Occupation-Free Shopping Guide: 6 Companies and 15 Wineries to Boycott

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) Movement is a nonviolent way for peacemakers everywhere to help end the occupation of Palestinian territory by the nation of Israel. This occupation has been a source of world conflict and inhumane injustice for over six decades. Based on international law and human rights standards, BDS is a response to the epistle from the Palestinian Christian community know as the Kairos Document, in which they pled for their fellow Christians around the world to unite in boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against the occupation.

The stated goals of the BDS movement are to boycott until Israel complies with international law by ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the wall; recognizing the fundamental rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and recognizing the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

At its July 2012 meeting the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a statement that calls upon all nations to prohibit the import of products made by enterprises in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land and directs 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 is made. Read about the resolution passed in at the 2014 General Assembly.

The boycott is not against the people or the state of Israel; it is against specific Israeli government policies and practices that destroy hope for a just resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

You can heed that call by not buying the products below and telling others about the boycott of products made in illegal settlements:

AHAVA COSMETICS: cosmetics made from Dead Sea minerals – moisturizers, creams, bath salts, etc The company factory and visitors' center are in an illegal Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalem, in the occupied West Bank. These products are sold at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Target, Lonely Planet, Zappo’s, Amazon.com, BeautyBridge.com, DermStore.com, SkinOne.com, VitaCost.com, Soap.com, Makeup Alley, Birchbox. com, and Ulta Health and Beauty, among other places.

SodaStream BoycottSODASTREAM: home carbonated beverage machines and syrups The main plant of the company is in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomim (also spelled Adumim, Adomim, or Edummim), an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Products are sold at Amazon, 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, and SkyMall, among other places. (Image from ips-dc.org)

INTERSTAR, TIP TOP, AND EDUSHAPE TOYS: modular plastic toys, building pieces These products are made in the Barkan Industrial Zone, part of an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Attached to the residential settlement of Ariel, Barkan was established in 1982 on the land of the Palestinian villages of Haris, Bruqin and Sarta. The industrial zone hosts a disproportionate number of factories that pollute the environment. For example, waste from Barkan runs down the hillside of the Al -Matwi Valley, damaging Palestinian farmland. Palestinian laborers are employed in the industrial zone and are paid, as documented in several sources, below the minimum wage and denied the right to unionize. The products are shipped to Edushape USA. They are sold at Toys R Us, Amazon, Walmart, Muni Toys, and other locations.

KETER PLASTIC PRODUCTS: garden furniture, outdoor storage solutions and sheds, shelving systems and utility cabinets, tool boxes and storage products 4 for the Do-it-yourself (DIY) market, as well as household, baby and toddler products Both Keter and its full subsidiary, Lipski, have factories in the Barkan Industrial Zone (see above). The products are 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, PepBoys, and other locations. Keter is licensed to use the name Black & Decker and sells under that name the following products: Black & Decker Storage Building, SpaceRite Cabinets, and the Workmate series of storage containers.

WINERIES LOCATED IN ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS in the Palestinian Territories or the Golan Heights and exporting to the United States:

  • Israeli Settlement WineArza Winery T.R.Z
  • Assaf Winery
  • Barkan Wineries
  • Bashan Winery
  • Bazelet Hagolan Winery
  • Binyamina Winery
  • Bustan Hameshushim Winery
  • Chateau Golan Winery
  • Gat Shomron Winery (pictured)
  • Givon Winery
  • Gush Etzion Winery
  • Livni Winery
  • Noah/Hevron Winery
  • Psagot Winery Shiloh Winery
  • Tura Estate Winery

This list was prepared in 2013 by the Interfaith Peace Initiative using information from WhoProfits.org.

This article was compiled from information provided by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network on their website which contains extensive resources on BDS.

Use your product review on Amazon and other shopping sites to tell the world why you are not buying these products!