Tuesday, November 18, 2008
An Idea Whose Time has Come!
Palestinian calls for Palestine boycott
From The Jewish Chronicle
October 30, 2008
A campaign group has launched a boycott with a difference this week -
calling on British shoppers to stop buying goods produced in the West Bank
Boycott of Palestinian Goods and Services (BPGS) is also asking traders to
stop importing olive oil, figs, dates, soap and flowers from Palestinian
Campaign director Muhsir Mutawakil, who claims in a press release that he
converted to Judaism in 1994, said Hamas's control of Gaza had resulted in
"religious and gender apartheid" for 120,000 Palestinian Christians and
more than two million women.
Rafah-born Mr Mutawakil, who claims he has held "successful" talks with
British firms, said: "There is a growing realisation that fostering
business dealings and exchanges in the travel, professional, educational
and medical sectors with these apartheid-based regimes is
counter-productive. Commitments made for 2009 are being renegotiated or
A Board of Deputies spokesman said it was unaware of BPGS and was opposed
to boycotts: "We would like to see a time when peaceful co-operation
between Israelis and Palestinians boosts the economies of both peoples.
The first step is to encourage trade and not engage in sanctions."
Last updated: 12:27pm, October 30 2008
For Immediate Distribution
Successful Launch of Boycott of Palestinian Arab Goods
VANCOUVER, November 10 -- Organizers of a new world-wide campaign to
boycott imports of goods and services from so-called Palestine today
expressed satisfaction with the inroads they have made in this regard.
Boycott of Palestinian Goods and Services (BPGS) CEO Muhsir
Mutawakil said he is looking forward to global distributors shifting their
imports of agricultural and horticultural products from Gaza and the West
Bank towards other sources.
"The Islamic oppressive regimes in Gaza and Ramallah are enforcing
apartheid rule against 120,000 Palestinian Christians and over 2 million
women. This religious and gender apartheid must stop at once," he said.
He noted that the multinational business community is sensitive
to handling tainted products from exporters who are engaging in war
crimes. Accordingly, there should shortly be a measurable decline in
shipments to Western markets, including Canada, of flowers, soap,
handicrafts, olive oil, figs, dates, pita and Cremisan wine from
Mutawakil also reported successful discussions with the services
industry in Canada, Australia, the USA and the UK. "There is a growing
realization that fostering business dealings and exchanges in the travel,
professional, educational and medical sectors with these apartheid-based
regimes is counter-productive. Already, commitments made for 2009 are
being renegotiated or dropped entirely," he said.
The BPGS campaign is proud to be receiving the assistance of lay
and religious publics in the developed world. It is confident that just
as apartheid South Africa was brought to its knees by the boycotts of
international civil society, so too will the brutal Hamas and Abbas
occupiers of Gaza and the West Bank be defeated by NGOs like us
For Editors: Muhsir Mutawakil is a Palestinian Arab from the town of
Rafah in the Gaza Strip. His parents were tortured to death by the Hamas
gang currently ruling Gaza. He converted to Judaism in 1994.