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Protest by Women in Black (Vienna)

Thursday, 10 September 2009, 8 to 9.30 a.m.

at the Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria


Don’t buy goods from stolen lands!

Boycott Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics

sold in the VIC Commissary!

Don’t let yourself be ‘soothed and smoothed’ by Ahava’s creams

and cosmetics! Why? Because they are produced by a firm

complicit in the theft of Palestinian land and livelihoods.

Ahava is an Israeli company with a factory and visitor centre in

the Mitzpe Shalem settlement near the Dead Sea. This is one of

the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West


Since 1967 Israel has moved almost half a million settlers into the

Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, flouting

international law and dozens of United Nations Resolutions and

forcing Palestinians off their land.

Ahava products are sold at its store in London and by a range of

companies in shops around Great Britain and in other countries,

including Austria.

Companies like Ahava profit from the Israeli occupation and

Israel’s settlements, which are a major obstacle to a just and

peaceful solution to the conflict.

As United Nations employees can you really go against the

Resolutions of your organization? Therefore: boycott Ahava!

Support the call to ban illegal Israeli settlement produce!

Why does this matter to you as an ethical shopper?

- Palestinian farmers have lost over 40% of the West Bank to

illegal settlements.

- Palestinian workers in the settlements are exploited and

child labour is used.

- Scarce water resources are often confiscated by Israel and

used for the houses of settlers and their swimming pools and

to irrigate settlement produce for export abroad whilst

Palestinian farmers are losing their crops through lack of

land and water.

- Settlements harshly obstruct the daily lives of the Palestinian

people. Movement is restricted through Apartheid system of

separate roads, hundreds of checkpoints and the illegal

Apartheid Wall. Palestinians face violence daily from armed


- Palestinian producers face huge difficulties to reach export

markets - and are even prevented to do so - while Israeli

illegal settlement produce easily reaches its destination.

- Palestinians in Gaza have suffered death, destruction and

war crimes from Israeli attacks. They face humanitarian

catastrophe; over 80% are dependent on food aid under the

siege imposed by Israel.

- Ahava fraudulently benefits from customs duty exemptions

under the EU-Israel Trade Agreement – by labelling its

settlement produce as coming from Israel.

This call for a ban on illegal settlement produce is part of

a vast campaign to boycott all Israeli goods until Israel

abides by international law and respects human rights.











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