In light of the ongoing crisis in Palestine, there has been a surge in global discussions urging a boycott of Israeli products and brands, particularly within the Muslim community. The Islamic scholars are emphasizing the importance of this boycott, highlighting the profound connection between Masjid Al Aqsa in Palestine and Islamic history.
The Urgency of Boycotting Israeli Brands
The relentless attacks on Palestinians by Israeli forces, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives each day, have intensified the need for immediate action. Muslims are urged to boycott brands that support Israel as a way to condemn these acts of cruelty and stand in solidarity with the oppressed.
Brands Under Scrutiny
Many of the brands on this list are ubiquitous and have been used by Muslims at some point. However, in light of the critical situation faced by our Muslim brothers and sisters and the attacks on Masjid Al Aqsa, one of Islam’s holiest places, it is now a moral obligation for every Muslim to boycott not only Israeli products but also brands that financially support Israel.
Noteworthy Brands Supporting Israel
Outlined below are several prominent brands that are known to strongly support Israel or receive funding from Israel, thereby attracting the attention of the Muslim community for a boycott:
- Johnson and Johnson
- Coca Cola
- Victoria’s Secret
- Burger King
- National Geographic
Identifying Israeli-Related Products
It’s important to be aware that any product with a barcode starting with 729 is related to Israel, The prefix “729” is the country code for Israel in the international barcode system (EAN-13 or GTIN-13), even if it is not necessarily manufactured there. This knowledge empowers consumers to make informed choices and participate in the boycott.
The Power of Consumer Choices
Consumers wield significant influence over political and economic decisions through their purchasing choices. A boycott of Israeli products is seen as an act of solidarity with the people of Palestine, reinforcing the principle of using economic leverage to advocate for justice and human rights.
Echoing the Words of Wisdom
Although boycotting the brands commonly used may pose a challenge, it is an obligation considering the circumstances. This is in line with the teachings of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), Holy Prophet (pbuh) that if anyone sees anything wrong, one must try to stop it by hand, if not by the tongue, and even if that is not possible, one must think about that thing as evil in the heart. (40 Hadith an-Nawawi)