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Boycott SodaStream Campaign 

As part of the national days of action to boycott Israeli company SodaStream, BDS San Diego had a table at the annual Holiday Bazaar at Mid City gym on Saturday December 7th to collect signatures for the campaign.  We will be sending letters to the CEOs of 14 companies who sell SodaStream, including Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Kohl's, Macy's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Costco, Target, Staples, Crate & Barrel, JC Penny, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and Sur la Table.  Below is the letter we will be sending to the CEOs:

Dear <CEO's name>:

We are writing in support of Friends of Sabeel - North America, a part of an international network supporting Sabeel, a movement founded by Palestinian Christians working for peace and justice in the Holy Land.  Sabeel works with churches and others who support a nonviolent and just resolution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. 

Friends of Sabeel—North America, with members in every major Christian denomination across the United States and Canada, endorses the boycott of products made in illegal Israeli settlements. We join with our Christian, Jewish, and Muslim brothers and sisters who boycott products that benefit the settlement enterprise and occupation of Palestinian land.

One of these products, SodaStream, is carried in your stores. SodaStream is produced in the industrial zone of Ma’ale Adumim, an illegal Israeli settlement built on land stolen from Palestinian families and occupied with military force. All such settlements violate the livelihood and human rights of Palestinians and prolong suffering on all sides.  We encourage you to use this opportunity to support peace in Palestine and Israel by removing SodaStream from your shelves.

As you may know, both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church USA passed resolutions at their 2012 governing conferences calling for a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements in Palestine.  These denominations represent hundreds of thousands of people. Following these votes, a coalition of religious groups (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim) launched a boycott of SodaStream (http://sodastreamboycott.org/). Friends of Sabeel—North America, a member of this coalition, joins them in boycotting SodaStream and challenging retailers that market it.

As people of conscience, it is our obligation and privilege to uphold the demands of morality and international law. We hope you will help our interfaith effort by quietly discontinuing the product, thereby no longer supporting the illegal settlement enterprise that obstructs peace for ordinary people, both Palestinian and Israeli, and that works against our own nation’s best interests.

Please find attached signatures of supporters of our campaign in San Diego, CA. 

Many thanks for your attention.

San Diego BDS Committee

 

 


Responding to the call by Palestinian civil society for an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and principles of human rights, BDS San Diego has kicked off a boycott of Ahava beauty products.

Sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom and Macy’s as well as a number of smaller outlets, Ahava products are made from resources stolen from occupied Palestinian territory and are manufactured in settlements that are illegal under international law. Here in San Diego, we are focusing on Bed, Bath & Beyond. We have asked the store at Mission Valley Center to stop carrying Ahava products, and they have refused. So we are calling on San Diegans not to purchase these products and to let BB&B know! Click here for more information about BDS San Diego activities and about othe BDS activities in the San Diego area. The Ahava boycott is led nationally by Code Pink. More information about it is available here.

 

The BDS Call

In 2005, virtually every civil society organization in occupied Palestine joined together to call for an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and principles of human rights. Modeled on the divestment campaign against apartheid South Africa, the call internationalizes the struggle of Palestinians to achieve justice for those who live inside Israel, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, and in exile in the international diaspora. To see the entire call, click here.

The BDS Campaign

Since the original call was issued in 2005, the BDS campaign has gained international recognition. Starting in Europe, the campaign scored significant victories. Financial institutions across Europe sold their shares in the French companies Veolia and Alstom, which helped build and operate the Jerusalem light rail system. Norway divested from complicit Israeli companies. And vigorous campaigns are ongoing in other countries. In 2009 BDS crossed the Atlantic. In February of that year, Hampshire College became the first in the US to divest its holdings in companies whose business supports the Israeli occupation. In the following summer, Code Pink initiated the Stolen Beauty campaign against Ahava beauty products. Since then BDS campaigns have been taken up in churches, communities and universities around the country. Click here to find out more about the BDS National Committee (BNC) and about the international campaign.