Manchester (In Palestine Today)- Hundreds of pro-Palestine demonstrators held a great march in Manchester on Saturday to demand to boycott Puma, a global sportswear manufacturer, for being a main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
The march was held to mark the International day of Action on Puma, September 18, at 2:00 P.M. in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester.
The demonstrators marched through City Centre while chanting slogans that condemned Israeli apartheid in occupied Palestine and calling to boycott Puma and occupied the Puma headquarters in Manchester.
The march was called for by several pro-Palestine and human rights groups, including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Manchester Palestine Action, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign at the University of Manchester (UoM BDS).
Now: Occupation of the Puma HQ in Manchester for day of action to #BoycottPuma for sponsoring the racist Israeli Football Association. The IFA have 6 teams from illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land while Israel regularly kills, imprisons & maims Palestinian athletes pic.twitter.com/BVURJW728z
— MANPalestine Action (@ManPalestine) September 17, 2021
— MANPalestine Action (@ManPalestine) September 18, 2021
The IFA operates in illegal Israeli settlements on land stolen from Palestinians. Every settlement is a war crime under international law – pushing indigenous Palestinian families off their land, robbing natural resources, and denying Palestinians their right of movement.
By sponsoring the IFA, Puma is complicit in supporting these crimes, said the demonstrators.
As one of the world’s top athletic brands, Puma’s sponsorship brings international legitimacy to the IFA and helps sustain the infrastructure of illegal Israeli settlements. Puma’s exclusive licensee in Israel, Delta Galil Industries, was also listed by the UN as a company operating in illegal settlements.
More than 200 Palestinian teams have called on Puma to end its support of Israel’s military occupation by terminating its sponsorship deal with the IFA.
“Boycott Puma until they end their sponsorship of Israeli Apartheid,” called the demonstrators.