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!

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