by Stephen Lendman / February 2nd, 2010
July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations
created the global BDS movement for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal
Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs,
and Palestinian diaspora refugees.
Since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions and civil society actions
condemned Israel’s lawlessness; its crimes of war and against humanity;
occupation; discriminatory policies; illegal home demolitions, land
seizures and settlements; oppression of a civilian population; the
Separation Wall; the Gaza siege; and preemptive imperial wars.
Nothing so far has worked. Palestine is still occupied. Its people
continue to suffer. Their human rights are denied. World leaders ignore
them. This no longer can be tolerated. In solidarity, people of
conscience everywhere must pressure Israel with BDS initiatives that
include boycotting Israeli companies, their products and services, and
global ones supporting the occupation. They’re numerous, many with
Below is a partial list, starting with global giants, Israeli
companies following. Others can be added, but use it as a good start
along with a New Year’s resolution to boycott them and encourage others
to do it as well.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation “aim(s) to change
those US policies that both sustain Israel’s 42-year occupation of the
Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, and deny equal rights
for all.” It started with a boycott campaign to “Hang up on Motorola”
and its subsidiary, Motorola Israel, that support the worst of illegal
occupation practices. They produce:
- 980 Low Altitude Proximity Fuses for the MK-80 series of
high-explosive bombs used against civilian and other non-combatant
targets with devastating effect;
- the “Mountain Rose” secure cell phone communication system, used exclusively in Occupied Palestine;
- Wide Area Surveillance System (WAAS) to monitor and secure the Separation Wall, built on about 12% of stolen West Bank land; and
- radar detection devices and thermal cameras for dozens of illegal West Bank settlements.
Morotola consumer products are sold globally, including its cell
phones, cordless and corded phones, the Droid phone, accessories, cable
modems, digital video equipment, and more. “Hang up on Motorola” and
get others to do it, too.
Board Member Ronald Lauder chairs the Jewish National Fund and is
former a JNF president. In 1901, the Fifth Zionist Congress established
it to “purchase, take on lease or in exchange, or otherwise acquire any
lands, forests, rights of possession and other rights… for the purpose
of settling Jews on (Palestinian) lands.” About 80% of the land was
confiscated, not bought from its rightful owners — expelled
Palestinians in Israel’s “War of Independence.” More……………….