Sunday, 27 July 2014

How to avoid accidentally supporting or giving funds to Israel

I have alas learned that the recent death toll in Gaza has now risen to over 800.

With this in mind, helpful information about how to avoid giving funds to Israel has sprung up, and here are the three best ways to boycott the state of Israel:

1. Avoid buying any products whose barcodes start with 729 as this means that the product is manufactured or sold or distributed in Israel. Instead, if you can, try to buy products with barcodes starting 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, or 509 as this means the product has at least some British connections.

2. Avoid buying from any of these major brands which have supported Israel: Nestle, Starbucks, Coca Cola, McDonald's, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Motorola, Marks & Spencer, Danone, Estee Lauder, and Volvo. All of these brands have also caused major environmental and humanitarian harm in their own right (and many are needlessly overpriced anyway), so you should be already boycotting these brands as I am doing. Buying fairtrade goods is much better.

3. Try to live a more ethical, more environmentally friendly lifestyle if you do not already do so. Suppliers of ethical goods are generally home-based, contribute to the local economy, and for other reasons will not export their goods as far as Israel anyway.

Hopefully, this advice will help us divest and thus deprive Israel (especially its army) of funds which will help the people of Palestine in the long term and end apartheid in Israel. Divestment campaigns helped end apartheid in South Africa, after all.

Alan.

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