Israel & Palestine: NGOs protest against John Lewis Partnership for selling SodaStream amid boycott over alleges ties with Israeli settlements; includes company comments

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14 January 2014

UK retailer refuses to shun occupation profiteer SodaStream (Israel & Palestine)

Author: Amena Saleem, Electronic Intifada

John Lewis Partnership...[John Lewis & Waitrose] is a major carrier of SodaStream...which has its main factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial sector of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim. In 2013, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK...focused on John Lewis as part of its boycott, divestment and sanctions...Protests are held outside its flagship London store...John Lewis...wrote: “John Lewis is aware that the International Court of Justice regards Israel as occupying the West Bank in violation of international law...there is currently no international ban on trading with Israel or Israeli companies...John Lewis...recognize[s] that many customers will want to know where the products they buy come from...SodaStream products carry no indication of country of origin, apart from the syrups...made in a factory in Ashkelon...whose ownership is not under dispute and are correctly labelled ‘Made in Israel.’...SodaStream is in no way misleading customers...We do not...boycott companies that obey the law, and respect the rights, interests and well-being of their employees, their communities and the environment.” [refers to G4S]

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Company non-response
4 December 2013

SodaStream did not respond to: Activists call to boycott SodaStream over "slave-like" treatment of Palestinian workers in West Bank soft-drink factory.

20 November 2013

Activists burst occupation profiteer SodaStream’s “feel-good” bubble (Israel & Palestine)

Author: Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Soda Stream to respond. SodaStream declined to respond] SodaStream...the soft-drink machine is manufactured in Maale Adumim, one of Israel’s illegal West Bank colonies where Palestinian workers, with few other options under brutal Israeli military occupation, have said they are treated “like slaves.”...As the occupation-profiteering company steps up its aggressive marketing, activists are also gearing up for the Boycott SodaStream Days of Action from 29 November to 10 December...The video urges people to “Join the coalition of Christians, Muslims and Jews, and many others, asking shoppers to boycott SodaStream and asking Target and others stores to de-shelve SodaStream products.”

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