Today as we see the ever growing dis-pare of families and individuals inside Palestine we have certain corporations and companies who are more than willing to make money of the plight of the people of Palestine. In this article i will look to highlight the companies who are making profits of war crimes and occupation.
As Israel tightens the noose on the Palestinian people Israel makes its profits of stolen lands at the same type stopping Palestinians making a living themselves by restricting exports of goods and restrictions on movements across Gaza & the West Bank.
We will write up a list of companies that have made huge profits from the plight of the Palestinians as well as enabling the continuation of oppression against the people. In the face of so much evidence of so many atrocities & war crimes committed by Israel daily it is morally & ethically repugnant indefensible for the these companies to continue there business with Israel for the sake of a quick profit. From Caterpillars modified bulldozer the D9 which is used to bulldoze families homes in Palestine making way for illegal settlements to L’Oreal setting up shop on stolen land, land of which belonged to the native Palestinians that were living there at the time and still to this day ‘have no right to return’ according to Israel.
Over the last couple of years movements of the people in support of Palestine have sprung up right across the globe from Ireland to the U.S. people have spoken up in support of the people of Palestine. During the last incursion and extreme violence by Israel the people of the worlds nations took to the streets in their millions in anger at the extreme injustices they were witnessing playing out across their TV screens.
A lot of people have stood up but not many know how many of some of the most well known companies in the world are profiting off this slaughter and oppression against the people of Palestine. One of Americas most well know clothing brands ‘Victoria’s Street’ is one such company located in the occupied territory’s as well as using illegal settlements to store its goods.
Sabra(Hummus,baba ghanoush & Mediterranean Salsa) one of Israels largest food & beverage company’s is another. Sabra has been well known for its support of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on its website it lays out its full support in a section we it states the company had adopted ‘The Golani Reconnaissance platoon’ and have supported them with food and supplies in their training for missions for over 30 years.
SodaStream is a drink machines manufacturer which is located in the occupied territory’s of Palestine Its main factory is situated in the West Bank Settlement industrial zone of Mishor Adumim. This is just a few of the major company’s profiting from the situation in Palestine there are other very well known company’s such as Hewlett-Packard, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Volvo, Boeing, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Motorola Solutions and Caterpillar.
Protests at the time of the last war were taking place in Ireland, West Belfast was were one of those protests were held outside a Caterpillar factory. The protests were launched against Caterpillar because of its dealings with Israel and its role in the destruction of Palestinian homes in order to build illegal settlements. Catterpillar done deals with Israel to supply a bulldozer the D9 which would then be modified to go into Palestinian territory and tare down family homes at will.
Lockheed Martin has been heavily involved procurement of arms for Israel. Constant and perpetual conflict is a gold mine for the arms industry Lockheed Martin is one of the company’s that stands to gain the most from such conflict. As well as making profits of the plight of the people in Palestine Lockheed Martin has been known the world over for selling top of the range weaponry to some of the worlds biggest criminal states that have been involved in war,conflict & occupation perpetually.
Raython, another major arms contractor for Israel also stands to make major profits from the continued wars against the people of Gaza and to maintain the occupation of the occupied territory’s. Raython was the company that won the Iron Dome contract which was installed to protect Israel from rocket fire and what Israel calls the threat from Iran.
So far in 2015 the U.S, congress agreed on a sum of 1.1 Trillion dollars to fund the running costs and maintenance of the Iron Dome system. Raython is also one of the worlds largest producer of guided missiles, missiles that help kill hundred’s of thousands just in the last few decades alone Afghanistan,Iraq,Libya the list goes on.
All company’s pointed out in the article have been directly profiting from the situation in Palestine “companies that provide products or services that: contribute to the maintenance of the Israeli military occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem; that contribute to the maintenance, expansion and operations of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; that contribute to the maintenance and construction of the Separation Wall; and that contribute to violent acts against Palestinian and Israeli civilians.”
The boycott movements against Israel have over the last 3 years grown and taken hold having an effect on Israels economy. Below is a list of companies some of which are very well known others not so much:
AOL Time Warner Time Life
magazine, CNN, ICQ
Partners Jonny Rockets, Sunglass Hut.
Arsenal Football Club
Coca-Cola Fruitopia, Fanta, Kia Orange, Lilt, Sprite, Sunkist..
Danone HP foods, Evian,
Galil Hema, Barbie, Carrefour, Auchan, Tchibo, Victoria’s Secret, GAP,
Banana Republic, Structure, J-Crew, JC Penny, Pryca, Lindex, DIM, DKNY, Ralph
Lauren, Playtex, cK, Hugo Boss, M&S
Estée Lauder Aramis,
Clinique, DKNY, Prescriptives, Origins, MAC, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Tommy
Hilfiger, Jane, Donna Karan, Aveda, Stila, Jo Malone, Bumble & Bumble, Kate
Home Depot Villager’s Hardware, Georgia Lighting, Apex Supply, EXPO Design
Kimberly-Clark Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies, Andrex
Lewis Trust Group
River Island, Isrotel hotels, Britannia Pacific
The Limited Inc Express
stores, Lerner New York, Structure, New York & Company, Mast Industries,
Intimate Brands, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, White Barn Candle
Company, Henri Bendel
L’Oreal Giorgio Armani,
Redken 5th Avenue, Lancome Paris, Vichy, Cacharel, La Roche-Posay, Garnier,
Biotherm, Helena Rubinstein, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Carson
Marks & Spencer M&S, St.Michaels
Nestle Nescafé, Perrier,
Vittel, Pure Life, Carnation, Libby’s, Milkmaid, Nesquik, Maggi, Buitoni, Cross
& Blackwell, KitKat, Milkybar, Quality Street, Smarties, After Eight, Aero,
Polo, Lion, Felix cat food, L’Oréal
News Corporation TV: Fox, Sky, Star, Phoenix, Granada, CNBC. UK newspapers: Standard
Newspaper, News of the World, The Sun, The Times. Australian Newspapers: The
Telegraph , Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun, Independent, Sunday Mail. US
newspapers: New York Post. Publishers: Harper Collins Ragan, Zondervan, National
Geographical. Nursery World, Rawkus, NDS, Mushroom Records, ChinaByte.com,
World Entertainment, Forbes
Sara Lee Hanes, Playtex,
Champion, Leggs, Douwe Egberts, Bryan, DIM, Ambi Pur, Bali, Superior Coffee,
Just My Size, Kiwi, Maison Cafe, Nur die, Pilao, Lovable, Outer Banks,
Wonderbra, Sanex, Pickwick, Gossard, Body Mist, Brylcreem, Aqua Velva,
Coffee, Pasqua, Hear Music, Tazo
Until the end of the siege and occupation of Palestine people across the world will continue to boycott and highlight these companies as profiteer’s of war illegal occupation and for supporting the expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian territory.
All of these companies because of their continued support of the rogue state of Israel should be held to account and they need to hear the people through the only language they know which is money, hitting their profits is making them stand up and listen if the world keeps up the boycott or even escalating it to include other companies will further put pressure on Israel and these companies to take heed and listen to the peoples outrage against the violence,illegal occupations and expansions of illegal settlements inside Palestine.