frequently asked questions boycott



frequently asked questions boycott
1. What is the boycott?
The boycott of Israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity is about ordinary
people around the world using their right to choose what they buy in order to help bring about
an end to oppression in Palestine. Its a peaceful means of putting international pressure on the
racist state of Israel and follows in the footsteps of the successful boycott against South
African racist apartheid.
2. Are you boycotting all Jews?
Certainly not! The boycott is not directed at any religious or ethnic group, but rather it is
directed at those companies that are supporting the racist occupation of Palestine. A quick
glance at the boycott list will testify to this. We do not discriminate between the supporters of
Israel - if a Muslim company is caught collaborating with Israel we will boycott it just as
vigorously as any other company.
Muslims & Jews united against zionism at the recent Quds Day rally
3. Who supports the boycott?
People of good conscience all around the world support the boycott.
Trade Unions around the world, including the UKs biggest trade union UNISON with its 1.4
million members, have called for a boycott of all Israeli goods. Christian groups like
Christian Aid have joined the boycott demanding an end to EU - Israel trade agreements. And
Jewish groups such as B'Tselem and Gush Shalom have launched their own boycott Israeli
goods campaigns.
Among Muslims, every leading Scholar from every school of thought is united in this and has
given clear fatwas in support of the boycott. A few examples from different schools of
thought are provided on the following page:
4. Are you sure these companies support Israel?
Many people wanting to boycott Israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity
have been frustrated with the lack of accurate information as to which companies to boycott.
To this end we have carried out extensive research to identify the guilty companies. All our
findings are backed with references so that you can independently check the facts and
understand exactly how each company is contributing its support to Israel.
On our website we have dedicated a whole page per company. Each page is divided into three
sections -
(1) the company's product list,
(2) research findings and
(3) reference/additional info section.
You can see the evidence against a company given in the research findings section and next
to each piece of evidence is a reference number which you can look up in the reference
section to find out the source for the evidence - most items are sourced back to Israel's own
newspapers and journals.
5. Surely wherever we spend our money, even our taxes
support Israel, so why pick on these companies?
Whilst it is true that the cancerous zionist entity has got its tentacles hooked into numerous
markets and economies - sucking each one to nourish itself, but this is no excuse for us not to
do anything. The companies on our list are chosen for being the major supporters of Israel those that Israel itself has honoured and bestowed awards upon in recognition of being its key
supporters in the world. If we can successfully campaign against these then the support of the
others will, inshallah, evaporate.
6. These companies operate in Muslim countries
providing Muslims with Jobs - isn't boycotting them
going to harm ourselves?
If Any Muslim finds himself working for these boycotted companies. The first thing the
person has to know is that he/she is NOT supposed to be working in such company any
longer. However, we do NOT say the person should resign if he/she has no other source of
income, but we strongly advise that the person should start looking for an alternative.
Islam with the principle of the Quran permits us to fear Allah and exude our religious
endeavours within the limit of our ability. So, this summarises that the worker can leave
immediately if his/her eeman has gotten to that, if not, the worker can continue to work
knowing that he/she is not capable to face the trial yet.
Coca-Cola in the middle east for example, the boycott has hit them so hard that their sales are
down 60%. This has created an opportunity for a Muslim alternative, ZamZam Cola of Iran,
which is owned by the religious charity the Foundation of the Dispossessed, to take CocaColas share of the market. Zam Zam Cola is struggling to keep up with demand - it exceeded
all expectations by selling four million cans in its first week. It is now planning to expand by
build factories in the gulf states, helping provide local employment. And for the first time
even European countries like Denmark, are importing ZamZam Cola.
Similar success stories can be told of Sainsburys closer in Egypt in April 2001, which
resulted in a blossoming of local stores which would not have otherwise survived in an unfair
market monopolised by a foreign giant.
Also lets not forget that the reason why the multinationals have set up in Muslim countries is
not out of benevolence for us, but rather exploitation. Take the example of Delta Galil - the
Israeli textile giant whos cloths are sold under the labels GAP, Banana Republic, Calvin
Klein, BOSS, M&S and DKNY among others. The Israeli company has factories in Jordan
and Egypt in addition to Palestine. Their treatment of workers is such that Sweatshop Watch
has denounced Delta-Galils exploitation of Arab labour, calling it a "Sweatshop Czar". Is it
really a loss to us to see such companies go?
7. Does the boycott work?
Oh yes! For example, one of the companies hardest hit by the boycott is McDonalds.
McDonalds is a "major corporate partner" of the Jewish United Fund. In its own words, 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." Also,
McDonalds chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is a honorary director of the AmericanIsrael Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
McDonalds has 80 resturants in israel,
providing employment to 3000 israelis.
McDonalds has just announced it is closing down its operation in the middle east due to loss
of revenue as a direct result of the boycott (Oct 2002), and is replacing Greenberg as its
chairman and CEO (Dec 2002). Since the launch of the boycott campaign, two of Jordan's six
McDonald's franchises have closed due to lack of business. In Egypt, McDonald's decided to
change its brand name to Manfoods this past March, in an attempt to dodge the boycott. It
had no effect and Egyptian police forces were ordered to guard the entrances to McDonald's
restaurants, after stone throwing incidents took place. A total of 175 restaurants will be closed
at a loss of $350 million.
In the face of giants like McDonalds crumbling under the pressure of the boycott, smaller
companies are weary of supporting Israel and are steering clear in fear of being boycotted.
Amidst calls for a boycott of, the internet bookstore terminated
its association with the Jerusalem Post (Nov 2002). It was revealed that the Jerusalem Post
was donating its slice of the profits derived from the partnership to Israeli
soldiers returning home after committing massacres and other abuses of human rights on the
occupied territories.
Their advert, which appeared on most of their pages, read "Buy & Support Israel". Inundated with complaints, severed its ties to the Jerusalem Post, demanding they
remove all the adverts and vowed not to hand over any more profits.
Other companies, disgusted by Israel's treatment of the Palestinians have themselves actively
joined the boycott.
In May 2002 a US auto part export company refused to do business with Israel.
In a reply to a purchase order from Israel, John Harris, representing Texas Automotive Export
"We must inform you that Texas Export will not do business with Israeli citizens at this time.
We urge you to rein in your military and stop your oppression of the Palestinian people," the
letter said. "Your country has lost the respect of the civilised world," it concluded.
The success of the boycott has so worried the US government and Israel, both afraid that
companies will abandon Israel, that just last week the US threatened to fine US companies
that take part in the boycott. The Department of Commerce has already issued more than
$26m in fines and turned down export licences to those companies found supporting the
boycott - so much for democracy and a right to choose who to do business with!
8. Can the boycott really effect the Israeli economy?
Israel's economy is on the verge of total collapse with no sign of recovery despite cash
injections from uncle Sam. Just last month (Oct 2002) Sharon begged Washington for $10
billion in emergency aid. Inflation is sky rocketing - even the official figure is over 4 times
the government target. VAT has just been raised as have fuel bills and all basic living costs
like food and rents. Unemployment is soaring and salary cuts are the order of the day.
This has resulted in a series of crippling general strikes - the last one bringing the country to a
standstill - flight in and out of Israel had to be suspended, radio and television broadcasts
stopped and health workers only dealt with emergencies. The streets are piling up with
uncollected garbage.
Foreign investment, a life-line for the zionist state, has also dried up. Figures reveal that
investors have lost $5 billion of the $6.5 billion invested in Israel between 1999-2001. No
one is prepared to invest any more.
The Israeli government is so short of money that its cost cutting includes shutting down
several embassies and consulates around the world!
At this critical time, the importance of the global boycott of Israel and of the collaborating
companies that give it its life-line cannot be overemphasised. Israel is counting every penny every penny matters - ensure yours don't go to Israel!
Companies to be boycotted that have investment in Nigeria through the following:
a. Majority shareholding in a Nigerian company
b. Franchise
c. Wholly owned Subsidiary
1. Nigerian Bottling Company Limited
The Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd is one of the biggest companies in the non-alcoholic
beverage industry in the country and is the sole franchise bottler of The Coca-Cola Company
in Nigeria.
The operations of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group span 28 countries. The group's holding
company, Coca-Cola HBC AG, is headquartered in Switzerland.
2. Procter & Gamble
P&G started in Nigeria in 1992 with the acquisition of the Richardson Vicks manufacturing
plant in Ibadan by Procter and Gamble. Local production of Vicks and Always began in 1993
and Pampers in 1994.
3. Cadbury Nigeria Plc
Cadbury Nigeria is 74.99% owned by Cadbury Schweppes Overseas Limited, which
is itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Mondelēz International, an American multinational
confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate founded by the Jews.
4. Nestle Nigeria Plc
Nestlé Nigeria Plc is part of the Nestlé Group, the Nutrition, Health and Wellness company
renowned world-wide for its high quality products. Nestlé Nigeria Plc began simple trading
operations in Nigeria in 1961 and has today grown into a leading food manufacturing and
marketing company in Nigeria.
Globally, Nestlé companies are organised into Regional groupings to leverage expertise
and the size of the company. In the case of Nigeria the company is part of Central and
West Africa Region. This region is managed through Nestlé Central & West Africa Limited
which is based in Accra. Nestlé Nigeria Plc was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on
April 20, 1979. Nestlé Central & West Africa (CWA) Limited is the major shareholder of the
Company (representing 59.59%).
5. Unilever Nigeria Plc
Unilever Nigeria Plc, was incorporated as Lever Brothers (West Africa) Ltd on 11th April, 1923
by Lord Leverhulme. Unilever Nigeria Plc started as a soap manufacturing company, and is
today one of the oldest surviving manufacturing organizations in Nigeria. Unilever Nigeria Plc
is a public liability company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange since 1973 with Unilever
Overseas Holding BV controlling 50.04% of the company. Unilever Overseas Holding BV has
recently indicated interest to increase its holding above 50%.
6. 7up Nigeria Bottling Company Plc
PepsiCo franchise bottler in Nigeria
Continental Beverages is PepsiCo's largest franchise bottler group in Africa with 6,000
employees and 16 bottling plants located in Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana. Continental
Beverages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lebanon-based MAK Holdings and the company's
head office is located in Beirut.
The company began operations in 1960, in Nigeria, as the Seven-Up Bottling Company and
eventually it took over the Pepsi bottling business in Nigeria. The Nigerian operation, still
known as the Seven-Up Bottling Company, has market leadership in Lagos, the largest city in
Nigeria, and has a nationwide market share of 40%.
In 2001, Continental Beverages acquired the Pepsi bottling business in Tanzania and in 2005
the company took market leadership in the capital city Dar es Salaam and other key cities.
Nationwide, our market share is 38%.
In 2005, the company was named PepsiCo's bottler of the year in the Africa and Middle East
region, the fourth time it won that honor in the previous ten years. In 2009, it was runner-up in
PepsiCo's worldwide bottler of the year competition, after having won the worldwide honors
for the first time in 2003.
In 2008, the company acquired the Pepsi bottling business in Ghana and we are improving
Pepsi's market share and performance in that country.
In 2010, the company broke ground on building a bottling plant in Kenya and production and
sales of PepsiCo products will begin in 2012.
Continental Beverages intends to expand its Pepsi bottling operations to several other
countries in Africa and it has recently recruited a new team of executives to lead this exciting
growth phase. The initial focus of the team will be to standardise the company's policies,
practices and procedures in order to create a replicable operating model that can be taken to
new markets and be quickly implemented. After leading negotiations and acquiring bottling
companies in other markets, the team will implement performance measurement and
management systems in order to facilitate the integration of the newly acquired businesses
into existing operations, while at the same time creating a performance-driven culture to
ensure aggressive growth.
Continental Beverages SAL (Offshore), provides management services to Seven‐up Bottling
Company Plc. A consideration of 3% of profit before tax (or 1% of net sales, in a year where
Seven‐up does not make profit) but not exceeding N218,610,360, shall be paid as
management service fees to Continental Beverages on a quarterly basis in arrears.
PepsiCo Asia, Middle East & Africa
PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), which includes all beverage, food and snack
businesses in AMEA, excluding South Africa, either independently or in conjunction with third
parties, makes, markets, sells and distributes a number of leading snack food brands.
These brands include Lay’s, Kurkure, Chipsy, Doritos, Cheetos and Smith’s, many Quakerbranded cereals and snacks, beverage concentrates, fountain syrups and finished goods
under various beverage brands including Pepsi, Mirinda, 7UP, Mountain Dew, Aquafina and
These branded products are sold to authorized bottlers, independent distributors and retailers.
In certain markets, PepsiCo AMEA operates its own bottling plants and distribution facilities.
PepsiCo AMEA also, either independently or in conjunction with third parties, makes, markets
and sells ready-to-drink tea products through an international joint venture with Unilever (under
the Lipton brand name) and licenses the Tropicana brand for use in China on co-branded juice
products to a strategic alliance with Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp. (Tingyi).
A sample of Franchise Agreements (to understand the relationship between beverage brand owners
and bottlers)
We conduct our business primarily under franchise agreements with PepsiCo. These agreements give
us the exclusive right in specified territories to manufacture, package, sell and distribute PepsiCo
beverages, and to use the related PepsiCo trade names and trademarks. These agreements require
us, among other things, to purchase concentrates for the beverages solely from PepsiCo, at prices
established by PepsiCo, to use only PepsiCo authorized containers, packages and labeling, and to
diligently promote the sale and distribution of PepsiCo beverages. We also have similar agreements
with other brand owners such as Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.
Set forth below is a summary of our Master Bottling Agreement with PepsiCo, pursuant to which we
manufacture, package, sell and distribute cola and non-cola beverages in the U.S. and in certain
countries outside the U.S. In addition, we have similar arrangements with other companies whose
brands we produce and distribute. Generally, the franchise agreements exist in perpetuity and contain
operating and marketing commitments and conditions for termination. Also set forth below is a
summary of our Master Fountain Syrup Agreement with PepsiCo, pursuant to which we manufacture,
sell and distribute fountain syrup for PepsiCo beverages.
Master Bottling Agreement.
The Master Bottling Agreement (the “Bottling Agreement”) under which we manufacture, package,
sell and distribute cola and non-cola beverages bearing the Pepsi-Cola and Pepsitrademarks was
entered into in November 2000. The Bottling Agreement gives us the exclusive and perpetual right to
distribute cola beverages for sale in specified territories in authorized containers, with the exception
of Romania. In Romania, our agreement has certain performance measures that, if exceeded, enable
the agreement to automatically renew. The Bottling Agreement provides that we will purchase our
entire requirements of concentrates for cola beverages from PepsiCo at prices, and on terms and
conditions, determined from time to time by PepsiCo. PepsiCo has no rights under the Bottling
Agreement with respect to the prices at which we sell our products. PepsiCo may determine from time
to time what types of containers we are authorized to use.
Under the Bottling Agreement, we are obligated to:
(1) maintain plants, equipment, staff and facilities capable of manufacturing, packaging and
distributing the beverages in the authorized containers, and in compliance with all requirements in
sufficient quantities, to meet the demand of the territories;
(2) make necessary adaptations to equipment to permit the successful introduction and delivery of
products in sufficient quantities;
(3) undertake adequate quality control measures prescribed by PepsiCo and allow PepsiCo
representatives to inspect all equipment and facilities to ensure compliance;
(4) vigorously advance the sale of the beverages throughout the territories;
(5) increase and fully meet the demand for the cola beverages in our territories using all approved
means and spend such funds on advertising and other forms of marketing beverages as may be
reasonably required to meet the objective; and
(6) maintain such financial capacity as may be reasonably necessary to assure our performance under
the Bottling Agreement.
The Bottling Agreement requires that we meet with PepsiCo on an annual basis to discuss the business
plan for the following three years. At these meetings, we are obligated to present the plans necessary
to perform the duties required under the Bottling Agreement. These include marketing, management,
advertising and financial plans.
The Bottling Agreement provides that PepsiCo may, in its sole discretion, reformulate any of the cola
beverages or discontinue them, with some limitations, so long as all cola beverages are not
discontinued. PepsiCo may also introduce new beverages under the Pepsi-Cola trademarks or any
modification thereof. If that occurs, we will be obligated to manufacture, package, sell and distribute
such new beverages with the same obligations as then exist with respect to other cola beverages. We
are prohibited from producing or handling cola products, other than those of PepsiCo, or products or
packages that imitate, infringe or cause confusion with the products, containers or trademarks of
PepsiCo. The Bottling Agreement also imposes requirements with respect to the use of PepsiCo’s
trademarks, authorized containers, packaging and labeling.
PepsiCo can terminate the Bottling Agreement if any of the following occur:
(1) we become insolvent, file for bankruptcy or adopt a plan of dissolution or liquidation;
(2) any person or group of persons, without PepsiCo’s consent, acquires the right of beneficial
ownership of more than 15 percent of any class of voting securities of PepsiAmericas, and if that
person or group of persons does not terminate that ownership within 30 days;
(3) any disposition of any voting securities of one of our bottling subsidiaries or substantially all of our
bottling assets without PepsiCo’s consent;
(4) we do not make timely payments for concentrate purchases;
(5) we fail to meet quality control standards on products, equipment and facilities; or
(6) we fail to present or carry out approved plans in all material respects and do not rectify the
situation within 120 days.
We are prohibited from assigning, transferring or pledging the Bottling Agreement without PepsiCo’s
prior consent.
From 1966 Coca-Cola has been a staunch supporter of Israel. In 1997 the Government
of Israel Economic Mission honored Coca-Cola at the Israel Trade Award Dinner for its
continued support of Israel for the last 30 years and for refusing to abide by the Arab
League boycott of Israel.
Every year Coca Cola bankrolls the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Awards
which honors companies that have contributed most to the Israeli economy. In 2009 a
Coca-Cola sponsored award went to Israel’s Lobby AIPAC for its lobbying of the Senate
to reject of the UN call for "immediate ceasefire" and endorse the continuation of the
Israel military assault on Gaza.
Coca-Cola produces over 3,000 beverages, the full list is available on their website at
In the UK their
popular brands
Coca-Cola Zero
diet Coke
Dr Pepper
Five Alive
Minute Maid
AOL Time Warner
Time Life magazine, CNN, ICQ
Apax Partners
Jonny Rockets, Sunglass Hut.
Arsenal Football Club
Fruitopia, Fanta, Kia Orange, Lilt,
Sprite, Sunkist..
Giorgio Armani, Redken 5th Avenue,
Lancome Paris, Vichy, Cacharel, La
Roche-Posay, Garnier, Biotherm,
Helena Rubinstein, Maybelline, Ralph
Lauren, Carson
Marks & Spencer
M&S, St.Michaels
HP foods, Evian, Volvic, Jacob
Delta Galil
Hema, Barbie, Carrefour, Auchan,
Tchibo, Victoria's Secret, GAP,
Banana Republic, Structure, J-Crew,
JC Penny, Pryca, DIM, DKNY, Ralph
Lauren, Playtex, cK, Hugo Boss, M&S
Nescafé, Perrier, Vittel, Pure Life,
Carnation, Libby's, Milkmaid,
Nesquik, Maggi, Buitoni, Cross &
Blackwell, KitKat, Milkybar, Quality
Street, Smarties, After Eight, Aero,
Polo, Lion, Felix cat food, L'Oréal
Estée Lauder
Aramis, Clinique, DKNY,
Prescriptives, Origins, MAC, La Mer,
Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Jane,
Donna Karan, Aveda, Stila, Jo
Malone, Bumble & Bumble, Kate
Home Depot
Villager's Hardware, Georgia
Lighting, Apex Supply, EXPO Design
News Corporation
TV: Fox, Sky, Star, Phoenix,
Granada, CNBC. UK newspapers:
Standard Newspaper, News of the
World, The Sun, The Times.
Australian Newspapers: The
Telegraph , Gold Coast Bulletin,
Herald Sun, Independent, Sunday
Mail. US newspapers: New York Post.
Publishers: Harper Collins Ragan,
Zondervan, National Geographical.
Nursery World, Rawkus, NDS,
Mushroom Records,,
Festival Records
Johnson & Johnson
Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies, Andrex
Lewis Trust Group
River Island, Isrotel hotels, Britannia
New World Entertainment, Forbes
Sara Lee
Hanes, Playtex, Champion, Leggs,
Douwe Egberts, Bryan, DIM, Ambi
Pur, Bali, Superior Coffee, Just My
Size, Kiwi, Maison Cafe, Nur die,
Pilao, Lovable, Outer Banks,
Wonderbra, Sanex, Pickwick,
Gossard, Body Mist, Brylcreem, Aqua
Velva, Radox
The Limited Inc
Express stores, Lerner New York,
Structure, New York & Company,
Mast Industries, Intimate Brands,
Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works,
White Barn Candle Company, Henri
Seattle Coffee, Pasqua, Hear Music,
Boycott Rating:
Over the last 10 years AOL has invested well over half a billion dollars in Israel. In
recognition, it was awarded the Jubilee Award in 1998 by the Israeli Prime Minister.
Products & Affiliated Companies:
AOL internet
Time magazine, Life magazine, Time-Life books
ICQ (internet chat program)
Research Findings:
AOL allocates 30% of its investment portfolio in Israel. [1][4]Over the last 10 years AOL
has invested well over half a billion dollars in Israel.[6][7]
The buy up of Israeli company Mirabilis, creators of ICQ (internet chat program), for $287m
in 1998, and further payments totaling $120 million over a three-year period, forms part of
AOLs investment in Israel.[5][6]
In 1998, Mr. Ted Leonsis, CEO of AOL studios (a business unit of AOL) 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. [3]
In the same year, 1998, AOL invested $40m for a 20% share in Israeli company Picture
Israeli Wireless software company Niragongo Inc. received an investment from AOL in
February 2001.[9]
In June 2001, AOL was one of three US companies that was singled out and given an award
by the America-Israel Friendship League.[2]
In November 2006, AOL increased its investment in Israel by aquiring Israeli startup
company Relegence for between $50-100 million.[7]
Action Resources:
For a boycott to be effective, it must be followed up with a letter writing campaign to
inform the companies that we are boycotting their products until they stop collaborating
with Israel.
Merlin Entertainment Group
- visitor attractions: Sea Life centres and
Stead & Simpson Group
- footwear retailing
Brands Hatch Leisure Holdings
- owns & operates motor racing circuits
easyEverything Limited
- A chain of megastore-sized internet cafes
Jonny Rockets Group
- restaurant chain (100 units around us), aquired
in 1995 - $35million
Protection One
(the second largest company providing residential
monitoring alarm services in the US) , 20%
Sunglass Hut
(Nasdaq: RAYS) is an exciting, mall-based
specialty retail concept selling a variety of
fashion eyewear (2000 stores in US,
Canada,Europe, Australia, Singapore and
Greenbacks is a chain of value-driven retail
variety stores that sell a broad assortment of
items at the dollar price point.
In year 2000, apax invested $100 million in to Israel with a plan to invest an additional
600 million over the next three years. [1]
In 1998 Mr Cohen, Chairman of Apax Partners & Co. Ltd, 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. [3]
Apax is a substantial investor of institutional venture capital in "Israeli" growth
companies. According to Virtual Israel "The State of Israel recognizes the recipient as
one of the visionaries who have done the most to facilitate Israel's integration into the
global economy and to realize its world-class business potential."
[1] Jerusalem Post Nov 14 2000:
Allan Barkat, managing director of Apax Europe (Israel) told The
Jerusalem Post.
"Over the last six months, Apax Partners has invested
$100m. - $25m. from the Apax Israel fund, and the
rest from other Apax funds - in 10 Israeli companies,
including Compugen, OnePath, and Kamoon," he said.
"I don't think any other fund, local or international, can
make this claim for the period from May until now.
Certainly, no other fund has as strong a commitment to
Israel as Apax.".
Apax also announced that it plans to invest $600 million in
Israeli companies over the next three years.
[2] Apax is one of the largest private international venture capital
companies in the world with 330 companies in their portfolio.
(known as Patricof & Co. Ventures in the US), for a current list of
[3] Friends of Al-Aqsa
[source for Jubilee List - Islamic Human Rights Commision]
Strauss dairy
Danone yogart
Jacob biscuits
HP foods
Evian, Volvic
LU Biscuits
In 1998, Mr. Franck Riboud, on behalf of Danone 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. [2]
The Danone Institute, an R & D facility, was established in Israel in July
1998. [1]
[1] Danone Institute in Israel
[2] Friends of Al-Aqsa
[source for Jubilee List - Islamic Human Rights Commision]
Why are some of the brands in the previous Boycott
Israel Campaign missing from this campaign?
Over time many companies have reconsidered their support for Israel and some have
divested from Israel due to many reasons including the accumulated pressure of the
boycott. These changes are reflected in the new card.
Disney, working with the Israeli embassy, was given 1.8 million dollars by Israel to
promote Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at a special exhibition at its Epcot centre in
Florida, strategically positioned so that every visitor to the centre would have to walk
through the exhibition in order to reach the exit. Jerusalem is an illegally occupied
Palestinian city and under international law can NEVER be the capital of Israel. The
exhibition has since been removed so Disney is no longer on the boycott list.
Sara Lee
Sara Lee has divested its large stake in the Israeli textile giant Delta Galil so it along
with its two dozen plus brands have all been removed from the boycott list.
Nokia Ventures Organization which had so heavily invested in Israel is no longer part of
Nokia and is now called BlueRun Ventures and has many investors now. Note that Nokia
is still one of its investors, but its stake in Israel is now no more prominent than
countless other technology companies who are not on the boycott list, so Nokia has also
been removed from the list.
Arsenal FC
Following a concerted campaign, Arsenal Football Club's contract with the Israeli Tourism
board to promote Israel as the teams "official and exclusive travel destination" on its
digital perimeter boards (to an estimated 700 million viewers in 198 countries) was not
renewed. Subsequently, Arsenal FC has been removed from the boycott list. Note that
Arsenal still runs 'Arsenal in the Galilee' coaching project in Israel.
Selfridges flagship store in London was picketed for stocking a range of settlement
products including Ahava and soon a boycott of the store followed. It no longer sells
Ahava Dead Sea products on its website, although it does advertise Estee Lauder Origins
'body scrubs' which include Dead Sea salts. As part of our strategy of a more focused
boycott campaign where individual Israeli brands like Ahava are targeted, Selfridges in
no longer on the boycott list.
Whilst Danone is still on the boycott list, it has gone through some changes and lost
some of its famous brands and these are no longer on the boycott list. Jacob biscuits is
now owned by United Biscuits; HP foods and Lea & Perrins is now owned by H.J. Heinz;
and similarly Galbani and LU Biscuits are also no longer owned by Danone.
Shaykh Yusuf Al Qaradawi
(Egypt / Qatar)
"Each riyal, dirham …etc. used to buy their goods eventually
becomes bullets to be fired at the hearts of brothers and
children in Palestine. For this reason, it is an obligation not
to help them (the enemies of Islam) by buying their goods. To
buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and
20 Muharram 1423 AH
4 April 2002
Question: Are we allowed to buy items from Israeli sources, even though this money may
be used to help the Jewish "war machine"?
Answer by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi:
It is Jihad to liberate the Islamic lands from those who attack or conquer them. These are
enemies of Islam. This Jihad is an absolute obligation and a sacred duty; firstly on the
people of that land. If the Muslims of that land can't offer sufficientresistance, then
Muslims of neighboring countries are obliged to assist. If this is still not sufficient then all
the Muslims of the world must assist.
Palestine is the land of the first Qiblah of the Muslims, the land of Isra' and Mi`raj, the
land of Al-Aqsa and the blessed territory. The conquerors are those with the greatest
enmity to the believers, and they are supported by the strongest state on earth - the USA,
and by the world Jewish community.
Jihad is obligatory against those who take land and expel the inhabitants, spill the blood,
violate the honor, destroy the houses, burn the fields, and corrupt the land. Jihad is the first
obligation of all obligations, and the first duty of the Ummah. Muslims are commanded to
do this, first those from the land in question, after that their neighbors, and finally all
Muslims. We must all be united against the aggressors. We are united in Islam, including
unity of belief in the Shari`ah, unity of belief in the Qiblah, and also united in pain and
hope. As Allah Almighty says: "Verily this Ummah of yours is one Ummah." (Qur'an,
21:92). Allah Almighty also says: "Surely the believers are a single brotherhood." (Qur'an,
49:10). There is a Hadith of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, that states:
"The Muslim is the brother to the Muslim, he can't oppress him, he can't give him up, he
can't let him down." [Transmitted by Muslim].
Now we see our brothers and children in Al-Aqsa and the blessed land of Palestine
generously sacrificing their blood, giving their souls willingly in the way of Allah. All
Muslims must help them with whatever power they have. (See the Noble Qur'an, 8:72).
If people ask in the name of religion we must help them. The vehicle of this support is a
complete boycott of the enemies' goods. Each riyal, dirham …etc. used to buy their goods
eventually becomes bullets to be fired at the hearts of brothers and children in Palestine.
For this reason, it is an obligation not to help them (the enemies of Islam) by buying their
goods. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression. Buying goods
from them will strengthen them; our duty is to make them as weak as we can. Our
obligation is to strengthen our resisting brothers in the Sacred Land as much as we can. If
we cannot strengthen the brothers, we have a duty to make the enemy weak. If their
weakness cannot be achieved except by boycott, we must boycott them.
American goods, exactly like "Israeli" goods, are forbidden. It is also forbidden to
advertise these goods. America today is a second Israel. It totally supports the Zionist
entity. The usurper could not do this without the support of America. "Israel's" unjustified
destruction and vandalism of everything has been using American money, American
weapons, and the American veto. America has done this for decades without suffering the
consequences of any punishment or protests about their oppressive and prejudiced position
from the Islamic world.
The time has come for the Islamic Ummah to say "NO" to America, "NO" to its
companies, and "NO" to its goods, which swamp our markets. We are eating, drinking,
wearing and riding whatever America produces.
We must all be united against the aggressors. We are united in
Islam, including unity of belief in the Shari`ah, unity of belief in
the Qiblah, and also united in pain and hope. As Allah Almighty
says: "Verily this Ummah of yours is one Ummah." (Qur'an,
`Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "You have three enemies; your enemy, the
friend of your enemy, and the enemy of your friend". The USA today is more than friends
to our enemy; they would destroy themselves for Israel. The world wide Muslim Ummah
numbering 1.3 billion, could cause pain to the USA and its companies by boycotting them.
This is an obligation of our religion, and the way of Allah. Every Muslim that buys
"Israeli" or American goods, when there is an alternative from other countries is
committing a haram act. They are clearly committing a major sin, which is a crime against
Allah's law, which invokes punishment from Allah, and the contempt of the people.
Our brothers in "Israel" and America are forced to deal with them and buy their products.
Allah does not ask you to do what you can't do; only what you can.
Allah says: "Fear Allah as much as you are able." (Qur'an, 64:16).
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: "If I order you to do something, do
however much you can". Muslims in America must work with companies who are least
hostile to Muslims, least allied to the Zionists. Boycott Zionist companies as much as you
Arabs and Muslims must boycott all companies that are biased towards Zionism and
support Israel, whatever the national origin of that company (e.g. Marks and Spencer), and
anyone like this who supports the Zionists and helps the "Israeli" state. The boycott is a
very sharp weapon, used in the past and recently. It was used by the pagans in Makkah
against the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and his companions. It
caused great harm to them; they even had to eat leaves. It was also used by companions of
the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, to fight against the pagans in Madinah. In
recent times we saw nations use boycotts in their struggle for the liberation from
colonialism. A famous example is Gandhi who asked the vast Indian nation to boycott
English goods, which was very effective. A boycott is in the hands of the nation and
masses alone. Governments can't force people to buy goods from a particular country. Let
us use this weapon to resist our national and religious enemy, and make them know we are
still alive, and that this Ummah will not die, God willing. The boycott has many different
effects; it renews the education of the Ummah in how to liberate themselves from
enslavement to other people's taste. They encourage us to be addicted to these things of no
benefit, indeed they cause us harm. The boycott is a demonstration of Muslim brotherhood
and unity of the Ummah. It is our duty to say we are not going to betray our brothers, who
make sacrifices every day. We will not participate in making profits for our enemy. This
boycott is a lesser resistance, which will help the greater resistance carried out by our
brothers in the land of Messengers, and the fortified frontier of Jihad. If every Jew in the
world thinks himself a soldier, supporting Israel as much as he can, surely every Muslim
using his very soul and wealth is a soldier to liberate Al-Aqsa. The least [the Muslim] can
do is boycott his [the enemies'] goods. Allah says: "Oh you who believe, you are
protectors of each other. If you don't do this there will be great division and corruption.
Our sisters and daughters, who control the houses, have a role
to play in this matter, which may be more important than the
role of the man, because women supervise the needs of the
house, and buy what must go inside the house. She is on hand to
guide the boys and girls. She plants the Jihadic spirit in the
children, and educates them in what they must do for their
Ummah and its causes, and what they must do to the Ummah's
enemies, especially in the area of boycott. When the children
understand this they will carry on the boycott enthusiastically,
and later will lead the parents.
If the consumer buying Jewish or American goods is committing a major sin, surely the
merchant buying these goods and acting as an agent is the greatest sinner. Even if the
company works under a different name, they know they are deceiving people. The Muslim
Ummah all over the world is being asked to demonstrate its existence, and show its desire
to protect what is sacrosanct. The Islamic Ummah must know who are its allies, and who
are its enemies. The Ummah is forbidden to give in to weakness, and depression, and
accept the tyrannical peace, which the Zionists want to impose.
Allah says: "Don't be humiliated and ask for peace, while you are on the Uppermost and
Allah is with you." [Qur'an, 47:35]. Our sisters and daughters, who control the houses,
have a role to play in this matter, which may be more important than the role of the man,
because women supervise the needs of the house, and buy what must go inside the house.
She is on hand to guide the boys and girls. She plants the Jihadic spirit in the children, and
educates them in what they must do for their Ummah and its causes, and what they must
do to the Ummah's enemies, especially in the area of boycott. When the children
understand this they will carry on the boycott enthusiastically, and later will lead the
I ask all the believers in Allah, Christians and others, and all the free and noble people in
the world to stand beside us, and support the right and truth against falsehood, and justice
against injustice. Help to victory the weak, who are being killed every day in the way of
Allah, protecting the Noble Sanctuary.
Also, I request the workers of the Arab and Muslim countries around the world to support
the Palestinians in the their just cause, and show their anger by demonstrating against the
powerful tyrants, by disturbing their businesses as much as they can. Finally I ask the
wise, reasonable and experienced in every country to organize cells to build a boycott, to
create alternatives and avoid the negative things, and carry on educating the masses, until
the word of truth is raised up and falsehood is destroyed. Surely it will perish.
"Say 'work', surely Allah will see your work and His Messenger and the believers, you
will return to the Unseen world and witness, and you will know what you were doing."
"This Fatwa is based on the proofs of the Book and Sunnah and Consensus of the
Ummah." Allah Almighty knows best.
21284: Helping Oppressed Muslims BY SHEIKH MUHAMMAD SALIH AL MUNAJEED
What is our stance concerning the slaughter of Muslims in Palestine and other parts of the world
that is happening right now, where houses are being destroyed, farms are being wrecked, children
are being killed, the wounded are being detained in the streets, houses are being bombarded and
people are being prevented by the Jews and others, from buying the food and drink that they need?
What can I, as a Muslim, do?
Praise be to Allaah.
1- You have to make du’aa’ (supplication), and recite du’a’ al-qunoot (special supplication during
formal prayers) in your salaah (prayer).
2- Collect charity and send it through trustworthy channels.
3- Support the weak and oppressed in all ways, including the media and the internet.
4- Get scholars, daa’iyahs (Islamic workers), khateebs (orators) and writers to explain the oppression
that is happening and the negligence on the part of the ummah (global Muslim community), and to
mobilize the ummah to defend the holy places.
5- Check on one’s own intentions with regard to fighting for the sake of Allaah, and see whether he
is applying the hadeeth (narration) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
“Whoever dies without having fought for the sake of Allaah or having had the intention of doing so,
has died following one of the branches of hypocrisy.” (Saheeh Muslim, no. 3533)
6- Pursuing all the means of building up material and moral strength, in preparation for meeting the
enemy (in battle).
7- Reminding oneself and others of the virtues of martyrdom for the sake of Allaah and studying the
rulings on jihad (battle for the sake of Allah), and not having an attachment to this world.
8- Doing as much damage as possible to the enemies who are in a state of war with us, by boycotting
their products, attacking them verbally and in writing to humiliate and annoy them, and to point out
their kufr (disbelief) and shirk (polytheism), and their insults to Allaah, His Messenger and the
believers, publishing as much as possible in the audio-visual and print media about this serious topic
whilst also connecting that to Islamic belief and the words of Allaah and His Messenger,
We ask Allaah the Exalted and All-Powerful to support His religion and cause His word to prevail.
In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. Firstly, there is a difference
between unbelievers and enemies or killers of the Muslims. Islam encourages us
to interact with the unbelievers economically within the limit of Islam so as to
bring forth a refreshing economy together. That is why we still transact with
other unbelievers or companies owned by them that are not at war with Islam
or the Muslims.
Moreover, the Jews that the prophet transacted with were not in the state of
war with the Muslims at the time they were transacting, rather, they were under
an agreement binding their relationship with the prophet. Once they still kept
their agreement not to bring evil to the Muslims. The prophet and the Muslims
transacted with them smoothly.
But Once they broke the agreement, prophet did not only stop the transanction
, he sent them out of Medinah completely. There is a point we need to clarify
here. If a Jew is producing a product and the product is not being used to fund
the killing of the Muslims we can buy the products. Also we would gladly
boycott any product that a Muslim is producing to fund the enemies in killing
the Muslims.
If there is a record anywhere that prophet and the companions transacted with
Jews or any unbelievers, the transaction was NEVER with those directly in war
with Islam or the Muslims. It is illogical to think or presume prophet would
strengthen the killers of the Muslims and his companions by engaging in
businesses with them to strengthen them financially when they were
simultaneously in war with the Muslims. Prophet loved his companions and the
Muslims so much.
The killer of Hamzah, Wahshi ibn Harb, regretted killing him when prophet said
he could not stand seeing him. Even after he accepted Islam, prophet still could
not look at Wahshi's face out of the respect he had for his companions and the
unpleasant feelings he had towards their killers like Wahshi.
To think prophet would support the killers of the Muslims by economically
empowering them is just not fair to his personality, and I say this very frankly, it
is a stupid thought we must erase from our memory.
Have you read the seerah of Thumamah Bn Uthal... ? He was one of the most
powerful Arab rulers in pre-Qur'anic times. This is not surprising since he was a
chieftain of the Banu Hanifah and one of the rulers of al- Yamamah whose word
no one dared to challenge or disobey.
When he accepted Islam, he was the first person ever to say the talbiya upon
his ummrah to makkah saying "Labbayk Allakumma labbayk. Labbayka laa
shareeka laka labbayk. Innal hamda wa-n ni'mata laka wa-l mulk Laa shareeka
He saw the way the Muslims were persecuted by the quraysh and he decided
to boycott the quraysh by not trading with them for that purpose.
Prophet did not object his action because that was what was expected from a
powerful ruler to do. Thummamah used his leadership to weaken the economy
of the quraysh through boycott.
Many scholars of Islam including Sheikh bn Baaz, Sheikh Albani and Sheikh
Utheimin also passed a fatwa for Muslims to boycott the products of enemies of
Islam when they are at war with them. Such was the case in Algeria. You can
search for the fatwa of sheikh Albanni and others on that .
Finally, I would mention this evidence in the Quran for you to ponder on Surah
Al-Mumtahina, Verse 8:
‫م َو ُت ْقس ُطوا‬
ُْ ‫وه‬
ُْ ‫َم ُي ْخر ُجو ُكم من ديَار ُك‬
ُْ ‫م في الدينُ َول‬
ُْ ‫َم ُي َقات ُلو ُك‬
ُْ ‫ين ل‬
َُ ‫م ال َّل ُُه َعنُ ا َّلذ‬
ُُ ‫لَّا يَ ْن َها ُك‬
ُ ‫م أَن َتبَ ُّر‬
َُ ‫م ْقسط‬
ُُّ ‫ن ال َّل َُه ُيح‬
َُّ ‫م إ‬
ُْ ‫إلَيْه‬
ُ ‫ب ا ْل‬
Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you
on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes,
that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the
doers of justice.
Surah Al-Mumtahina, Verse 9:
‫م أَن‬
ُْ ‫اه ُروا َعلَىُ إ ْخ َراج ُك‬
ُْ ‫م في الدينُ َوأَ ْخ َر ُجو ُكم من ديَار ُك‬
ُْ ‫ين َق َات ُلو ُك‬
َُ ‫م ال َّل ُُه َعنُ ا َّلذ‬
ُُ ‫ما يَ ْن َها ُك‬
َ ‫م َو َظ‬
َ ‫إ َّن‬
َُ ‫م‬
ُُ ‫ه‬
َُ ‫م َفأو َلئ‬
ُْ ‫م َو َمن يَ َت َو َّل ُه‬
ُْ ‫ه‬
َّ ‫م‬
ُ ‫ك‬
ُ ‫َت َو َّل ْو‬
ُ ُ‫الظال‬
Allah only forbids you respecting those who made war upon you on account of
(your) religion, and drove you forth from your homes and backed up (others) in
your expulsion, that you make friends with them, and whoever makes friends
with them, these are the unjust.

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