Gaza: Keep up the Pressure

ABP, Caterpillar, HP and Barclays have responded to our 1.6 million strong call, but they may think they can ride out the public outrage even though children are being killed every day. Let’s prove them wrong -- follow the links below to call on them to withdraw. Here are some more talking points to use along with the info in the boxes:
  • Stop investing in activities that profit from this conflict now!
  • 459 innocent children have been killed in Gaza.
  • Despite the carnage, Israel assumes corporations like yours will keep investing -- there is currently no economic cost to their policy.
  • Your company risks accusations of violating international law and complicity in the repression of the Palestinian people.
Let’s keep covering their social media sites with personal messages that they can’t ignore, and remember that being polite and hopeful is the best way to persuade.


ABP invests in three of the biggest Israeli banks that finance activities in the Israeli settlements in Palestine. Our campaign has already got their attention and they have agreed to meet us. But their new statement says these banks do not violate international law even though the settlements have been pronounced illegal, and threaten to make peace impossible. That’s also the position of the Dutch government. Let's make sure ABP knows we are going to keep pushing until they pull out. Write to the company Deputy Chairs, Cees de Veer and José Meijer, and leave a message on social media:
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France's Veolia operates transport used by Israeli settlers illegally living on Palestinian lands. But new EU regulations and years of campaigning have Veolia at the brink of pulling out of the occupation economy. Let's push them over the edge now to urgently withdraw entirely.

Let's call on Veolia to pull out:

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Security company G4S provides security systems for Israeli jails where children are being held for months and torture is being reported. G4S also provides security equipment used by the Israeli Defence Force in the occupation. After public pressure G4S said it will cut contracts in 3 years, but every day children are killed in Gaza, is a day too long for them to be engaged.

Let’s send a clear message that they must end their contracts, now!

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New CEO Antony Jenkins wants to distance Barclays from scandals and refocus on ethical business. Our campaign has already got their attention! Their statement says they do not invest in 'unjustified aggression'. But Barclays holds shares on behalf of its clients in El-Bit, an Israeli defence company which provides drones and military systems that have been used during the bombing of Gaza. Write to Jenkins directly and post messages on social media calling on him to stop managing investments in El-Bit immediately:

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested $1.2 billion in Caterpillar. Israel has used Caterpillar and other bulldozers in demolishing over 20,000 Palestinian homes and in constructing illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. After public pressure, the Foundation has just divested from G4S, a security company that helps run prisons in occupied Palestine. Let’s get Bill Gates to divest from Caterpillar until they comply with international law:

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Updates:

August 14:
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s op-ed in Haaretz joining our call for divestment from the occupation. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.610687

August 14:
ABP to discuss investments at board meeting and with Avaaz - http://www.ipe.com/abp-agrees-to-meet-with-campaign-group-over-israeli-bank-holdings/10002737.article

August 13:
Russell Brand slams Barclays for holding shares in El-Bit: http://huff.to/1Befm6J

Jul 28:
Caterpillar's response to the campaign: https://avaazimages.s3.amazonaws.com/Caterpillarresponse.pdf

July 25:
Our campaign is working! Barclays have released a *new statement* responding to all of our messages claiming they are "not an investor" in Israeli defence company El-Bit because they merely hold shares in El-Bit on behalf of Barclays clients. How does managing investments in El-Bit for Barclays clients leave their claims to be an ethical company that "is not an investor the defence industry"? This hair-splitting won't let them off the hook -- let's ramp up our pressure until they stop managing all investments in this conflict.

July 23:
The Gates Foundation has yet to respond to our campaign even though their Facebook and Twitter is being flooded by Avaaz members' comments. They already divested from G4S this year after public pressure -- let's keep it up and get another victory!

July 22:
We haven't heard a peep from HP yet. We know they are seeing our Facebook comments because they are replying to others, but they've yet to engage with Avaaz members on this issue.

July 21:
After we saw our Facebook comments on ABP were being deleted we called them and now they are staying up, but reps for the company aren't yet responding directly to our campaign. Let's keep flooding their page and ramp up the pressure 

July 20:
Barclays: We have another company's attention! Barclays has been posting a response to Avaaz members' comments on Facebook. Their statement says they do not invest in 'unjustified aggression'. But Barclays’ invests in El-Bit, an Israeli defence company which provides drones and military systems that have been used to bomb Gaza.

July 20:
ABP: Our campaign has got their attention! Their new statement says these banks do not violate international law. But the settlements have been pronounced illegal under international law, and threaten to make peace impossible.


Check out the live blog for updates on the right, and for more questions read our Q&A and sources. Click here to sign the petition if you haven't already.