palestineIl boicottaggio non è un dogma, è una tattica. La ragione per cui la strategia BDS dovrebbe essere tentata contro Israele è pratica: in un paese così piccolo e così dipendente dal commercio potrebbe effettivamente funzionare.

4. Il boicottaggio allontana la comunicazione, c’è bisogno di più dialogo, non di meno. A questa obiezione risponderò con una mia storia personale. Per otto anni i miei libri sono stati pubblicati in Israele da una casa editrice commerciale chiamata Babel. Ma quando ho pubblicato “Shock Economy” ho voluto rispettare il boicottaggio. Su consiglio degli attivisti BDS, ho contattato un piccolo editore chiamato Andalus. Andalus è una casa editrice attivista, profondamente coinvolta nel movimento anti-occupazione ed è l’unico editore israeliano dedicato esclusivamente alla traduzione in ebraico di testi scritti in arabo. Abbiamo redatto un contratto che garantisce che tutti i proventi vadano al lavoro di Andalus, e nessuno per me. In altre parole, io sto boicottando l’economia di Israele, ma non gli israeliani.

Mettere in piedi questo programma ha comportato decine di telefonate, e-mail e messaggi istantanei, da Tel Aviv a Ramallah, a Parigi, a Toronto, a Gaza City. A mio avviso non appena si dà vita ad una strategia di boicottaggio il dialogo aumenta tremendamente. D’altronde, perché non dovrebbe? Costruire un movimento richiede infinite comunicazioni, come molti nella lotta antiapartheid ricordano bene. L’argomento secondo il quale sostenendo i boicottaggi ci taglieremo fuori l’un l’altro è particolarmente specioso data la gamma di tecnologie a basso costo alla portata delle nostre dita. Siamo sommersi dalla gamma di modi di comunicare l’uno con l’altro oltre i confini nazionali. Nessun boicottaggio ci può fermare.
Proprio riguardo ad ora, parecchi orgogliosi sionisti si stanno preparando per un punto a loro favore: forse io non so che parecchi di quei giocattoli molto 1_882312_1_34high-tech provengono da parchi di ricerca israeliani, leader mondiali nell’Infotech? Abbastanza vero, ma mica tutti. Alcuni giorni dopo l’assalto di Israele a Gaza, Richard Ramsey, direttore di una società britannica di telecomunicazioni, ha inviato una e-mail alla ditta israeliana di tecnologia MobileMax. «A causa dell’azione del governo israeliano degli ultimi giorni non saremo più in grado di prendere in considerazione fare affari con voi né con qualsiasi altra società israeliana.»
Quando è stato interpellato da The Nation, Ramsey ha affermato che la sua decisione non è stata politica. «Non possiamo permetterci di perdere neppure uno dei nostri clienti: è stata pura logica difensiva commerciale.»
È stato questo tipo di freddo calcolo che ha portato molte aziende a tirarsi fuori dal Sud Africa due decenni fa. Ed è proprio questo tipo di calcolo la nostra più realistica speranza di portare giustizia, così a lungo negata, alla Palestina.

Traduzione di Manlio Caciopo per Megachip

Articolo orginale: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090126/klein?

  1. Renato
    13 gennaio 2009 alle 09:26

    Condivido in toto la denuncia e l’invito di Naomi Klein.
    Già da diverso tempo evito con cura tutte le merci con barcode 729, poca cosa, ma almeno non ho sulla coscienza anche il fatto di aver contribuito al sostentamento di uno stato con governi che si perpetuano di chiara matrice nazista, terrorista, criminale e razzista.
    Altro che unica democrazia in Medioriente, è una etnocrazia delle più becere e ripugnanti!

  2. Fred.
    23 gennaio 2009 alle 21:32

    sarebbe utile oltre al semplice codice a barre per riconoscere i prodotti da boicottare una lista. cercavo dopo aver letto lo stesso articolo che tu hai pubblicato qui ma non trovo niente. bah se qualcuno sa qualcosa e vuole farmi sapere lascio il mio contatto
    federicoplt@hotmail.it

  3. 28 gennaio 2009 alle 11:17

    ALL OF THE COMPANY’S LISTED HAVE HUGE SHARES OWNED BY ISRAELI WAR MONGER’S OR ITS SUPPORTERS, ARE PRODUCED, MANUFACTURED OR DEVELOPED IN ISRAEL, SELL ISRAELI PRODUCTS/PRODUCTS FROM WEST BANK OR OCCUPIED TERRITORIES ETC.
    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD OR MENTION ANY I HAVE FORGOTTEN!

    Caterpillar Inc.
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Caterpillar (CAT) Clothing, Shoes etc.
    Blount International, Inc. – Forestry Division (US)
    Progress Rail (US)
    Williams Technologies Inc (US)
    Towmotor (us)
    Solar Turbines (us)
    Gremada Industries (US)
    Barber Green (us)
    Perkins Engines (uk)
    Sabre Engines Ltd (UK)
    Wealdstone Engineering Ltd (UK)
    F.G. Wilson (Ireland)
    Eurenov (France)
    Krupp MaK Engines (germany)
    Turbomach SA (Switzerland)
    Hindustan PowerPlus Ltd (India)
    Hindustan Motors Earthmoving Equipment Division (India)
    Elphinstone (Australia)
    Shandong Engineering Machinery (SEM) (China)
    LOVAT (Canada)
    Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi (Japan)
    MGE Equipamentos & Serviços Ferroviários (Brazil)

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Since its inception over 80 years ago, Caterpillar has grown to be the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and Caterpillar bulldozers.
    Caterpillar equipment, especially the D9 bulldozer, has been equipped with armor and military equipment by third parties, and used as a combat engineering vehicle. Caterpillar has been criticized for selling its equipment to Israel, which has used it in the destruction of Palestinian homes.
    A shareholder motion to examine the issue has been brought repeatedly at Caterpillar’s annual meetings by investors opposed to Israeli policy. In recommending a vote against the motion, Caterpillar’s board stated, “Caterpillar shares the world’s concern over unrest in the Middle East and we certainly have compassion for all those affected by the political strife. However, more than two million Caterpillar machines and engines are at work in virtually every country of the world each day. We have neither the legal right nor the means to police individual use of that equipment. We believe any comments on political conflict in the region are best left to our governmental leaders who have the ability to impact action and advance the peace process.” The motion received 4% of shareholder support at the 2004 annual meeting.
    The family of Rachel Corrie, an American who was killed by a Caterpillar tractor while protesting Israeli military action in Gaza, sued Caterpillar alleging it violated human rights and committed war crimes by knowingly selling its equipment to the Israeli army. Four Palestinians whose homes were bulldozed joined her as plaintiffs.

    CARMEL AGREXCO:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Flowers, Fruit, Vegtables.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:
    Carmel Agrexco (or in short Agrexco), established in 1956, is Israel’s largest exporter of agricultural produce, with the European Union one of its major markets. Agrexco is a state-owned company, with 50% of its stock held by the State of Israel, 25% by the Israeli Production and Marketing Boards, and 25% by Tnuva.
    In August 2008, the Israeli government approved a privatization program for Agrexco, stipulating that at least 51% of Agrexco’s stock should be tendered to private investors.[2] This decision follows in the wake of the recently completed transformation of Tnuva from a cooperative owned by Israeli farmers (kibbutzim and moshavim) to a private company owned by Apax Partners.
    In 2007, Agrexco marketed 435,000 tons of fresh agricultural produce with a turnover of €653 million. This consisted mainly of vegetables (47%), cut flowers (19%), and fruits (14%). In addition to exporting the produce of Israeli farmers inside the Green Line and in West Bank settlements, Agrexco is the main export channel to Europe for Palestinian fresh produce from Gaza (carnations, strawberries, cherry tomatoes).
    Agrexco has a global network of marketing branches operating in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rotterdam, New York, Zurich, Vienna, Madrid, and Milan. Special sales offices in Israel deal with countries where Agrexco does not have representative offices, such as Eastern Europe, the Far and Near East. Carmel Agrexco’s main UK depot is in Swallowfield Way, Hayes, Middlesex.
    Carmel Agrexco is responsible for the export of two-thirds of all produce from the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories and violates international law by supporting settlements and engaging in persecution of Palestinian workers.

    AOL:
    PRODUCTS & Affiliated Companies:

    AOL internet
    Time magazine, Life magazine, Time-Life books
    CNN
    ICQ (internet chat program)

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    AOL allocates 30% of its investment portfolio in Israel.Over the last 10 years AOL has invested well over half a billion dollars in Israel.
    The buy up of Israeli company Mirabilis, creators of ICQ (internet chat program), for $287m in 1998, and further payments totaling $120 million over a three-year period, forms part of AOLs investment in Israel.
    In 1998, Mr. Ted Leonsis, CEO of AOL studios received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.
    Also 1998, AOL invested $40m for a 20% share in Israeli company Picture Vision.
    Israeli Wireless software company Niragongo Inc. received an investment from AOL in 2001.
    2001, AOL was one of three US companies that was singled out and given an award by the America-Israel Friendship League.
    In 2006, AOL increased its investment in Israel by aquiring Israeli startup company Relegence for between $50-100 million.

    APAX PARTNERS & CO. LTD:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    UK:
    Merlin Entertainment Group
    – visitor attractions: Sea Life centres and dungeons
    Stead & Simpson Group
    – footwear retailing
    Brands Hatch Leisure Holdings
    – owns & operates motor racing circuits
    easyEverything Limited
    – A chain of megastore-sized internet cafes
    Yell

    US:
    Jonny Rockets Group
    – restaurant chain (100 units around us), aquired in 1995 – $35million
    protection One
    (the second largest company providing residential monitoring alarm services in the US) , 20% ownership
    Sunglass Hut
    (Nasdaq: RAYS) is an exciting, mall-based specialty retail concept selling a variety of fashion eyewear (2000 stores in US, Canada,Europe, Australia, Singapore and caribbean)
    Greenbacks
    Greenbacks is a chain of value-driven retail variety stores that sell a broad assortment of items at the dollar price point.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    In 2000, apax invested $100 million in to Israel with plans to invest another 600 million over the next three years.
    In 1998 Mr Cohen, Chairman of Apax Partners & Co. Ltd, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy. Apax is a substantial investor of institutional venture capital in “Israeli” growth companies. According to Virtual Israel “The State of Israel recognizes the recipient as one of the visionaries who have done the most to facilitate Israel’s integration into the global economy and to realize its world-class business
    potential.”

    ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB:

    BACKGROUND:

    Arsenal Football Club has just signed (26th February) a sponsorship deal to promote Israel as a tourist destination.
    The £350,000 agreement makes Israel Arsenal’s “official and exclusive travel destination.” Israel will be featured on digital perimeter boards and 450 high-definition LCD screens at the stadium on game days.[1] The tourism ministry will also have access to the club’s official website Arsenal.com, database and magazine to promote Israel as a holiday destination
    The televised ads will reach audiences of up to 700 million in an estimated 198 countries. The deal doesn’t stop with promoting Israel but actually grants Israel a physical presence in the stadium.

    Coca-Cola:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Dr Pepper
    Fanta
    Fruitopia
    Kia Ora
    Lilt
    Sprite
    Sunkist
    Schweppes
    Bacardi Mixers
    Five Alive
    Limca.
    Mazza
    Minute Maid
    Nescafe
    Nesta

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    From 1966 onward Coca-Cola has been an avid supporter of Israel.
    In 1997 the Government of Israel Economic Mission honored Coca-Cola for its continued support of Israel for the last 30 years and for refusing ro join the Arab League of boycott Israel.
    In 2001 the Coca-Cola World Headquarters hosted and was the main sponser of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala.
    In February 2002, Coca-Cola teamed up with “Friends of Israel” and National Hillel to cosponser a lecture given by the infamous zionist correspondent Linda Gradstein at the University of Minnesota.
    In 2002, it was announced that Coca-Cola, in return for millions of dollars in incentives from the Israeli, was to build a new factory on stolen Palestinian land at Kiryat Gat.
    In 2005, Coca-Cola increased its investment in Israel by buying a 51 percent controlling interest in the Tavor Winery.

    PEPSI:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:
    Pepsi Soft Drinks.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:
    Pepsi abided by the Arab League boycott of Israel which ended in May 1991 in contrast with Coca-Cola, after 1992 Pepsi restarted its trading in Israel!

    DANONE:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Strauss dairy
    Danone yogart
    Jacob biscuits
    HP foods
    Evian, Volvic
    Galbani
    LEA & PERRINS
    LU Biscuits

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    In 1998, Danone received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.
    The Danone Institute, an R & D facility, was established in Israel in 1998.

    Delta Galil Industries Ltd:
    AFFILIATED COMPANIES & PRODUCTS:

    Marks & Spencers
    – biggest customer, supply everything from underwear, socks, babywear, leisurewear to rugs.
    Hema
    – [Dutch] supply ladies intimate apparel, men’s underwear and socks
    Carrefour
    – [French] supply ladies intimate apparel and socks
    Auchan
    – [French] supply ladies intimate apparel, men’s underwear and socks
    Tchibo
    – [German] supply socks
    Victoria’s Secret
    – supply ladies intimate apparel
    GAP
    – supply ladies intimate apparel and men’s underwear
    Banana Republic
    – supply men’s underwear
    Structure
    – supply men’s underwear
    J-Crew
    – supply leisurewear
    J.C. Penny
    – supply ladies intimate apparel
    Pryca – supply ladies intimate apparel, men’s underwear, socks and babywear
    Lindex
    – [Swedish] supply ladies intimate apparel

    Brands selling Delta products:

    DIM
    – supply ladies intimate apparel, socks & fabric
    Donna Karan / DKNY
    – supply ladies intimate apparel & mens underwear
    Ralph Lauren
    – supply ladies intimate apparel & mens underwear
    Playtex
    – supply ladies intimate apparel
    Calvin Klein (cK)
    – supply mens underwear
    Hugo Boss
    – supply mens underwear

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Delta Galilis is Israel’s largest producer and marketer of textiles and is one of the largest private-label underwear manufacturers in the world
    Its founder, chairman and major stock holder Mr. Dov Lautman is a close associate of Israeli President Ehud Barak.
    Sweatshop Watch has denounced Delta Galil for its exploitation of Arab labour.

    Walt Disney:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Disneyland
    EuroDisney
    Disney Products

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Walt Disneys Millennium exhibition at the Epcot Centre in Florida depects Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is an illegally occupied city according to international law (UN resolution 242, 237 & 405) and can not be Portrayed as the capital of Israel. Of the 8 million dollars cost to set up the exibition, Israel contributed 1.8 million and worked with Disney to develop its content. Saudi Prince, Walid ibn Talal, who is a major shareholder of Euro Disney. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 Arabs visit Disney each year and the total Disney trade with the Middle East amounts to over $100 million per year.

    Estee Lauder:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Aramis
    Clinique
    Prescriptives
    Origins Natural Resources
    MAC Cosmetics
    La Mer
    Bobbi Brown Essentials
    Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries
    Jane
    Donna Karan Cosmetics (DKNY)
    Aveda
    Stila Cosmetics
    Jo Malone (London)
    Bumble and Bumble (Brand says Bb)
    Kate Spade

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Estée Lauder’s chairman, Ronald Lauder, also one time chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, is the current president of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) – a quasi-governmental agency whose main function is to legitimize Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Ronald Lauder is an ardent zionist. In fact his views are often more extreme then some israeli governments!

    HOME DEPOT:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Home Depot retails stores
    EXPO Design Centers
    Villager’s Hardware stores
    Apex Supply Company
    Georgia Lighting
    Maintenance Warehouse
    National Blinds and Wallpaper

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with sales of $45.7 billion. Its founder, and Co-Chairman of the Board Bernard Marcus is an active zionist. He is on the board of directors of Emet, the Pro-Israel Media “War Room” whos function is to ensure that all media in the US stays biased in favour of Israel.

    IBM:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    IBM invest heavily in Israel. IBM senior vice-president and general counsel, Lawrence Ricciardi, who noted that his company employs 1,700 people in Israel, said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post, “This wedge of land and the huge ideals it represents are very important to IBM.
    IBM was one of three US companies that wase lauded at the America-Israel Friendship League Partners for Democracy Awards dinner (25th June 2001) hosted by Sharon.
    In May 2002 the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce awarded IBM the Ambassador’s Award “in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the development of the Israeli high-tech industry and to advancing trade between the U.S. and Israel. IBM established operations in 1949 and was the first large American company with a wholly owned subsidiary in Israel. IBM and its Haifa Research Laboratories, employ about 2,000 and are involved in extensive research activities, in cooperation with IBM in the U.S., including, over the years, considerable investment such as the construction of IBM House, the Haifa Labs, and in Israeli companies including start-ups and venture capital funds”.

    Intel:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Processors – Celeron, Pentium, Itanium, etc
    Motherboards, Chipsets, Adapters, Controllers, Network Products, Wireless components, Embeded Products, Software Development Tools.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Intel are one of the biggest supporters of Israel. Their very first development centre outside the US was opened in Haifa in 1974. Since then they have continued pouring investment in to Israel. By 2000 they employed over 4000 israelis. Exports from their Lachish-Qiryat Gat plant in israel is a total $ 3 million a day at peak capacity – approximately $ 1 billion a year.
    Al-Awda (Palestine Right to Return Coalition) have pointed out that the Intel plant at”Qiryat Gat” is built on land Israel confiscated from the Palestinian villages of Iraq al Manshiya. Iraq al Manshiya was a village of 2000 people living in 300 houses with two mosques and one school. Today the remaining population from Iraq al Manshiya is still not allowed to return. Legal action against Intel for building on looted land is being considered

    Johnson & Johnson:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Baby Products

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Johnson & Johnson purchased Israeli company Biosense for $400 million
    In 1998, Johnson & Johnson, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

    KIMBERLY-CLARK:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    KLEENEX facial tissues
    KOTEX products
    HUGGIES disposable baby products
    ANDREX products

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Kimberly-Clark is one of the largest consumer companies in the world with a turnover of $14 billion.
    In 1998 Mr. Robert P. Van der Merwe, chairman of Kimberly-Clark Europe received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

    LEWIS TRUST GROUP LTD:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    River Island clothing chain
    Isrotel hotels in Palestine
    Ibrotel hotels in Spain/Portugal
    Britannia Pacific Properties
    -a diversified international investment company, with headquarters in London, England. They said to be one of the largest real estate owners in the Sacramento Metropolitan area.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    It appears that the British based Lewis Trust Group is one of the companies developing hotels in the Aqaba Region. David Lewis the Chairman of the company is a prominent supporter of “Israel”. Mr Lewis maintained that he is involved in the joint “Israel- Jordanian” tourist project “because Shimon Peres asked me to be”.
    Mr Lewis’s activities have included the raising of money for the Jewish National Fund. He is also a member of the ISRAEL-BRITAIN BUSINESS COUNCIL.
    In 1998 Mr. David Lewis, President of Isrotel Hotel Management Lewis Trust Group Ltd , received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

    The Limited Inc:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Express (667 stores)
    The Limited (389 stores)
    Lerner New York (560 stores)
    Structure (469 stores)
    New York and Company (79 stores)
    Mast Industries (apparel manufacturer)
    Intimate Brands, Inc .
    which includes:
    Victoria’s Secret
    Bath & Body Works
    White Barn Candle Company
    Henri Bendel (Fifth avenue – single store)

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    The Limited, Inc. was founded by Leslie H. Wexner in 1963 in Columbus, Ohio. The Company has since grown to over 2,800 stores and five major specialty retail brands. The Limited also own approximately 84% of Intimate Brands, Inc. , the leading specialty retailer of intimate apparel, beauty and personal care products.
    Its founder, president and CEO Les Wexner is a zionist. He is on the board of directors of Emet, the Pro-Israel Media “War Room” whos function is to ensure that all media in the US stays biased in favour of Israel.
    In 1984, Les Wexner who is one of the world’s 200 wealthiest people created the Wexner Foundation. Its mission statement is “strengthening Jewish Leadership in North America and Israel.”
    One of the programmes the Foundation runs is the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program which annually brings up to ten Israeli officials to Harvard for a year long MPA program coupled with intensive leadership development institutes. Over 135 Israeli officials have participated thus far.
    Past beneficiaries of the fellowship program include Ambassador Avi Gil. A longtime confidant of Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres. Avi Gil has held a number of key government and public positions during the past decade, he was closely involved in Israel’s policy-making during the Oslo Accords.
    The Wexner Foundation sponsers “Birthright Israel” – a program that pays for young American Jews to take free indoctrination trips to Israel.
    It is also a long-standing supporter of Hillel – the bastion of zionism on campus.
    A document prepared by the PR firm Luntz Research for the Wexner Foundation which can be described as a “A zionists guide on how to manipulate the US public in to supporting Israel.

    L’OREAL:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Giorgio Armani Perfumes
    Redken 5th Avenue NYC
    Lancome Paris
    Vichy
    Cacharel
    La Roche-Posay
    Garnier
    Biotherm
    Helena Rubinstein
    Maybelline
    Ralph Lauren Perfumes
    Carson

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    After being fined $1.4 million by the US in 1995 for writing a letter to the Arab League claiming that they had stopped production in Israel, they have been engaged in actively courting Israel with investments and large-scale commerce.
    American Jewish Congress has expressed “keen satisfaction that L’Oreal has become a warm friend of Israel”.
    L’Oreal has established Israel as its commercial center in the Middle East and has increased investment and manufacturing activities ranging from a new production line established in Migdal Haemek, to joint research and development projects with Israeli affiliates, as well as education and public service campaigns.
    In 1998 Mr. Pascal Castres St Martin of L’ Oreal, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

    Marks & Spencer:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    M&S stores
    St. Michaels

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    From is creation M&S has been linked to Zionism. In a book on M&S, Lord Marcus Sieff – long time Chairman of M&S – wrote that one of the fundamental objectives of M&S is to aid the economic development of Israel (Management: The Marks & Spencer Way, Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1990).
    M&S supports Israel with approximately $233 million in trade every year (Jerusalem Report, 5 June 2000) .
    The JTA reported that “The Israeli ambassador to England recently honored Marks & Spencer for the company’s continued support of Israel.” (JTA, 13 December 2000).
    Marks & Spencer, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.
    M and S recently asked to be removed from the boycott Israel list but wouldn’t agree to the terms and conditions so there for are very much still on it.

    Mc Donald’s:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    McDonald’s Restaurants

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    McDonald’s is the largest and best-known global food retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants in 121 countries.
    McDonalds chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., of Metropolitan Chicago.
    According to the Chicago Jewish Community Online (website of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago), McDonalds Corporation whose global headquarters is based just outside Chicago is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation.
    Through its Israel Commission, the Jewish United Fund “works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel”.
    McDonalds entered the Israeli market in 1993 and now has 80 resturants across Israel, providing employment to some 3000 Israelis.

    NESTLE:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Nescafé
    Perrier
    Vittel
    Pure Life
    Carnation
    Libby’s
    Milkmaid
    Nesquik
    Maggi
    Buitoni
    Crosse & Blackwell
    Milkybar
    KitKat
    Quality Street
    Smarties,
    After Eight
    Lion bar
    Aero
    Polo
    Shreddies cereal
    Felix – cat food
    L’Oréal (important interest)

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    The swiss company owns 50.1% of israeli food maker Osem Investments. In 2000, it announced , it will invest millions of dollars to operate the new R&D centre
    in israel.
    In 1998, Nestle, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

    News Corporation:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Fox TV Network (85% share)
    20th Century Fox Films, Fox Kids, etc
    Sky TV Network
    Star TV Network:
    hindi channels, chinese channels (Phoenix), Granada (uk), CNBC
    National Geographical
    Weekly Standard Newspaper, TV Guide
    News of the World (UK)
    The Sun (UK)
    The Times (UK), Sunday Times, Times Educational Suppliment (TES), etc
    The Telegraph (Australia), Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun, Independent Newspapers Ltd, Newsphotos, Sunday Herald, Sunday Mail ..etc… lots more Australian papers!
    The New York Post (US)newspaper
    Harper Collins Book Publishers, Ragan Books, Zondervan
    Nursery World, Rawkus, NDS, Mushroom Records, ChinaByte.com, Festival Records.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    The News Corporation Limite is one of the world’s largest media companies with total assets as of 2001 of approximately US $43 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$14 billion. News Corporation’s diversified global operations include the production and distribution of motion pictures and television, satellite and cable broadcasting; the publication of newspapers, magazines and books; the production and distribution of promotional and advertising products and services; the development of digital broadcasting.
    News Corporation is the world’s leading publisher of English-language newspapers, with operations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the US. The Company publishes more than 175 different newspapers.
    Murdoch’s New Corp. invests heavily in Israel.
    Murdoch News Corporation was one of three US companies that wase lauded for their support of Israel at the America-Israel Friendship League Partners for Democracy Awards dinner (2001). Murdoch himself co-chaired the dinner.[1]
    News Corp.’s digital technology company based in Jerusalem, called NDS, has grown from 20 to 600 employees in the past decade.

    REVLON:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Revlon cosmetic products
    New World Entertainment
    Forbes

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Financier and cosmetics billionaire Ronald Perelman , who controls cosmetics maker Revlon, is a zionist. Also ownes New World Entertainment & Forbes. He supports zionist causes – for example he is a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center which uses the holocaust to promote Zionism and Israel.

    Selfridges & Co
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Selfridges Stores

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Selfridges are carrying a range of goods produced on Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. These are labeled “Made in Israel” in contravention of EU excise and customs regulations. They include:
    Achva Halva – Barkan Industrial Zone, West Bank:
    Ahava toiletries – Mitspe Shalem, West Bank:
    Beigal and Beigal pretzels – Barkan Industrial Zone, West Bank:
    Yarden Wines – Katzrin, Golan Heights:
    These settlements have been built on land expropriated from the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. These are illegal under international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

    Starbucks:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Starbucks Coffee Stores (4,709 locations world-wide)
    Starbuck coffee, chocolates, biscuits & ice-cream products
    Seattle Coffee Company in the United Kingdom with more than 60 retail locations.
    Pasqua Inc., a San Francisco based coffee retailer.
    Hear Music, a San Francisco based music company.
    Tazo®, a Portland, Oregon based tea company.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Howard Shultz, the chairman of Starbucks is an active zionist.
    In 1998 he was honoured by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah with “The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award” for his services to the zionist state in “playing a key role in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel”. The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah funds israeli arms fairs chaired by the butcher of Jenin – General Shaul Mofaz, and the zionist propaganda website honestreporting.com
    Whilst the Israeli army was slaughtering Palestinians in Jenin, Nabulus and Bethlehem he made a provocative speech blaming the Palestinians of terrorism, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti- Semitism, and asked people to unite behind Israel.
    At a time when other businesses were desperately pulling out of Israel, Starbucks decided to help Israel’s floundering economy and invest in Israel – a joint venture with Israeli conglomerate Delek Group for Starbucks outlets in Israel ( Shalom Coffee Co). A bad business decision – Starbucks made heavy losses and in April 2003 Starbucks were forced to announced that all 6 Starbucks cafes in Israel will be shut down and its partnership with Delek end.
    It has been revealed that Starbucks still continues to support Israel by sponsoring fund raisers for Israel.
    Gideon Meir, the official in charge of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s PR effort said “The key to Israel’s long-term PR success is Wealthy Jews like Howard Schultz, the owner of the Starbucks chain, are helping with student projects, including seminars held in both Israel and North America, in which students hear Israeli presentations on the crisis….”
    Oxfam has misguidedly partnered with Starbucks in return for £100,000!

    NOKIA:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Nokia electronic products – mobile phones, tvs.etc

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Nokia have started to invest heavily in Israel.
    Nokia general manager Lars Wolf said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post in 2001: “We are really focusing on Israel from all perspectives, because we have an internal project called ‘Project Israel’ which means we are looking at Israel from a networks perspective, from the perspective of Nokia Ventures Organization, and also from the perspective of Nokia Research Center”.
    Nokia Venture Partners, a branch of Nokia Ventures Organization, launched a new $500 million fund in 2000 and allowed that a “disproportionate” amount of it would go into Israeli companies. Nokia Research Center is on the lookout for Israeli start-ups with which it can cooperate.

    SARA LEE:
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Hanes – Intimate apparel: hosiery, socks, knitwear, workwear, casualwear
    Hillshire Farm – meat
    Champion – Men’s and women’s athletic apparel and men’s underwear
    Jimmy Dean – meat
    Douwe Egberts – Coffee and coffee systems
    Leggs – Hosiery
    Sara Lee Bakery
    Bryan – meat
    Dim – Intimate apparel, hosiery
    Ambi Pur – Air fresheners
    Ball Park – meat
    Bali – Intimate apparel
    Superior Coffee – Coffee and coffee systems
    Just My Size – Intimate apparel
    Kiwi – Shoe care
    Maison Cafe – Coffee and coffee systems
    Aoste – meat
    Nur die – Hosiery
    Pilao – Coffee and coffee systems
    Lovable – Intimate apparel, men’s underwear, socks
    Outer Banks – T-shirts, sportshirts
    Wonderbra – Intimate apparel
    Sanex – Body care
    Pickwick – Tea
    Gossard – Intimate apparel
    Body Mist – bodycare
    Brylcreem – bodycare
    Aqua Velva – bodycare
    Radox – bodycare
    Playtex – Intimate apparel

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Sara Lee owns 30% of Israels leading textile company Delta Galil. Sara Lee is the world’s largest clothing manufacturer, this opens the worlds markets to Israel, with cloths originating in Israel being sold around the world under one of the many famous Sara Lee brands.
    In 1998, Mr. Lucien Nessim of Sara Lee Personal Products received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

    Timberland
    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:

    Footwear: Hiking, Multi-Sport, Sandals, Casual, Office, Boots, PRO
    Outwear: Leather Jackets, Waterproof Parka, Lightweight jackets
    Clothing: Shirts, Polos, Sweaters, Sweat Shirts, T-Shirts, Pants, Shorts
    Accessories: Belts, Hats, Backpacks, Luggage, Socks, Sunglasses, Wallets, Watches.

    RESEARCH & FINDINGS:

    Timberland is a $1.1 billion footwear, apparel & accessories company. Its President and CEO Jeffrey Swartz is an active zionist.
    In a recent “solidarity visit” to Israel he advised how best to get Israel’s propaganda acceptable to the US public. In an interview where he made it clear he was speaking as the CEO of Timberland, he suggested sending 100 IDF Soldiers to the US for a week as ambassadors for Israel.
    Although Timberland is a publicly traded company, his family holds approximately 47% of the stock and has approximately 81% of the voting power.

    PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:
    Budgens. (all fruit, veg, nuts & other goods from Israel)
    Sainsbury’s. (all fruit, veg, nuts and goods from Israel)
    TESCO. (all fruit, veg, nuts & goods from Israel)
    Waitrose. (all fruit, veg, nuts & goods from Israel)

    INFO:
    All of the above shops/supermarkets stock fruit & vegetables grown in Israeli, west bank and the occupied territories, some of which breaks international law.
    Despite calls for a boycott and to remove Israeli produce from their stores.
    They also stock various other items on the boycott list.

    (( ANY FRUIT, VEGETABLES, NUTS AND GOODS MARKED FROM ISRAEL, WEST BANK. OR WITH BAR CODE 729))

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