Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Boycott

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1. What is a Boycott?

A boycott is an instrument of the powerless against the powerful, used by those without access to power mechanisms and who are therefore forced to organize voluntarily from the grassroots level. A boycott is a movement of ordinary people who refuse to support injustice and who use their right to choose as consumers in order to support – in this case – the Palestinian quest for freedom and justice, and in some cases, to express their opposition to the political positions of their governments and institutions.

It is about ordinary people around the world using their right to choose what they buy in order to help bring about an end to oppression.

Why boycott Nestle?

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Nestle is the world's largest food company. Nestle's main presence in Israel is in Sderot, a settlement founded in 1951 one kilometer from the Gaza Strip which is built on the lands of the Palestinian town Al-Najd, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948.

Why boycott Coca-Cola?

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It has been well known that Coca-Cola has been a supporter of Israel since 1966. There have been a number of recent events which clearly prove this.

In 1997, the Government of Israel Economic Mission honoured Coca-Cola at the Israel Trade Award Dinner for its continued support of Israel for the last 30 years and for refusing to abide by the Arab League boycott of Israel.

On October 11th 2001, Coca-Cola World Headquarters hosted and was the main sponsor of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Eagle Star Awards Gala.

Why boycott L'Oreal?

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L'Oreal has been present in Israel since 1983 via the Migdal Ha'Emek plant. The settlement of this town was established in 1952 on lands belonging to the ethnically cleansed Palestinian village of al-Mujaydil, whose inhabitants are still denied the right to return to their homes. Like many other Israeli settlements in Palestinian villages, Migdal Ha-emek discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel, denying them the right to buy, rent or live on any part of the town, simply because they are "non Jews".

Why boycott McDonalds?

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McDonald's former chairman and CEO (1998-2002) Jack M. Greenberg was an honorary director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Metropolitan Chicago.

According to the Chicago Jewish Community Online (website of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago), McDonald's Corporation whose global headquarters is based just outside Chicago is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund(JUF)/ Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. McDonald's Corporation was honoured during JUF centennial celebration in 2000 as a first tier corporate partner to the cause of Zionism.