PC(USA) approves boycott of all Israeli products
220th General Assembly language approved by 71% vote of plenary
- Call upon all nations to prohibit the import of products made by enterprises in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.
- Call for the boycott of all Israeli products coming from the occupied Palestinian Territories, including AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories Beauty Products and all date products of Hadiklaim, The Israel Date Growers Co-Operative Ltd, often marked by the brand names: King Solomon Dates and Jordan River (not Israeli products from Israel.)
- Direct the Stated Clerk to communicate this action to all other PC (USA) councils and entities and invite and strongly encourage those groups and organizations to endorse this boycott until significant progress toward Palestinian rights and independence can be reported to the General Assembly or General Assembly Mission Council.
- Direct the Stated Clerk to inform our ecumenical partners of this action, both nationally and globally, and call upon them to join in the boycott of these companies.”
PC (USA) boycott in a Nutshell
The GA Call to Boycott: Who. What, When, Where, Why - here
PCUSA Boycott Flyer (visual) - here
Four-page product summary - here
Bulletin Insert - here
What is BDS and how can you participate? - here
What can one person do? - here
Individual Pledge to Boycott Israeli Occupation - pledge cards here
Activities for an Occupation Free Faith Community - here
Church/Presbytery Pledge to Boycott Israeli Occupation - pledge card here
Summary of PCUSA GA Israel/Palestine statements 2010-12 with maps - herePCUSA Boycott Activity - Recent History - here
Product information and background
Occupation-Free Shopping (one page summary) - here
AHAVA Information Sheet - here
INTERSTAR, TIP TOP, EDUSHAPE TOYS Information Sheet - here
KETER PLASTICS Information Sheet - here
SODA STREAM Information Sheet - here
- Occupation Profiteering: The SodaStream Model for Success - Jan 2014 factsheet - here
- More on Sodastream boycott campaign here.
- For Interfaith Coalition Boycott of all Sodastream products, click here.
- For response to SodaStream's argument that they are helping Palestinians with jobs, click here.
- For response to the argument that boycotts of settlement goods will hurt Palestinians, click here.
- Sodastream factory worker speaks about work conditions, click here.
Pamphlet (Soda Stream) - here
Store Manager Cards (Soda Stream) - here
SOME OF THE RETAILERS WHO SELL PRODUCTS MADE IN ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS
The company factory and visitors' center are in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied West Bank.
sold at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Lonely Planet, Zappo’s, Amazon, BeautyBridge.com, DermStore.com, SkinOne.com, VitaCost.com, Soap.com, Makeup Alley, Birchbox.com, Ulta Health and Beauty
These are produced in the Barkan Industrial Zone, which is part of an illegal settlement in the West Bank.
sold at Toys R Us, Amazon, Muni Toys, others
KETER PLASTIC PRODUCTS
Both Keter and its full subsidiary, Lipski, have factories in the Barkan industrial zone, which is a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
sold at Ace Hardware, Amazon.com, BJ's Wholesale, Costco, Home Depot, Menards, Lowe's, Orchard Supply Hardware, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart, Wayfair, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, True Value Hardware, Northern Tools, PepBoys
The main plant of the company is in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomim, an illegal settlement in the West Bank.
sold widely at Bloomingdale’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Bon Ton, Crate & Barrel, Costco, HyVee, JC Penney, Kitchen Collection, Kohl’s, Le Gourmet Chef, Macy’s Meijer, Sears, Shopko, Staples, Sur la Table, Target, Williams-Sonoma, SkyMall, others
The information on settlement products has been prepared to aid Presbyterians and others in boycotting settlement products or working to ban their sale in the United States.
More information on each company and the illegal settlements may be found at WhoProfits.org
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