Israeli tomatoes to be boycotted?
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PARIS – Anti-Israel boycott: Leaflets calling for a boycott on Israeli products were handed out to locals leaving Paris for the weekend, urging Parisians to refrain from purchasing goods produced by "war criminals."
The leaflet, which is part of a wider anti-Israel boycott initiative, provides the names of more than 20 Israeli companies that consumers should be on the lookout for, including food manufacturer Osem, pharmaceutical giant Teva, and winemaker Carmel.
According to the activists handing out the leaflets, the campaign is currently taking off in other European states, in the United States, and in Canada.
The group behind the leaflet's distribution is Euro Palestine, whose members call on others to refrain from supporting "crimes in Gaza." The leaflets urge Parisians to avoid products made in Israel to protest the "starvation and suppressions of millions of people."
The leaflet dedicates much attention to Teva, arguing that many other companies produce the exact same medicine. "You have the choice and right as a customer to tell the pharmacist: No thanks, not Teva please," the leaflet reads.
Another section of the leaflet refers to products produced in the settlements, such as avocado, tomatoes, and peppers. The writers of the leaflet claim that Israeli goods are produced by robbing the Palestinians of water and land, while the "Israeli occupation prevents the Palestinians from working in agriculture and exportation. Their land has turned into military areas and nature reserves."