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Upholding the Boycott

Some people question the effectiveness of boycotts. In reality, if Muslims truly lived up to the boycott calls, the impact on companies’ bottom lines would be more than noticeable.

Many people have already started to forget about boycotts because the tragedy in Gaza is old news. However, the necessity to boycott brands or companies that support Israel is not limited to the height of conflict alone. Most if not all of the Maraja Taqleed (Religious Authorities) have issued edicts in this regard. For some of them, see here. Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani states in A Code of Practice for Muslims in the West:

“249. It is not permissible for a Muslim to buy products of the countries that are in a state of war with Islam and Muslims, for example, Israel.”

“265. Question: Is it permissible to buy from shops that dedicate part of their profits to supporting Israel?
Answer: We do not allow that.”

Acknowledging the busy lives that we all have, many people support the idea of a boycott but have not taken the time to find out how to follow-through. So what follows is some data about a few of the greatest offenders that we should boycott. We noted in a previous article that a more complete list is located online.

You can also check for labels on clothing and other items for “Made in Israel”. However, it is an urban legend that numbers in product bar codes can indicate country of origin, so that is not an effective method of avoiding products made in Israel. Further, even if an item is not made in Israel, that does not ensure that the manufacturer is not on the boycott list, as they may still have heavy investments in Israel and/or be run by Zionist leaders.

Some people question the effectiveness of boycotts. In reality, if Muslims truly lived up to the boycott calls, the impact on companies’ bottom lines would be more than noticeable. History has shown that they can be effective if enough people participate. However, whether one believes it will be effective or not, the personal obligation we each have to make every effort to avoid financially supporting Zionism remains.

While many companies have investments and plants in Israel, these five are notable for being headed by active Zionists and thus may be among the worst offenders and most important to boycott:

1. Estee Lauder – includes DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Aveda and more

Why: Ronald Lauder is a leader in the Jewish National Fund, an organization that exists to legitimize occupation of Palestinian land and is an ardent Zionist.

2. Home Depot – includes Expo design centers

Why: Founder Bernard Marcus is a staunch Zionist and serves on an organization called Emet that functions to ensure US media is biased in favor of Israel.

3. Starbucks

Why: Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks, is an active Zionist working toward tightening the relationship between the US and Israel.

4. The Limited – includes Victoria Secret, Lerner’s, Lane Bryant, Bath & Body Works, and White Barn candle stores

Why: Founder and CEO Les Wexner is an active Zionist and works for Emet, which works to bias US media in favor in Israel.

5. McDonald’s

Why: McDonald’s is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund that works to increase US military and economic support for Israel. It also pays for Christian leaders and American high school kids to go to Israel and be indoctrinated in Zionist propaganda. Its CEO Jack Greenburg is an honorary director of the American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.

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6 comments

  1. Asalam Alaikum

    Does that mean we have to boycott Mc Donald’s in other countries too? Not just in the US?

    • Of course!
      Leaders in Muslim countries are in many cases not bothered to set a good example, so we should set it for them. Mcdonalds in uk & Mcdonalds in Morocco are still owned by Mcdonalds company who will give money to sponsor a country whom occupies a land, it’s people andjeopadises the Aqsa mosque.

  2. I do not support Israel in the least, but I don’t see the connection that these companies support Israel. In most of these cases the reason given is that the founder or CEO has links to zionist organizations, which in and of itself doesn’t mean anything. If these companies, not employees of these companies, are actively giving money to help support Israel than I can understand that, but what these individuals do outside of the company does not mean the company itself is involved, even if that person is the CEO. Corporations are owned by the shareholders, not the CEO, and the CEO can’t just give away profits without the shareholders approval. In reality the US gov gives far more money to Israel than any corporation through direct grants and subsidized loans, does this mean we can stop paying taxes. You could try, but I don’t think it would help much. We need to be more sophisticated in how we approach this issue in general in my opinion.

    • Then Boycott the US Govt.
      Money makes the world go round and this is important bro. To prove it read about how Pepsi made a name for it’self in @the Coke wars”
      Pepsi was helped to promininence due to it’s popularity in the Arab & Muslim world which boycotted Coca Cola as it was sold in Isreal, read how much that cost them in monitery terms & the expense of aiding a competitor.

  3. If the chairman/CEO of a company is an ardent supporter of Zionism, that company is definitely involved, whether directly or indirectly… In essence, the success of the company means the success of its CEO, who then has numerous avenues to directing these profits to supporting Israel. Obviously not explicitly, they are smarter than that. But they take other actions, such as investing in or building joint ventures with Israeli companies, sponsoring fundraisers to support the state, funding its military and so on.

    Starbuck’s chairman Howard Schultz for example, has been awarded “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” by the [i]Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah[/i] — which funds Israeli military arms fairs and mass Zionist propaganda.

    Question: Why was this award listed under [b]Starbucks'[/b] ‘awards and accolades’? http://web.archive.org/web/20010502093522/www.starbucks.com/aboutus/recognition.asp?cookie_test=1

  4. Salam alaikum,
    I just wanted to add LaSenza and the Body Shop to the list since they are not listed online, La senza has been bought by Victoria secret, except la senza girl, but the other stores have all been bought by Victoria Secret and thus support Israel. As for the Body shop, a store that many sisters are hooked on, it is part of the Loreal empire! Which supports Israel… take a few moments everyone to see the other companies that belong to Loreal chain at http://www.loreal.com , they should all be boycotted as well….
    it is difficult to be committed but it is definitely a wajib and its worth it!

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