Muslims Boycott of USA & Israel
Muslims are actively boycotting USA & Israeli products & services
I do not need to tell you about the fact that Muslims are Boycotting USA & Israel, because all I need to do is quote their own words which are directly quoted here from this document, which is one of many I could have chosen:
TITLE: International Journal of Business and Social Science Vol. 1 No. 3; December 2010
PAGES: 245 – 248
5.5 Product Boycott
Another implementation of the halalan tayyiba concept, Sabasun has taken an out of the box approach away from the established norms of hypermarket retailers.
Where maximizing profit and reducing cost have always been the goal, Sabasun has clearly taken a different path.
Boycotting products that are associated with the United States of America or the State of Israel is an approach engaged in with the certain aims
a. As a new form of education so that Muslim are trained to be free from the clutches of the enemy of Islam.
b. As an emphasis on the spirit of Muslim brotherhood and unity whom are not pleased to conspire against their Muslim brothers.
c. As a statement of dissatisfaction against American foreign policy through exercising their purchasing power.
The mechanism of the boycott is categorised into three stages due to consumers’ dependence on and need for particular products.
Boycotting Products is carried out by12:
Multimedia advertisement campaign is shown through 24 units of projector televisions that are installed all over the building.
b. Protest Letter
Sabasun has sent protest letters to a few giant companies such as Nestle, in relation to their involvement with Israel through big scale investment in industries on occupied Palestinian land.
Sabasun has printed a few pamphlets and distributed to customers to help create awareness on the need to help Muslim brothers in ways that they can.
d. Full boycott
Among the products that are fully boycotted are Pepsi, Coca Cola, Dunhill, Marlboro, Dentyne etc.
e. Limited sales floor area or partial boycott
Among the products in this category are Nestle, Colgate Palmolive, P&G, Unilever etc.
Sabasun management is in the opinion that there is a need to carry out this boycott because every cent that is spent by customers for a particular product will contribute towards these companies economic growth.
This economic advantage, in turn, is used to sponsor terror and killing in Islamic countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
When product boycott was carried out by consumers in the Middle East and some in the European countries, sales of these companies is reported to be decreased by 10% and this amounted to big numbers for giant companies.
Thus, it is a rational for Muslim especially in Malaysia to take similar action. Furthermore, Of late, many other products are available as an alternative for the boycotted products.
For example, we have Mukmin toothpaste instead of Colgate etc. and Fab or Breeze could be replaced with Daiya, Puteri Emas etc.
There are a few questions arise in regard to the boycott such as how effective is the approach and why not botcotting all the products altogether.
In answering these questions, Sabasun has reiterated to look at collapse of the apartheid regime in South Africa as the best example.
To answer the question in regard to why not boycotting all the products altogether, Sabasun has taken an approach to do what can be done when one cannot do all. Hence, a few products that are really needed by consumers are offered on a limited floor space and no promotion is done for the product. While products that are boycott completely will not even get space on the shelves let alone floor space.
During the early phase after the campaign was in progress, the effect of the boycott is very obvious when Sabasun suffer a loss of nearly RM150,000. Despite the fact, according to Che Salmi, they hold on to the holy Qur’an verse 3 of chapter al-Talaq (Divorce):
Surat Aţ-Ţalāq (The Divorce) –
And when they have [nearly] fulfilled their term, either retain them according to acceptable terms or part with them according to acceptable terms. And bring to witness two just men from among you and establish the testimony for [the acceptance of] Allah . That is instructed to whoever should believe in Allah and the Last day. And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out
And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.
And He provides for him from (sources) he could never imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah,
sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah
appointed a due proportion.
(65:3 Yusuf Ali translation)
The attitude is evident when the companies whose products were granted limited floor space have reapplied to increase the floor size and willing to pay higher fees but Sabasun has not budged with the decision.
The halalan tayyiba principle is one of the shari’ah rule intended to protect the decency of human life as to promote best dietary habit granted by Allah SWT.
This principle has been practised openly and with full awareness by Sabasun. Although incurring loss and with reduced profit at the beginning but in the end, Sabasun management has managed to break even and made profit by focusing on existing products and continuously become the customers focal point.
The halalan tayyiba concept must be understood integratively by way of its’ internal and external aspect. It is important that this concept be absolutely understood as it is a standard to measure quality of consumerism. It has to be applied in the field of consumerism by all parties involved whether it is consumer, government, manufacturer, supplier or businessman. However, there are not many of those in the production or manufacturing business are giving consideration to it. From marketing point of view, Sabasun has single handedly introduced a few distintive steps in boycoting products from Israel and the United States of America in retaliation /consideration of injustice to the Palestinian especially and to the Muslim countries in general such as Iraq and Afghanistan by limiting the shelf space and choosing not to offer or sell those products all together even though they are commonly available in the market. Resulted from a sense of brotherhood, struggle and reliance on Allah SWT, Sabasun has taken a risk that will not be taken by any other big scale hypermarket retailer. Thus, the concept of halalan tayyiba has been in practice in full speed (the maximum) at the Sabasun premise and it can serve as a model to other businessmen who have similar aspiration.
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BDS isn’t pro-Palestinian – it is simply anti-Israel.
If proof that Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs want to work peacefully together was needed, then this video shows just that.
It is an advert published on February 20, 2016 pleading not to boycott Israel, and not to boycott peace, but keep the hope alive!
You can view it here:
SodaStream. An Island of Peace
SodaStream. An Island of Peace
Outcome of the BDS (Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions) Campaign
Sadly, due to all those who support the BDS campaign, hundreds of Arab Palestinian workers have been left unemployed after the Israeli SodaStream factory where they worked were forced to move out of what the world calls ‘the West Bank’ – Judea and Samaria – and set up a new factory in Israel’s Negev Desert following an international boycott campaign.
So was this a BDS success for all those who support this action such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, or the Scottish Green Party, or those who backed the Methodist Church BDS campaigns? It would be interesting to know if those within the UK who stand with this offensive BDS machine are actually in employment. It would then be interesting to know how they feel having campaigned so strongly against what they would class as “Apartheid Israel”.
It would be interesting to know how they feel about making the very people they are supposed to be “supporting”, to be forced out of work as the 500 Arab Palestinians have lost their jobs after the factory was forced to move.
Daniel Birnbaum, chief executive of SodaStream International, said the last 74 Palestinian workers left at the beginning of March 2016.
“We gave them an opportunity to work,” he told Israel’s Channel 2 TV, calling Palestinians the main victims of the boycott movement.
The BDS movement seeks to ostracise Israel by lobbying corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with the Jewish state.
Supporters say the boycott is aimed at furthering Palestinian aspirations for independence, and that their efforts are modelled on an earlier campaign against apartheid South Africa. However, by stating the BDS efforts are modelled on an earlier campaign against apartheid South Africa is the biggest insult one can make to Black South Africans, as you will see here if you watch the following film clip.
So, is Israel an “apartheid state,” as its BDS campaigners claim? Who better to answer that charge than a Black South African who lived through apartheid? Kenneth Meshoe, a member of the South African parliament, fits that bill. He examines the evidence against Israel and draws a compelling conclusion.
Click here to view:
A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid
A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid