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From: Professor Rick Halperin

Aug. 16


By executing Mexican citizen Javiar Suarez Medina on August 14, 2002, in violation of international law, Texas has shown itself to be a rogue state of the highest order. This execution was protested by Mexico, 13 other nations, the U.N. Human Rights Commission and many human rights organizations such as Amnesty International. It could have been stopped by the Governor of Texas, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and several federal courts. However, no individual or court believed that international law was important enough to stop the execution.

Medina's execution should and will have ramifications. Already the President of Mexico has cancelled his upcoming visit to Texas. Other nations could very well be reluctant to honor the human rights of U.S. citizens traveling abroad. Ultimately, trade and other international activities may be affected. What moral person, organization or nation would want to do business with a rogue state?

The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty calls on individuals and organizations both in the United States and in other nations to enact a total boycott of Texas. The state has executed 277 people since the death penalty was resumed in 1982 and has approximately 450 people on its death row, including many foreign nationals. The state has previously broken international law by executing other foreign nationals and juvenile offenders. The state has executed people with severe mental disabilities and those who were victims of poor legal representation. Approximately 42% of the people on Texas' death row are African-American, yet they comprise only 12% of the state's population. Texas seems to have bloodlust beyond the pale.

If you as an individual or your organization are willing to join this boycott of Texas, please contact the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 312, Houston, TX 77006 or email us at the following address: . We can also be reached by telephone by calling 713-520-0300.


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Independent. 14 June 2002. Starbucks-the target of Arab boycott for its growing links to Israel.

BEIRUT -- Across five Arab states a new and closely co-ordinated campaign to boycott American goods is being launched, with Starbucks coffee shops their primary target, but with Nestle, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Burger King outlets also on the list.

In Beirut today, activists will be leafleting outside the city's four Starbucks shops, detailing the pro-Israeli sentiments of its chief executive, Howard Shultz, and claiming he is "an active Zionist."

In 1998, Mr Shultz was awarded the "Israeli 50th Anniversary Tribute Award" from the Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha-Torah, which is strongly critical of Yasser Arafat and insists that the occupied Palestinian territories should be described only as "disputed."

In a speech to Jewish Americans in Seattle earlier this year -- at the height of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon's, reoccupation of West Bank towns -- Starbucks' top man condemned Palestinian "inaction" and announced that "the Palestinians aren't doing their job -- they're not stopping terrorism."

Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, complimented Mr. Shultz for helping American students to hear "Israeli presentations on the Middle East crisis."

Starbucks operates in six other Arab countries -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates -- but the boycott protesters, who include both Palestinians and Muslim groups at Ein Shams University in Egypt and the American University of Cairo, have a much wider list of companies they wish to punish for allegedly supporting Israel, not only in the Middle East but in the United States itself.

They include AOL Time Warner, Disney, Este Lauder, Nokia, Revlon, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges, and IBM. Students at Dubai University and in the Syrian capital, Damascus, are now also liaising over their boycott plans.

"At first, it was very frustrating getting even the four boycott groups in Lebanon to work together," Amira Solh, one of the Lebanese activists, says. "We had difficulty defining whether we should target American goods or those companies that have direct relations with Israel. We really only got going the first time the Israelis laid siege to Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah. Lebanon boycotts all Israeli goods, so we started asking, 'What about those companies which help Israel directly?'

"Most Arab countries have fallen into a capitalist world that accepts American companies with close links to Israel. What we are now initiating is an economic war."

Burger King incurred Arab anger more than two years ago when it opened an outlet in an illegal Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank. The company initially decided to close the outlet and then -- after pro-Israeli lobby pressure in America -- apparently allowed it to reopen under a different franchise.

Nestle has bought a controlling share in the Israeli firm Osem, allowing Nestle to sell its products in Israel, including Nescafe, Perrier, Carnation, Smarties and KitKat. It is a deal which, in the words of one Israeli journalist, "provides Osem with a worldwide distribution and advertising infrastructure." In a recent report to investors, Osem-Nestle announced a four-monthly profit of $7.5m.

In Lebanon, Coca-Cola -- which runs a plant in the country -- has attempted to deflect Arab criticism by pointing out that it does not manufacture Coca-Cola in Israel and sells only imported bottles of its products, including Fanta and Sprite, in the Jewish state.

In what was widely seen as an attempt to soften the mood of protesters, the Coca-Cola company in Lebanon has suddenly embarked on a programme of planting cedar trees -- the national emblem -- near the town of Jezzine, south of Beirut.

Starbucks, which has 4,709 retail locations around the world, has been trying to damp down its pro-Israeli image, telling protesters who have written to the company that its chief executive, Howard Shultz, who is himself Jewish, "does not believe the terrorism is representative of the Palestinian people."

Arab students believe the real fears of American executives are focused not on losses in the Arab world but on the danger that Arab protests will be picked up by Palestinian sympathisers in Europe and even in America itself.

Mr Shultz, who does not appear to have condemned the building of illegal Israeli settlements on occupied land, spearheaded Starbucks' entry into the Israeli market last year with its first two coffee shops -- built through a joint venture company called Shalom Coffee Ltd -- in Tel Aviv. By the end of this year, Starbucks plans to have a total of 20 coffee houses operating throughout Israel.

Mr Shultz is a regular visitor to Israel and one of many personalities who have been brought to Jerusalem as a guest of the Theodor Herzl mission, at whose gala dinner is held an award ceremony of the Friends of Zion to honour those "who have played key roles in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel."

Others who have travelled on the Theodor Herzl mission include Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich, the US Speaker of the House, and the former US governor Tom Ridge -- now the head of "Homeland Security."


Companies throughout America actually pay a Jewish Tax, please boycott Jun 9, 2002

Major food companies throughout America actually pay a Jewish Tax amounting to hundreds of million of dollars per year in order to receive protection.

This hidden tax gets passed, of course, to all non-Jewish consumers of the products. The scam is to coerce the companies to pay up or suffer the consequences of a Jewish boycott. Jewish consumers have learned not to buy any kitchen product that does not have the (U) the (K) and other similar markings.

Another shocker was learning who is actually behind these sophisticated "Kosher Nostra Scams." It turns out that the perpetrators of these elaborate extortion schemes are actually Rabbinical Councils that are set up, not just in the U.S. but in other western countries as well. For example, the largest payola operation in the U.S. is run by those who license the (U) symbol.

The (U) symbol provides protection for many products sold here in Aztlan and in the United States. This symbol is managed by The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations with headquarters at 333 Seventh Avenue in New York City.

The scam works like a well-oiled machine and is now generating vast amounts of funds, some of which are being utilized by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis to support the Ariel Sharon Zionist government in Israel. The website of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations is full of pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian propaganda.

The "Kosher Nostra" protection racket starts when an Orthodox Rabbi approaches a company to warn the owners that unless their product is certified as kosher, or "fit for a Jew to eat," they will face a boycott by every Jew in America. Most, if not all of the food companies, succumb to the blackmail because of fear of the Jewish dominated media and a boycott that may eventually culminate in bankruptcy. Also, the food companies know that the cost can be passed on to the consumer anyway. The food companies have kept secret from the general consumer the meaning of the (U) and the amount of money they have to pay the Jewish Rabbis.

It is estimated that the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, which manages the (U) symbol protection racket, controls about 85% of the "Kosher Nostra " certification business. They now employ about 1200 Rabbi agents that are spread through out the U.S. Food companies must first pay an exorbitant application fee and than a large annual fee for the use of the (U) copyright symbol. Secondly, the companies must pay separate fees each time a team of Rabbis shows up to "inspect" the company's operations.

Certain food companies are required to hire Rabbis full time at very lucrative salaries. The amount of money that the non-Jewish consumer has paid the food companies to make up for the hidden Jewish Tax is unknown, but it is estimated to be in the billions since the scam first started. The Orthodox Jewish Councils as well as the food companies keep the amount of the fees very secret. The Jewish owned Wall Street Journal wrote about the problem many years ago, but they have stopped writing about it now.

Only public awareness concerning the "Kosher Nostra Scam" will eventually help stop this swindle of the American consumer. Public education of the scam may lead to an eventual non-Jewish boycott of all products with the (U), (K) or other Jewish protection symbols. I certainly do not need to pay extra for"kosher water", "kosher coffee" or "kosher plastic sandwich bags."

In fact, I demand my money back for all the money I had to pay over the years for the hidden and illegal Jewish Tax. Are there any bright attorneys out there that could bring a class action suit against the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations on behalf of the citizens of Aztlan and other non-Jewish people?

Look at a couple of boxes and you will find the "U" symbol, which by the way is copyrighted. The certification process is done by the Orthodox Union of Jewish Congregations of America, check the website below which directly deals with the issue, especially the "certification process" in the Q&A section of the site.
Below is a list of some of the companies which currently hold the certification:

Alberto-Culver, American Home Foods, Armour Foods, Best Foods Baking, Borden Foods, Chock Full O' Nuts, Coca Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Dannon, Dow Chemicals, Drake Bakeries, Durkee, Elite, Empire Kosher, Entenmann's, General Mills, Green Giant, Haagen Dazs, Hershey's, Hiram Walker, Slim Fast, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Land O' Lakes, Lever Bros., Manischewitz, McCormick & Co., Nabisco, Nestle's, Nutrasweet, Pepperidge Farm, Pillsbury, Proctor & Gamble, Sara Lee Bakery, Starkist, Thomas J. Lipton Tea Co., Van Camp Seafood, Welch, White Rock, 3M Corp... and many more.


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