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Boycott Coca-Cola because it profits from the occupation.

Coca-Cola's violates international law by operating in Atarot illegal Israeli settlement.

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Boycott Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola operates in Atarot Israeli settlement. Settlements are built on land stolen from Palestinians and they are illegal.

Boycott Coca-Cola and use your people power to stand against companies that profit from the occupation.

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Please copy and paste this text and email your fave restaurant plus any others you can think of. A quick online search should provide you with their email address. Thank you!

Dear Manager,

As a regular at your restaurant, I would like to begin by thanking you for the high-quality food and service you provide.

Being a loyal customer and a supporter of Palestinian rights, I wanted to tell you about Friends of Al-Aqsa’s #NotInMyFridge campaign, which promotes the boycott of Coca-Cola for operating in illegal settlements, land stolen from Palestinians.

Why is there a call to boycott Coca-Cola?

Coca-Cola operates in Atarot, an illegal Israeli settlement located in the occupied West Bank. For the settlement of Atarot to be built, Palestinian homes were demolished, and the original residents were banned from returning, despite residing there for generations.  Atarot along with all Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

By selling Coca-Cola, we are helping to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, as we are allowing Coca-Cola to profit from the land stolen from Palestinians.

As a long-term loyal customer, I, as well as the team at FOA would deeply appreciate if Coca-Cola was not served at your restaurant until Coca-Cola stops operating from Atarot.

I would like to ask you to join the boycott campaign to do your part in helping to end the occupation and colonisation of Palestine. If you are able to support the campaign, please fill in the form, so FOA can add you to the list of the growing number of businesses supporting the #NotInMyFridge campaign.

If you require further information, please click here. Additionally, you can email info@foa.org.uk.

Kind regards,

For Restaurants: Sign your support!

If you are a restaurant/takeaway/shop owner and support the #NotInMyFridge campaign call to Boycott Coca-Cola please sign the statement below. This will allow us to keep track of supporting restaurants as well as promote them. Thank you so much.

For Restaurants: Poster for shop window.

Thank you for taking the important step to stop selling Coca-Cola in your restaurant/takeaway/shop.

Your actions are hugely appreciated in the campaign for the end of colonisation of Palestine.

We need to continue making people aware. It would be great, if you can, to download the A4 poster below and stick it on your restaurant window to let customers know that you aren’t selling Coca-Cola and why.

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Boycott Coca-Cola because it profits from the occupation.

 Central Bottling Company (CBC) is an Israeli manufacturer and distributor of soft drinks, dairy products and alcoholic beverages.

Coca-Cola profits from the occupation by working with CBC which sells its drinks in Israel. CBC has a Coca-Cola factory in Atarot illegal Israeli settlement. Israeli settlements are built on land stolen from Palestinians and are illegal under international law as they violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which bans an occupying power from transferring its population to the area it occupies.

Currently, there are between 600,000 and 750,000 Israeli settlers living in at least 250 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

By having it’s Israeli franchise in an illegal settlement, Coca-Cola ignores international law and profits from the illegal occupation.

FOA is calling for Coca-Cola to cut ties with CBC.

Buying from companies which work in settlements such as Coca Cola means we as consumers are turning a blind eye to the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

Here are questions we posed in 2014 when a Coca-Cola factory was opened in Gaza. These questions are completely relevant today. 

Some questions to ask Coca-Cola:

1. Where are these construction materials being purchased? We believe it’s Israel so isn’t Coca-Cola simply supporting the Israeli economy to a far greater tune than the Palestinian economy?

– Raw materials such as sugar will be purchased from Israel, thereby enriching the Israeli economy.

2. How much water is required to run the bottling plant and where will water come from?

– Palestinians in Gaza face a chronic shortage of freshwater, and rely on desalination plants. Reports from around the world show that communities living around Coca-Cola bottling plants are adversely affected by water shortages due to Coke’s demands on the water infrastructure.

– The World Bank has reported on the dire state of the water and sewage infrastructure in Gaza following Israel’s various attacks. Access to water is limited on average to 6-8 hours for 1-4 days a week for the population of Gaza.

In light of these statistics, how does Coca-Cola plan to operate its factory? And will the factory divert vital resources from Palestinian families, while drawing a profit from its products?

3. Where will the factory’ electricity supply come from?

-The only power plant in Gaza is only able to supply 30% of the population intermittently, leaving 1.2million Palestinians in darkness. Hospitals continue to run on emergency generators.

4. Will Coke be given preferential access to water and electricity, which will disadvantage Palestinian civilians and hospitals?

-The indications are that it will, and this is indicated by the passage of materials into Gaza to build the factory, while essential building materials for hospitals are barred.

5. As predicted Israel has now bombed the factory during the May 2021 bombardment on Gaza.

 What guarantees has Israel provided that it won’t bomb the Coca Cola factory? Israel has a track record of destroying businesses in Gaza. Before the blockade in 2006, 3,600 factories operated in Gaza. Now, there are less than a hundred.

– Israel bombed a biscuit factory in Gaza which employed 450 people, leaving them unemployed. Can Coca Cola guarantee that its 400 workers won’t be left in a similar position?

6. Coke’s investments in the West Bank and Gaza are dwarfed by its economic activity in Israel. At present, Coca Cola is profiting from the occupation by abiding by Israel’s occupation regime.

‘If Coca-Cola is serious about investing in the Palestinian economy, it will call for a lifting of the siege on Gaza so that its operation there can really flourish and provide Palestinians with more than jobs, but with future economic prospects – as it is doing for Israel.’ said Shamiul Joarder, Head of Public Affairs at FOA.

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FAQ

What is CBC? (Central Bottling Company)

Founded in 1967, Central Bottling Company (CBC) is an Israeli manufacturer and distributor of soft drinks, dairy products and alcoholic beverages.

What is CBC’s role in the occupation?

  • CBC has a Coca-Cola factory in Atarot illegal Israeli settlement. Israeli settlements are built on land stolen from Palestinians and are illegal under international law.
  • The Palestinian alternative – the National Beverages Company (NBC) is denied access to East Jerusalem. Whilst CBC is free to market it’s drinks. This constitutes a captive market for the Israeli distributor keeping the profit streaming into Israel and essentially the occupation, whilst taking away any money or hope for Palestinian businesses.

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.

There are currently between 600,000 and 750,000 Israeli settlers living in at least 250 illegal settlements (130 official, 120 unofficial) in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Why are Israeli 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.

Why are they important?

The settlements help to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation making it impossible to create peace and an independent Palestinian state. The settlements are also considered illegal under international law. Israel’s yearly expansion of settlements has created an extremely difficult situation on the ground for Palestinians. Settlers get away with land theft while attacking and harassing Palestinians on a daily basis for simply being Palestinians.

What brands come under Coca-Cola?

Coca-Cola own more than 80 drinks across 20 different brands, click here to find out which brands to avoid.

Doesn’t Coca-Cola invest in Gaza?

Coke’s investments in the West Bank and Gaza are dwarfed by its economic activity in Israel. At present, Coca Cola is profiting from the occupation by abiding by Israel’s occupation regime.

‘If Coca-Cola is serious about investing in the Palestinian economy, it will call for a lifting of the siege on Gaza so that its operation there can really flourish and provide Palestinians with more than jobs, but with future economic prospects – as it is doing for Israel.’ said Shamiul Joarder, Head of Public Affairs at FOA.

What other issues is Coca-Cola involved in?

  • Coca-Cola has a major plastics problem. It has been ranked as the world’s worst plastic polluter for a third year running in Break Free From Plastics annual audit. In the 51 of 55 nations surveyed, Coca-Cola’s branding was found on 13,834 pieces of plastic across beaches, rivers, parks and communities across the globe. It has an annual plastic footprint of 2.9million tonnes. Break Free From Plastic found Coca-Cola bottles were by far the worst offender.
  • Coca-Cola has been accused of dehydrating communities in its pursuit of water resources. Coca-Cola say without water, making the beverage wouldn’t be possible. It takes almost three litres of water to make one litre of Coca-Cola. To meet its needs Coca-Cola has increasingly taken over aquifers from communities around the world, leaving groundwater dry for agriculture and having locals walk further to collect water for drinking. This has been well documented in many communities globally such as in India and El Salvador. Further, Coca-Cola’s plans to give back water to the communities has come under fire as an exaggeration and not even covering more than a “very small percentage” of its water footprint.