11 Brands You’ll Have To Let Go If You Want To Boycott Israel • Menzene.com

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11 Brands You’ll Have To Let Go If You Want To Boycott Israel

Concern for the people of Palestine has been growing worldwide, not just alone in the Muslim world. It has risen dramatically considering the horrific events that have happened this year in the State of Palestine.

With the debate growing on how the masses can help, many intellectuals and political activists have said the best way is through boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). The BDS campaign covers all Israeli products: It’s a broad tactic aimed to pressure the state itself to change. But it also reserves a special focus for companies that are actually involved in — and make hefty profits from occupation policies. These organizations may be forced to pay attention to the boycott very soon and they may not be the ones you’d expect!

1. Volvo

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The automobile giant has been criticized by BDS campaigners for supplying equipment to bulldoze Palestinian homes. Interestingly enough, the Swedish automobile manufacturer also holds a 27% stake in Merkavim, whose buses are used to transport Palestinian prisoners to and from Israeli prisons.

2. Hewlett Packard

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Hewlett Packard’s slogan is “If you’re going to do something, make it matter.” For Palestinians it definitely matters a lot. The tech giant owns EDS Israel, which supplies the computer systems for Israeli Defense Forces and produces hi-tech equipment like the Basel System, a biometric permit system that controls the movement of Palestinian workers through checkpoints in Gaza and the West Bank.

HP equipment is also used by Israeli prisons and the army. If that is not enough the company has also invested in the technological development of illegal settlements, taking part in the Smart City Project in the town of Ariel.

3. Intel

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Intel operates plants in Kiriyat Gat, site of the former Palestinian villages of Iraq al-Manshiya and Faluja. According to Israeli historian Benny Morris it was in the 1948-49 war that the residents of these villages were expelled, in line with Israel’s strategic plans.

Intel, whose processors can be found in most of the world’s computers, has reportedly invested $2.7 billion to upgrade its Kiryat Gat plants where it is working on new chips that will make computers lighter and faster. That brings its total investments in Israel to about $10 billion, plus it has also benefited by more than $1 billion in the form of Israeli government grants.

4. Motorola

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BDS supporters have targeted telecommunications giant Motorola for providing surveillance equipment around Israeli settlements, along the Israeli-built separation barrier and along the Israel-Gaza border. In addition to that, the American multinational has signed a $100 million deal this year with Israel for encrypted smartphones for its soldiers and security personnel.

5. McDonald’s

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The largest fast food chain in the world has long been targeted by Pro-Palestinian groups for its longtime partnership with the Jewish United Fund. 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”

6. Coca-Cola

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The largest soft drinks manufacturer in the world that houses numerous carbonated drinks under its umbrella, including Sprite, Fanta and Schweppes amongst many others has been surrounded by many controversies over its supposed support of Israel. Amongst them include the fact that its Israeli subsidiary – Coca-Cola Israel owns dairy farms on occupied Israeli settlements of Shadmot Mechola in the Jordan Valley and a plant in the industrial zone of Katzerin on the occupied Golan Heights.

Back in the year 2009 the company hosted a special reception at the Coca-Cola world headquarters to honor Brigadier-General Ben-Eliezer. Eliezer is claimed by Pro-Palestinian groups to be a war criminal, during the Six-Day War his unit was responsible for the execution of over 300 Egyptian POWs. Under Sharon, Ben-Eliezer served as the Defense Minister presiding over the massacre at Jenin.

7. Danone

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Close to 2 decades ago Danone opened its R&D facility in Israel – the Danone Institute. Not that surprisingly enough the French company also owns a 20% share of Israel’s second largest food company, the Strauss Group.

8. Estee Lauder

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The American Conglomerate, home to big brands such DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, M.A.C, Clinique amongst many others has been targeted by BDS activists due to the pro-Israeli activities of its chairman, Ronald Lauder. Lauder is also the current president of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) – a quasi-governmental agency whose main function is to legitimize Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. In fact an American based group led a boycott in the country with their “Estée Slaughter” campaign.

9. Marks and Spencer

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Since its beginning M&S has been linked inextricably to Zionism.  A book on M&S by Lord Marcus Sieff – long time Chairman of M&S – in it he cited 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). As per an article in the Jerusalem Report dated 5/6/2000 M&S supports Israel with approximately $233 million in trade every year.

Furthermore in 1998 Sir Richard Greenbury the CEO of 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.

10. Starbucks

Photo Credit: Anton Zemskov/ Flickr

fhe close relationship of this brand with the state of Israel has been doing the rounds for quite sometime. They escalated when Howard Schultz an active Zionist – the founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks was honored 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”.

Starbucks proudly displayed the award on the company’s website under the section of ‘awards and accolades’ that the coffee giant has won, however, once the boycott started to bite, the award mysteriously disappeared from its website.

11. Nestle

Photo Credit: Nestle/flickr

The Swiss multinational has a good share of controversies and criticism surrounding its big brand name. For Pro-Palestinians activists one of the main problems they had with the food and beverage company was the fact that it bought 51% shares in Osem investments in the mid 90′s. Osem Investments is an Israel based company that is directly engaged in the production and distribution of food products in Israel and abroad.

Moreover in 1998, Peter Brabeck – the former CEO of Nestle received the Jubilee Award (the highest tribute offered by the state of Israel) in recognition of his company’s efforts to support the state of Israel.

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  • BobQSoss

    McDonald’s? Crap food served by morons to morons. Coke? Corrodes your teeth. Nestles’? Chocolate-like products. Much better stuff two steps down the aisle. Starbuck’s? I can sprinkle Nestlé’s cocoa powder (which I don’t buy) on my home coffee, drop in a sugar cube then save seven bucks by tossing it into the change jar.
    The rest? Estee Lauder is for girls. Volvo is mostly owned by the Chinese. Motorola and Intel? Thanks for the tip. I’ll look for an alternative next time I buy a PC.

    • DJP

      So wait…are you going to stop using Nestle or not?

    • Emma Schuster

      So also you might want to stop using facebook as many in-built and add-on applications are Israeli-developed, researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute or Hebrew University developed or improved AZT and Hypericin-based drugs; they have also developed a treatment that destroys HIV-infected cells without damaging healthy ones, remove the Israel-pioneered brain pacemaker to stop tremors in Parkinson’s disease, Myeloma – stop taking the drug Velcade, which was developed over a period of 30 years by scientists at Haifa, stop using mobile phones (as this technology was developed in Israel), do not use Video On Demand (VOD) to watch movies as you may inadvertently see an advert displayed using Israeli software, Do not read books using an e-book as this may contain Israeli technology…. the list is endless, not just avoiding a happy meal you moron.

      • BobQSoss

        I don’t have AIDS, don’t use facebook, AZT or HI-based drugs, and don’t need an UZI. What else ya got?

        • Emma Schuster

          You shouldn’t send outgoing emails as the algorithm (code) that’s used today for sending e-mails, was made by an Israeli who worked at the Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva in 1980, Before accepting any printed material, check that the supplier has not used the Israeli device that might have saved up to 50% of the ink used, do not watch videos on the Internet as the platform used to upload them may be from AOL and hence from an Israeli company, do not purchase any games devices as these are likely to use Israeli technology, do not use data storage as it may have been developed at Israel’s storage technology R&D centre, Turn off your voice-mail service and delete any recorded messages. Israeli companies invented the voice-mail system, never eat cherry tomatoes, which were developed in Israel, the ban also applies to honey and any products derived from honey. Israel has developed solutions to the world-wide problem of bee-colony collapse, so that any products derived from bees might only be available now due to an Israeli invention, No agricultural products from the following areas must be consumed as they use water irrigation and agricultural technology provided directly from Israel: Most of Africa, China, India, Indonesia (a muslim country) Nepal and many more, Diabeties sufferers – Israeli scientists have developed new devices for measuring and injecting Insulin, Check all vaccines as many of these have been developed in Israel, Do not protect babies and infants from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with the Babysense system from Israel, Kidney transplants must only use kidneys from donors of the same blood group. Israel’s revolutionary new methods allow donors from other blood groups, do not allow dyslexics to benefit from the Israeli Internet-based reading system, Treat skin allergies only with steroid creams as the new safer non-steroid alternative is Israeli, Reject all products from the USA. Analysis conducted in a typical US state shows that Israeli innovations were responsible for $2.4 billion in direct revenue to its economy in 2009 and generated nearly 6,000 jobs, Do not travel by air as your plane might be towed by the Israeli-built “Taxibot”…… need some more?

          • BobQSoss

            No, that’s good. Nothing ground-breaking, I see. Just derivative ideas, parasitic attachments. Yeah, America and the world desperately needed another maker of tow-tractors for aircraft. Puts me in mind of Mahindra Tractors from India.

          • Shahid Zubair

            Dear @emmaschuster:disqus , the boycott does not target ALL Israeli companies, products and services. In fact, most of the companies targeted are not Israeli at all! They are companies that are directly or indirectly involved in promoting the illegal and apartheid policies of the Israeli regime in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). The boycott is not aimed at Jews or Jewish contributions to humanity (which are substantial, to say the least). In fact, almost all the legitimate boycott programs target companies promoting or indulging in Zionism, which has nothing to do with Judaism whatsoever. Anyways, if you feel taking innocent lives, keeping ‘unwanted’ people in separate enclaves and ghettos, besieging a populace into submission etc. are acts worth doing something against, please feel free to join the boycott. If you do not, you have the right to dissent and I will defend your freedom of speech here.

          • Emma Schuster

            Of course the boycott does not target all Israeli companies because the world needs Israeli inventions! And if you feel comfortable supporting a UN recognised terrorist organisation who will stop at nothing until it destroys Israel and the Jews and ‘Wipes Israel off the Earth’ (see the Hamas charters), and who also use children and innocent Palestinians as human shields, hides weaponry under schools, mosques and other establishments knowing that their people will be killed, as well as strapping explosives to animals (as well as their own people), then we will have to agree to disagree.

          • Emma Schuster

            Not to mention spending the millions of dollars they have received over the years in building nothing but terror tunnels instead of helping their own people build up a substantial community for themselves.

          • Shahid Zubair

            I don’t know what you mean by ‘Israeli inventions’. And nowhere in my reply did I mention anything about supporting Hamas. Please do not try to cloud the discussion by asserting the false and baseless argument that boycotting Israel is equivalent to supporting Hamas. Those are completely distinct and mutually exclusive stands.

          • Emma Schuster

            Everything I have mentioned above is an Israeli invention.

          • zman

            But Zionists HAVE to muddy the water(obfuscate)…otherwise they have no real reply. Does he deny that Zionist Israel kills children, executes prisoners, uses massive uncalled for ‘retaliation’ tactics and outlawed weapons (incendiaries), starves Gaza, levels homes,hospitals and schools too, steals land, blackmails and controls most western governments, promotes war and supports terrorism? No, because he can’t.

          • dsmith

            Emma you zionist moron, Hamas isn’t using children as shields, no one is buying that bullshit lie and that’s been proven a lie already. Zionists are using jews as human shields. That’s a fact.

          • DavyPaul

            Hamas etc have no regard for human life. There are no “occupied territories”. Israel took back her borders from the sea to the Jordan, which the Arab consortium invaded after Israel’s founding in 1948. The Arabs are the “occupiers” if you have to use such foolish language.

          • Ann Johns

            The Arabs are the “occupiers”?? haha, that’s the most delusional statement I’ve seen for a long time. Idiot, you don’t think the people of the world buy that lie?

          • DavyPaul

            Oh yes, this: “A person (or a state for that matter) cannot be held to illegally occupy its own house, even if someone else lives in a room in that house, it does not give that someone else a claim for that room, even if he is violently revolting to achieve his illegal claim. In 1923 the League of Nations has adopted the 1922 submission made by Britain under the Madate of Palestine (due to the progroms of 1921 by the Arabs) to divide Palestine into 2 separate states, east on 77% territory to the Arabs, and west on 23% for the Jews. Therefore, under international law, which was reaffirmed by the San Francisco summit of the League of Nations in 1945 and again in 1946, the Israeli state should exist on all the territory to the west of the Jordan river. Needless to say that the 181 partition resolution of the General Assembly of 1947 is not legally binding in nature and effect and only serves as a recommendation to enter into negotiations for final agreement which the Arab categorically rejected in the 1948 war and in the subsequent wars, in which they illegally conquered and occupied the so-called ‘disputed territories’, which were reclaimed back by Israel in 1967 (save for the half Sinai, which Israel returned in 1981). Therefore, there is no occupation or any claim can be made by any other country for such territories other than their rightful and legal owner, Israel”

          • LZT1

            It wasn’t “reclaimed” you moron.

            It is occupied, and it is now legally recognized as the state of Palestine by the UN.

            Save your spin doctoring, we’ve heard all these excuses before!

          • Mo Jor

            Zionists also use Holacaust as shield to gain sympathy through the form of donations and the US giving $11 million dollars per day to Isarel while many cities in US went bankrupt (Detroit, for instance).

          • mesmart

            So are lies, Genocide, and Massacre of babies, theft..every criminal activity you can imagine…the state itself is illegal. They stole fully established, fully furnished, fully stocked Palestinian homes and business..they had a head start in every aspect of life. They are lazy, living off of American Tax Dollars. So it remains and always will they are what they are..thieves, baby killers, murderers.

          • Mo Jor

            I highly support your intellectual argument

          • Marzuki Abdullah

            Typical hasbara propaganda claiming Israel invented this and
            that. If had their way, Zionists would claim they invented water and air! Companies and government in various countries work in parallel to produce various technologies we use
            today. None of the products or
            technologies mentioned would be possible without Algebra. Now, Email. It was invented by VA Shiva Ayyadurai of India. It was modeled after the
            communication system used at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in
            Newark, New Jersey.

          • Guillermo Kowalski Cain

            also kill some kids thats israeli rape your sister thats in talmud thats ok and beat up some old women thats israeli too

          • Mo Jor

            Don’t breath into the air, O2, as its given by God, not made by the Zionist state, so Zionists should just create ur own o2 from the money US giving, 11 millions dollars per day, that should suffice if no spend it all on killing innocents like Palestines women and children.

          • thesquire1

            So Israel shouldnt claim the ‘Binary system’ since it was created by ARABS as was DECIMALS !

      • America Firster

        My God. How did America ever survive before the creation of Israel? Such a great high tech nation that its most well known and advertised product is “Soda Stream”!

        • DavyPaul

          The latest high tech all flash (computer) array was invented in Israel. It’s called Xtreme IO and has become EMC’s flagship product since they bought it. So that’s EMC/Dell the stupid BDS will have to “boycott”.

          • America Firster

            The only Israeli product being pushed in America is effin Sodastream. You know bubbly water, with the super creepy Superbowl ad. Israel is the welfare queen of nations. Always has been. And will remain so until its impending demise

          • Karim Jeans

            You wish filthy Arab

            Your daughter,is,ugly AF

      • Mo Jor

        Jewishsky, why would we do as you said? We could avoid and ban things we could and let be things we need until it’s replaced by other better sources?!?! India also invented many medicines that soon will be used globally, and when the time come, lets BDS prosper!

      • tigger

        Don’t you just LOVE the name-calling that Zionists indulge in?
        I’m an old woman and when I wear my FREE PALESTINE badge I get all kinds of abuse.
        Actually, I welcome it. It points out to passers-by just how nasty and vicious these people are.
        The tide is turning – and it’s not in Isra-hell’s favour.

  • Ronald

    Tenuous. Every so-called ‘point’ is easily debunked.
    Like Israel itself, this article is sadly but delusionally self-defeating.

  • Dani

    we will boycott as much as we can …………i am already boycotting coca cola .Mcdonalds , Starbucks ,Pepsi ………i will start boycotting NESTLE now.THANK you.

    • Emma Schuster

      So get off the internet then

      • Hammas Supporter

        Dear Emma suck me off you jew.

        • DavyPaul

          Is that designed to be a racist comment (unacceptable) or an anti-religion comment (also unacceptable).

      • zman

        And all this time Al Gore said he made that! Glad I saw this list of morally deficient companies. Glad that I already don’t use some, because of their health concerns…I will now include all the rest.

  • joe147155

    What about Teva the Israeli pharmaceutical company that suplpies one in five pills taken in the UK and is the world’s largest producer of generic drugs.
    You see Israel is innovative and productive, developing technology and medicine that benefits the world. You get treated in hospitals by machinery they develop and your vegetables are grown all around the world using systems or irrigation that are Israeli. The techonology in your cameras and smart phones was developed my Israelis along with the algorithms your search engines use.
    Meantime the arab countries just sit there getting fat off their oil giving nothing to the world.

    • Jopo

      Well, its not completely evil. It veru rarely the case, that true satanic and evil nation or political movement rises. Nothing is plainly good or evil.

      • zman

        And who started the ball rolling on that? On 9/11, who was dancing in the streets of the US, riding in a truck full of explosives, taking pictures ‘to document’ the event?…that were magically released with no hassle. Who controls who?

    • zman

      At least now we know for sure who is at fault for all the governmental spying world-wide. Israel does nothing that does not benefit Israel first and foremost. As for the ‘Arab’ nations…Israel and the House of Saud have been in bed for years…ISIS is their latest baby. The rest are scared of Israels paid for muscle…the US.

  • Abdul2014

    We are boycotting Israel and the products and services of Israeli supporters because the Israeli regime of terror and genocidal IDF savages are deliberately attacking and destroying civilian targets and terrorizing and massacring innocent and defenseless Palestinian babies, children, women, elderly people and unarmed men in Gaza etc so this is not war but genocide against Palestinian civilians..

  • Umar Azmat

    I also heard that amd is same as Intel. Nike n so on. Simple things would be that companies in all the other countries should send less share or no share to their parent companies until they stop support to Israel.

  • Hunter

    I can see how one can avoid certain products to boycott Israel. But if you plan to buy a computer, chances are that the CPU will be Intel or AMD, both active in Israel. You can choose not to buy an HP, but another computer brand will likely have Intel or AMD as the CPU.

  • Jim M.

    Now I know who to support if I oppose the demonic HAMAS terrorists. Thanks.

    • zman

      Yeah, neocons and banksters worldwide.

    • HAMAS, what a complete JOKE. You have a dome around you cowards and HAMAS is totally obsolete. They fight with frozen breadsticks while getting bombed by Billion $ Jew.S.A. paid for planes. Isntreal is a bunch of hooks, ugly, pubic-hair faced sickos. It looks like they haven’t showered in days when they rape their women.

      • tigger

        Margaret – you’re very bit as ugly as the people you’re foul-mouthing.
        If you can’t criticise without making vile comments your criticisms aren’t worth diddly-squat.
        In fact, i find myself wondering if you’re not an Israeli yourself. They have a habit of pseudo self-loathing, just so they can cry ‘anti-semite’.

  • Jana Kowalski

    Thanks for the names of these 10 companies. I am not patronizing Volvo, Coca Cola, Mc Donald’s, Danone, Estee Lauder and Motorola and never will. Right now i am using a hp laptop that has a intel chip inside. After reading this article I will definitely not buy another hp laptop and will investigate, in which laptop’s intel chips are not inside. To avoid Starbucks is not a big deal, they do not have the monopoly on COFFEE. The same goes for Marks & Spencer. It is just difficult to avoid Nestle completely.Nestle is one of the 10 companies world wide that manufacture all the food. Anyway I try for the noble cause!

  • Jana Kowalski

    It’s funny that not SINGLE picture is showing. Are they blocked ???

  • America Firster

    Thanks for the list. I will most certainly boycott all those companies

  • Peter Allan

    If I had known this before I would not be using my HP laptop. I hate Israel for what it is doing to the Palestinian people who are defenceless against them and I hate the US for financing them.

  • tigger

    Question – if Israel invented all the wonderful things listed below, WHY do they need so much US money? Surely it should be flowing the other way?

    Come on, hasbara minions, you can’t have it both ways you know ….

    • They don’t… They STEAL the ideas from so called “Goyim” and gentiles. Thomas Edison was a perfect example. So was Einstein. Both frauds. They killed Nikola Tesla once they stole all of his work; otherwise our bills (there’s a jew invention) would be sliced by 33%. The jew STEALS all of the ideas – that’s how you get these drive by shootings where there’s never any evidence – or heart attacks in perfectly fine people. That MH 370 had a Microchip on board that the jew wanted to confiscate. Probably to masturbate to.

      • tigger

        Rubbish! Go back to Hasbara – you’ve been rumbled!