Thursday, March 3, 2016

It's Israel Apartheid Week - What can we do as an Individual?

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to  be great. YOU can be that generation. Let your greatness blossom..." ~ Nelson Mandela

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Beneficient

Hello readers.

It's Israel Apartheid Week. I am doing my bit for my angel Aisha. So I shall spread awareness on products that sources and helps Palestinian SME's.

First, I am going to take you to Canaan Fairtrade Palestine website.

The page provides information on what products are available directly sourced from Palestine and Palestinian farmers and SMEs.

It also provides information on what companies have been brave enough to partner with Palestinian SME's as source ingredients for their products.

Lastly, but also most importantly, it provides which shops carry products from Palestine SME's around the world.

Your next question would be of course, are there any companies in Malaysia brave enough to openly support and sell products from Palestine, right?

YES, there is. I list down these links for your benefit:-

1. Canaan Fairtrade Malaysia; and

2. Al-Masoud Trading FB page [if the link does not work, type Al Masoud Trading in FB search].

Remember friends, other things that you can do are:-

1. Support the products that are supporting the Palestinian SMEs;

2. Do not buy products that contribute to apartheid [Go to buycott where you can scan barcodes to see how the products you are choosing fare on the international human rights scene]; and

3. Focus on helping our own local homegrown products in Malaysia. With the signing of TPPA, our local SMEs need our help more than ever. New restrictions and/or requirements and the future influx of our already foreign flooded market shelves will make them almost impossible to survive in time.

A lot of people say that one person will never make a difference. This is simply NOT true. I was ONE person who chose to sponsor angel Aisha's education and life in Gaza, and I made a difference in HER life until she was killed.

Can you imagine if 100 people sponsored a child? 100 children's lives will be different. 

YOU can do this by making minor changes in eating and shopping and dressing habits .

Baby steps.

I have practised my BDS lifestyle since Aisha died in 2012. 

I have not looked back since.  

Join me. Join us. Join the movement.

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