In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Palestine. Even as i type that i can’t feel at peace. Palestinians in the occupied territories suffer a nightmare existence, with starvation-level economic conditions and daily military repression at the hands of the Israeli army including regular killings and assassinations. The suffering and oppression they have to go through. Our dear sisters and brothers in Islam. Politicians have failed to bring peace in the region for decades.We can’t grab guns to fight with them. We can’t build shields to protect them. We can’t join them even if we wanted to.
But let’s not focus on what we can’t do. Because there is something we can do. Which is.. consumer boycott! That’s right. This is the power of the people!
Ok.. so to some maybe Boycott seems like a small effort but there are 2.2 billion muslims in this world. Can you imagine how big of an economic pressure we could give if we all did this ‘small’ effort?
Boycott is a tool that people around the world can use to disengage from all aspects of Israel in order to send a clear message that we do not agree with Israel’s policies against the Palestinians and to highlight its breaches of international law. Boycott is not simply about economic pressure. Boycott helps raise awareness and changes people’s opinions. –source
Ok, so i did some research and the list of companies that support Israel is quite long, so i’ve narrowed it down to the ‘main contributors’ of these evil people.
I’ve heard coca-cola is evil for a long time already. But i was shocked when i found out how evil they actually were. Muhtar Kent, the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, in his speech talked of “Our vision of sustainability at Coca-Cola is a world where all people have access to safe water.. where our communities and our neighbors are prosperous..” He made the speech just a few miles from Gaza where Palestinians are denied fair access to water as 90-95% of the water in Gaza is contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Coca Cola CEO never once mentioned Gaza – as if it never existed, “There is no such thing as Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”
It’s also no mistake to say coca-cola is guilty for directly harming Palestinians as they took part in lobbying of the Senate to reject of the UN call for “immediate ceasefire” and even endorsed the continuation of the Israel military assault on Gaza.
They’re so evil it makes me mad! >_< ‘
Additional note: In Japan, the best selling soft drink is not cola, as tea and coffee are more popular. As such, the Coca-Cola Company’s best selling brand here is not Coca-Cola, but Georgia. But if you look closely, there is ‘the Coca-cola company’ written on the bottles/cans.
McDonald’s chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., of Metropolitan Chicago. According to the Chicago Jewish Community Online (website of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago), McDonald’s is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation. Through its Israel Commission, the Jewish United Fund “works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel.” In the Jewish United Funds outreach program they pay for Christian leaders and American high school kids to visit Israel and be fed zionist lies.
Howard Shultz, the chairman of Starbucks is an active zionist. Whilst the Israeli army was slaughtering Palestinians in Jenin, Nabulus and Bethlehem he made a provocative speech blaming the Palestinians of terrorism, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti- Semitism, and asked people to unite behind Israel.
Starbucks also fully supports Bush’s war of terror and has opened a Starbucks in Afghanistan for the US invaders to help in the occupation of Afghanistan. Starbucks sponsors “bowl 4 israel”, where the money raised- some $50,000 was to be distributed to families of “Israeli terror victims” by the Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund (OneFamily). Innocent enough you may think, but you’d be wrong – apparently their definition of “terror victim” includes israeli soldiers who were killed whilst they were butchering Palestinian women and children during the Jenin massacre (April 2002).
Starbucks still continues to support Israel by sponsoring fund raisers for Israel.
This is just some of the information i was able to gather. I’m not an avid researcher nor do i have any proof. In fact, most of the stuff i posted is from here (read this website, it’s good information. and they update) People can argue all they want to defend their ‘favorite beverage’ or ‘favorite fast food outlet’ but my honest opinion… you won’t die without all those things. But buying those things does cause the death of other people.
“Each riyal, dirham …etc. used to buy their goods eventually becomes bullets to be fired at the hearts of brothers and children in Palestine. For this reason, it is an obligation not to help them (the enemies of Islam) by buying their goods. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression.” -Shaykh Yusuf Al Qaradawi
So let’s unite! As Allah Almighty says: Verily, this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore serve Me (and no other). (Qur’an, 21:92).
P.S: don’t worry about it ‘having an impact’ or not. It’s the least we can do but also a worthy effort which will be counted, insyaAllah. And Allah considers the effort more than the result. And I would to share a story about this cutee lil bird !