Boycotting Israel: Time for Action


Boycotting Israel: Time for Action
by Niloufar Parsi

Friends: there are literally billions of people in the world wishing they could help stop this ruthless masscre of Palestinian children. Few issues in the world have created as much collective outrage. The last time humanity was so ready to do something to stop a bloodthirsty apartheid regime like Israel was in the 80s when the global campaign to boycott South African Apartheid reached its peak.

Today we have a similar situation, and the world is calling for a boycott of Israel. I will not repeat all the arguments outlined in my earlier blog.  Instead, I have put together some of the useful information that could help you join in or to spread the word, if you wish to.

Let me be very clear: this is not about arguing the case. It is simply an information tool for those who want to join a boycott.

Some of the info is new but most of it was floating around in various places here or on the web, and I have simply tried to sort them into useful categories. Please do chip in with any additional info. The categories are:

1. Why boycott

2. Boycott Campaign Websites and Ideas

3. Petitions

4. Companies and Brands supporting Israel

5. Information on demonstrations and other forms of action

6. Global calls for boycott

7. Israeli & Jewish peace groups

1. Why boycott:  Naomi Klein: Enough. It's time for a boycott

2. Boycott Campaign Websites and Ideas


The global BDS movement


3. Petitions

American Petition Campaign

British Petition Campaign

The Network of Spiritual Progressives

4. Companies and Brands supporting Israel

Any product with ‘729’  as the first three digits of its barcode


strawberries sold in Aldi, but also other berries, cut herbs, pomegranates, figs, peppers, passion fruit, plums, carrots, cut melons, cut mangos and many other products.

AOL Time Warner

Time Life magazine, CNN, ICQ

Apax Partners

Jonny Rockets, Sunglass Hut.

Beigel and Beigel

Sweets and Pretzels etc

Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Holdings


Carmel, Coral and Jaffa


Fruitopia, Fanta, Kia Orange, Lilt, Sprite, Sunkist..



HP foods, Evian, Volvic, Jacob

Dead Sea cosmetic and health products

(unless made in Jordan. Note: many Israeli Dead Sea products have the word ‘jordan’ in their name)

Delta Galil

Hema, Barbie, Carrefour, Auchan, Tchibo, Victoria's Secret, GAP, Banana Republic, Structure, J-Crew, JC Penny, Pryca, Lindex, DIM, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Playtex, cK, Hugo Boss, M&S


Choose carefully! Diamond cutting is one of the biggest export earners for Israel.


El Al (Israel’s airline)


Estée Lauder
Aramis, Clinique, DKNY, Prescriptives, Origins, MAC, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Jane, Donna Karan, Aveda, Stila, Jo Malone, Bumble & Bumble, Kate Spade

Home Depot
Villager's Hardware, Georgia Lighting, Apex Supply, EXPO Design Centres



Johnson & Johnson


Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies, Andrex

Lewis Trust Group

River Island, Isrotel hotels, Britannia Pacific

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 Bendel


Giorgio Armani, Redken 5th Avenue, Lancome Paris, Vichy, Cacharel, La Roche-Posay, Garnier, Biotherm, Helena Rubinstein, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Carson

Marks & Spencer



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

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

(part of Sara Lee group)

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



Seattle Coffee, Pasqua, Hear Music, Tazo

Sainsbury's Meatfree Hot Dog Sausages and Vegetarian Sausages

Organic Fruit and Veg sold in most Supermarkets

(invests heavily in Israel)

Barkan Wines
Galil Wines
Palwin Wine
Carmel Wine

5. Information on demonstrations and other forms of peaceful action

USA:  Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER)

6. Global calls for a boycott:

UN General Assembly president calls for boycott of Israel

Time for South Africa to boycott apartheid Israel

Turkish sports fans and angered citizens took their fury over Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip to the basketball court

another basketball match never happened when the Greek team Larissa backed out of a game in Jerusalem this week.

AP reports thousands protest Gaza assault in Lebanon

Gaza prompts boycott in Malaysia

7. Israeli & Jewish peace groups:


Jewish Peace Fellowship


Jews for Justice for Palestine

Remember the old saying: qat-re qat-re j'am gardad, vangahi darya shavad. (loosely translated: oceans are made up of tiny droplets of water)

This is totally doable because of our sheer numbers. It's a simple matter of altering shopping habits as much as we can and no more.


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Yeh Cameron, we believe your freind from Gaza

by SolhVADOOSTI (not verified) on


For example: "According to the local news, about 40-50 Palestinian fighters have been killed. The Israelis cannot get them in their tunnels. These fighters are trained and know how to take care of themselves, so instead the Israeli’s try to force them to surrender by killing their families and civilians. As far as the Israelis, more than hundred of their soldiers are killed and more than 200 wounded. Every day around 10 of their tanks is being hit."

Yeh right. He knows what he is talking about. Only 40-50 fighters killed and 100 Israeli soldiers? Where is he getting his news from? Press TV?

Or this one: "C.B. : But you do agree that Hamas was created by Israel … right?
W. : No. It is not true. This is a propaganda by the Israelis and other Arab nations who are afraid of a real Palestinian party."

Now everyone knows that Israel created Hamas. Please refer to the posts from Mamad on this site.

And this one:W. ": I condemn anyone fighting another Muslim nation. The new generation is different and thinks differently. But also PLO - now Fattah, - does not represent us. They are the ones who betrayed their own people as you can see now. I am sorry."

The "new generation is different"? Is this the same Muslim generation in Iraq where Sunnis and Shia have been killing each other left and right at a rate of 5000 a week at some point?

Finally, with you saying: "For instance me personally, I lost my close cousin with whom I grew up and he was like my brothers. I lost another cousin, whose body was vaporized. A third, who suffered such sever shellshock that he never recovered, my uncle served two terms in the army and told me of horrific stories. So now that you have a bit of background what do you have to say about this?"

Dude, wake up. These Palestinians and Arabs can not be trusted. They are killing each other (Hamas & Fatah). Forget what the Israelis are doing to them. Just look at how they treat each other. You should know better since you have personally lost family members at their hands. Unless you blame the Israelis for Saddam as well.

I don't believe any of this. Hamas deserves whatever they are getting. I am convinced you are spreading lies and propaganda.

Cameron A. Batmanghlich

A real voice from modern Auschwitz – Gaza!!!

by Cameron A. Batmanghlich on


The following is an interview from today at 5 pm London time with Wael.  His last name is kept confidential for the fear of his family’s life still in Gaza.  As mentioned in the first blog I wrote, he has lost numerous family members.

Since I am no journalist, you will have to overlook the flaws in the interview (from the formulation of questions to the method).

Wael is a coworker of mine, who joined our academic team not long ago, after waiting over two years for permission to leave Gaza to conduct his research which is funded in the USA. 

I conducted this interview because I feel that the media is generally being one-sided (pro-Israelis) and the flow of information – at its best - is restricted or very biased (from both sides of spectrum … Fox news to PressTV).


This is all I can do to help.


C.B.:  My condolences to you and your family Wael.  I hope some of the questions during the interview are not in bad taste in lieu of the predicament you find yourself in, but this is a way to inform the general public and give access to Gazan’s side of the story.


C.B.:  I would like to open this interview by asking you about how you get the information from Gaza?

W.: I am in constant contact with my family and friends via telephone.  I call them almost every hour.  I speak to my wife and my daughter.  I also follow the events in various newspapers online and listen to radio channels, including the Israeli ones.


C.B. : I know that your six years old daughter was injured, how is she doing now?

W.:  That day, my daughter was at school.  Her school is next door to the Arafat Building which houses the drug reinforcement police and close to three other schools, one of them for the mute and deaf children.  At around 11 am, they had finished their exam and were at the school yard, when the Israeli jets deliberately attacked the Arafat building, firing between 7-10 missiles at that small compound.  The neighboring schools were hit and many children died and many more got injured.  My daughter was hit by a small piece of shrapnel of a missile and the shrapnel wounded and broke her left leg.  My wife ran over two miles when hearing the explosion and found my daughter screaming, bleeding and in pain.  She took her to the hospital and after a long time of waiting, the doctors took care of the wound and her leg.  She then was asked to leave the hospital as there was no room for all other injured pouring in.  At first, my wife did not tell me the truth.  She told me that my daughter broke her leg when a wall collapsed as the neighboring house was attacked.  Now she is at home, but they are moving from house to house all the time.  My father says that he is just waiting to die as the Israelis are systematically shelling homes.


C.B. : How about others in your family?  We all at the university received the email about the 13 members of your family being killed.  Can you tell us about them?

W. : I don’t want to show any pictures anymore, and the names I have to translate from Arabic and give it you, but they were the father of the family at age 60, his wife 55, his sons 27, 25, 22 and 19, two of the sons’ wives, and 9 children all between the ages of 2 o 14.  Still 4 of them are buried under the rubble.  The father was a retired civil servant, and the sons, one was a mechanic, the other one was a car dealer, the third one a farmer and the youngest a student.  The women were all housewives.


C.B. : How do you cope with your loss?

W. : I block it.  I don’t believe in it.  I still think that everything is ok … that there is no war.  I have all their mobile numbers in my phone still.  I think that I am just going through a bad dream and that when I go back home I will see them.  So far I have had my friend with me.  He is with me day and night.


C.B. : How do people get by?  I mean in getting food and water?

W. : The diet of people is reduced to bread and lentils.  But it is very expensive.  A kilo of lentils is about three British pounds and a liter of milk is sold for 30 pounds.  There is no meat, and if you can get any frozen meat, then you pay about 10 pounds a kilo.  Before the war broke out, things were a bit better, since food could be smuggled through the tunnels.  But not anymore.  We have been in this situation for over 18 months.  I come from an upper middle class family, since we were landowners.  But it does not matter.  I cannot drive my car since there is no petrol.  My car (an Audi 2005) was shelled by an Israeli tank.  My house on the outskirts of Gaza is all destroyed, my olive trees gone and my swimming pool filled with dirt by bulldozers.


C.B. : What is going on in Gaza now?

W. : the Israelis are pushing into Gaza city.  The people are moving from house to house.  It is like a mouse and cat game.  The fighters are waiting for the Israelis to enter the city and then they will show their force, because then they will be in advantage fighting an urban guerrilla war.  The people are now asking the fighters to give them weapons so that they can join the fight.  The Israelis are using phosphor shells.  They are hitting house after house.  They now have deployed thousands of tanks and soldiers.  But the fighters hit them from the tunnels.  Everyday according to local news at least 8-10 Israeli tanks are hit by RPGs and P-29s. 


C.B. : We don’t know about the capabilities of Hamas fighters, as there is no real news about it, can you tell us a bit?

W. : I am not sure either as I am not a Hamas member.  But the word is that they have up to 15 000 fighters.  But you have to understand that these people will fight to the end.  They will never give up and even if they have no weapons, they will fight with stones, as they did in the past.  Also, in a fight, not always it is about weapons, but the mentality.  These fighters believe that either they win, or they die and go to paradise, so for them it is a win-win situation.


C.B. : How about the people?  Don’t’ Gazans blame Hamas for this?  Do they still support Hamas?
W. : As I told you, people are now asking to join Hamas in the fight.  You have to know that it was the people who wanted Hamas to not to renew the seize fire.  They saw that during the seize fire, nothing changed.  The borders did not open, the siege continued, we could not move from our small confined areas and there was no food, medicine or fuel.  Israel violated every single point in the agreement, from the beginning.  It got to the point that Gazans accused Hamas of collaborating with Israel.  Today, Hamas has the majority of the Palestinian support both in Gaza and the West bank.  The problem is that in the West bank, people are being kept silent with an iron fist.  Mahmoud Abbas is using its military force to suppress any demonstration or protest.  But the people in the West Bank feel betrayed.  As the matter of fact, Israel does not make a differentiation between Hamas and Fattah and kills them all.  For instance, the personal photographer of Yassir Arafat form the Wahabi family was killed in Gaza in their apartment building with his mother in law, and family – 5 of them.  The other example is today’s news that the Israeli army kidnapped 25 Palestinians from West Bank.  So, Hamas is far stronger in support now than before.


C.B. : But you do agree that Hamas was created by Israel …  right?


W. : No.  It is not true.  This is a propaganda by the Israelis and other Arab nations who are afraid of a real Palestinian party.


C.B. : But there are many documentaries and documents about it.

W. : These are all lies and produced by Israel to turn the Palestinians away from Hamas.  But we know what the truth is.


C.B. : What about the casualties.   How many Palestinians and how many Israelis?

W. : According to the local news, about 40-50 Palestinian fighters have been killed.  The Israelis cannot get them in their tunnels.  These fighters are trained and know how to take care of themselves, so instead the Israeli’s try to force them to surrender by killing their families and civilians.  As far as the Israelis, more than hundred of their soldiers are killed and more than 200 wounded.  Every day around 10 of their tanks is being hit.


C.B. : Do you think that Israel will re-occupy Gaza?

W. : If they do and manage to get into the city, then they will not be able to hold on to it for long, as the cost is very high.  Maybe for 2-3 weeks or maybe for 2-3 months.  No matter what, if there is no real seize fire, this war will be prolonged.


C.B. : Obama will be in charge in a few days.  Do you think there will be a change for Palestine?

W. : No.  He is the same as everyone else.


C.B. : I now need to ask you about Iran and its role in Palestine and Hamas.

W. : I don’t know how they help Hamas, as I am not a member, but I feel that their propaganda is helping the Palestinians.


C.B. : this interview will also be published in a site that is visited mostly by Iranians.  And so I must ask you the following.  But before the question I need to tell something.

Many Iranians cannot wholeheartedly support Palestinians because during the war between Iran and Iraq, many Arabs among them Palestinians not only helped Saddam but also sent soldiers.  My uncle and my friend were telling me when liberating parts of Iran they would find soldiers with ID cards from Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.  So it is not easy to feel full sympathy with Palestinians right now.  For instance me personally, I lost my close cousin with whom I grew up and he was like my brothers.  I lost another cousin, whose body was vaporized.  A third, who suffered such sever shellshock that he never recovered, my uncle served two terms in the army and told me of horrific stories.  So now that you have a bit of background what do you have to say about this?

W. : I condemn anyone fighting another Muslim nation.  The new generation is different and thinks differently.  But also PLO - now Fattah, - does not represent us.  They are the ones who betrayed their own people as you can see now.  I am sorry.


The interview suddenly ended as Wael received a phone call from Gaza informing him about the death of another eight of his friend’s in a residential area … all his college friends and/or coworkers. 

Mehdi Mazloom

Niloufar Parsi

by Mehdi Mazloom on

First, let me join you, when it come to utter hypocrisy, as witnessed from the Islamist, no I am not mazloom at all.

Second, I was not talking about victims - certainly not from my country. In fact, by parading the dead bodies of their children, that is exactly what hamas orders its constituencies to do. It is Hamas which plays the victim, with hope to sqeeze sympathy from the rest of the world. That  act also has its limits.

Again and again, i am coming to the same point. Does any one care or even remember during the 1995 homicide bombing of Israeli buses and other civilian centers, where innocent Israel woman and children were targeted with the most heinous crime imaginable. Do people remember the joy and celebration from the same Palestinians after a successful homicide bombing were carried out in Jerusalem, or Tel Aviv. 

What goes around, comes around. It is tragic, but hamas own demon is coming back to haunt it - finally. 

In this particular topic related to the boycott of Israel, I was just trying to point out that, given Israel enormous contribution, and impact on the advancement of science and commerce throughout the world, boycotting Israel will have unintended and negative consequences.


i hate it when i have to

by Anonymous fishie (not verified) on

i hate it when i have to agree with zion but damn if she isn't right. you simply avoid answering questions when you don't have an answer. and THAT my dear niloufar is exactly what i expected. your little agenda is hypocritical and useless. it serves no purpose whatsoever. it just gets your name in the spotlight and you obviously like that. i see where you respond to each and every comment. you must not be tooooo busy organizing your boycott. it's not a social requirement to answer each and every comment like it was a gift to your agenda. oh, but you dont really come up with this on your own... your the master of cut and paste...:-)

mean what you say and say what you mean.

Niloufar Parsi

KB jan

by Niloufar Parsi on

you are a star :)


Dear Mehdi

by Zion on

Just let them be. This is probably the best thing to keep them occupied and quite for a while. Let them stop drinking Starbucks or going to Disneyland. Who cares what a small bunch of leftovers do anyways? Among other things it only [roves their hypocrisy regarding sanctions and boycotts of the regime in Iran.
Let the poor lefties be. :-)

Niloufar Parsi

zionists panic!

by Niloufar Parsi on

this website is dedicated to 'buy israeli goods' 


it is a great resource for finding out the brands, shops, addresses etc that you can boycott. the site is organised by region in the US.

reports are coming in of a red crescent hospital being bombed in Gaza for the second time today...


Niloufar Parsi

Anonymous fishie again

by Niloufar Parsi on

sorry but i have no more time for u


Niloufar Parsi

mehdi no-so-mazloom jan

by Niloufar Parsi on

do you really think that playing the victim still work shere? have you not seen pictures of the children being slaughtered in one of the most destitute and crammed places on earth by the world's 4th or 5th strongest army armed with around 300 nuclear warheads, and using banned chemical weapons on civilians?


Niloufar Parsi

dear youtube

by Niloufar Parsi on

well, Ok, but i couldn't work out whether you were for or against the boycott call! it is a peaceful and democratic way of bringing about a more conducive environment for finding a just solution, would you agree?

Niloufar Parsi

Iranian Jew

by Niloufar Parsi on

I think many of us are very proud of the likes of you. you have nothing to be ashamed of. pls keep the news coming in.


Niloufar Parsi


by Niloufar Parsi on

i hear ya, but why the surprise after the last 8 years? it's their standard operating procedure. amazing what a difference al jazeera has made to journalism in recent years.



Thank you Niloufar

by KB on

I will forward your post to every one on my e-mail list and suggest every one else to do the same.




by Anonymous fishie again (not verified) on

niloufar. i did in fact read your comment on the other thread. it did not answer my questions really at all. please answer the SPECIFIC questions. and please be succinct. i don't a cut and paste from other posts. i want to hear what YOU say. and i'm asking SPECIFICALLY about sanctions on iran. please don't muddy the water with babble.


i asked this question elsewhere

by Anonymous fishie (not verified) on

and niloufar declined to answer. so i'm asking again.

what is your postion on sanctions on iran? do they hurt the iranian people or the regime? is it right for the iranian people to be punished in an attempt to protest the regime? is the regime affected AT ALL by sanctions? and finally, if one supports sanctions against iran knowing that the people are the ones who suffer and not the regime, are they racist and anti-iranian? is it a productive and effective policy?

please answer these questions for me. it would help me in understanding your position and what you mean when you say anti-zionism. is there a difference between zionism and judaism in your mind?

please dont consider these questions argumentive. i am simply trying to determine your main objective. i've said nothing anti-anything. i've used no cuss words. i am asking specific and deliberate questions in order to determine what positive effect this boycotting will produce.


I read the list of activities and companies again this morning

by Observer (not verified) on

and found some interesting information about Starbucks Coffee founder, Howrd Shultz as follows:

Howard Shultz, the chairman of Starbucks is an active zionist.
In 1998 he was honoured by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah with "The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award" for his services to the zionist state in "playing a key role in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel". The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah funds israeli arms fairs chaired by the butcher of Jenin - General Shaul Mofaz, and the zionist propaganda website

This is just one example of boycotting Israel.


Mehdi Mazloom

Reply to your posts.

by Mehdi Mazloom on

well, I am really speachless. Nonetheless, I will try to address few of your wise comments.

Q. Give me a break will you?. The same you could say "no one click on web links any more". They do, and that is the very reason we are discussing here.

Zio-Nazies boast about being great

by suomynonA (not verified) on

There is nothing wrong with working hard and be good at what you do. Moreover, people from around the world, admire and respect others who can feed, dress, educate and defend themselves, w/o being burden on other people pockets, and conscience. We all tend to respect and seek the company of those who can help us solve problem to which we may need help, thus improve our quality of life. 

Many of you educated people out there seem to be oblivious that we are in a knowledge based society.THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE, WHERE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

While the Israelis meet that criteria, unfortunately Arab and Islamist throughout the ME, do not. 

Just read your own posts, whine and complain about injustice, and how unfair you are treated - WHILE your history is littered with proved facts of atrocities and deprivation of human rights, and injustice committed against each other/. Worse of which, against the minorities living among the Muslims throughout the region.

You complain about "atrocities being committed against the poor Pals in Gaza. While you see the little picture of dead children in Gaza, as hart breaking as it looks. the same people ask the basic question, what did the Gazaans did to merit such a treatment.The answer is. they ELECTED AND SUPOORT HAMAS LEADERSHIP POLICIES OF SELF DESTRUCT.

While you write this:

mehdi not-so-mazloom

by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

the boycott is about a regime change. it is not about destroying your country.

Hamas's own holy manifesto writes this:

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed

And this.


The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement,
whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It
strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine,
for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in
security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are
concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife, oppression
spreads, evil prevails and schisms and wars will break out.

While Islamist bellocose about Israel being as an outsider occupying poor Arabs land.Many othrs throughout the west see this table:

STATE........................... SIZE (sq. km)..%
















WB & Gaza (Palestine).....6,220..........0.05%







Read and inform yourself

by youtube (not verified) on

Read and inform yourself before being deceived either by the zionists or Islamofascists on this site:

From: //

...This pulverising response to Hamas’ rockets, even from a narrow Israeli nationalist point of view, could be, perhaps, justified only if Israel had no better alternative. That is not how things are.

The disproportion between Israel’s power of military destruction and the reckless way it uses it, and the power of the Palestinians, is simply obscene. The pictures of dead Palestinian children that are flashing across the world epitomise that obscenity.

Plainly, Israel is trying to wipe out not only Hamas rocket bases, but to destroy the flimsy structures of a Palestinian state in Gaza. It is intent not only on wiping out Hamas’ capacity to continue the rocket war, and on killing Hamas fighters, but on wiping out Hamas.

This, they believe, is the only way to avoid a quick reappearance of Hamas military power.

Hamas is an odious Islamist clerical fascist movement, but it has much support “on the ground” amongst Palestinians, in part because of the welfare and social services it provides. How many of those would Israel need to kill to uproot Hamas? How many is it prepared to kill?

The civilian casualties inflicted by Israel are an inescapable, and entirely predictable, consequence of the entwinement of Hamas with much of the population of Gaza. Even if many civilian casualties are, as Israel claims, a by-product of Hamas deliberately placing rocket-launch sites in civilian population centres, it is Israeli generals and politicians who decide that that will mean the slaughter of civilians.

Only a viable political settlement — an independent Palestine in contiguous territory, alongside Israel — can begin to cut the ground from under the feet of Hamas and other such movements.

Even if Israel kills most of Hamas, military and civilian Hamas alike, for that to be more than an interruption, lasting only as long as it takes Hamas to regroup and reorganise, Israel would have to kill a vast number of Palestinians.

Almost certainly, Israel cannot succeed in eliminating Hamas, and still less can it hope to wipe out Hamas’ potential to regroup and re-emerge — or, if not Hamas, a similar movement, or worse. Far from eliminating it, to that potential this war is adding depth and force, and intensified bitterness.

The collapse in 2000 of the “peace process” of the 1990s, which had led to the 1993 Oslo Agreement and the setting up of a Palestinian quasi-state in the West Bank and Gaza, and the waves of suicide bombers that came after that collapse, discredited for many Israelis all efforts to reach a settlement. It helped create the present war mood in Israel. So now for Palestinans, and other Arabs. the message is being spelled out in blood: look what the PLO policy of recognition and attempts to make peace with Israel, led to.
This “war to end the war” with Hamas inescapably sows the seed of future wars.

Politically, Israel’s war is building up the Hamas it is militarily trying to destroy. But the murderous military battering and bullying of the people of Gaza — and that’s what it is — horrifying though it is, is not the fundamental political reason for condemning Israel’s onslaught in Gaza. It is part of it, but only a part.

This war is being prosecuted by Israel (and by Hamas too) instead of, as an alternative to, seeking a viable, democratic settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Politically, it arises out of the Israeli establishment’s refusal to work effectively to lay the political foundations of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. Nothing less will do for the Palestinians. Nothing less will bring — or begin to bring, or could hope to bring — peace between Israel and the the Palestinians, and the rest of the Arab world.

Above all else, it is Israel’s refusal, despite hypocritical words, to accept and actively work for that political settlement that sets the scene for continuing conflict. It wasn’t always so. For half a century most of the Arab states refused to recognise Israel. It is so now that the Arab League (of states) proposes a settlement that would on the Arab side involve recognition of Israel.

That discredits the Israeli nationalist case for the present war as the necessary means to stop Hamas rockets raining down on Israel. It renders all simple Israeli nationalist arguments from Israel’s inalienable right to defend itself indistinguishable from outright Israeli chauvinism.

Other, better, ways to the same Israeli end are possible and more likely to bring a long-term peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Ways that give to the Palestinians the just settlement to which they have an inalienable right: their own state, side by side with Israel. This war cannot do that, whether or not Israel does succeed in crippling Hamas before international pressure forces it to withdraw.

There will be no peace without justice for the Palestinians; this can only be had now in an independent Palestinian State alongside Israel.

The failure of the “peace process” of the 1990s has contributed greatly to shaping the conflict now, but that does not remove the need for a successful “peace process.” A two states peace policy is the only way forward for those concerned with Israel’s legitimate national rights, as distinct from Israeli chauvinists intent on annexing as much of the West Bank as possible — for those who want to live in peace, or at least in something less than the present murderous hostility with their Palestinian and other Arab neighbours.

Israel will not have peace until the Palestinians have peace, with justice — until they have a state of their own alongside Israel.

Israel should stop its onslaught on the Palestinians in Gaza. It should withdraw immediately from Gaza and the West Bank.
It should urgently seek agreement with those in the Arab world prepared to trade recognition of Israel and normalisation of relations between Israel and the Arab states for Israeli agreement to withdraw to the 1967 borders.
The working class and the internationalist socialists in Israel and in the Arab countries should advocate peace and working-class unity across all the divides, on the basis of a two state settlement: the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel and recognition of Israel by the Arab states and peoples.
Working class socialists in Israel and in the Arab countries should oppose and fight the Israeli chauvinists on one side, and the Islamic clerical fascists and Arab and Islamic chauvinists on the other.
Socialists in Britain must demand that Israel withdraw to the 1967 borders andcall for the immediate setting up of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state in contiguous territory.
Socialists must oppose the vicarious Arab and Islamic chauvinism of the kitsch left, who combine with Islamic clerical fascists and others to turn the demonstrations against the war in Gaza into festivals of Arab and Islamic reactionary hostility to Israel’s continued existence....


Awfully ashamed

by Iranian Jew (not verified) on

Please hear us too:



Early this morning, Jewish activists in a historic first in Los Angeles, chained themselves to the entrance of the Israeli Consulate and blocked the driveway to the parking structure, blocking all traffic in and out of the building. "We sent a clear message to the world that LA Jews are part of the global majority in opposition to the Israeli siege of Gaza," said Lenny Potash a 72-year old protester who was cuffed to eight other activists, blocking the driveway to the consulate. The activists were joined by 50 other supporters and who chanted "LA Jews say, End the Siege of Gaza" and "Not in Our Name! We will Not be Silent!" Protesters also held up signs reading "Israeli Consulate: Closed for War Crimes."


Listen everyone

by Anonymous123 (not verified) on

Last night Jan14, at the height of the war there was not a single headline on Gaza and the main headline was about a displaced grandmother in India.

This is CNN the trusted news source in America.
I know they are bias but last night's Gaza absence was shocking.



by Kurush (not verified) on

Everyone who lives in the West pays taxes and their tax money goes to support illegal invasions and occupations by the West and its poodle proxy, Israel. It is time to demand reform of Tax codes to DEMOCRATICALLY give the choice to the individuals, in the UK, or in the US, or France, or Germany, as to how their tax money may be used. I assure you if there were such DEMOCRATIC choice given to taxpayers in the West, overnight the Israelis would be on the street begging for food let alone building an offensive military machine to oppress and terrorize Moslems.


write on you tax returns; NOT FOR ISRAELI GENOCIDE

by Jaleho on

Thanks so much Niloufar. This is one useful effort. The collective conscience of people all over the world was what finally broke South Africa's apartheid, and hopefully will stop Israeli apartheid too.

Every HUMAN should do what one can do on a personal level. Boycott everything Israeli, educate Americans how their money is enabling the Israeli savages, and write to the Israeli-occupied-congress that we know they are enabling genocides with our tax dollars and in our name!

Take Mehi Mazloom's objection to your blog as the proof that it is the only effective way to defeat the Israeli beast, and people who stand for massacre of children!


Hypocrisy galore

by Fred on

Lefty says: “the boycott is about a regime change. it is not about destroying your country. “

Fair enough, but how come when it comes to the Islamist republic lefties including this one are on the record to be against regime change. What’s good for the goose IS NOT good for the gander?


mehdi not-so-mazloom

by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

the boycott is about a regime change. it is not about destroying your country.

there are so many good things that israel could promote in the region, but it doesn't. it can't while it is an apartheid regime.



by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

yes i too saw it exactly as did also. that is why i said before that they are panicking. they know how vulnerable they are right now, and they are even encouraging people to go out and buy israeli products! if they are as powerful and untouchable as some here would claim, why the need to try and get university students to buy israeli goods?! they don't even have much money to spend!

i also read somewhere here that the israeli ministry of foreign affairs is recruiting volunteers to flood the world's news websites with pro-israeli propaganda.

if only they spent as much effort in making friends with the Palestinians and finding a way to share wealth rather than starve them.


INTELligent resistance!

by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

suomynonA jan, well said!

for those of us who have Intel already, we can also spread the word USING Intel! We already paid for it, so now it's OURS to use and so let Intel be our effective tool for taming the likes of Intel. who says that only apartheid should benefit from Intel?! Lets build a global community for fighting racism using Intel!


Observer jan: panic among pro-apartheid companies

by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

They are beginning to panic about this, believe me. this is the time to build the momentum over the issue as ALL companies in the world are vulnerable, and it would take a nudge to tip pro-apartheid companies over the edge.

just like Bush, the days of corporate bullying are over if only we learn to shop ethically. every dollar spent in the market is a vote for something. lets use our votes intelligently. it's real power in our own hands.


suomynonA jan

by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

thank you so much for your encouragement. the more i look at the list of products involved, the more i can see that this is SO doable! and so many of them relate to beauty products, so ladies, lets 'organize' and 'shop' ethically!

but i have a personal request to you, and it makes me nervous to ask you because you are such a strong supporter. but can i ask you very humbly to consider avoiding use of the term 'zionazi'? i myself have used too in the past, but it really is counterproductive.

please lets not equate the nazis with zionists. we need to win the israelis over to the anti-zionist side, and this is gathering momentum. once we succeed, then there has to be coexistence, which requires a change of heart on BOTH sides. Let us not make anyone believe that we have anything at all against Jews as a people. The term 'zionazi' gives that impression without us meaning it that way. It does not help the cause.



"salad shirazi"

by betty (not verified) on

They take anything they can and put their name on it.
In our supermarket deli I saw "salad shirazi" exactly as it has been made for ??? number of years in Iran and sometning similar to it in arab countries, this had a tag on it which said:
" israeli salad"!!!!
go figure.


Zio-Nazies boast about being great

by suomynonA (not verified) on

Actually I am a bit glad for Mehdi M.'s video because in a way, it proves the point that Israel is a Zio-Nazi state supported by the world Zionist organizations.

In the video they show that 'they' the Israelis have virtually invented all there is on the planet! What is the rest of the humanity except a bunch of flies flying around the great Zionists of all time? It certainly seems like they expect us to pay our respect and worship them for what they are offering to us.

The fact is, the way they keep showing the users of Israeli products as being Islamic countries and those people are represented in a negative manner in the video. The usual message is of course Zio-Nazi is superior to other people. Also, much of the products they say 'Israel has done' are really based on research, discoveries and inventions of other people and other countries. Only some modifications are done to them and they are represented as Israeli products!!!

Sorry Israel, I never use Intel nor Microsoft. Up until now the reason was not because they are said to be linked to Israel, but because they are poor products. Well, it seems that now there are two good reasons not to use them. The AMD processor and Linux operating system are much better alternatives for the money and performance. Apple computers are fine too.

As I had said before over and over again. These people have no conscious or understanding of human suffering they are causing. Just that they think that they are better and that should justify killing and oppression of others.

Thanks again Ms. Parsi for the list and the information.