Not only Muslims, but people who are expressing solidarity with Palestine are demanding to boycott the use of Israeli products amid continued Israeli air strikes in Gaza.
People are convincing retailers across the world to stop selling products from companies profiting from Israel’s crimes.
Ahsan Munir, who aims to boycott Israeli products said “when we say boycott Israeli product, its is simple to say but relatively impossible in ones mind as looking to our consuming, such as Coco Cola, Mountain Dew, Marinda even Nestle, Oreo and Tang.”
“I have started importing products from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to boycott France and Israeli products” he further added.
He continued with ” I have researched and found similar products of israel which are being manufactured by other countries, which are relatively similar in price as well”.
It has been suggested that one way to identify Israeli products is to look at the barcode. The first 3 digits of the EAN 13 digit barcode indicates the country in which the barcode was assigned, barcodes assigned in Israel start with the number 729.
Unfortunately, Israeli products can still be assigned barcodes outside of Israel, for example a UK company selling Israeli products may assign UK barcodes to it.
So whilst, a 729 barcode is a good indication that the product has been made by an Israeli company, not all Israeli goods have 729 barcodes. Its best to check both the label and the barcode ( and any additional clues ) before deciding the origin of a product.