The Israeli assault on Gaza at the end of December 2008 and into January 2009 was a tipping point for many with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For CODEPINK it no longer felt possible to sit on the sidelines and do nothing while white phosphorous bombs rained down on the people of Gaza -- bombs paid for by American tax dollars. CODEPINK led several humanitarian delegations to Gaza, in March and June of 2009, where we witnessed the devastating wake of Operation Cast Lead, and saw the debilitating effects of a two-year blockade on the people of the Gaza Strip. We also went to Israel where we met with Palestinians and Israelis who were working for a just peace for both their peoples, and who invited us to join their struggle.
Decades of a so-called “peace process” have only resulted in further dispossession and oppression of Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories: home demolitions in East Jerusalem, settlement expansion in the West Bank, the Annexation wall separating Palestinians from their land and from each other, and the terrorizing of Gazan fishermen and West Bank farmers. What recourse do we have as concerned citizens, whose tax dollars are subsidizing a brutal occupation and whose government blocks any meaningful international response to Israel's flouting of international law? We have at our disposal the non-violent tool of boycott, which was successfully used during the Civil Rights Movement here in the United States and against the Apartheid Regime of South Africa.
In June of 2009 CODEPINK launched its Stolen Beauty boycott campaign (www.stolenbeauty.org) against the Israeli cosmetics manufacturer Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories. We chose Ahava because, although it labels its products as "made in Israel," its main manufacturing plant is located in an illegal settlement in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank; and its practice of excavating mud from the shores of the Dead Sea in the Occupied West Bank for use in its products is against international law. The settlements in the West Bank—all of which are illegal under international law—are an impediment to a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.
In September 2009, following the endorsement of CODEPINK's Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott by the U.S. Campaign Against the Israeli Occupation, CODEPINK Women for Peace signed onto the official Palestinian Unified Call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions. In so doing, we join with hundreds of Palestinian civil society groups and many international organizations committed to pressuring Israel into adherence with international and human rights law.
RECENT ARTICLES ON THE GLOBAL BOYCOTT MOVEMENT
Sephora protest in Lille, France, March 17, 2012 (in French)
SOUTH AFRICA: Move to Label Israeli Goods as "Bads," Globe & Mail Online, 16 September 2011
Global 'boycott Israel' campaign grows, Green Left Weekly, September 11, 2011
Settlement Produce Exporter Agrexco Set for Liquidation, The Electronic Intifada, 1 September 2011
Is the BDS Campaign Working? Ynet, 31 August 2011
Israeli Civil Administration Report on the origin of Ahava mud(English) May 2011
Israeli Civil Administration Report on the origin of Ahava mud (Hebrew) May 2011
Boycott roundup: Canada campuses mobilize to divest, The Electronic Intifada, 18 March 2011
Battered By Boycotts, Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, The Jewish Week
Ahava: a clarification, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, The Jewish Chronicle Online
CEO of Israeli Cosmetic Firm Ahava Rattled by Growing Boycott, Common Dreams, September 14, 2010
Ahava letter to business partners reveals settler company`s sensitivity to boycott campaign, Kibush.co, September 12, 2010
Crossing into Israel: ‘two highly-charged narratives', Mondoweiss, September 13, 2010
ISRAEL: Actors threaten settlement boycott, lawmaker acts up, September 8, 2010
Anti-Israel economic boycotts are gaining speed, September 5, 2010
The Boycott Israel Movement Needs to Rethink Tactics, by Uri Avnery, August 30, 2010
Why Boycott Ahava? An Interview With Anna Baltzer, PulseMedia.com
Legal victory for BDS campaigners, MiddleEastMonitor, August 18, 2010
Settlement trade in the spotlight, J News, August 16, 2010
The Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement, The Nation, June 9, 2010 (includes mention of our campaign)
Sephora taken to court over products from Israeli brand Ahava, By Katie Bird , cosmeticsdesign-europe.com, 28-May-2010
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict brings Sephora to court, May 27, 2010
Boycott gives Israel a taste of its own medicine, The Guardian, May 26, 2010
Yariv Oppenheimer in Ma'ariv: Palestinians Justified in Boycotting Settlements, PeaceNow.Org, May 25, 2010
The PA's disingenuous boycott campaign, Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 25 May 2010
Boycott Targets Stars From Elvis to Elton, The Jewish Daily Forward, May 19, 2010
Karama.ps website issues a call to boycott Ahava, May 20, 2010
PA stepping up boycott of settlement products, Haaretz.Com, May 20, 2010
Settlers: PA boycott – economic terror, YNetNews, May 18, 2010
Palestinians turn to boycott of Israel in West Bank, Washington Post, May 16, 2010
Arab Israelis boycott W. Bank goods, The Jerusalem Post, May 5, 2010
At the end of March 2010 and as part of the Second Global BDS Days of Action for Palestine supporters of the Stolen Beauty AHAVA Boycott Campaign held protests in Arlington, VA, Washington, D.C, Montreal, Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles.
Support Our Troops: Boycott the Israeli Occupation, Huffington Post, March 15, 2010
Why boycott Ahava? An interview with Anna, March 9, 2010
Milestones in the history of the Israeli BDS movement: A brief chronology, By Rachel Giora, 18 January 2010
Top Ten Brands to Boycott, Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid
The Case Against Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, By Nancy Kricorian, December 1, 2009
Dutch probing Ahava's settlement status, By HERB KEINON, , December 1, 2009
Palestinians: Dead Sea won't be a 'world wonder' Israel receives letter from Palestinian tourism minister, who threatens to withdraw consent to have Dead Sea participate in international competition due to Ahava company's activity 'on occupied Palestinian land' , By Roni Sofer, December 1, 2009
Attention Christmas Shoppers: Top Ten Brands to Boycott, USACBI, December 1, 2009
Australian Radio: Boycotts grow against Israeli products from West Bank, ABC.Net, November 24, 2009
Holland to probe if Ahava products made on occupied land, YNet News, November 18, 3009
RESISTING THE CORPORATIONS: Interview with Nancy Kricorian, November 2, 3009, Corporate Watch
Dutch government to investigate Israeli settler products: The government of the Netherlands has agreed to conduct an investigation into the conditions under which Ahava beauty products are manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalom in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. November 14, 2009
Palestinian-Led Movement To Boycott Israel Is Gaining Support
‘Our South Africa Moment Has Finally Arrived,' Says One Leader
By Gal Beckerman, September 16, 2009, The Jewish Daily FORWARD
Boycott - the Sane Response to Israeli Apartheid,
The Palestine Telegraph - London,UK, August 24, 2009
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: Global Boycott Movement, By Katherine, EndTheOccupation, June 26, 2009
Israeli Cosmetic Company Is About to Learn It Can't Cover Up Its Role in the Occupation, By Nancy Kricorian, AlterNet, July 22, 2009.
Author Naomi Klein Calls for Boycott of Israel, Common Dreams, by Agence France Presse, June 26, 2009
Turning Up the Volume on a Boycott of Israel, by Anne Paxton, June, 2009.
"Boycotts work": An interview with Omar Barghouti, by Ali Mustafa, June, 2009.
Boycott Begins to Bite at Companies Supporting Israel's Military Occupation of Palestine, by Nadia Hijab, May, 2009.
The South Africa Moment in Palestine, by Omar Barghouti and Justin Podur, April, 2009.
Why Support the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel? by Adrienne Rich, February 3, 2009
Israel: Boycott, Divest, Sanction, by Naomi Klein, Jan, 2009.
Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified, by Norman Finkelstein, Jan, 2009.
Concern over Israel settlement exports, BBC, November 5, 2008
Why Boycott Israel? by Richard Cohen, April, 2007