One of the common announcements by the BDS Crowd (thats Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) is to rally around to get people to cease doing business with Israel to ‘stop the occupation’
Its funny that the word ‘occupation’ seeing as Jews have lived in Judea and Samaria for thousands of years, places like Bethlehem, Jericho, Hebron, Shiloh, etc have Hebrew names and and well known in the bible and real history books.
One of the favourite targets for the BDS movement is Coca Cola being ‘Zionist company’ Some more interesting hoaxes against the Coca Cola company http://www.coca-colacompany.com/contact-us/coca-cola-rumors-facts
This is an interesting idea, and actually not buying Coca Cola actually hurts Arab people and Palestinian people, here’s why:
I went to the Arab convenience store near my house here in the southern most tip of Jerusalem. Here is what I bought:-
This Can of Coke is in Hebrew, and its made in Benei Barak, a Jewish city outside of Tel Aviv that has a mostly Ultra Orthodox community. Its certified Kosher too. Coca Cola also make soda in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. However I couldn’t buy this from this shop, but there are other Arabic labeled products from other Palestinian cities. A company called United Beverage company in Ramallah are licenced to make Coke for Arabic speaking people in this region.
Here’s their official web site of the National Beverage Company who are licenced to sell Coca Cola for Arabic speaking customers:- http://www.nbc-pal.com/
Here below is the Hebrew canning operation of the Coca Cola factory which is on the side of a big motorway, rather use my own photos, I nicked this off of google.
This can of Pepsi is in Arabic and marked as for sale to the West Bank and Gaza market, – but – its made in Greece!!
Coke and Pepsi seem to often alternate between using 330ml cans in the tall skinny type or fatter traditional ones. I’m not quite sure why.
These boycott lists of so called ways to help Palestinian people are always unfair and inaccurate, and often use any kind layoff from the financial changes in the last year as a so call ‘win’ for the BDS movement. The BDS movement’s goals are based on malice towards Israel and not towards positive ways to help Arab people anywhere. A better way to help Palestinian people would be to maybe manufacture and market the popular Arabic drink Sahalab to UK and western nations, particularly maybe sell it in Arab and Asian restaurants in Europe.