Are only small and obscure companies involved in whitewashing Israel’s human rights violations? Think again.
We are in the midst of documenting (with irrefutable evidence) how some Asia-based companies are aiding and abetting the expansion of the illegal occupation and continuing apartheid by Israel against the Palestinians.
These companies are unwittingly giving Israel all the more reasons not to end the occupation, settlement expansion let alone resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Using examples of global companies already under the spotlight, we plan to develop a similar ESG/SRI-led campaign in early-to-mid 2020, targeting Asia-based companies and organisations.
Examples of similar large, global companies under the unwanted BDS spotlight right now include:
1. Leading travel websites’ accommodation listings in the occupied Palestinian territories. For e.g., AirBnB, Expedia, Tripadvisor, etc.,
2. Global technology providers’ surveillance technology and checkpoint equipment. For e.g., HP & Motorola Solutions, etc.,
3. Construction machinery providers’ bulldozers. For e.g., Caterpillar & Hyundai, etc.,
In essence, we hope to point out to Asia-based companies, individuals as well as governments:
Every single time we buy from Israel or travel to Israel or invest in Israel, we are putting money directly into the pockets of individuals and businesses who either:
(I) brush aside the Israeli apartheid and occupation, calling it “complicated politics“;
(II) support an economy that profits from the illegal occupation itself.