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Gaza rally backs boycott of Israeli goods

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Dozens of Palestinians braved a searing afternoon sun to rally in Gaza’s Saha market district against the sale of Israeli products on July 31, 2012.

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(Photo: Joe Catron)

The demonstration, part of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, drew participants from the BDS National Committee (BNC), the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO).

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(Photo: Joe Catron)

“As a Palestinian, I believe that boycott, in all its forms, is a primary tool in our struggle against the occupation,” said Hanan Abunasser, a recent university graduate.

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(Photo: Joe Catron)

“Our biggest supermarkets in Gaza are almost full of Israeli products. We as Palestinians should insist on alternatives, and all Israeli products should be boycotted.”

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(Photo: Joe Catron)

Following the rally, participants marched through the crowded alleys of the nearby market, distributing fliers urging shoppers and merchants to boycott Israeli merchandise during the busy Ramadan season.

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(Joe Catron)
Joe Catron

Joe Catron is a US activist in Gaza, Palestine, where he works with Palestinian groups and international solidarity networks, particularly in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and prisoners' movements. He co-edited The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange, blogs at and tweets at @jncatron.

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18 Responses

  1. ritzl on August 6, 2012, 8:07 pm

    It’s not just Occupation anymore, but Occupation Industry.

    Israeli Occupation Industry.

  2. lyn117 on August 6, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Gaza, I guess, brings new meaning to the term “captive market” for Israeli goods.

    • annie on August 7, 2012, 2:39 am

      absolutely lyn.

      thanks joe, and thanks for the photos. the boy..priceless.

  3. Walid on August 7, 2012, 3:27 am

    Joe Catron, in the last picture above, both products should be boycotted; the cheddar cheese on the left of the picture sold by “Americana” since Kuwait is now openly selling products such as onions and bell peppers from Israel. Palestinians should also boycott the KFC in Ramallah since it’s also owned by the Kuwait “Americana” Food Company. But how effective is the BDS effort in Gaza when Israeli products are being sold in markets in the Gulf?

  4. Boycott Israel on Campus on August 7, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I will never trust the so-called BDS movement in the United States. For so many years, they have been reclining and waiting for someone ELSE to call for BDS in public, with protest signs and marches.

    Now the most battered Palestinians on Earth, in Gaza, are demanding BDS, for your viewing pleasure.

    Are you proud that Gazans are doing the hard work for you? Gazans. They hardly have water to drink.

    And you American so-called “BDS-ers” STILL won’t march on your city council, your student government, or anywhere else to just demand a total boycott against Israel.

    Shame on you for your public inaction. You American BDS types are acutely aware that a vocal BDS movement would totally change this country and the world.

    Yet you hide and gripe privately about the Lobby, and imagine yourself an “activist”.

    You fear the Lobby so badly that you will never stand up in public and say “Boycott Israel”. A great excuse to hide out forever– the Lobby.

    Shame on you for your inaction.

  5. Have the GUTS to shout_BOYCOTT ISRAEL on August 8, 2012, 2:32 pm

    I agree with you “BOYCOTT ISRAEL ON U.S. CAMPUSES”.

    I want to tell these guys: have the GUTS to SHOUT BOYCOTT ISAEL in public, or stop bellyaching about the suffering Gazans.

    It is shameful, not to mention boring, to continue to report on Gaza and the suffering of the people there, when you have made it clear you will not move a muscle to really confront Israel.

    Get a therapist and bellyache in their lush offices.

    Stop using the people of Gaza to ease your mental anguish over your complacency in REAL action to stop Israeli crimes.

    • annie on August 8, 2012, 4:55 pm

      oh great, now we have 2 people in the peanut gallery harping on us for not working hard enough.

      • Boycott Israel on Campus on August 8, 2012, 5:18 pm

        Yes, you work very hard. You run the best Palestine resource available for BDS activists to use.

        Just one problem: No public BDS activists!

        Since you know how important BDS is, and since you are 1000% better protected than any Arab American who opens their mouth in protest, it’s incumbent on you to set an example and push for BDS.

        I mean push BDS out in public, at city councils and university governments, where the media will pick up the story.

        You fail to do that, not because you’re busy.

        It’s because you simply fear to go out there and demand any action against Israel. All you can do is gripe: it’s easier, but it helps much less than a BDS campaign would help.

      • annie on August 8, 2012, 5:50 pm

        you have no idea what you are talking about Boycott Israel on Campus. i recently attended (and spoke)a meeting between the public and the permit and resource works department of sonoma co in santa rosa calling to end the contract with viola. allison was there too as were way over 100 people.

        seriously, you act like people here have no life off these threads. go shove it, you’re pissing me off.

      • Walid on August 8, 2012, 6:42 pm

        Annie, why should one expect Sonoma County to drop its contract with Veolia when this company and its associate Alstom are currently working on contracts worth tens of billions in Arab countries building desalination plants, metros and fast rail lines? Veolia, now 5% owned by an Arab country’s sovereign fund and that got kicked out of Stockholm because of what it’s building on the West Bank for the bad guys has a bus company operating in Lebanon. Figure that one out.

      • Merk on August 8, 2012, 9:47 pm

        you’re movement is stale and has been left behind. The rest of the world continues and strives to improve, not just belly aches about the past. The Palestinians (and their supporters) must do the same, find a solution to your problems and contribute to the world, enough generations of smart, hard-working Palestinians have been sacrificed for your impossible mission.

      • Cliff on August 8, 2012, 9:59 pm

        Gee, thanks Murky!

        Please tell that to those hard-working Palestinians out there!

        Hey guys! There’s a hardcore Zio on your side who thinks ‘the world’ is on Israel’s side/does not ‘belly ache’ about the past (except the Holocaust/9/11, anything useful to make war on a strategic enemy against a strategic ally of a Western nation, etc. etc. etc.)/etc.

        We’ve already got one hophmi. Do we really need another obtuse short-term amnesiac buffoon to use as a communal punching bag? Why not go join the circus, Murky?

    • justicewillprevail on August 8, 2012, 5:21 pm

      Yeah, always somebody else to blame. What are you doing about it, mr unverified holier-than-thou?

  6. Boycott Israel on Campus on August 8, 2012, 7:14 pm

    It’s great that you and Allison spoke for BDS against a company, and that 100 people witnessed it.

    Please front-page the media clip, or at least YouTube footage, so that students will know somebody really is pushing for BDS.

    • annie on August 8, 2012, 7:51 pm

      i’ve had a houseguest for 10 days and am running behind. but it was videoed. another of our contributors, deppen webber was there also. you can also send phil and adam reports of your own activism too y’know. don’t be shy.

      so that students will know somebody really is pushing for BDS.

      students were there, many spoke.

      • Boycott Israel on Campus on August 8, 2012, 7:59 pm


        Thank you. I look forward to seeing your BDS activism on the big screen. And I apologize for not knowing that you are actually a public BDS activist! I had thought there were none.

        I will take your advice and submit a little BDS activism item to Phil and Adam, to encourage the students.

  7. Djinn on August 9, 2012, 8:22 pm

    So BIOC is ready to slag others for not doing what he is also not doing himself & then claims he was unaware of any public BDS activists in the US. Right can we agree on 100% troll now?

  8. Boycott Israel on Campus on August 10, 2012, 7:22 am


    I am not done slagging, nor am I done “trolling” (yes, I have discovered that is the preferred term for those who demand total boycott against Israel).

    Annie has done her best. She has pushed for a boycott of one company that deals with Israel. That is her vision, and she has stood up for it publicly.

    If more people did that, it would be better — especially if it were reported on the Mondoweiss front pages so you and I would know about it.

    My vision may seem impractical to you and to Annie, but here it is: to demand total boycott of all products from Israel — exactly as was done to Apartheid South Africa. This implies a far higher level of shunning and scorn against Israel.

    Total boycott implies a higher level of self-confidence among BDS activists, too. If any Zionists now tell me that means I must rip my computer out of the wall, let me answer them in advance: No, not until your state is abolished.

    In fact, I have done as Djinn says: I have demanded total boycott against Israel as publicly as I can. Virtually no one (including me) is actually reported as demanding a total boycott against Israel, so how would you know such an option even exists?

    Boycott Israel, even if they call you a troll.

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