Israel’s month-long assault on Gaza has over 1900 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians. It has sparked condemnation by the UN and of course on twitter. Outraged tweeps are using the hashtag #BDS, short for means boycott, divestment and sanctions — a growing movement to get Israel to change its policies when it comes to human rights.
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By: Barak Ravid
The Spanish government decided to temporarily freeze arms and military technology exports to Israel over the offensive in the Gaza Strip, the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Monday.
As the West moves to impose sanctions on Russia for supporting Ukrainian rebels, Moscow supersizes its geopolitical beef – punching back right in the golden arches. Its consumer rights watchdog filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s claiming they found E-coli and antibiotics in their food and that McDonald’s under-stated the calorie-count in their hamburgers and milkshakes. But Russia has a long track record of adopting strict health and safety standards right when the geopolitical tensions are high. AJ+ fully animates the Russian food fight.
Coca-Cola’s sales may suffer.
By: Heather Timmons
Turkish businesses have started removing Coca-Cola from shelves, more than a hundred Mumbai hotels are not selling any of its products, and Malaysian pro-Palestinian groups are calling for a boycott in response to the continued Israeli attacks on Gaza, which have killed more than 700 people.
The well-organized “Boycott Israel” movement has been around for many years, and generally ebbs and flows with the intensity of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, part of the larger “BDS” (for boycott, divestment & sanctions) campaign started in 2005. The huge civilian death toll in Gaza, which has been documented by quickly-circulated photographs, and the unrelenting nature of Israel’s missile attacks could make this boycott particularly tough on Coca-Cola, judging from growing support from social media:
Rihanna and Dwight Howard both tweeted #FreePalestine and then quickly deleted the posts. But does it even matter what celebrities think about the Free Palestine movement? For a growing campaign called BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), which targets Israel, the answer might be yes.