#CheckTheLabel

Boycott Israeli Produce

Avoid produce labelled from Israel, West Bank and Jordan valley as they’re grown in illegal Israeli settlements on land which had been stolen from Palestinians.

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Ban Trade with Illegal Israeli Settlements

We are urging the UK government to ban goods from Israeli settlements, which are illegal as they’re built on land stolen from Palestinians. Israeli settlements promote the demolition of Palestinian homes and the displacement of the Palestinian people.

Our government needs to comply with the UN and support International Law.

Send our Foreign Secretary an email calling for the ban of trade with illegal Israeli settlements.

 

Edit the suggested letter below before sending.

Dear XYZ

I hope this email finds you well.

Request for UK to ban Trade with Illegal Israeli Settlements.

Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law. Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

The UK government oppose these settlements and considers them as an obstacle to peace.

However, we continue to import goods from illegal Israeli settlements and as listed by the UN there are UK companies operating within the settlements.

Mr Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur in reference to the Israeli settlements states that they are a “significant source” of human rights violations. This include land expropriation, displacement and the destruction of homes and other properties.

It is time the UK government brought into force its own policy, comply with UN and support International Law by banning all goods being imported from the Israeli illegal settlements.

I would appreciate a response.

Yours sincerely,

Rt Hon Dominic Raab

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Boycott Israeli Produce

When shopping, always #CheckTheLabel of produce such as fruits and vegetables.

Always avoid produce labelled from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Produce from here are grown in illegal Israeli settlements on land that has been stolen from Palestinians.

If you shop online, before you add the fruits or veg to your cart, see where the produce is from as this information is usually listed. If you do go to the shops then #CheckTheLabel on the packet to boycott Israeli goods.

 

 

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FAQ

What Fruit and Vegetables should I look out for?

Seasonal fruits and vegetables such as dates, citrus fruits, peppers and avocados.

Is it only Fruit and Vegetables I need to check the label for?

No. You also need to #CheckTheLabel of manufactured products including cosmetics, carbonation devices, plastics, textile products and toys.

Won’t Palestinian farmers lose their jobs?

Palestinians themselves are calling for a boycott of Israeli products. Disregarding their call goes against the demands of a community facing an oppressive occupation.

What are Israeli settlements?

Settlements are built up Israeli communities on stolen Palestinian land. These pre-existing Palestinian communities are forcibly removed from their homes and deprived of access to their land.

Settlements are in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. Israel started building settlements in 1967, after it illegally occupied Gaza and the West Bank.

Why are settlements illegal?

The United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice have all said that Israeli settlements on the West Bank violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The Fourth Geneva Convention says that an occupying power “shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Israel has been doing exactly that, since occupying the West Bank in 1967.

What is the aim of the boycott?

As we saw with apartheid South Africa during the 1980s, boycotting served as an effective strategy to highlight injustice and to ultimately build up pressure on the South African government.

The #CheckTheLabel boycott is aimed to pressuring Israel to lift its illegal siege of Gaza, end its occupation, end its illegal settlement programme and answer the charges that Israel has engaged in war crimes against the Palestinians.

How does not buying an avocado make a difference?

By not buying produce from Israel, the illegal settlements in the West Bank, or in the Jordan Valley you are making a stand supporting the Palestinians. By boycotting you are putting international pressure upon Israel to end its brutal occupation and to ensure it complies with international law in a peaceful way. It is making a difference. Israel is spending millions of pounds countering the boycott, as it knows the boycott focuses on its grave violations of international law and injustice towards the Palestinian population.

How will a boycott of Israel help?

1. It reduces their income as companies stop trading with Israel.

2. It isolates Israel by rejecting it from the rest of the democratic world by exposing it as a false democracy, wherein there is only freedom for one people and oppression for another.

3. It pressurises Israel to change its inhumane policies in Gaza and release it strangle hold in the West Bank.

4. As world governments clamour to support Israel and its ‘right to defend itself’ while ignoring the relentless Israeli aggression and wanton violence against Palestinians, ordinary people like us can make a huge difference.

Through boycott, we isolate Israel and send a clear message that the global grassroots communities will not stand by and do nothing while Israel murders innocent Palestinian women and children.