July 24, 2012
Last week Abigal Disney announced that she was disowning her share of her family's investment in Ahava cosmetics. Abby is a principal investor in Shamrock Holdings, the Roy E. Disney Family Fund that owns about 18% of Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories. She said, “I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder' or ‘pillage' of occupied natural resources and the company's situating its factory in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank.” Read the full statement and see the excellent press coverage.
You can thank Abigail Disney for her brave stand by signing our e-card here.
In addition to this campaign victory, earlier this month the Presbyterian Church (USA) overwhelmingly passed a boycott of all Israeli settlement products, specifying Ahava in their resolution. Over a dozen rabbis signed onto the Stolen Beauty letter of support to the church for taking this courageous stand. CODEPINK co-director Rae spoke at the Presbyterian General Assembly in favor of the boycott and co-authored this open letter to the church. In May the United Methodist Church also voted to boycott Israeli settlement products.
As we move forward with the campaign, our next target is Nordstrom, a retailer that takes pride in being “socially responsible.” With churches and people of influence speaking out against Ahava's occupation profiteering, Nordstrom needs to stop selling these illegal settlement goods.
You can send a letter to CEO Blake Nordstrom by clicking here.
Israel claims to be the “only democracy in the Middle East,” but it will never be a true democracy while it subjugates millions of Palestinians. We believe the most effective route towards a peaceful future for all in Israel and Palestine is through making the occupation more costly in both financial and moral terms. We are standing up for dignity, equality and justice as part of the Global BDS Movement.
Thank you for your work and support to make this campaign possible.
Nancy K, Jodie and Rae