Many people around the world are boycotting Israeli products to register their protest over Israeli violations and atrocities committed in Gaza.
Now there’s a smartphone app that can help. It’s aptly called Buycott. It’s not a new app though; it’s been in the market for more than a year now and is pretty helpful.
Buycott, created by a British guy Ivan Pardo, helps users ensure consumers fund causes they support and avoid ones they disagree with.
All one has to do is scan a product and the app will look it up, determine what brand it belongs to and figure out what company owns it. The app then cross-checks the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns the user has joined. It determines whether the scanned product conflicts with one of their campaign commitments.
More than a year later, with the escalation of the Israel-Gaza conflict, Buycott has seen an increase in users.
“I noticed three weeks ago that we were seeing an unusual spike in traffic, but there hadn’t been any articles written about the app or Israel campaigns,” Pardo said. “Next thing I knew Buycott was a top 10 app in the UK and Netherlands, and #1 in a number of Middle Eastern countries. Word was spreading through social media.”
People around the world started boycotting Israeli products in July this year after it led the latest offensive against Gaza.
The United Kingdom and other European countries are also following these footsteps.
And though the boycott may not be powerful enough to substantially hurt Israel, it is enough to make a send across a strong message.
Israeli products have been boycotted in the past as well, but the furor often dies down when the intensity of Israeli aggressions reduces. This time, however, the violence has gone too far, it has been documented and relayed with great detail and may not vanish from people’s minds any time soon. People of all faiths and nationalities, including Israelis, Americans and Jews, have come together to raise their voice against Israel.
Pleading words of seasoned British journalist Jon Snow will not be forgotten anytime soon. In his message on Channel 4 news upon his return from Palestine, he called for people to not forget the human rights violations and atrocities he had witnessed and reported on in Gaza.
“If our reporting is worth anything, if your preparedness to listen and watch and read is anything to go by, then together we can make a difference," he said.
It seems like the time to really make a difference is near enough.