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(5/21/2002) Supporters of both sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict are regularly identifying companies that support the other side and calling for other supporters to boycott their products and services. In some cases, you get a chain like this one asking you to "counter-boycott" by taking your business to a brand that has been shunned by the other side.
It's interesting that the chain letters used by both pro-Israeli and pro-Arab groups on this issue are virtually identical. Other companies have been targeted by both sides for their support of the other. Most of them are based on misinformation and erroneous assumptions, but this one seems to be mostly true.
Estee Lauder is not the only company targeted for its support of Israel, however. This site contains a comprehensive list of other companies targeted by Arab groups. Whether you decide to boycott the companies on the list, or to support them in a type of "counter-boycott" is up to you.
Break the Chain recommends against propagating e-mail boycott chains due to their intrinsic privacy failures and weaknesses as information tools. If you're wondering whether to support or counter a boycott you received, perhaps our Five Tests of Armchair Activism will help you decide.
Category: Armchair Activism