Since our launch a couple of weeks ago, we have seen BDSGuide.com gain an audience and attract a lot of attention. We are very happy to see such a keen interest in the site and thank you all for your support. We have received emails from some of you with companies and people to add to the list through our submissions link on the BDS List page. We have seen encouraging tweets and Facebook messages. We have also received emails from some people asking about how they would select what to boycott off the list. We find this odd. The whole reason for the list is to show all of the products, services and people you would need to boycott in order to follow through on your supposed moral objection to Israel. We take issue with these people. Fake activists who don’t have the where-with-all to actually follow through on something. Look, we get that not using Israeli technology and medicine makes life really difficult. But sometimes we have to make sacrifices in order to stand up for what we believe in. Do you think the Boycott of South Africa would have been successful if people only boycotted what was convenient and fit their lifestyle??? People with such weak convictions are the worst kind of people. They are lazy and weak and spineless. It’s like being an animal rights activist but wearing fur because its cold out and fur is warm. They are wannabe revolutionaries who don’t have any real principles. They want to be a revolutionary without the hard work and sacrifice that goes with it. They’re despicable!
Here is an email we received one such fan and our response:
I am already boycotting a variety of products due to links with Israel and so I’ve looked through your website with some interest.
I would find it really helpful in my boycott actions to know what connection each company has to Israel in order to justify whether or not to purchase a particular item. I need to know for my own stance WHY each specific company or product is on the BDS list.
Could you consider this as an improvement to a recently launched site please?
And a country filter might be useful – many lines of products do not apply to me due to where I live.
Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you for your interest in the site. It is our philosophy that any purchase of anything on the list is supporting Israel. Let me explain. I notice you are using google mail to send the email to us. Google has several R&D centers in Israel and therefore creates many jobs in the Jewish state. This leads to a lot of tax money for the Israeli government and is essentially what allows them to implement its policy which you clearly take issue with. If you are using a google product, you are supporting Israel. Furthermore, you are using either a computer or a cell phone to send this email. Both Intel and AMD have R&D and manufacturing facilities in Israel. In fact, Intel is the single biggest employer in Israel with over 10,000 employees there. Qualcomm chips are in every cell phone with 4g capabilities. Hitech is one of the biggest industries in Israel. Hitech products account for 75% of Israel’s industrial exports. If you don’t boycott all Israeli hitech products, you are not really making an impact. If the point of the boycott is to isolate Israel and force the government to feel the effect and change its policies, then boycotting hitech is a must. Companies like Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Google all make deals with the Israeli government to develop technology. This technology most often comes from the Israeli military(IDF). By buying these products, you are supporting the IDF and therefore are culpable in any of their actions. It might be best to just toss your phone and computer altogether if you want to set an example and to really show your commitment. As for your question, most of the companies listed have a link to the reason they are on the list. We have done a lot of research, but so much is produced in Israel, that we could not have possibly gotten to everything. It may be best for you to keep an eye on the News, Blog and Spotlight sections for reasons you should boycott certain companies. We have posted the history of Microsoft and Intel in Israel with links to sources in the spotlight section. We also point out how other people are failing to truly boycott Israel. Again, it is not just that these companies exist in Israel, but that they have deals with the Israeli government and therefore support the IDF and the Israeli government. You wouldn’t want to come off like a hypocrite. We want you to be able to proudly say that you do not use any Israeli products and therefore are not supporting Israel’s policies. My answer to you would be to start by deleting your google and facebook accounts and to consider not using your computer or phone anymore. At the very least, don’t buy a new computer or phone. I know it can be hard to drop technology that is so ingrained in our lives, but standing up for your morals often requires sacrifice. People have given their lives in the name of their causes. The least you can do is stop using your cell phone and computer.
BDS Guide staff