Could you boycott Israel? January 11, 2009Posted by Aella in Uncategorized.
Coca-Cola, Banana Republic, Maggi, KitKat, Perrier, Lindex, Lancome, Johnson&Johnson, Fanta, Sprite,CNN, Nokia, Mc Donalds, Disney, Gap and Starbucks….what do these brands in common? Well, they are a few of many brands mentioned in lists and websites that asks people to boycott these products since purchasing them will somehow benefit Israel.
What are peoples reactions on these calls for boycotts then? Well many people I have spoken to do it without a problem and they won’t ponder about the possible consequences a boycott would have for local workers. Then there are people claiming that the boycott will only hit back on the local market and that not enough people are doing it anyway so it won’t make a difference. So, let’s say we boycott a brand and that company has hired people in our city or town. The boycott effects the company so they have to make some people redundant and then what? Perhaps later, they won’t bother renew their franchise contract since people are still avoiding to buy their products…and then what? Will it be felt in the pockets of those we are boycotting? And when?
I am all for a boycott if these products are related to Israel and I have been for a boycott for many years. Unfortunately I haven’t followed it through like I should have. This is the problem. We don’t follow through. We start all fired up just like when we have just signed up for the newest, bestest gym in town thinking we will run a marathon in six months and then because it is actually hard work we fall back into our old habits and nothing actually does make a difference. We are still unfit as hell.
I was and am quite impressed how muslims down here managed to boycott Danish product in no time and some are still doing it when the whole charicature affair appeared. It was of course for a noble purpose and naturally muslims should stand up for their prophet (pbuh). Now I wonder….if we take the West aside and look at this region. How come it is so hard for people down here to boycott all the above mentioned brands? Aren’t the Palestinians worth it? Are they not your sisters and brothers worth figthing for just like you did for the Prophet (pbuh)? Or perhaps it is a matter of which brands we are boycotting? I guess living without Lurpak and Haribo wasn’t too hard (wow, what an effort when I come to think about it) but tell me, can you not live without your precious Starbucks down here (piece of crap generic place)? Read through the list again….could you live without these products?
Please fill me in on your thoughts of possible effect of boycotting products. I haven’t thought it all through and would love some feedback. Is a boycott right or wrong and would it in your opinion make a difference when it comes to Israel. And ehm, sorry for saying it, but isn’t it times to start making your own brands. It’s not like there is no money down here….just invested in the wrong places perhaps. The Lebanese are quite good at that coming up with brands by the way.
A dear friend of mine sent me the link to the page with all the brands and if you click on them you can read more why they should be boycotted. Please visit the page and make up your own mind: