More than 130 Palestinian football clubs warned Adidas it could be targeted by consumer-led boycott campaigns.
“Adidas is lending its brand to cover up and whitewash Israel’s human rights abuses [giving] international cover to Israel’s illegal settlements.”
— letter to Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted
Over 130 Palestinian football clubs urged Adidas to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA) over its inclusion of teams based in illegal Israeli settlements across Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Currently there are at least 250 Israeli settlements in the West Bank. They are normally accompanied by the expulsion of Palestinians from their land, increased restrictions on Palestinians’ right to movement due to roadblocks and checkpoints, resource grabbing, increased presence of Israeli occupation forces to provide security, and settler-related violence.
The clubs also warned the sportswear company that the United Nations has labeled Israeli Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem a violation of international law and that its sponsorship of the IFA “may expose it to consumer-led boycott campaigns.”
The letter also warns that Adidas could be eligible for inclusion in the U.N. database of complicit companies doing business with Israel’s illegal settlements. The database is a major victory for the pro-Palestinian Boycott movement.