Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CVS products made in the settlements

I looked closely today at what the CVS has in this store.

It doesn't carry Ahava, although this store is listed on the national CVS website as carrying many of their products: Ahava Enriched Intensive Foot Cream, Ahava Velvet Cream Wash Orange & Frangipani, Ahava Foot Indulgence Soft & Soothing Gift Set, Ahava Purifying Mud Soap, etc.

The Rhinebeck CVS is loaded with l'Oreal products. This from the BDS Movement for Freedom, Justice, and Equality:
"L'Oreal Israel manufacturers a line of products using Dead Sea minerals under the name 'Natural Sea Beauty' that is exported to 22 countries. While L'Oreal exploits minerals from the Dead Sea, the region and its resources are systematically closed to the indigenous Palestinian people by Israel's military occupation and apartheid practices, which have set up a network of checkpoints, segregated roads and exclusive zones."

Natural Sea Beauty (Manufactured by Interbeauty Cosmetics Inc., a subsidiary of L'Oreal) is sold by CVS:

H20 + Sea Mineral Mud Mask also uses Dead Sea minerals and is sold by CVS:

Dead Sea Salt Foot Soak, Swisa Beauty Esensuals Dead Sea Facial Peel, and Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac are also carried by CVS

CVS carries many other products that are simply made in Israel: Emjoi Rotoshave Electric Razor, CVS Medicated Wipes To Go, CVS Children's Allergy Relief Oral Solution, CVS Tampons Super Plus Absorbency, Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Cleansing Towelettes, Born Free 7-Oz Training Cup Assorted Colors, CVS Unscented Plastic Tampons Multi Pack, Born Free Twister Brush Set, Born Free Vented Glass Bottle 5 oz, Bornfree Level 3 Fast Flow Nipples, Boogie Wipes Individually Wrapped, Fresh Scent, CVS Omeprazole 20 Mg Tablets, Epilady Coil Tweezer.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

German firm pulls out of Israeli project...

In an unprecedented victory to a public campaign led by Palestinian, German and Israeli groups, the German firm Deutsche Bahn International has been pulled off an Israeli railway project by a decision of the German Federal Government. The Israeli railway line is being built between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, unlawfully crossing into occupied Palestinian territory in two areas, at a great cost to the neighboring Palestinian communities.

The international campaign was launched six months ago following an investigation by the Israeli research group “Who Profits from the Occupation” of the Coalition of Women for Peace. The “Who Profits” report (see: the route of the new train line and the involvement of several European companies in its construction on occupied Palestinian land.  

A letter from the German Transport Ministry was released last week, stating that "The federal government pointed out [to Deutsche Bahn] that the project of the Israeli state railway is problematic from a foreign policy point of view and potentially breaches international law." The letter added that the German operator confirmed "in writing" that there would be no further involvement of its international subsidiary in "this politically very sensitive project".

Prominent among the other European companies involved in the planning and construction of the new train line is the private Italian company Pizzarotti which handles much of the tunneling. A wide coalition of Italian organizations has appealed to the company to back out of this illegal project (see more: The Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace has called upon other governments to follow the example of the German Government and regulate corporate involvement in international law violations in the occupied West Bank.   


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