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Boycott Israeli Goods, Free Palestine!
by Free Palestine
Tuesday Oct 14th, 2008 10:26 PM
All across the bay-area mysterious stickers are appearing on products made in Israel. The stickers read “Boycott Israeli Goods, Free Palestine.” The activists who are taking on the mission of educating the public are probably influenced by the anti-apartheid movement that waged a campaign to boycott products made in South-Africa during the Apartheid regime.
I went to investigate and see if the rumors are true and see how customers are affected by the campaign by visiting Safeway on College and Alcatraz.
§Moshe Cohen
by Free Palestine Tuesday Oct 14th, 2008 10:26 PM
Moshe Cohen, a very random Jewish customer is shocked that his favorite tahina is made in Israel. “I was trying to look for something kosher, but not everything that is kosher is ethical.”
Are you surprised to discover that the tahina is made in Israel?
“Yes, I thought that Bay area stores had more ethical business practices”
How will you keep living after this?
“One thing is for sure: I’ll have to live without this product! They come from a country with a brutal government that maintains an apartheid regime. The tax revenue that is generated by engaging in commerce with Israeli businesses and manufacturers becomes blood money that is used by the Israeli government to wage a brutal occupation in Palestine.”
by Free Palestine Tuesday Oct 14th, 2008 10:26 PM
by Free Palestine Tuesday Oct 14th, 2008 10:26 PM
Another random customer has second thoughts after seeing the sticker. She is distressed and uneasy about the fact that the hummus that she was going to buy has its connection to Israel.

§Free Palestine
by Free Palestine Tuesday Oct 14th, 2008 10:26 PM
A different random customer is agonizing to learn that the Tahina is manufacture in Israel. He is lamenting that he used to support a racist state.
“Why” he screams “why have I not checked where the goods that I bought are manufactured? What would my friends say if they know that I have supported an Apartheid Regime?”
§Free Palestine!
by Free Palestine Tuesday Oct 14th, 2008 10:26 PM
He reaches to the wines in order to forget about the trauma.
Um, don’t you think that you are overreacting?
“No! I have supported by buying this tahina in the past a government that has oppressed and occupied the Palestinians for years, imposing apartheid laws. How can I ever redeem myself?”

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by more products from israel
Wednesday Oct 15th, 2008 5:57 AM
And Trader Joes has israeli products- also the Berkeley Bowl, and Costco . Many Target store brands are manufactured in Israel. The best place to find Israeli products are in the small Arab markets- there are a bunch on san Pablo Ave in Berkeley
by Made in Israel
Wednesday Oct 15th, 2008 8:33 AM
Too bad cuz Naot makes nice comfortable shoes for women....something difficult to find in this fashion era of slutty high heels for everyday wear! Naot brand shoes are made in Israel. Don't buy them! Also: everyday items are sometimes imported from Israel, like chalk for drawing on sidewalks or (now oldfashioned) blackboards. I've seen oranges from Israel in produce aisle at supermarket but not lately.

It pays to look twice!
by an apartheid state!
Wednesday Oct 15th, 2008 9:57 AM
Thanks for all the people who are education customers about products that are made in Israel.

"PEP 53.46, -0.94, -1.7%) the Purchase, N.Y., soft-drink and snack-food giant, and the Israeli foods producer Strauss Group agreed on a 50-50 joint venture to operate the Sabra brand of hummus and other dips and spreads. The brand's sales approached $56 million in the first nine months, the companies said in a statement on Monday. The Sabra venture will produce and sell dips and spreads in the U.S. and Canada, they said. Sabra adds to the healthier-snack options offered by Pepsi's Frito-Lay division."

Free Palestine!
abolish the racist apartheid state!
by DT
Wednesday Oct 15th, 2008 12:26 PM
We should boycott all american made goods, also...don't support the racist americans who started the iraq war....or do civilians in either state have anything to do with their evil governments? tough question...what about israeli citizens who support peace and palestine, kibbutzniks and the like? should we boycott them?
by the kibbutzim!
Wednesday Oct 15th, 2008 1:37 PM
It’s not hard to boycott American goods, there is not much around. It’s important to emphasis the boycott on Israeli good, and not allow oneself to fall into dumb arguments with Zionists about the fact that other bad things are happening in other parts of the world. If Zionists care so much about, lets say the invasion of Iraq, they should be the first to pressure AIPAC to stop lobbing for wars against Arab nations. We all know that activists that are fighting for human rights in Palestine do great work around other issues of justice with other groups.
We should boycott Kibbutzim as well. Not only these kibbutzim describes themselves as Zionists, they played a decisive role in clearing areas from Palestinians inhabitants, or are sitting on land belong to Palestinians who were expelled from Israel. Also, many kibbutzim won’t allow non Jews to join the collective.
by yep
Thursday Oct 16th, 2008 6:56 AM
"the people who actually work in the factories that make this hummus are the same people the boycotters ostensibly support"

Most of the workers under apartheid were not the whites controlling the state but in that case the boycott worked. S Africa also had a high-tech sector in the white only areas but there still was a successful boycott.
by Zionists would
Thursday Oct 16th, 2008 10:27 AM
not come here to spill there hatred and apartheid ideology. there are many other websites that allow racist comments, why would Zionists choose to troll this site? Indybay is a leftist website that stands for human rights, Zionists should go elsewhere.
by Ebeneezer
Saturday Sep 19th, 2009 4:13 AM
Does anyone know where can I order 'Boycott Israeli Goods' stickers - preferably in Europe?
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