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SMURP regrets many parties still collaborate with Israel-affiliated businesses

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Jakarta, IO – Student Solidarity for the Palestinian People (SMURP) regrets the tone-deaf attitude of artists and influencers who are still willing to collaborate with Israeli-affiliated brands in light of Israel’s continued aggression which has caused rampant destruction and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

SMURP also slammed the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) over its collaboration with AQUA as the official mineral water for the Indonesian national team. Even the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry (Kemenparekraf) is collaborating with AQUA in the Pesona Indonesia (Wonderful Indonesia) program held in Labuan Bajo on May 29.

Netizens vented their anger on social media platforms urious, including the Pesona Indonesia’s Instagram account. “The people are busy boycotting… but the ministry is collaborating instead. I’m really tired,” fumed @sakinahazzam.

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“Oh, sorry, I don’t drink this brand [AQUA] anymore. There are still many local brands whose quality is equally good. It’s time to embrace more local brands in everyday life. FREE PALESTINE,” penned @dr.herlin.ramadhanti.

“I don’t believe the claim that Danone AQUA is supporting Palestine because they want to donate [to humanitarian cause]. Remember, they only donate a small amount, the rest [of the profit] goes to Israel,” commented @angga.brde.

This prompted a number of SMURP activists to initiate a boycott of Israeli-affiliated products. They held up and distributed posters containing the list of Israeli-affiliated products that Indonesian Muslims should boycott at the AQUA Healthy Carnival at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) West Plaza, Sunday (2/6). This event was also attended by well-known artists seeking to shine a spotlight on Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians.

“Free Palestine. Boycott Israeli-linked products,” chanted SMURP activist Andrian Rizky. “We are protesting here because Danone AQUA is also one of Israel’s affiliated products. We want to raise public awareness to avoid using Israeli-affiliated products, including AQUA.”

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In addition to AQUA, Nestle-made Bear Milk has also become the target of a public boycott. Many social media users have also expressed their disappointed over actor Nicholas Saputra’s decision to become its brand ambassador.

SMURP appreciates the efforts by Indonesian people who have consistently voiced a boycott of Israeli-affiliated products to jointly deal a blow to the economy of the state that supports genocide.

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“The government, religious figures, artists, influencers and various civil society groups should become a role model for the society. We need to work together to avoid using Israeli-affiliated products and prioritize our own local products,” stressed Adrian.

The boycott movement is also directed toward the Hallyu (Korean Wave) industry, including K-Pop idols seen promoting Israeli-linked brands. Most recently, the Korean boy band NCT was chided for posting a collaboration with Starbuck on the Instagram account after holding a lively concert in Indonesia. (des)

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