Israel and Hamas – Nov. 7
Citizens are finding ways to express their views on the Israel-Hamas conflict with some joining mass rallies and boycotting brands that allegedly have links with Israel.
- A list has been circulating for weeks on social media in Asia that includes 121 brands said to have links with Israel, though no evidence has been included. The list contains some of the biggest names in consumer products. Consumers in Malaysia and Indonesia are boycotting the brands listed. In Malaysia, some brands have come out to dissociate themselves from any relationship with Israel. Employees of these brands have also fought back, stating that boycotts affect their livelihood.
- Malaysians threatened to boycott a super-app brand after the CEO’s wife posted about how she “fell completely in love with Israel”. The super-app issued a public statement stating it “stands on the side of humanity and hopes for peace and a ceasefire”.
- Organizers say that more than two million people attended a rally in Indonesia to express solidarity with the Palestinians at the National Monument in Jakarta capital on Sunday. It is the largest gathering in Indonesia since the Israel-Hamas war started.
- Singapore’s parliamentarians condemned the violence against innocent civilians in the Israel-Hamas conflict and stressed the country must not allow external conflicts to disrupt its racial and religious harmony. However, the country rejected bids to use its Speakers’ Corner for events related to the conflict.
- Amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, the China International Import Expo opened in Shanghai this week to promote global economic recovery. Concern grows on how the conflict will affect India’s economy due to the oil-price-driven inflation.
- The Philippines has received a pledge from the Israeli government that it will let Filipinos leave war-torn Gaza through the Rafah crossing with Egypt.
- Human rights groups in Australia are demanding the release of export documents to determine if Australian-made weapons are being sent to support Israeli military forces.
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