Boycott

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There are several different types of boycotts. Consumer boycotts ask individuals not to purchase Israeli products or from companies that are complicit in violations of Palestinian human rights. Academic, cultural, and sporting boycotts involve withdrawing support from complicit Israeli institutions. Apartheid Free Zones are how businesses or community groups can pledge to support the boycott.


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Consumer Boycott

The consumer boycott is one of the easiest ways that individuals can support the BDS movement in their daily lives, by making ethical purchasing decisions. Click on the buttons to the right to see what products you should boycott, why you should boycott them, and where these products are sold!

Do you want to take your consumer boycott to the next level? You can approach a store and ask that they stop putting certain products on their shelves. Click here for some tips and tricks on how to approach stores about these products!

What products should I boycott?

The full list of BDS brands and products to boycott includes thousands of companies. The global BDS movement is well aware that asking people to boycott every single brand with a connection to Israel is unfeasible. This is why the BDS movement has asked consumers to take a targeted approach to the economic boycott by targeting certain items and brands. This allows us to focus on a few brands at one time and maximize our efforts.

Click here to see the updated guidelines from the BDS National Committee on which companies to boycott (November 2023).

Click on the images below to jump to brands and items in the spotlight. In addition to priorities identified by the BDS National Committee, the below section also includes Canada-specific targets.


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Fruits, vegetables and packaged foods from Israel are labeled as 'products of Israel', despite the produce coming from occupied Palestinian territories and stolen land. Do not buy produce that is exported from Israel and ask that these products are removed from store shelves.

  • Jordan River
  • Jordan Valley
  • Rapunzel
  • Tamara Barhi
  • Jaffa clementines/oranges
  • Fancy Medjoul
  • GBonbenierra
  • Carmel
  • King Solomon
  • Desert Diamond
  • Bomaja
  • AGREXCO
  • Royal Treasure
  • Various packaged herbs
    • Mehadrin
    • Shams and Delilah
    • Israeli Harvest
    • Premium Medjoul
    • Red Sea
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Wine

Similar to produce coming from Israel, wines sold in stores are labeled as 'products of Israel', despite the grape farming, wine production, and bottling often being done on stolen land. Do not buy these products, and demand that they are removed from store shelves.

Quebec - SAQ

  • Ben Ami
  • Kawar
  • Tshbi Estate
  • Mount Hermon Moscato
  • Teperberg
  • Golan
  • Sabra
  • Tabor Winery
  • Kerem Ben Zimra
  • Vitkin Israeli Journey
  • Askalon
  • Domaine du Castel
    • Hermon Indigo
    • Yarden
    • Gail Mountain Winery
    • Barkan
    • Segal
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Ontario - LCBO

  • Teva
  • Soreka
  • Sabra
  • Montefiore
  • Ben Ami
  • Gilgal
  • Teperberg
  • Golan
  • Morad
  • Alexander Sandro
  • Recanti
  • Gamla
  • Dalton wineries
  • Jerusalem wineries
  • Askalon
  • Garmel
    • Netofa
    • Binyamina
    • Zion Reserve
    • Tulip Espero
    • Yarden Mount
    • Barkan
    • Segal

For other provinces and territories in Canada, do not buy the wine labels above, and make sure to always check for a "Product of Israel" label on the back. 

Sabra

Sabra hummus is a partnership between PepsiCo and the Strauss group, which is an Israeli food company that financially supports the Israeli army. 

Products sold at:

  • Loblaws (Provigo)
  • Shoppers drug mart
  • Wal-Mart
  • Costco
  • Metro
  • Many other local grocery stores

SodaStream

SodaStream is an Israeli company that is complicit in the displacement of Indigenous Bedouin-Palestinians from the Naqab (Negev) region of present-day Israel. SodaStream recently relocated its main production site, which was located on stolen Palestinian land in the Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim (occupied West Bank), following BDS pressure.

Products sold at:

  • Rexall
  • Pharma Plus
  • Sephora
  • Pharmasave
  • Hudson’s Bay
  • Walmart
  • Nordstrom
  • Other local retailers 

Puma

Puma is the Israel Football Association's main sponsor. The IFA has teams in Israeli settlements, which are illegal under International Law and considered war crimes, and in occupied Palestinian territories. Puma's association and support for the IFA makes it actively complicit in the creation of Israeli settlements, which lead to the forced displacement of Palestinian families from their homes. Following significant BDS pressure, PUMA has indicated that it will not be renewing its IFA contract when it expires in December 2024, but the boycott will continue until then. 

Products sold at:

  • Sport Chek
  • Mark's
  • Canadian Tire
  • Foot Locker
  • Walmart
  • Sporting Life
  • Hudson's Bay
  • Sports Experts
  • Costco
  • SoftMoc
  • Browns
  • Other clothing, shoe, sports, and department stores

Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories 

AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd. manufactures its cosmetics in a factory in the illegal Mitzpe Shalem settlement in the occupied West Bank, where it also has a visitor centre. Ahava exploits Palestinian natural resources by extracting mud from parts of the Dead Sea that are occupied by Israel. Meanwhile, Israel denies Palestinians access to the shores of the Dead Sea and its resources, despite one-third of the western shore of the Dead Sea lying in the occupied West Bank.   

Products sold at:

  • The Bay
  • Canadian Tire
  • Home Outfitters
  • Walmart
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • London Drugs

Indigo / Chapters Bookstores

Indigo Books & Music Inc. is the largest Canadian book retail chain. Founder and CEO Heather Reisman co-founded the HESEG Foundation for Lone Soldiers, which encourages foreigners to join the Israeli army and continue their studies in Israel.

Aldo

Aldo is a fashion retailer with headquarters in Montreal, which has locations in a mall in the Israeli settlement of Ramot in occupied East Jerusalem.

Aroma Espresso

Aroma Espresso is an Israeli chain with branches in Canada, which operates a location in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank and provides material support to the Israeli military.

McDonalds

Palestinians have called for a boycott of McDonalds until it terminates its agreement with its Israeli franchisee, which donated meals to Israeli military personnel committing genocide in Gaza.

Hewlett Packard (HP)

HP is famous for its laptops and software but few may know that HP provides technology for the Israeli military. HP plays an integral role in the Israeli navy and Israel’s ID card system, a tool used to discriminate against Palestinians. 

Product sold at :

  • Staples
  • Costco
  • Wal-Mart
  • Best Buy
  • Grand and Toy
  • Other local IT stores

More brands to boycott

Take your boycott to the next level! Below are big brands sold in Canada that are not part of the official BDS strategy or other major campaigns, but still contribute to the violation of Palestinian human rights.

Important Note: The 729 barcode is not a reliable indicator of an Israeli product. Historically, some have suggested that a barcode starting with 729 indicates a product of Israel. This is sometimes accurate, but not always. Israeli manufacturers try increasingly to obscure the origins of their products to prevent a boycott, which is why Israeli products sometimes have a non-729 barcode.  It's best to look for a "Product of Israel" label on the product or google the company/manufacturer. 

Packaged foods

  • Kedem (tea biscuits)
  • Angel Bakeries
  • Elyon (mini marshmallows)
  • Hod Hefer (chicken and turkey)
  • Shamir (salads, hummus, etc.)
  • Osem Pearl (couscous, soup)
  • Naknink Nahariya Soglowek (cheese)
  • Matzot Aviv (Matzos, cookies)
  • Kliyat Yossi (snacks)
  • Elite Foods (chocolate, coffee)
  • Wissotzky (tea)
  • Miki Delicatessen (frozen food)
  • Beit Hashita (olives, spreads)
  • Pastures of Eden (cheese)
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  • Beigel & Beigel (snacks)
  • Achva (cookies)
  • Carmit Candy
  • Eden water
  • Manamim (fish and salads)
  • Kvutz Yavne (olives, pickles)
  • Yad Mordechai Apiary (dairy)
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Keter Plastic Products

Keter Plastic manufactures many of its products in the Jewish-only colonies of Barkan and Oranit in the West Bank. Keter specialises in plastic items such as garden furniture, shelves, boxes, etc. These products are sometimes distributed under the brand name Black & Decker Keter. For more info, check out our factsheet!

Products sold at:

  • Lowe's
  • Ace Canada
  • Rona
  • Réno Dépot
  • Costco
  • The Home Depot
  • Canadian Tire
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Moroccanoil products

Moroccan oil is an Israeli beauty products company that has listed products as “Made in Israel” but refuses to disclose the location of its production facilities. For more info, check out our factsheet

Products sold at:

  • Sephora
  • Various local salons
  • Nordstrom
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Selected FatMax products

Tool brand FatMax is a subsidiary of Stanley tools, and some of their products are made in Israel.  Keep in mind, however, that FatMax items are manufactured from around the world, and check the package for “Made in Israel” before placing your sticky note.  

Products sold at:

  • The Home Depot
  • Stanley Tools
  • Rona
  • Lowe’s
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Walmart
  • Canadian Tire
  • Local tool retailers

Wix.com Websites

Israeli startup Wix.com enables users to create free and low-cost websites. The web-platform was founded, and currently is headquartered in, Tel Aviv, one of the first Israeli settlements built in the early 20th century. 

Teva pharmaceutical products

As one of the world’s largest producer of generic drugs, Teva is a large contributor to Israel’s economy, and funds their defense force. Since the Israeli Ministry of Health only allows Israeli-registered drugs to be imported to the West Bank and Gaza strip, Palestinians are forced to rely on Israeli pharmaceuticals like Teva for their medication. Ask your pharmacist what other options – whether name-brand or generic drugs – are available when purchasing your medications. 


Approaching Store Management About Israeli Products

Why should I approach a store about their products?

While consumer boycotts are an important tool, it is important that stores remove these products from their shelves so the company does not benefit from any sales. The reality is, Canadian stores serve Canadian customers. If stores are hearing that Canadians are unhappy with the products they sell, management might rethink restocking those products.

What should I do before I approach a store?

The first thing you should do is make a list of products you are concerned about and why - you can use the information on this page. If you wish to add to the information on this page, websites such as BDS Movement and Who Profits have done extensive research on complicit companies.

Who should I be approaching?

If you chose to approach a store about unethical products being sold, it is important that you refrain from directing your request to staff such as shelf stockers and grocery clerks. Instead, you should direct your request to store management. If you know where management offices are in the store, you can go straight there. If not, respectfully tell a store employee you have concerns about a product and would like to speak to management about it.

As is mentioned above, you should come prepared with a product in mind and how this product/company is engaging in unethical practices and complicit in war crimes. Feel free to print out our BDS talking points for some extra help!


Academic and Cultural Boycott

CJPME's main efforts are focused on consumer boycotts, but academic and cultural boycotts are also pillars of the BDS movement.

Academic Boycott

The academic boycott aims to showcase how Israeli universities play a role in the systemic oppression of Palestinians. Institutions like Tel Aviv University develop military weapons to be used against Palestinians and write doctrine that justifies the disproportionate force Israel uses against civilians. Universities play a role in the institutionalization of anti-Palestinian racism by having unfair disciplinary practices and not calling out - sometimes even supporting - Israeli human rights abuses.

In 2022, CJPME issued a joint statement with civil society and faculty groups expressing human rights concerns over a lobby trip to Israel by Canadian university presidents.

In 2024, CJPME wrote a letter asking the Canadian government to recommend an academic boycott of Israel by insisting that federally funded research does not involve collaboration with complicit Israeli researchers or industry. Its recommendations were directly modelled on Canada's March 2022 guidelines in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

To learn more about the academic boycott, click here.

Cultural Boycott

The cultural boycott focuses on artists, writers, and other culturally relevant persons or institutions such as cultural organizations, cities, and unions. Such persons and organizations are asked to refrain from participating in events, making agreements, or pursuing projects with the Israeli government or Israeli lobby groups.

Thousands of artists have expressed support for the cultural boycott. In 2021 and 2022, 1,500+ musicians pledged to support the #MusiciansForPalestine campaign and refuse to perform at Israel's complicit cultural institutions. Canadian artists and bands (or individual members thereof) to sign this pledge include The Halluci Nation, Iskwē, Lido Pimienta, Majid Jordan, Dan Mangan, Plants and Animals, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, Gold and Youth, PHÈDRE, the Slut Island Festival, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Doldrums, Arcade Fire, Chromeo, Broken Social Scene, Besnard Lakes, The Luyas, Owen Pallett, Stars, SUUNS, and more.

In recent years, CJPME has had campaigns urging Canadian artists like Céline Dion and BADBADNOTGOOD to cancel their shows in Israel.

To learn more about the cultural boycott, click here.