The South African chapter of the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movements is calling for South Africans of all walks of life to strengthen their campaign against products produced by Israel.
BDS SA co-ordinator Muhammed Desai says now that the world has seen the overwhelming amount of support for the Palestinian people held by South Africans, those same people should continue showing their solidarity through physical, tangible means.
Desai said they were calling on the community to focus on three main brand targets. The first is Soda Stream, a drink maker sold in most supermarkets. It is an Israeli product and also one produced on occupied land.
“We don’t want the community to just walk by the Soda Stream machine or just not buy it, we are asking them to engage with the shop owners, managers and whoever is in charge to explain why people should stay away from these products and even try to win them over into not stocking these products,” he said.
The second brand, or company, to be specially boycotted is G4S, an Israeli based security company. Desai says a large amount of South African companies already have severed their contracts with G4S and community members should once again engage with shop owners, company management and conscientise them on the implications of supporting the security company associated in many atrocities in Israel itself.
Lastly, Desai says South Africans must be able to ask shop keepers in major retailers what the country of origin is for fresh produce that they buy. Many fresh produce products are produced on Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.
“We encourage consumers to be more conscious when they buy … and to insist that they’re told where certain
Desai also encouraged ordinary South Africans to stand up and form groups of their own and to contact the BDS SA to find out how they can do more to aid the Palestinian people. VOC (Andriques Che Petersen)