Products and companies that are complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights are listed below along with some of the stores carrying these items in the Sacramento area. Note this is a partial list. You can add to this list by emailing the names of any Israeli products you find in Sacramento area stores to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stores in the Sacramento area:
♦ Stores selling SodaStream include: Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco (seasonal), Crate & Barrel, Kitchen Collection, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Sears, Staples, Sur La Table, Target, Walmart, Williams Sonoma. Ask these stores to stop selling SodaStream.
♦ Safeway; Raley’s, other grocery stores: Glutino, Sabra Humus; Tribe Humus; Pampers; Yes to Carrots; CocaCola; Nestlé Tell Safeway to stop carrying these products. Fill out the in-store comment card or go on line, www.safeway.com/IFL/Grocery/Comments#iframetop
♦ Trader Joe’s: Dorot Garlic and Herbs, which are shipped halfway around the world when they could easily be purchased locally. Israeli Cous Cous and Pastures of Eden Feta are made in Israel. Tell Trader Joe’s to stop carrying Israeli Products. Talk to store management or give comments on line: www.traderjoes.com/about/product-information-form.asp
♦ Birkenstock Midtown: Naot shoes. Noat maintains a factory outlet in one of Israel’s illegal settlements inside Palestine’s West Bank. Ask them to not carry these or any other shoes made in Israel: email@example.com.
♦ Arden Fair Mall: Dead Sea cosmetics are often sold at kiosks in the mall; some kiosks are even staffed by Israelis. Ask the Mall Management to stop being complicit in Israel’s abuses and to not allow these kiosks to sell Israeli products.
♦ In Davis: Davis Food Coop: Israeli Couscous, Osem products, Wine from occupied Golan Heights. Contact Co-op Board: firstname.lastname@example.org & Shuz: Beauty Field Shoes
Products & Companies
♦ AHAVA: This brand’s cosmetics are produced using salt, minerals, and mud from the Dead Sea – natural resources that are excavated from the occupied West Bank. The products themselves are manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement Mitzpe Shalem. AHAVA is the target of CODEPINK’s “Stolen Beauty” campaign: www.stolenbeauty.org.
♦ Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, sold in illegal Jewish-only settlements in Palestine’s West Bank in violation of international law. For details on this international campaign, see: www.vtjp.org/icecream.
♦ Caterpillar: Maker of weaponized bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes. One of these machines was used as a weapon by the Israeli soldier who killed Rachel Corrie, a young American volunteer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian house in 2003. Info: www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=158
♦ CocaCola: The Central Bottling Company (Coca-Cola Israel), an Israeli company that manufactures and distributes Coca-Cola in Israel, has subsidiaries in the illegal settlements of Katzrin (in the Syrian Golan Heights) and Shadmot Mechola (in the Besan Valley, northeastern tip of the West Bank). The company also owns Tara, whose subsidiary, Meshek Zuriel Dairy, has a dairy farm in the occupied section of the Jordan Valley. Click to read more.
♦ Delta Galil Industries: Israel’s largest textiles manufacturer provides clothing and underwear for such popular brands as Gap, J-Crew, J.C. Penny, Calvin Klein, Playtex, Victoria’s Secret and many others. Its founder and chairman Dov Lautman is a close associate of former Israeli President Ehud Barak. It has also been condemned by Sweatshop Watch for its exploitation of labor in other countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.
♦ Estee Lauder: This company’s chairman Ronald Lauder is also the chairman of the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental organization that was established in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land and is connected to the continued building of illegal settlements. Estee Lauder’s popular brands include Clinique, MAC, Origins, Bumble & Bumble, Aveda, fragrance lines for top designers, and many others. Info: www.causes.com/causes/213167?recruiter_id=13274364
♦ Intel: This technology company that manufactures computer processors and other hardware components employs thousands of Israelis and has exports from Israel totaling over $1 billion per year. They are one of Israel’s oldest foreign supporters, having established their first development center outside of the US in 1974 in Haifa. Al-Awda (the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, www.al-awda.org) has urged action against Intel for building a facility on the land of former village Iraq Al Manshiya, which was cleansed in 1949.
♦ L’Oreal / The Body Shop: This cosmetics and perfume company is known for its investments and manufacturing activities in Israel, including production in Migdal Haemek, the “Silicon Valley” of Israel built on the land of Palestinian village Al-Mujaydil, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948. In 1998, L’Oreal was given the Jubilee Award by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for strengthening the Israeli economy. More info: www.australiansforpalestine.com/25884
♦ Motorola Solutions: an electronics and telecommunication corporation that split from Motorola Inc. in 2011. Through its subsidiary, Motorola Solutions Israel, the company proﬁts from Israel’s control of the Palestinian population by providing surveillance systems around Israeli settlements, checkpoints, and military camps in the West Bank, as well as by providing communication systems to the Israeli Army. Click for more info.
♦ Nestle & Osem: Nestle is the world’s largest food company. Nestle’s main presence in Israel is in Sderot, a settlement founded in 1951 one kilometer from the Gaza Strip which is built on the lands of the Palestinian town Al-Najd, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948. Nestle began investing in Israel in 1995 by buying 10% of Israeli food maker Osem Investments, increasing its ownership to 50.1% two years later giving it the controlling share and now owns a 53.8 percent stake in Osem, whose products include snacks, croutons and couscous.
♦ Pampers: Pampers’ parent company Proctor & Gamble is the biggest client of Avgol Nonwoven Industries, one of the world’s leading diaper makers which supplies diaper fabrics. Avgol’s lead manufacturing plant is located in theBarkan industrial zone, an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. According to international law, it is illegal for Israel, as an occupying power, to use occupied Palestinian territory for profit. (Source: Who Profits)
♦ Sabra humus: Sabra hummus, baba ghanoush and other foods is co-owned by Israel’s second-largest food company The Strauss Group and Pepsico. On the “Corporate Responsibility” section of its website, The Strauss Group boasts of its relationship to the Israeli Army, offering food products and political support.
♦ Sara Lee: Sara Lee has a 30% stake in Delta Galil (above) and is the world’s largest clothing manufacturer, which owns or is affiliated with such brands as Hanes, Playtex, Champion, Leggs, Sara Lee Bakery, Ball Park hotdogs, Wonderbra, and many others. Sara Lee received the Jubilee Award from Netanyahu for its commitment to business with Israel.
♦ TEVA: An Israeli company that is one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world. Ask your pharmacist and doctor to find another brand. It can and has been done! Be on the lookout for other Israeli generic drug brands.
♦ Victoria‘s Secret: Most of Victoria’s Secret’s bras are produced by Delta Galil (see #2), and much of the cotton is also grown in Israel on confiscated Palestinian land. Victoria’s Secret has also been the target of labor rights’ groups for sourcing products from companies with labor violations, and by environmental groups for their unsustainable use of paper in producing their catalogues. That’s not sexy! More info: www.palestineinformation.org/Victorias_Secret_handbill
♦ Yes to Carrots. Israeli beauty manufacturer Yes to Carrots purports to make organic, “cruelty free” and all natural beauty products that “make a difference, not only to how you look, but also to how you feel about yourself and the world around you.” Yes to Carrots also prides themselves in using minerals from the Dead Sea. According to Oxfam International, the area where Yes to Carrots gets it minerals is Palestinian land illegally occupied by Israel and, according to international law, it is illegal for Israel to exploit these natural resources for profit.