What’s Eating Palestine?

Why Boycott Nestle
Nestle’s main presence in Israel is in Sderot, a settlement founded in 1951 about 2 km from the Gaza strip, built on the lands of the Palestinian town Al-Najd that was ethnically cleansed in 1948.

Nestle owns 53.8% stake in Israeli food maker, Osem Investments, which acts in part as a global training centre for Nestle staff. Nestle has over 4,000 Israeli employees in 11 plants in “development zones”.

One such zone is in Kiryat Gat built on the former site of Palestinian village Iraq al-Manshiyya, destroyed by Israelis after 1948. Another is a ready-baked cakes factory in Ahihud and a logistics centre in Nachsholim (Al-Tantura).

In 2008, Osem Investment and Swiss parent Nestle, signed a deal to buy 51% of a unit of Maabarot Products, whose shares have been traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since November 1993, hence Nestle supports economic activity in Israel.

In 1998, Nestle received the Jubilee Award from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, being “the highest tribute ever awarded by the State of Israel in recognition of those individuals and organisations that though their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.”

Nestle, makers of Maggi Mi and Milo, as well as Nescafe and other products, builds on stolen Palestinian lands and sells its products globally — supporting the Israeli economy.

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