When I began this blog, it was my intention to keep it strictly focused on the art of Palestine, and not to use it as a sounding block for pro-Palestinian politics. This is not to say the two things are unrelated — to the contrary, the art coming out of Palestine and from those living in exile is often explicitly political, and in all cases is shaped by the ongoing occupation of Palestine. My feeling was, and largely still remains, that this is a place for contemplation rather than debate. In light of the latest assault on Gaza, however, I have been doing a lot of talking with friends about BDS. What started as a conversation bemoaning the affiliation of MAC cosmetics with Zionist causes rapidly turned into a project; I spent the better part of a day compiling a list of cosmetics, health and personal care brands to avoid if you’re boycotting Israel, along with alternative products to use.
The process was abysmal. Surely, I have taken care never to underestimate US corporate ties with Israel, but even so, the explicit connections and the vast scope of products involved is frankly demoralizing. That said, the boycott of Israeli goods is a vital step towards liberation for Palestine, and if you are interested in learning more, visit the BDS website and consult the list below.
A note about the scope and content: I focused on health and beauty items because they are the items I use most in my daily life, and because my friends — who seem disproportionately to be incredibly beautiful and well-groomed femmes — wanted to know about the products they are using. To do an exhaustive list is impossible at this juncture, though I hope to make lists focused on different sales arenas in the future. Topically, it bears repeating that Palestine is a feminist issue — we as women and/or feminist advocates should remember this as we make choices about the kind of products we buy for our bodies.
The list is after the cut, please share widely!
Let them feel it where it REALLY hurts, in the pockets.
No filter needed • I needed an accessory so I showed a friend my scarf for EID and THIS is what she came up with. I 💚 it. Since that outfit did not pan out I will wear this arm candy’s compliment on Friday night to the sister’s EID dinner @busboysandpoets . Tap for deets. #nofilter #eid2014 #eidspam #armcandy #buylocal #supportsmallbusiness
Las Nina’s • wishing all this was over so they can eat. #eidspam #eidmubarak #hijabista #smileitssunnah
EID greeting • from my little family to your. May your fasting, ibaddah and sabr be rewarded in this life and the next. have big cups of coffee and many sweets on the way to EID prayers. Remember the sunnah and enjoy the days of the EID. I know we will. #ramadanisover #itstheeid #getthosefitsready #wakeupearly #donteattoomuchtomorrow #giveakidsomecandy #eidmubarak
Back on the grind• I took #theabayachallenge to work. I wear them all the time @ work. My boss actually rewrote the dress code language in our handbook to include religious and or ethnic dress. Tap for deets. My photographers are away @ camp. #cuteandcovered #challengeaccepted #abayagang #wearitwell #ramadan
Lategram • back from the masjid after ishaa. Another great abaya that keeps me cool and comfy during these short nights of Ramadan. Tap for deeps. Join #theabayachallenge to tell your followers about how you feel about being apart of the #abayagang… lol. #ramdan2014 #cuteandcovered #challengeaccepted #chevronischic
I need a new photographer • I made the decision to only wear abayas about 4 years ago. Being a plus sized muslimah it fit me well, hiding things that needed to stay hidden 😉. Wearing an abaya is a way to be the most modest. I especially like to wear them to the masjid. Since I am working at the masjid this week this abaya is great for all the moving of tables, chairs and serving the believers. For #theabayachallenge tap the photo for deeds. #cuteandcovered #fashionablymodest #urbanhijab #pearldaisyltd
Chall-onge (think Cosby Show) • accepted. I am joining @kikistylemod and her #theabayachallenge . Although abayas are a staple for me it’s an opportunity for me to share my love for it, the challenges and my life as a muslimah that wears abaya exclusively. Join the challenge, win an abaya!! #challengeaccepted #stylemodesta #latinamuslimah #theabayachallenge #ramadan #rememberallah #fashionandfaith
I got next • I missed sahoor today. This will be me at 8:30:00. Thanks to Bro. Marc for giving the visual. May Allah(swt) protect him and Family and accept his fast this Ramadan, ameen #sharingthemic #missedsahoor #thestruggle #timekeepsonticking
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