Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice, and equality, and a key organizing strategy against Israeli apartheid. Today and everyday: Support Palestine by boycotting products that uplift the ongoing genocide in Palestine. It's important to put our money where our mouth is. Check out these helpful resources so you can participate in BDS!
Step 1: BOYCOTT!
Support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and do not purchase anything from these companies.
Israeli produce in your supermarkets + fastfood
- Fruits, vegetables, and wines misleadingly labeled as “Product of Israel” often include products of illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Israeli companies do not distinguish between the two, and neither should consumers.
- Boycott produce from Israel in your supermarket such as Sabra Hummus and demand their removal from shelves.
- Other products to boycott include Dominos Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Burger King.
- McDonalds: In the case of McDonald’s, activists point to the burger chain’s Israel-based locations, which advertised their decision to offer free and discounted meals to Israeli soldiers after Oct. 7. According to an Oct. 22 X post, McDonald’s Israel has given 100,000 free meals to the IOF worth 5 million shekels ($1.3 million). Source
- Starbucks: Starbucks attacked its workers union over one tweet from the Starbucks Workers United account in support of Palestine. It claimed the union’s support for Palestinians in Gaza, who have been under Israeli bombardment for well over four months, was actually support for terrorism, hate, and violence. Starbucks is using Israel’s murder of over 30K Gazans as an opportunity to justify its illegal union busting campaign, intimidating workers with a cease and desist letter and federal lawsuit in an attempt to get them to abandon their union name and logo.
Starbucks Coffee Flyers
SodaStream is actively complicit in Israel's policy of displacing the indigenous Bedouin-Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Naqab (Negev) and has a long history of racial discrimination against Palestinian workers.
Ahava cosmetics has its production site, visitor center, and main store in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory.
RE/MAX (US) markets and sells property in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, thus enabling Israel’s colonization of the occupied West Bank.
Hewlett Packard Inc (HP Inc)
HP Inc (US) provides services to the offices of genocide leaders, Israeli PM Netanyahu and Financial Minister Smotrich.
The Disney-owned Marvel Studios (US) is promoting in the next Captain America film a "superhero" that personifies apartheid Israel. Both companies are therefore complicit in "anti-Palestinian racism, Israeli propaganda, and the glorification of settler-colonial violence against Indigenous people," as Palestinian cultural organizations have stated.
Google and Amazon (US)
As the Israeli military bombed homes, clinics, and schools in Gaza and threatened to push Palestinian families from their homes in occupied Jerusalem May 2021, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud executives signed a $1.22 billion contract to provide cloud technology to the Israeli government and military. By supporting Israeli apartheid with vital technologies, Amazon and Google are directly implicated in its entire system of oppression, including its unfolding genocide in Gaza. Join the #NoTechForApartheid campaign. While the campaigns targeting these corporations have not called for boycotts, other forms of pressure have been adopted to force them to end their complicity.
Step 2: EDUCATE!
Watch The Right To Boycott, a short film produced by the Freedom2Boycott New York State Coalition, now available online! The 5-minute video sounds the alarm on laws intended to take away Americans’ First Amendment right to boycott Israel.
Step 3: ACTIVATE!
Take other steps to support Palestine besides boycotting.
Support the one and only kuffiyeh textile factory in Palestine! Hirbawi Kuffiyehs
Purchase our Bold "occupation isn't pretty" t-shirts from our Stolen Beauty campaign, condemning Ahava Cosmetics' profiting from Israeli occupation. Click here for our 'Stolen Beauty' T-shirts!
Step 4: WINS!
In 2023, PUMA dropped its contract with the Israel Football Association (IFA).
PUMA has been the target of a worldwide BDS campaign since 2018 over its support for Israeli apartheid oppressing millions of Palestinians. The IFA governs and advocates to maintain teams in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Leaked internal messages revealed that PUMA was under tremendous pressure to drop the contract.
As Israel carries out its unfolding genocide against 2.3 million Palestinians in occupied and besieged Gaza, killing over 18,000, including dozens of footballers, the boycott pressure was only increasing.
The years of relentless, global BDS pressure on PUMA and the damage to its image should be a lesson to all companies supporting Israeli apartheid, that complicity has consequences. It is also a lesson to the deeply complicit, Western-dominated FIFA, which continues to shield Israel from accountability despite the settlement teams violating its own statutes.
We thank the hundreds of grassroots solidarity groups, athletes and teams across the world who supported the call from 215 Palestinian teams to boycott PUMA.
This boycott win is a bittersweet victory as Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians continues. But it gives us hope and determination to hold all genocide enablers and apartheid supporters accountable until all Palestinians can live in freedom, justice and equality.
Source: BDS Movement
Read about CODEPINK's Campaign against Puma's contract with the IFA here.
In recent months, Starbucks and McDonald's have also seen drops in sales throughout the US and globally. This February, Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan told analysts over an earnings call that the world’s largest coffee chain was reporting slower sales in the first month of 2024, causing a hit in its share price. “We saw a negative impact to our business in the Middle East,” he said, adding that “events in the Middle East also had an impact in the U.S., driven by misperceptions about our position.”
The report came a few days after McDonald’s also sharply missed analyst expectations when it reported slower sales across its international licensed division at the end of December. The burger chain similarly attributed the slowdown to a drop in demand in stores in the Middle East and predominantly Muslim countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.
At the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), the SJP Davis Chapter won their long-time BDS campaign. With an overwhelming 12/14 vote YES, UC Davis successfully passed a resolution of which prevents any of the $20 Million ASUCD budget from being spent on companies complicit in the occupation and genocide of Palestinians. This bill institutionalize a boycott of ASUCD funds in accordance with BDS guidelines.