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Alert 6th Oct 2018 - Protest Puma support of Israeli war crimes - Demand Puma ends apartheid sponsorship

1 October 2018

DATE: Saturday 6th October 2018, 3-5pm
LOCATION: Puma flagship store, 51-55 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9QE (tube: Oxford Circus / Piccadilly Circus)
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On Saturday 6th October 2018, Inminds human rights group will protest outside Puma's flagship store on Carnaby Street to demand Puma stop its sponsorship of apartheid Israel Football Association (IFA) which includes football clubs based in illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land. The protest is in solidarity with over 215 Palestinian sports clubs which on 10th September 2018 called on the world’s third largest sportswear manufacturer Puma to respect human rights and cut ties with IFA.

Inminds chair Abbas Ali said "In March this year we protested outside Adidas flagship store in London, in solidarity with 130 Palestinian sports clubs who had requested Adidas to stop supporting apartheid war crimes. After sustaining much brand damage Adidas stopped. Rather than learn from that experience, Puma has instead signed a 4 year contract to lend its brand to cover up and whitewash the very same war crimes, which the illegal settlements constitute under international law. Illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land are normalised and legitimised by Puma through its sponsorship. This time 215 Palestinian sports clubs have asked Puma to respect their human rights. So far Puma has just ignored them. Sports is about fair play, Puma through its apartheid sponsorship is promoting racism. We are here to tell Puma that there is a price associated with standing with apartheid. Their complicity in Israeli war crimes will cost their brand dearly. We are here to ask Londoners to help Puma make the right decision by boycotting their products until they respect Palestinian human rights. "

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Letter from Palestinian Sports Clubs to Puma

To: Bjørn Gulden, CEO of Puma

Cc: Management and Supervisory Board members: Michael Lämmermann, Lars Sørensen, Jean-François Palus, Jean-Marc Duplaix, Béatrice Lazat, Thore Ohlsson, Bernd Illig and Martin Köppel

10 September 2018

We are writing to urge Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA) due to its deep complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.

The IFA sponsors football matches in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as exposed by Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations. There are six Israeli football clubs located in Israel’s settlements, on stolen Palestinian land, that Palestinians are not allowed to enter. Israel’s settlements contribute to serious human rights abuses and are a direct cause for restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement, access to natural resources and ability to build homes and conduct business.

IFA’s involvement in Israel’s illegal settlements has been condemned by, among others, Wilfried Lemke, the UN special adviser on sport for development and peace, dozens of Members of the European Parliament (MEP), civil society and human rights groups and public figures from the world of arts and culture. Despite these global appeals, the IFA has decided to put politics above sports and refused to end its complicity.

As the main international sponsor of the IFA, Puma is lending its brand to cover up and whitewash Israel’s human rights abuses, including against Palestinian footballers. Palestinian players are routinely attacked, imprisoned and killed. They are denied the freedom of movement to attend their own matches. Palestinian stadiums have been bombed and destroyed. Israel even prevents Palestinians from importing football equipment and developing football facilities.

Puma’s sponsorship of the IFA legitimises and gives international cover to Israel’s illegal settlements. UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) denounces Israeli settlements as “flagrant violations” of international law. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is compiling a database of companies that do business in or with Israel’s illegal settlements as a practical step for accountability of complicit corporations. Puma’s sponsorship of the IFA would land it on this list based on the selection criteria. In addition, your sponsorship of the IFA, an entity with operations in the settlements, makes Puma complicit and may expose it to consumer-led boycott campaigns in the Arab world and globally.

According to your Code of Ethics, Puma is committed “to human rights and intend[s] to act as a socially responsible company” wherever it operates.

We urge you to abide by your Code of Ethics by withdrawing your sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA) until it ends its involvement in Israel’s grave violations of international law and human rights abuses against Palestinians.


Al-Jalama Youth Club, Bruqeen Sport Club, Al-Sila Al-Haretheya Sport Club, Askar Youth center, Al-Arqa Youth Sport Club, Deir -Istiya Sport Club, Al-Teba Sport Club, Til sport club, Arraba sport club, Yasoof Sport Club, Ta’ank sport club, Al- Tadhamon Sport Club, Burqeen sport club, Kifl Hares Sport Club, Jaba’ Sport club, Bazarya sport club, Jalboun sport club, Masha Sport Club, Marj Bin Amer Sport Club, Duma Sport Club, Rumana Sport Club, Ebal Sport Club, Zaboba Sport Club, Asira ash-Shamaliya Club for Women, Silat Ad-Dahr Sport Club, Balata Youth Center, Tura Al-Gharbiya Sport Club, Employees Club- Nablus, Anin sport club, Ahli-Balata Sport Club, Al-Yamoun Youth Sport Club, Oref Sport Club, Anza Sport Club, Asira ash-Shamaliya Sport Club, Yabad Youth Club, Aqraba Sport Club, Faquoaa Sport Club, Asira Al-Qibliya Sport Club, Al-Jadida Sport Club, Qusen Sport Club, Qabatya Sport Club, Sarra Youth Club, Hilal Arana Sport Club, Palestinian Woman Club, Kufr-Than Sport Club, Beit Furik Sport Club, Fahma Sport Club, Burqa Sport Club, Kufr- Ra’i Sport Club, Qusra Club Association, Al-Fondoqawmiya Sport Club, Burin Sport Club, Maithalon Sport Club, Beita Sport Club, Barta’a Sport Club, Jabal Al-Nar Sport Club, Jenin-Camp Youth Center, Al Madina Club- Nablus, Ajja Sport Club, Central Valley Sport Club, Brothers Sport Club, Nablus Youth Club, Palestinian Young Women Club, Al-Qustol Youth Club, Tayasir Sport Club, Qaryout Club, Deir Abu Da’if Sport Club, Beit Dajan Sport Club, Al-Ahli Qalqilya Club, Al-Sawya Club, Jenin Sport Club, Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya Club, Islami Qalqilya Club, Youth center No.1, Tubas Club, Yasid Sport Club, Azzun Sport Club, Deir-Sharaf Sport Club, ‘Aqqaba Sport Club, Osarin Sport Club, Jayyous Sport Club, Hittin Sport Club, Tammun Sport Club, We are All Palestine Youth Club, Jeinsafout Youth Club, Sport Association Club, Al-Fara’a Youth Center, Sur Baher Jerusalemite Club, Kufr-Thilth Sport Club, Jurish Sport Club, Al-Raja’ for Development and Sport Association, Beit Surik Sport Club, Kufr Zibad Association Club, Samaritan Community Club, Deir Jarir Sport Club, Silwan Sport Club, Immatain Youth Sport Club, Madama Sport Club, Ahli- Al RAM Club, Kufr-Aqab Sport Club, Habla Sport Club, Umm Tuba Sport Club, Kharbatha Bani Hareth Club, Zeita Sport Club, Kufr-Jammal Sport Club, Jamma’in Sport Club, Qalandya Camp Youth Center, Kufr Al-Labad Club, Nabi Ilyas Youth Club, Beit Iba Youth Sport Club, Al-‘Oja Youth Club, Anata Youth club, Kufr-Qaddum Sport Club, Talfit Sport Club, Beit Sira Sport Club, Al-Ram Youth Club, Hija Sport Club, Al-Ta’awon Club for Persons with Disabilities, Kharbatha Al-Misbah Club, Islami Ramallah Club, Qarawat Bani Hassan Club, Biddu Sport Club, Sama Sport Club, Beit Almaqdes association for Arab Horses, Biddya Sport Club, Huwara Sport Club, Sharafat Sport Club, Arab Club -Beit safafa, Al-Zawya Sport Club, Majdal Bani Fadil Club, Al-Eizariya Youth Club, Shu’fat Sport Club, Deir-Ballut Club, Al-Musatqbal Club for People with Physical Disabilities, Aboud Sport Club, Alansar Jerusalemite Club, Sarta Sport Club, Salim Sport Club, Jericho youth Club, Islamic Youth Association Club-Al-Ram, Salfit Sport Club, Al-Awda Club for Persons with Disabilities, Zbedat Sport Club, Bethlahem Orthodox Club, Kufr Ad-Dik Club, Tulkarm Youth Center, Kufr –Ein Sport Club, Irtah Youth Sport Club, Hebron Youth Club, Alar Culture and Sport Club, Al-Ersal Sport Club, Al-Ramadin Youth, As- samu Youth Club, Deir Al- Ghusun Club, Arab Orthodox Cultural Club- Beit Sahour, Al -Fawar Youth Center, Bani Na’im Youth Club, Anabta Sport Club, Al- Sawahra Sport Club, Dura Youth Club, Al Shuyukh Youth Club, Tulkarm Cultural Sport Club, Ein Al Sultan Youth Center, Islami Bethlehem Club, Yatta Youth Sport Club, Qaffin Sport Club, Jaba’ Youth Sport Club, Nazlat 'Isa Social Cultural Sport Club, Beit Awwa Youth Club, An- Nazla Ash- Sharqiya Club, An- Nuway’imah Sport Club, Susya Sport Club, Al-Arroub Youth Center, Thinnaba Sport Club, Bil’in Sport Club, The Capital of Birth Sport Club, Taffouh Sport Club, Shwayka Club, Bir Nabala Sport Club, Al-Siryani Club, Beit Kahil Sport Club, Nur Shams Center, Al-Quds Sport Club, De La Salle Sport Club, Al-Karmel Yatta, Ramin Sport Club, Dura Al-Qari’ Sport Club, Bethlehem Sports Club for the Disabled, Surif Youth Club, Far’un Sport Club, Islami Sur Baher Club, Salah Al-Din Sport Club, Halhul Sport Club, Bal’a Sport Club, Fasayil Youth Club, Al-Burj Youth Club, Sa’ir Youth Club, Beit Lid Sport Club, Social Youth Center – Shuafat Camp, Tarqumiyah Youth Club, Beit Ummar Youth Sport Club, An-Nazla al-Gharbiya Club, Shuqba Sport Club, Husan Sport Club, Rabud Sport Club, Attil Sport Club, Ni’lin Sport Club, The Palestinian Academy for Sport Talent, Wadi al-Nis Sport Club, Seda Youth Sport Club, Old City Youth Association, Baqa ash-Sharqiyya Club, Al-khader Sport Club, Iktaba Sport Club, Saffa Sport Club

src: https://bdsmovement.net/news/more-200-palestinian-sports-clubs-urge-puma-end-sponsorship-israeli-teams-illegal-settlements

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Further Information:

More than 200 Palestinian Sports Clubs Urge Puma to End Sponsorship of Israeli Teams in Illegal Settlements

London Protest Demands Adidas End Apartheid Sponsorship, Stop Supporting Israeli War Crimes

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Abbas Ali
Inminds Human Rights Group


Source: www.inminds.com

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