This Holiday Season: Support Companies that Speak Up for Palestine
posted on: Dec 6, 2023
By: Zayna Salloum / Arab America Contributing Writer
As the holiday season draws near, we have found it increasingly challenging to embrace the joyful spirit of Christmas while being aware of the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Each passing day feels like a recurring cycle of sorrow and violence, witnessing a distressing live portrayal of genocide unfolding right before our eyes.
From the turmoil in Gaza and The West Bank to the surge in hate crimes across the US, our hearts feel heavy, dampening any desire to partake in celebrations, especially Christmas. The irony of celebrating Christmas while witnessing the bombing and strife in the very birthplace of Jesus is troubling. How can we revel in festivities while families in Gaza endure displacement, loss of loved ones, and agonizing hunger? It feels wrong, and many of us grapple with this moral conflict as Christmas approaches.
At the same time, we also understand the struggle to participate in holiday work exchanges and families with children eagerly awaiting Santa Claus’s arrival. Sadly, this year’s holiday season coincides with a time when many of us are striving to boycott major corporations like Amazon, Google, and Disney; according to the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions). Navigating where to shop ethically has become a daunting task, with seemingly every corner endorsing businesses supporting Israel’s actions.
So instead of shopping for big brands this year, let’s focus on staying local. To take it further, we have compiled a researched list of National Companies that have publicly supported Palestine.