Boycotting Israel? There’s an App for That
A Jewish MIT graduate student involved with the International Solidarity Movement has developed software to help anti-Israel activists know what not to buy.
May 7, 2010 - 12:00 am
According to a press announcement:
[The Boycott Toolkit] is a resource where users can generate lists of specific products and companies targeted for boycotts. Right now, the site lists a raft of wines, food products, and cosmetics made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights. The site also lists the locations of stores that sell each product.
The official Arab League boycott that began in 1950 is illegal per U.S. law, though this is not enforced.
The Boycott Toolkit site also calls for a boycott of Arizona over that state’s new immigration law, and a boycott of companies that “advertise on air during Glenn Beck’s right wing Fox News talk show.”
Levinger says of his product:
[It is] a platform for consumers to share information on the politics embedded in the products that they then buy. Users can learn why specific products are targeted by a boycott, add their own research and share information with their friends.
[The Boycott Toolkit] provides tools to organize collective economic action, both negative and positive, to make a difference in their community.
The announcement of Levinger’s internet tool was greeted with much enthusiasm by groups like Al Awda — the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, which just held its 8th International Organizing Conference at the Anaheim, CA, Hilton last weekend. One of the guest speakers was a Palestinian previously jailed by Israel for terrorism activities. The group, which calls for Israel to be dismantled from the river to the sea, has been enthusiastically emailing its members and affiliates regarding Levinger’s application.