How you can help
An effective strategy to end occupation
Boycott is a means for ordinary people who are angered by Israel's attacks on civilians to give voice to their anger through positive action.
This boycott campaign is both economic and cultural and will continue until Israel lifts the siege on Gaza, ends its occupation of Palestinian lands, removes settlers from the West Bank and answers charges of War Crimes.
Palestinians have called for action and boycott is our strongest tool.
Boycott is a tool of protest, and we are all protestors in the face of Israeli war crimes and oppression.
Our boycott call has been heeded by individuals, businesses, councils and trade unions. We will not stop until Israel stops its inhumane treatment of the Palestinians.
Boycott hurts Israel in a number of ways
1. It reduces their income as companies stop trading with Israel.
2. It isolates Israel by rejecting it from the rest of the democratic world by exposing it as a false democracy, wherein there is only freedom for one people and oppression for another.
3. It pressurises Israel to change its inhumane policies in Gaza and release it strangle hold in the West Bank.
4. As world governments clamour to support Israel and its 'right to defend itself' while ignoring the relentless Israeli aggression and wanton violence against Palestinians, ordinary people like us can make a huge difference. Through boycott, we isolate Israel and send a clear message that the global grassroots communities will not remain silent while Israel murders innocent Palestinian men, women and children.
You can join this action by boycotting Israel in your weekly shop, and lobbying your supermarket to ensure that they stop sourcing produce from Israel. This campaign is going from strength to strength.
The need to boycott Israel is growing
The call for boycotting Israel has grown significantly in recent years. The main purpose of this global campaign is to bring Israel to account for its human rights violations against Palestinians. The reason such civil action is necessary is because governments around the world with the power to intervene have repeatedly failed to utilise international legal apparatus to hold Israel to account for its crimes.
However, successful boycott campaigns have revealed that ordinary people do have the power to act and respond to Palestinian calls for intervention.
Israel has occupied Palestinian Land in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967. It has governed the people of this land using the most oppressive policies which deny them the right to live in peace and prosper economically. Israel has effectively built a Palestinian society which is wholly dependent on Israel for food, water and electricity, while robbing them of their natural resources and their basic rights; stealing land from Palestinian families and building illegal settlements and denying basic freedoms. Israel imposed an immoral and inhumane siege on the Gaza Strip since 2007, and has launched 6 full-scale military assaults killing thousands of innocent civilians.
The destruction of Palestinian infrastructure through Israeli military assaults, routine demolitions of essential resources such as water wells, and blocking access to farmlands means that Palestinians are unable to freely harvest their lands and bring their produce onto the markets.
It is well documented that farmers are attacked by extremist settlers, and shot at by army personnel. Entire initiatives such as the Olive Cooperative have been built in response to these attacks, so that international solidarity activists can go to Palestine simply to help farmers harvest their crops and document the violent assaults they face on a daily basis. We are boycotting Israeli produce as Israel should not have the right to sell its harvest on our markets while denying Palestinians the right to even grow their own produce in safety.
Fishermen off the coast of Gaza face similar deadly assaults, this time from Israel’s naval vessels. Thus, peaceful farming or fishing is now a luxury for Palestinians, yet Israel is exporting its own produce globally and reaping the financial rewards for it. Its exploitation of stolen Palestinian lands in the West Bank should not be allowed to enter European markets and the boycott campaigns seek to highlight this.