Saturday, November 15, 2014


Friends, as we learned in the South African struggle, the boycott is a nonviolent tactic that pressures the occupying government as well as individual companies to end their support of illegal occupation and repression. 

This holiday season, you can help strengthen the boycott by refusing to buy the brands listed below. Even better, if you notice any of these items as you do your holiday shopping, talk to the store manager about removing them from the shelves. 

SODASTREAM – This gadget converts tap water into a carbonated drink. Its main manufacturing plant is located in Ma’ale Adumim, an Israeli settlement that is illegal under international law. Sodastream is sold in Staples, Costco, Ace Hardware and Bed Bath and Beyond.

AHAVA beauty products, made with minerals and mud from the Dead Sea, are manufactured in Mitzpe Shalem, another illegal settlement. Ahava products are sold in high-end department stores and pharmacies and are carried by TJ MAXX, Marshall’s and Ulta.

KETER PLASTIC PRODUCTS – Keter makes tool boxes, storage containers, laundry baskets, inexpensive patio furniture and the like in the illegal settlement of Barkan. These products are sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, and other stores.

RAM QUALITY TOYS are also made in the illegal settlement of Barkan. They’re sold by Edushape as “Interstar Toys” and by Toys R Us as part of its Imaginarium Discovery line.

ROYALIFE LINENS are sold as Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands. The labels on the sheets say “Made in Israel,” but some are manufactured in the illegal settlement of Barkan inside the West Bank.

SMART-FAB disposable art and craft fabric is used in schools for art projects. It is also made in the Barkan settlement and is sold online by Staples, Wal-Mart, and Amazon, and can be found in local school supply stores.

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