Three recent divestment cases indicate that even when there are no flashy headlines, maybe especially so, boycott and divestment efforts can have a major impact where it hurts. The largest supermarket chain in Luxembourg, Cactus, may be considering taking Israeli produce off its shelves unless suppliers can prove they do not come from occupied territory, Israeli news site Ynet reported this week. If the chain follows through, this would be the latest in a number of related incidents that show European companies' growing discomfort with contracts, holdings and investments in Israel. The discomfort appears rooted not in ideology or politics, but in…Read More... | 3 Comments
Despite their intentions, the new EU guidelines may serve as a boost for an already growing industry of lies and deceit, meant to hide away settlement products and other forms of occupation profiteering. Judging by the front pages of all Israeli newspapers today (Wednesday), the new European Union guidelines have nearly put the country in a state of emergency. As Noam Sheizaf puts it, Europe has gotten our attention. The new guidelines for European grants, prizes and programs are a serious and positive step in the ongoing attempt to clarify for Israelis that settlements are not just regular Israeli towns and…Read More... | 10 Comments
This report investigates the business and trade of Ahava – Dead Sea Laboratories which is a private Israeli cosmetics corporation that operates from the occupied West Bank. Ahava Report - Who Profits Who Profits from the Occupation is a research project of the Coalition of Women for Peace. Initiated with relation to the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel, Who Profits is dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international companies in the continuing Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land. The project publishes information about these companies on its website, produces in-depth reports and serves…Read More...
US-based blog Elder of Ziyon has posted a somewhat Orwellian piece: The latest installment in the "there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza" Hasbara-project actually celebrates the fact that a new Gaza supermarket sells Israeli goods. … if [passengers of the flotilla] do visit Metro [the new Gaza supermarket], they would be forced to protest the fact that it is not adhering to BDS because it sells so many Israeli products - and even features them prominently. [photos of Israeli products in the supermarket] It's a terrible world when Israel boycotters can't even convince stores in Gaza to stop selling Israeli goods.…Read More... | 12 Comments
According to Ynet, German rail company Deutsche Bahn has pulled out of the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv due to pressure by the feminist Israeli organisation Coalition of Woman for Peace. The coalition is responsible for the information project Who Profits, which tracks Israeli and international companies which operate in the West Bank. According to the Coalition, the proposed rail line cuts into West Bank over the 1967 green line and this was the main rationale for Deutsche Bahn’s decision. This is from Ynet: An official at the German Transportation Ministry expressed concern over the project on March 14, saying it potentially violates the rules of…Read More... | 33 Comments
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