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18/11/2000: The Islamic Party of Britain in conjunction with the Gulf based International Muslim Rights Forum (IMRF) launched a campaign today for an Islamic people’s economic boycott of the USA. The campaign will be called the ABC boycott as it covers the following categories of key US consumer products:
A: Airlines (TWA)
Apparel (Levi/Wrangler)
B: Banking (Citibank)
Beverages (Coca Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Maxwell House Coffee,)
Baby Products ( Pampers)
Burger Restaurants (McDonalds)
C: Cars (GM/Ford/Chrysler)
Cosmetics (Revlon, Estee Lauder)
Calling Cards (AT&T)
Cigarettes (Marlboro)
Cleaning products (Ariel)

“The people of the Islamic World at large will not remain silent in the face of Israel’s campaign of genocide against Palestinians, we shall no longer be silent as silence is tantamount to being accomplices to the murder being perpetrated by the State of Israel,” commented Daud Pidcock, Head of the Islamic Party of Britain, the only registered Islamic political party in the UK.

The US has blindly supported Israel politically and militarily, turned a blind eye to war crimes committed by the Israeli army against the occupied civilian population in Palestine. The US House of Representatives voted in full support of Israel at the height of the recent human rights violations, while condemning Palestinian civilian attempts at self-defence. The US has also made every effort to hamper and obstruct any UN move to investigate Israeli war crimes or to condemn Israel for its barbaric murder of Palestinian children,” added Pidcock.

The IMRF for its part pointed out that the World’s one billion Muslims are outraged by both Israel’s grotesque crimes against humanity as well as US condoning of Israeli policy. It stated that the Islamic world would demonstrate that the blood of Palestinian children and innocent civilians would have a dear economic price for Israel and its backers.

The Islamic Party of Britain said these US products and services have been selected due to their high presence in the Islamic world as well as the fact that some of these items account for nearly 30% of the operating profits of some of these aforementioned US firms.

The organizers confirmed that this boycott campaign will be spread throughout the Islamic world via an integrated marketing communications plan that will target as many Muslims as possible in both the eastern and western hemispheres.

“This campaign will not cease until the UN’s international criminal court, without hindrance from the USA, embarks upon the full pursuit of justice in the form of bringing to trial the Israeli officers and soldiers responsible for the cold blooded and premeditated slaughter of Palestinian civilians. We are particularly concerned with the trained Israeli army snipers, who are carrying out a shoot to kill policy of both Palestinian children and civilians,” said Monal Seidan, Director of the non-profit IMRF, an association of western Muslim based in the Middle East.

“If needs be we will expand the list of US products to include further American economic interests, such as including the US dollar under the “D” category and we are confident that this campaign will be taken up wholeheartedly by the peoples of the Islamic world, some of whom have already begun their own local boycott of US goods,” added Seidan.

The organizers claim it is unacceptable that Israeli war criminals walk free today with the liberty to commit further heinous crimes against Palestinian children, with neither the UN nor any other official body attempting to bring them to account. They point out that Israel is perpetrating horrific crimes against humanity with blatant contempt and defiance of all international resolutions and charters.

A recent on-line petition by the IMRF was signed by nearly ten thousand right minded citizens of the world, both Muslim and non-Muslim, Arab and non-Arab, recently submitted to the UN demanded that the International Criminal Court launch a full war crimes investigation against the state of Israel.

“We ask the world, do you believe Palestinians are human beings? If the answer to this question is yes, then the faces of Israeli criminals should be exposed to the world and put on trial for their crimes. Amnesty International’s preliminary investigation has already described Israel’s recent acts as war crimes. What more is the world waiting for,” commented Pidcock of the Islamic Party of Britain.

ENDS. For more information please contact the Islamic Party of Britain via post or email:

Islamic Party of Britain
PO Box 844
Milton Keynes
email: info@islamicparty.com

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