Palestine & Israel

In here you'll find articles about the ongoing occupation of Palestine by the terrorist Israeli state ...

Below you will find a list of companies and individuals who provide material investment and/or support to the terrorist state of Israel. In the spirit of a single Ummah, we appeal to all Muslims to refrain from purchasing goods from these companies until they with withdraw their invesmtent/support. We appeal, similarly, in the spirit of humanity to everyone, Muslim or not.

Supporting the Principle of Boycott

Tier 1 - Companies that Support the Israeli Army and/or the Occupation Directly

Caterpillar

Caterpillar has long been providing its CAT D9 bulldozer to Israel. The D9 is then modified by the Israel Army to produce the Israeli Armored CAT D9, nicknamed mockingly by the Israelis as 'Teddy Bear'. [7] The Israeli Armored CAT D9 is at the forefront of Israeli's illegal activities within the occupied territories, used by Israel to illegally demolish Palestine homes and buidlings ahead of the formation of illegal settlements. Like HP, Caterpillar has recently lost funding from The Presbyterian Church. [8] The board of Caterpillar was challenged in 2004 at its AGM about the end-use of its bulldozers, to which their spokeperson replied it was a "political matter". [9]

What they sell: As well as industrial construction (destruction) vehicles and technology, Caterpillar trade to consumers as CAT, selling men and women's footwear.

Alternatives: There are plenty of footwear brands available to consumers beyond Caterpillar. Businesses that require vehicles for construction are encouraged to seek alternatives such as Shantui or Komatsu.

Hewlett-Packard

HP established HP Labs Israel in 1994 on the campus of the Israel Institute of Technology, providing investment into Israel. [2] HP also has (and has had) a number of contracts with the Israeli government, including the Israeli Navy. Examples include their work on the BASEL system, a checkpoint system used by Israel enforce segregatation of Palestinians and administration of the Israeli Navy's IT infrastructure. [3] HP recently rejected The Presbyterian Church's lobby for change, resulting in the Church divesting from HP. [5] Similarly, the Friend Fidicuiary Corporation, an investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the US, has also divested from HP. [6]

What they sell: HP sell a large range of IT equipment including laptops, tablets, desktops, data storage, printers, etc. It owns and trades as a number of other brands including Compaq, and EDS. [4]

Alternatives: The IT industry is awash with brands who provide suitable altenatives. For example, for PCs, laptops, servers, etc. there are Dell and Microsoft. For printers there are Xerox, Epson and Canon. A simple search on a IT consumables website will reveal any number of other, ethical brands for one to choose from.

Motorola Solutions

MSI has been engaged in a number of projects with Israel to support the Israeli Army and its occupation. Examples include its investment in 'Camero', a radar to be used by Israeli Law Enforcement and Special Forces operatives [10], and 'Mountain Rose', a cellular encrypted and secured TETRA-based communication network for the Israeli Army [13]. Recently, Motorola announced that it would develop and produce the Israeli Army's encrypted battlefield smartphone at a cost of $100m ($50m of which will be provided by the US). [11] Motorola has a large 40,000 square metre corporate and research office in Airport City leased for 25 years where it houses over 1,000 employees. [12] As with Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar, The Presbyterian Church recently divested from the company. [5]

What they sell: MSI provide products (such as Application Development Tools, Data Capture, Integrated Command and Control, Mobile Computing, RFID, Two-Way Radios, WLAN), services and solutions.

Note: It should be noted that Motorola split in 2011, into Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility, the latter (now owned by Lenovo) makes Motorola branded mobile phones and appears to no longer have a material supportive link with the Israeli terrorist state.

SodaStream

SodaStream is a home carbonated drinks manufacturer with 13 production factories worldwide [23]. It's principal manufacturing factory is located on the illegal [24] West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim [25]. SodaStream's "First Ever Global Brand Ambassador", Scarlett Johansson was recently embroiled in a dispute with the charity Oxfam, of whom she was also a Global Ambassador. An official statement from Oxfam stated, "While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador. Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law ..." [26] It was recently reported that SodaStream was closing it's main UK store in Brighton and that the retailer, John Lewis, was also delisting its products [27].

What they sell: Home carbonated drinks and equipment.

Alternatives: Do yourself a favour and give up fizzy drinks entirely for healthier alternatives or water even!

Volvo Group

The use of Volvo Group's bulldozers in the establishment of illegal Israeli settlements is well documented [18], and is not denied (although they do say it they "regret if they are used for destructive purposes") by Volvo Group itself. [19] It has also been used in the construction of the illegal seperatation wall constructed in Israel. In June 2007, the New England Conference (a group of United Methodist Churches with over 90,000 members) recommended divestment from Volvo Group. [20]

What they sell: Volvo Group produces buses, trucks and construction equipment under a number of different brands including Volvo, Renault, MACK, UD and Eicher.

Alternatives: Businesses that require vehicles for construction are encouraged to seek alternatives such as Shantui or Komatsu. For trucks, consider companies like DAF.

Note: It should be noted that Volvo Group is separate to Volvo Cars, which is currently owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and appears to no longer have a material supportive link with the Israeli terrorist state.

Tier 2 - Products/Brands that Support Companies Located on Illegal Settlements

Huggies - Kimberly-Clark (updated)

Kimberly-Clark is a significant customer of Avgol (19% of revenue), [15, 17] a company with a factory in the Barkan Industrial Area, adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Barkan [16] in the occupied West Bank. Avgol manufactures approximately 10% of the raw materials for diapers in the global market.

Update: SunnahOnline.com contacted Kimberly-Clark for comment on 8 August 2014 but are yet to receive a response.

What they sell: Kimberly-Clark produce a number of well-known consumer goods, including Huggies, Kleenex and Andrex. A full list of Kimberly-Clark brands can be found here. The most relevant brand here is their nappies range, Huggies, which uses materials provided by Avgol.

Alternatives: There are a range of alternatives available to the products produced by Kimberley-Clark in most retailers (you will probably save quite a bit of money too!).

Jaffa Oranges from Israel (new)

Jaffa oranges are sourced from a number of different countries, including Spain. However, those Jaffa oranges labelled as originating from Israel may in fact have been sourced from illegal settlements. One of the primary suppliers of Jaffa oranges is Mehadrin, a company delisted by Co-op in 2012 as they were "known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements." [28] Mehadrin's own website states that they "a leading global supplier of the world - renowned JAFFA brand". [29] The website further states, "fresh produce comes in daily from over 50,000 dunam of agricultural holdings across Israel," in a stark contrast to the global view that Israeli settlements are illegal and in contrast to a map on that same website that appears to show at least three orchards on illegal settlement land. [31] In a 2013 investigation by Corporate Watch, it was discovered that Mehadrin was still listing produce from illegal settlements as being 'Produce of Israel'. [32]

What they sell: Mehadrin sell a range of fruit and vegetable produce including oranges, grapes, mangos, Mejdul dates and avocadoes. Due to Mehadrin's (and others') dubious past practices with respect labelling and the fact that their own website deems settlement land as part of Israel, you are advised to avoid all fresh produce that is sourced from (or produce of) Israel.

Alternatives: Jaffa oranges are also imported into Europe and the US from a number of other countries including Spain. Always check the label before purchasing.

Pampers - Procter & Gamble (updated)

P&G provide significant investment (funding, expertise, resources) into Israel through its "House of Innovation" and the presence of a corporate office in Tel-Aviv. [1] P&G is a major customer of Avgol (43% of revenue), [15, 17] a company with a factory in the Barkan Industrial Area, adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Barkan [16] in the occupied West Bank. [14] Avgol manufactures approximately 10% of the raw materials for diapers in the global market.

Update: SunnahOnline.com contacted Procter & Gamble for comment on 8 August 2014 but are yet to receive a response.

What they sell: P&G sell household products under a number of different brands, including Ariel, Braun, Fairy, Gillette, Oral-B, Pampers, etc. A full list of P&G brands can be found here. The most relevant brand here is their nappies range, Pampers, which uses materials provided by Avgol.

Alternatives: There are a range of alternatives available to the products produced by Procter & Gamble in most retailers (you will probably save quite a bit of money too!).

Others

HSBC

HSBC recently closed, unilaterally and without any consultation, the bank accounts of a number of Muslim organisations. These include the account of Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT), an international relief and development charity, who was collecting significant funds for its efforts in Gaza. A trustee of UWT Muhammad Ahmad said: "The first time we were served notice [in 2008] was at the time of the first Gaza war. It has to be much more than a coincidence. To serve notice to a charity helping people on the ground [in Gaza], to choose that timing, it beggars belief." It has also closed the accounts of the Cordoba Foundation, again believed to be due to their work in Palestine and Gaza, as well as the accounts of the wife and daugther of Foundation's chief executive. HSBC has stated in all of its letters that providing accounts to these organisations no longer fits with their "risk appetite". [21, 22]

What they sell: Personal and business banking services, including 'Sharia compliant' services through its HSBC Amanah function.

Alternatives: There are a large range of banks providing similar services in the UK and beyond. For 'Sharia compliant' alternatives in the UK consider Islamic Bank of Britain, or the Islamic Account at Lloyds Bank.

References

  1. Procter & Gamble Explains Why Israel is THE Startup Nation (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ricardogeromel/2012/05/16/procter-and-gamble-israel-startup/)
  2. HP Labs Israel (http://www.hpl.hp.com/israel/)
  3. Who Profits report: Technologies of Control: HP's involvement in the Israeli Occupation (http://www.globalexchange.org/sites/default/files/hpreport.pdf)
  4. Hewlett-Packard, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewlett-Packard), 2 August 2014
  5. Presbyterian Church votes to divest holdings to sanction Israel, The Guardian, 21 June 2014 (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/21/presbyterian-church-votes-divest-holdings-to-sanction-israel)
  6. Quakers Divest from Hewlett-Packard and Veolia Environment (http://quakerpi.org/news/divest.html)
  7. IDF Caterpillar D9, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDF_Caterpillar_D9), 2 August 2014
  8. Presbyterians dump companies they say are tied to Palestinian occupation, CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/21/us/presbyterian-church-palestinians/)
  9. Caterpillar Dropped over Supply of Bulldozers as Weapon in Israeli Occupation of West Bank, International Business Times - US ed., 27 June 2012 (http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Caterpillar+Dropped+over+Supply+of+Bulldozers+as+Weapon+in+Israeli...-a0297746508)
  10. Walden Israel Invests in Camero, Developer of Through-Wall Imaging System (http://www.walden.co.il/pages/ShowNews.asp?sort=&id=343)
  11. Motorola Solutions to provide IDF's battlefield smartphone (http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-1000906408)
  12. Motorola Israel departs Tel Aviv (http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-1000610004)
  13. Motorola Israel, Social Responsibility Report 2007 (http://www.motorolasolutions.com/web/Business/Corporate/IL-HE/images/18740_MotImage.pdf)
  14. Companies Supporting the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land, October 2009 (www.interfaithpeaceinitiative.com/profiting.pdf)
  15. Avgol Press Release Q1 2012 Results PDF File (http://www.avgol.com/upload/pdf/Avgol press release results of Q1 2012 ENG.pdf)
  16. Barkan (http://www.goshomron.com/our-towns/barkan/)
  17. Avgol in talks on merger with Blackstone's Polymer Group, Haaretz, 9 March 2012 (http://www.haaretz.com/business/avgol-in-talks-on-merger-with-blackstone-s-polymer-group-1.417251)
  18. Volvo: Symbol of safety or human rights abuses?, Electronic Intifada, 2 July 2007 (http://electronicintifada.net/content/volvo-symbol-safety-or-human-rights-abuses/7040)
  19. Volvo Group response re alleged complicity in human rights abuses in Israel & Occupied Territories, 13 December 2011 (http://business-humanrights.org/media/documents/volvo-response-13-dec-2011.doc)
  20. Divestment Task Force Report and Recommendations June 2007 (http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/178)
  21. HSBC shuts accounts of Muslim organisations, including Finsbury Park mosque, The Guardian, 30 July 2014 (source) (copy)
  22. HSBC closes three Muslim organisations' accounts, BBC News, 30 July 2014 (source) (copy)
  23. Sodastream breaks ground for Negev factory, Globes, 6 July 2011 (source) (copy)
  24. Israeli settlements under international law, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (source) (copy)
  25. 5 points about the SodaStream-Oxfam dust-up, The Washington Post, 30 January 2014 (source) (copy)
  26. Oxfam accepts resignation of Scarlett Johansson, Oxfam, 30 January 2014 (source) (copy)
  27. Israel's SodaStream closes main UK store after 2-yr boycott campaign, RT, 4 July 2014 (source) (copy)
  28. Co-op boycotts exports from Israel's West Bank settlements, The Guardian, 29 April 2012 (source) (copy)
  29. Mehadrin (source) (copy)
  30. Our Growers, Mehadrin (source) (copy)
  31. About Us, Mehadrin (source) (copy)
  32. Mehadrin: New evidence of mislabelled settlement produce, Corporate Watch, 22 January 2013 (source) (copy)

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