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

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]