FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2016
We at CODEPINK Women for Peace are pleased to hear that, seven years into the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign, Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories has announced plans to move their factory from the occupied West Bank to within Israel’s pre-1967 borders.
We attribute this move to the dedicated work of an international coalition of human rights activists—from the U.S. to the U.K., from the Netherlands to South Africa, from Palestine and Israel to France—who have been organizing protests against Ahava’s violations of international law since 2009. We thank all the concerned groups and individuals around the world whose principled actions helped make this change possible.
We will continue pressuring Ahava until the West Bank factory is fully closed. It also remains to be seen whether Ahava, under the new ownership of the Chinese conglomerate Fosun, will cease pillaging mud from the Dead Sea’s occupied shores in the Israeli settlement of Kalya, as has been their practice to date.
A timeline of Stolen Beauty Ahava campaign milestones may be found here.
CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.