Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Take Action on Valentine's Day: No LOVE in Occupation!

Below are three simple actions to take part in today's Valentine's Day Stolen Beauty Campaign Day of Action, courtesy of CodePink, a US Campaign member group... the queens of creative tactics and online activism!

Take action today, Valentine's Day, to ask Bed, Bath & Beyond to stop breaking Palestinian hearts. The big box retailer carries Ahava cosmetics and SodaStream products. Both Ahava and SodaStream are subject to international boycott campaigns because their production facilities are based in illegal West Bank settlements and because of other illicit practices.

1. Go to the Bed, Bath & Beyond web site and leave a customer comment. You can write your own comment, or cut and paste this one:
I notice that you sell Ahava and SodaStream. Both products are made in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Ahava is made with mud pillaged from the occupied shores of the Dead Sea. Both products are subject to international boycott campaigns due to their illicit practices. This Valentine's Day, have a heart and please stand for human rights and international law. Stop selling Ahava and SodaStream. Occupation profiteering is ugly. 

2. Join our Valentine's Day Twitter campaign to tell @bedbathbeyond to stop selling Ahava and SodaStream. Here are some sample tweets!:
#Valentine's Day wish: @bedbathbeyond will drop settlement products #Ahava & #SodaStream. #BDS @stopsodastream

Valentine's Day: Tell @BedBathBeyond to drop #Ahava & #SodaStream http://bit.ly/AD042k Occupation is ugly. #BDS @boycottahava
More sample tweets & details on the one-day twitter-a-thon can be found here.

3. Watch and share the Brides Boycott Ahava and SodaStream video, which has over 56,000 hits on YouTube.

Last month Ahava suffered a bad press bonanza as prominent U.K. scientists, filmmakers and academics penned a letter calling on London's Natural History Museum to halt its nanotechnology research collaboration with the illegal settlement profiteer. The letter received prominent coverage in major newspapers and science journals, dragging Ahava's name yet again through its own stolen mud.

SodaStream recently announced they would be opening a new factory in the Negev, but that they will keep open their plant in the settlement of Mishor Adumim. The new plant is a needed expansion of capacity because of increased sales, but it is also a public relations ploy allowing them to say that some of their products are made within Israel. We need to keep the pressure on so that they see the benefit of shutting down the Mishor Adumim plant.
Ahava products are manufactured in settlements
on stolen Palestinian land
Thanks for taking action to support human rights and international law on this Valentine's Day!

For more information and ideas for taking action, click here.