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Brigitte
- 3326 days ago - salsa.democracyinaction.org
Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, an Israeli cosmetics company, promises "Beauty Secrets from the Dead Sea." But wait until you hear those secrets! Ahava is hiding the ugly truth--its products come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied West



   

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Brigitte T (69)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 2:19 pm
Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, an Israeli cosmetics company, promises "Beauty Secrets from the Dead Sea." But wait until you hear those secrets! Ahava is hiding the ugly truth--its products come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Don't let the "Made in Israel" sticker fool you--when you buy Ahava you help finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians.

This Valentine's Day, have a heart and join us sending a CODEPINK-style valentine to the president of Ricky's NYC, a family-owned chain store here in New York City, to tell them 'Stop carrying AHAVA cosmetics! AHAVA means love in Hebrew, but there is nothing loving about the company's practices.' Help put the pressure on Ricky's to stop carrying the products and we can add it to the other successes from this campaign!

Lately, the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign has been feeling like a snowball that we started rolling, and that is now moving with heft and speed that we could never have predicted. In January, "The Case Against AHAVA,"was disseminated by the U.K. based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to its list of 50,000 businesses and non-profits. In January, an autonomous Facebook Group, Ask Costco to remove AHAVA Products from Their Shelves sent hundreds of letters to Costco and finally received confirmation that Costco would no longer stock the products. In the meantime, a British Minister of Parliament denounced AHAVA's fraudulent labeling at a hearing last month, and the Dutch Foreign Minister has initiated an investigation into the company's practices.

Keep the snowball rolling and join us in sending a special Valentine's Day message to Ricky's NYC president, Dominick Costello. Your email can make a difference. This past summer we delivered Stolen Beauty AHAVA boycott letters to store managers at fourteen of Ricky's outlets in the city. We followed up with letters and phone calls to the corporate headquarters and Mr. Costello's office. We also staged several in-store protests. In late August, Mr. Costello's assistant told us they had every intention of continuing to stock and sell AHAVA products. Let's see if we can't encourage a change of heart.

The situation on the ground in Palestine is dire--Gaza is still suffering under a crippling blockade, there are daily evictions and home demolitions in East Jerusalem, night-time raids and kidnappings in the West Bank have escalated against non-violent anti-wall organizers--but the growing strength and legitimacy of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement gives us hope.

With all our hearts,
Nancy K and the Stolen Beauty AHAVA Boycott team

P.S. Spread the love and stop the hate: Join CODEPINK in DC in March for a national training and Congressional education day on Palestine, an Ahava boycott action, and to mark the seventh anniversary of the Iraq occupation with a rally and actions in Congress! Click here for more info and to sign up.


Send a Valentine to Ricky's President and tell him "There's No Love in Occupation!"

Buy a Pink Goody for your sweetie

Attend a national conference on Palestine in DC and take part in an Ahava Boycott Action

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Brigitte T (69)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 2:20 pm
If you wish to take action, please visit the site.

Thank you!
 

Carole S (338)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 2:39 pm

Action already taken.

Thanks, as always, Brigitte!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 2:54 pm
Sending failed; I can't seem to sign this one. Tried several times keep getting the sending failed. Grrrrr Thank you though for alerting us to this situation. I'll try later perhaps it will work then.
 

Zahra P (274)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 3:10 pm
Great share. Thanks Brigitte.
 

Barbara T (431)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 5:30 pm
Glad to hear this is as successful Internationally as it is.
The snowball keeps rolling!
Impressive that it drew the attention of the British and Dutch GOVERNMENT people!
 

Brigitte T (69)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:09 am
Thank you for supporting this campaign, dear friends! :)

tried to sent stars to all even if

"You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.

You cannot currently send a star to BMunity because you have done so within the last week."


 

Abdessalam D (145)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:16 am
Notrd,sincerely signed and forwarded.The theif must be punished.Thank you Brigitte
 

Brigitte T (69)
Friday February 12, 2010, 2:18 am
Once again "You cannot currently send a star to Abdessalam because you have done so within the last week."

But thank you for your active and tireless support, Abdessalam! :) ****************************************
 

Alissa B (17)
Friday February 12, 2010, 2:44 am
Signed the petition. Abdelssalam Diab Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
 

Jennifer M (70)
Friday February 12, 2010, 2:57 am
Thank you for taking action with the Stolen Beauty Ahava Boycott campaign.


 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday February 12, 2010, 5:28 am
Don't steal from the Indigenous people of Palestine, who are already oppressed and impoverished by past Israeli wars, and the current brutal Israeli siege and occupation!!!
 

Amanda B (2)
Friday February 12, 2010, 11:19 am
Thanks for the post,signed.
 

Darlene K (356)
Friday February 12, 2010, 11:53 am
noted and action already taken, thank you
 

Mister H. (4)
Friday February 12, 2010, 12:05 pm
Consumer spending is always a powerful tool
 

. (0)
Friday February 12, 2010, 12:12 pm
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, it sooooo important for as many people as possible to add their voice in opposition to such repression of a people. The link below is a documentary on the first days of the siege, it's a harrowing experience just to watch the movie, let alone to live the life everyday.

http://toshootanelephant.com/
 

Erin R (181)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:35 pm
Noted & signed!!!
 

Caitlin K (7)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:45 pm
signed, thank you!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 12, 2010, 4:25 pm
Signed; thanks, Brigitte.
 

Patricia C (96)
Friday February 12, 2010, 4:48 pm
I have signed and noted.
 

Susan D (116)
Friday February 12, 2010, 5:47 pm
Signed and noted. I avoid buying anything that says it comes from Israel eg celery, tomatoes, strawberries etc.
 

. (0)
Friday February 12, 2010, 6:38 pm
Salaam Alaikum and thank you for posting this thing. Awareness is always important...the Qur'an states that Allah Knows what we conceal and what we reveal..so what we reveal is so important! because what they try to conceal needs to be brought out..so..thank you as always.. ani
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 12, 2010, 9:09 pm
TY Bridget.
 

E A (28)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 4:22 am
I've seen the destruction and drastic decline of water levels in the Dead Sea. In some places it has been reduced to ponds.
This is just another example of Israel reaping the benefits from Palestinians hands.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 3:02 pm
The Palestinians should probably just pack up and move somewhere they will be safe.
 

Carrie B (306)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 3:43 pm
Noted and action taken!
 

Yanula P (50)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 6:06 pm
Action taken.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 11:28 pm
Thankyou for bringing this to our attention.
Will pass on.
Happy valentines day!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 11:28 pm
Oh- and signed!
 

Carmen S (69)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 11:54 pm
signed with a thank you.
 

Tim R (581)
Monday February 15, 2010, 7:16 pm
Thank you for taking action with the Stolen Beauty Ahava Boycott campaign.
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If I saw a thing with a "made in Israel" label on it,
that would be enough to keep me from buying it!

Maybe it's just me, but I keep hearing stories like this
coming out of Israel.
Is it just the government?....is it the people?......do all Israelis
have so small a regard for the lives of Palestinians, so small
a regard for any life that is not Jewish, that is not Israeli?
I just don't understand it.

Thanks, Brigitte, for posting this story,
and thanks to my dear friend Elisa for the forward!
noted.

 

Deborah O (98)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 5:48 pm
They think they can do this with impunity because they've been able to so far.
 

Tere M (75)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 9:50 pm
Noted. Thank you Brigitte. ~ Thank you Abdessalam for forwarding! Signed and shared!
 
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