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CalgaryBDS is a blog created and maintained by individuals who believe in raising a concious voice against injustice,oppression, apartheid and violation of human rights in Palestine. We hope to raise awareness about the Palestinian plight and educate citizens how to take action against injustice all year round and not just when it’s in the news. Action begins at home and in our communities and that’s exactly what we hope to do.

The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.” [1]

If you would like to contribute and join our team, please email us at calgarybds@gmail.com

[1] http://www.bdsmovement.net/bdsintro

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Premier League footballers condemn attack on Gaza

A call by 62 top football players, many from English Premier League and first division teams in Europe, condemning Israel’s recent attack on Gaza and the decision by UEFA, the European football federation, to hold its 2013 Under 21 tournament in Israel, has received wide and favorable coverage.

This takes the Palestinian campaign for the boycott of Israel, especially the sporting boycott, to new levels of international mainstream prominence and legitimacy.

The statement, posted on the website of former Seville striker who now plays for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, Frédéric Kanouté says:

We, as European football players, express our solidarity with the people of Gaza who are living under siege and denied basic human dignity and freedom. The latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza, resulting in the death of over a hundred civilians, was yet another stain on the world’s conscience.

Read the rest of Ali Abunimah’s post here on Electronic Intifa

Boycott L’oreal

Women use a lot of cosmetic products to beautify themselves, but do they know the contribution their purchase makes? Collectively, some of the profits from Israeli and affiliated businesses are used towards making life in Israel a lot better while Palestinians continue to live below the poverty line not receiving much help from the international community!

Ok there CalgaryBDS, how do you know that these companies support Israel?

Let’s take L’oreal for instance, a very common brand used by every household.

  1. L’Oreal purchased 35.5% of israeli company Interbeauty (12/96) $9m
    Israeli Embassy – List of United States Companies with Investments in Israel, http://www.israelemb.org/economic/uscompanies.htm
  2. “The new $10,000 scholarships that L’Oreal will be offering here annually stem from what company Vice President Francois Vachey describes as a “desire to do something to commemorate Israel’s 50th birthday.”
    Jerusalem Post, June 15, 1999, http://www.jpost.com/com/Archive/15.Jun.1999/Business/Article-5.html.
  3. L’Oreal has established Israel as its commercial center in the Middle East and has increased investment and manufacturing activities ranging from a new production line established in Migdal Haemek, to joint research and development projects with Israeli affiliates, as well as education and public service campaigns.
    Anti-Defamation League, http://www.adl.org/presrele/IslME_62/2526_62.asp.

The company L’oreal also makes the follow products and is affiliated with these companies:

  • Maybelline
  • Garnier
  • Lancome Paris
  • Redken 5th Avenue NYC
  • La Roche Posay
  • Biotherm
  • Vichy Laboratories
  • Giorgio Armani Perfumes
  • Ralph Lauren Perfumes
  • Helena Rubinstein

By purchasing L’oreal products you are contributing to Israel’s robust economy and you don’t even know it!

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“The old argument that a boycott of Israeli goods would only push the country further away from negotiations and hinder peace has become obsolete. The Israeli government flouts international law and keeps taking more Palestinian territory regardless.
To give Israel a clear signal that the international community will not tolerate this, I can’t see any other option than a boycott of Israeli goods left any more.”

Read the rest here on Liberal Conspiracy, a multi-authored politics blog.

The call to boycott H&M

H&M, a Swedish fashion chain is well known for their affordable and stylish clothing and accessories for men,women and children. In Calgary we have a three H&M stores, one in Sunridge mall in the NE, The Core in down town and Market mall in the NW.

Why should you boycott H&M? Allow us to share a few reasons.

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By establishing chain stores in Israel, H&M is investing in the economy of a state that recklessly violates human rights, has been committing war crimes consistently in the name of self defense and continues its systematic ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people to say the least.

In 2010 H&M opened a store in Malha, a village in Jerusalem that was ethnically cleansed during the Nakba, the day of catastrophe,the1948 Palestinian exodus. About 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled out of fear from their homeland and thus the creation of the Israeli state in 1948. Palestinians who were illegally evicted from their homes in Jerusalem by the Israeli state were replaced with Jewish colonial settlers. Government funded housing units are built for the settlers while the Palestinians live as refugees in camps, completely displaced till this day without the right to return.

While Palestinians lose their lives,homes,health and basic rights to live and earn a living, H&M established three other stores in 2010, in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Kfar Saba and another two stores in 2011 in Petah Tikva and Netanya.

Be an ethical consumer! Don’t buy into apartheid! Stand in solidarity with Palestine & humanity! Listen to your conscience! Boycott H&M!  

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a fact sheet  from the Canadians for justice & peace in the Middle East (CJPME) website. Click here