Boycott Israel


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An effective and peaceful manner in which to support the Palestinian cause, and to help end the occupation is through a boycott of Israeli products, and companies which support the Israeli economy and war machine. Boycotts were effective in ending apartheid in South Africa, and if the movement gains momentum, as it has been in recent years, the Boycott of Israeli products could have an appreciable effect.

Much like Israel has blockaded Palestinian territories, and suffocated the Palestinian economy, it is only fitting that Israel is punished in the same manner.

On a personal level, certain consumer products can be boycotted. Whilst it is difficult to boycott every single company associated with Israel, it is important that ones efforts are concentrated on the worst offenders. Whilst you may feel that you alone will have little effect, just remember that it is a collective effort, and your contribution is paramount. The boycott has already had a significant effect on companies such as McDonalds and Coca-Cola. However, most of these results are in the middle east. This does prove that the boycott works, we must simply increase its effectiveness internationally.

TIP- Avoid any product that has “729” as the first numbers in its barcode. This indicates that the product is of Israeli origin.

Whilst this list may appear excessively long, it is important to note that some of these brands may not be available in your country of residence. A detailed review of each of the offending companies, and why they are on the list is available here.

Aero (chocolate)
After Eight
Ambi Pur
Aqua Velva
Aveda
Bali
Banana Republic
Barbie
Bath & Body Works
Bobbi Brown
Body Mist
Britannia Pacific
Express stores
Bryan
Bumble & Bumble
Carnation
Carrefour
Carson
Marks & Spencer
McDonald’s
Champion
cK
Clinique
DIM
DKNY
Evian
Felix cat food
Forbes
GAP
Garnier
Gossard
Hanes
Henri Bendel
L’Oreal
Giorgio Armani,
Huggies
Hugo Boss
Disney
Estée Lauder
Aramis
Intimate Brands
JC Penny
J-Crew
Just My Size
Kate Spade
Home Depot
IBM
Intel
Johnson & Johnson
Kleenex,
KitKat
Kiwi
Kotex
La Mer
Lancome Paris
Leggs
Lerner New York
Libby’s
Lion
L’Oréal
News Corporation
Lovable
Maggi
Maybelline
Milkmaid
Milkybar
Motorola
Nestle
Nescafé
Nesquik
Nokia
Nur die
Origins
Perrier
Pickwick
Pilao
Playtex
Polo
Prescriptives
Pure Life
Quality Street
Radox
Ralph Lauren
Redken 5th Avenue
Revlon
Sanex
Sara Lee
Seattle Coffee
Selfridges
Siemens
Smarties
Sprite
Starbucks
Stila
Structure
Sunkist
Caterpillar
HP foods
Superior Coffee
Tazo
Timberland
Tommy Hilfiger
Vichy
Victoria’s Secret
Vittel
Volvic
White Barn Candle Company
Wonderbra

Israeli Produce

Israel produces a variety of fresh produce that is exported globally. In many cases, these products are grown on confiscated farms in the West Bank. Some common produce from Israel includes Dates, Oranges, Mandarins, Lemons, Grapefruit, and other citrus products. Citrus products are often under the brand name “Jaffa”.

Dead Sea Products

Israel exports a wide range of Dead Sea products, often in the form of salts, skin products, and other beauty related products. A common brand is “Seacret”. Dead Sea products originating from Jordan are an alternative to the Israeli produced products

 

~Peace and Palaestine.com

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My neighbours were millionaires


RISE AND FALL: Felda L.B. Johnson, or LBJ in Negri Sembilan will always be associated with the sad tales of a crumbling community brought down by greed and recklessness from instant wealth back in the mid-90s, writes Maizatul Ranai

THE abandoned houses are the rotting reminders of the once “instant” millionaires. Although many of the pioneering settlers have died, the painful memories are still fresh in the minds of their children and grandchildren.
The black spot in the history of Felda L.B. Johnson can easily be traced back to the events in the mid-90s.
Named after former United States president Lyndon B. Johnson, who visited the village in 1966, the settlement was a sleepy hollow until it was blessed with good fortune three decades later.
It was selected to be part of the Negri Sembilan technology corridor, a joint-venture project between the State Development Corporation and Tabung Haji in 1996, and the 504 settlers saw their lands being acquired, making them instant millionaires.
After years of hardship and toil, these families suddenly had loads of cash to spend and their lives began to change.
Debts were erased, everyone was their friend and the sky was the limit with their newfound wealth.
Apart from indulging in luxury cars, many of the settlers opted for enormous houses with luxurious furnishings including pools and extensive landscapes. Many men also took new wives.
But with these changes came new challenges and problems, especially after the money ran out and the settlers were stuck with huge homes.
Husin Alias, a second generation settler, witnessed the disintegration of his community and blamed it on their inability to handle the instant wealth.
The 52-year-old security guard said the settlers received between RM1.2 million and RM1.4 million in cash, depending on the size of the land.
“It was a lot of money, especially in the 1990s, and many did not spend it wisely,” he told the New Sunday Times.
“Big houses mushroomed. Some people got so competitive that they even tore down their new homes and rebuilt it just to outdo their neighbours.
“Some men who previously appeared pious, began ignoring their families and responsibilities and started drinking alcohol, gambling and chasing women. It was sad that they allowed money to change them.”
Husin said he was lucky that his family was spared this “curse” and instead, chose to lead a moderate life.
“My parents just built a modest house and divided the money among the children while keeping some aside for the future.”
Husin said many of these grand homes were abandoned when the owners either ran out of money or died and the children they left behind would bicker over the division of the properties.
“Many parents were left to live by themselves in these large houses after their children moved out.
“Some squandered away their savings and found they were unable to maintain these homes.
“Some were so broke they even lived in darkness as they couldn’t afford to pay their electricity bills.”
Husin said a number of the settlers fell victim to investment scams and became embroiled in longstanding legal battles that they had no money left to complete the construction of their homes.
“When the money ran out, these people who were used to tapping rubber and tending to oil palm had no more land to return to so, they were forced to find a new way to make a living.
“Although they found jobs as security guards or ventured into trading, their income could barely support their new way of life.
“This explains why there are many abandoned houses which serve as a reminder of this painful phase in our local history.”
However, the settlement seemed poised for recovery with interest buzzing from outsiders who work in the surrounding area, including near the Kuala Lumpur International airport located 30 minutes away.
Lately, Husin said the residents had been getting offers to buy or rent out these vacant homes.
“This is good news for us as it would be good to see these homes being repaired and lived in after being vacant all these years.
“Right now, there are deals being made to buy or rent these properties as the buyers see a rise in the value of the houses here in the next few years. Either way, it will be good for us,” he said.
After 16 years, Husin said it was still hard for the settlement to shed its notoriety but hoped the stories of their downfall would serve as a lesson for the new generation.
“We tell it to our children so that they will learn about the folly of allowing money to rule our lives. We’ve seen families fall apart and endure a lot of unhappiness and heartache.
“Money just can’t buy everything.”

~NST

60-year-old kopitiam serves good ‘nasi padang’ and family love


Photo ~ MyDestiny2011 personal album.
(photo~by MyDestiny2011)

I frequent this shop for Nasi Padang every time I go to Penang. The shop is located in Transfer road. I t has been there when I was in Penang as a young kid ages ago.

GEORGE TOWN: A kopitiam in Jalan Transfer here has become famous not only for its nasi padang but also its wall of pride.

While customers may not know the 88-year-old owner’s family personally, they can easily identify his 12 grandchildren from the graduation photographs that cover almost an entire wall of the coffeeshop.

Teoh Kah Joo, who started International Cafe 60 years ago, said he kept his grandchildren’s photographs in his coffeeshop instead of at home because he wanted to share his pride and joy with customers.

“I am very happy with their academic achievements,” said Teoh whose grandchildren included an engineer, an accountant, a nurse and a computer analyst.

The octogenarian, who has five children, suffered a fall two months ago and since then, his eldest daughter Ah Moey and youngest son Adam, 60, have been helping to run the business.

Ah Moey, 67, expressed concern that the family’s younger generation was not keen on the business.

“They all have their own careers to pursue,” she said, adding that only a niece and nephew helped out during the weekends.

While the kopitiam’s future was uncertain, its business remained good thanks to a popular nasi padang stall in the shop which not only attracted locals but also customers from other states.

Zulkifli Alias, 36, said his Indonesian grandmother started the business with Teoh when he opened the kopitiam in the early 1950s.

“I came back to help my father run the stall after my mother passed away two months ago,” said the former air steward.

“If all goes well, my brother and I will be the third generation running the business,” he added.

~The Star