[News] Palestinians call for boycott of Hyundai
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Wed Feb 8 11:29:05 EST 2017
Palestinians call for boycott of Hyundai
Ali Abunimah <https://electronicintifada.net/people/ali-abunimah> 7
Palestinians are calling for a boycott of Hyundai over the company’s
failure to stop its construction equipment being used by Israel to
destroy their homes and communities.
“The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Committee of Palestinian Citizens
of Israel (BDS48) calls upon our Palestinian people in the homeland and
the Diaspora, the peoples of the Arab world, and people of conscience
worldwide to boycott and divest from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI),
until it ends its involvement in Israel’s violations of our human
rights, particularly in Jerusalem and the Naqab (Negev),” says an action
released on Tuesday.
The alert calls on people around the world “to boycott Hyundai products”
and urges institutions, including investment funds and churches, to
divest from Hyundai shares.
Municipal bodies should exclude Hyundai from public tenders, the action
Complicity in ethnic cleansing
While Israel’s abuse of the South Korean company’s products has been
documented for years <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hyundai>,
BDS48 says the campaign comes “at this particular moment in light of the
extensive use of Hyundai equipment by the Israeli authorities in the
recent demolitions” of many homes of Palestinian citizens of Israel in
the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/umm-al-hiran> in the southern Naqab
region, and in the town of Qalansawa
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/qalansawa> further north, last month.
Another wave of demolitions in Umm al-Hiran is expected imminently
part of Israel’s plan to destroy the community and replace it with a
town for Jews
to be called “Hiran.”
In December, Israel also used Hyundai equipment to demolish a home
in the occupied Golan Heights.
The BDS48 action alert, which was disseminated by the Palestinian
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), notes that
Hyundai has been presented with evidence
<https://whoprofits.org/company/hyundai-heavy-industries> of its
“persistent complicity in Israeli ethnic cleansing policies against
Palestinians and Syrians in the territories occupied since 1967.”
But the company “has failed to stop its business-as-usual involvement,”
the alert states.
Hyundai “has thus forfeited its responsibilities as stated in the UN
Global Compact <https://www.unglobalcompact.org/> and the UN Guiding
Principles on Business and Human Rights
– standards that are supposed to promote sustainable development and
halt corporate complicity in state abuses.
Until the early 2000s, Hyundai was a single group encompassing such
activities as vehicle production, shipbuilding, construction, steel,
finance, retail, aerospace and defense.
It was broken up
<http://app1.chinadaily.com.cn/star/2003/0807/cn10-2.html> into five
major companies, including Hyundai Heavy Industries, which makes ships
and construction equipment, and Hyundai Motor Group.
But all the companies continue to be controlled by a few members of the
founding Chung family
<http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151201000957> as part of a
All the spin-offs trade on the goodwill of the famous Hyundai name, a
brand that risks being tarnished by association with Israel’s crimes.
Consumers around the world would be most familiar with cars made by
Hyundai Motor Group and its affiliate Kia.
In recent years, Hyundai has shot into the world’s top five automakers
It is a popular brand
in Middle East countries, with Saudi Arabia accounting for more than 40
percent <http://www.arabnews.com/news/522951> of its regional sales.
In 2016, Hyundai saw its first dip in auto sales
almost two decades. Its workers have also staged widespread strikes
The BDS48 action alert urges Hyundai workers and the Korean
Confederation of Trade Unions “to stand in solidarity with our peaceful
struggle by pressuring the Hyundai management to stop the company’s
complicity in Israeli violations of human rights.”
“Our campaign is not intended at all to harm the interests of the
company’s workers but to protect the rights of our people as stipulated
in international law,” it states.
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