BOYCOTT ISRAEL PRODUCTS
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli businessmen expressed fears that the European campaign to boycott Israeli products could widen after a sharp decline in exports.
The Israeli Maariv newspaper on Sunday published a report on the dangers of growing economic boycott of Israeli products in Europe in which it affirmed that the recent months have seen a rise in the number of European companies which withdrew their investments in Israeli companies for political reasons.
Israeli businessman Daniel Bettini, an owner of glass factory in Ariel settlement, said the boycott campaign caused enormous harm to Israel’s factories which depend on exports to Europe.
The newspaper quoted Avi Ben-Zvi, who also owns a factory of glass in the same settlement, as saying that his factory stopped exporting its products to Europe because of this campaign.
Mayor of Ariel settlement Ron Nachman said that the factories in Israeli settlements sustained a major blow and thus they need the government to intervene to threaten the boycotting European countries that Israel would not participate in the political process in the region if they did not put an end to this campaign.
Maariv also listed examples of the European parties and companies that boycotted Israel economically after pro-Palestinian pressure groups active in Europe urged them to end their business ties with Israeli companies involved in serious human rights violations against Palestinians.
729′ Barcode of Israel?
Alerts regarding identifying Israeli products by their barcode have been circulated over the internet, one example is shown below:
Boycott ‘729’ Barcode
Most of the products have a barcode to identify them. Each barcode contains a lot of information such as the factory and also the country where it is produced.
The following system is not necessarly waterproof but will certainly allow you to screen a lot of products coming from Israël.
You can retrieve the list of these countries and the according numbers on the internet.
Some examples :
383 EAN Slovenija
471 EAN Taiwan
Notice that these one have NOTHING to do with Israël.
A barcode starting with “729” indicates that this product is produced in Israël
729 Israeli Bar Code Association – EAN Israel
Don’t buy them if you want to protest against the current agression!!
Sometimes brands are misleading, a barcode never lies if it carries that 729 !!!
Others have added more targets to the barcode boycott list:
The American ones start with 00 till 13.
But upon investigating the barcodes of know Israeli goods people found the barcodes weren’t always correct:
The Israeli bar code story is not so simple. I purchased several food items from Israel to investigate which could be from the occupied territories. The Achdut Tahini from Industrial Zone Barkan (Occupied Territories) starts out: 7 219…. Pri-Vayerek Olives from Industrial Zone Har Tov starts: 7 922… (Barbet (Jam) imported from Israel by Supreme Foods of Concord Ont.: 6 507…)
I notice that foods from Sweden start out with either a 7 or an 8, so there is no consistant labeling for some countries. As a matter of fact, I notice that the first number is not consistantly the same on goods from any particular country; foods from Canada usually start with a 6, but not always.
There must be a better way to tell…
Then someone investigated what EAN (the barcode number) actually mean. From the EAN international FAQ: http://www.ean-int.org/faqadc.html
Does the EAN number indicate the country of origin of a product?
No, the numbering of a product with EAN numbers does not imply any significance. An EAN number simply starts with the prefix of the member organisation that has allocated a bank of numbers to a company. This does not mean that the product was manufactured in a specific country or by a specific manufacturer.
So where does this leave us?
We recommend you read all the labels and not rely on the barcode as it clearly does not indicate the country of origin although it might be accurate on many occasions.
People of good conscience have chosen to boycott israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity. Their ethical purchasing decision however is frustrated by the lack of accurate information as to which companies to boycott.
Below please find a comprehensive list of Israeli Products and companies. We are 1.6 billion Muslims we need to hit them where it hurts – their pockets Insha’Allah kheer.It is the least we can do after dua’.
Posted by : Octamelia Sasmitha Aatmaja