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Excellent BDS news: British retailer John Lewis has announced that it will no longer be stocking Ahava Dead Sea products. For the news announcement, see the Independent Middle East Media Centre here and Commondreams here. According to the latter, the MD of John Lewis wrote to the London PSC to say that:
As a socially responsible retailer, John Lewis takes very seriously the treatment of workers and their working conditions. We expect all our suppliers not only to obey the law, but also to respect the rights, interests and well-being of their employees, their communities and the environment… In relation to your specific enquiry about Ahava Dead Sea products, I can confirm that John Lewis has ceased stocking these particular products.
It would now be nice if Waitrose, John Lewis’ supermarket chain, stopped being quite so enthusiastic about stocking Israeli fresh produce (since Carmel Agrexco routinely mixes settlement stuff with its ‘standard’ Israeli imports to exploit EU tariff preferences, there’s no excuse not to).
If you’ve got no idea what I’m on about, the CODEPINK women’s anti-war campaign has a great campaign site entitled Stolen Beauty, here. Amongst their current action requests is the suggestion that readers should contact Lonely Planet to ask them to remove a quick visit to the Ahava factory Outlet (to buy illegal settlement products) from their ‘Israel and Palestine’ itinerary. Stolen Beauty recommend the following:
* Fill out a feedback form on the Lonely Planet Site
* Select Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Edition 6
* Follow options: Business or Service: Dead Sea, Palestinian Territories (Israel is offered–but type in Pal. Territories): AHAVA: Dead Sea, p. 335
* Choose an option: Warning: Health or safety risk; theft or scam
I’m currently spending my Friday evenings at Australian Friends of Palestine‘s weekly boycott leaflettings at the Myer Centre in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall. They’re protesting against another resource-and-land-thieving Dead Sea products company, Seacret. Excellent YouTube coverage here.