Thursday, January 20, 2011
Ahava promises “Beauty Secrets from the Dead Sea.” And wait until you hear those secrets!
Because Ahava is hiding the ugly truth—its products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian 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 products you help finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Ahava puts a pretty face on its crimes, even paying Oxfam Ambassador and “Sex in the City” star Kristen Davis to be its spokeswoman. But here’s what Oxfam itself has to say about Ahava’s deceptive packaging:
"The settlements on the West Bank are illegal under international humanitarian law and that creates a lot of problems for the Palestinians that live there.”
"Consumers that are buying produce that are grown in illegal settlements need to have that information so that they can make an informed choice."
Israeli Cosmetic Company Is About to Learn It Can't Cover Up Its Role in the Occupation,
By Nancy Kricorian, AlterNet, July 22, 2009.