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BDS is one of the most powerful tools for ending apartheid

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued the Palestinian Unified Call for Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.
BDS calls for non-violent punitive measures against Israel until it complies with international law and meets its internatonal obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination.
BURSTING THE BUBBLE OF ISRAELI APARTHEID
SodaStream is the world’s largest maker of home carbonation systems. In 1996, SodaStream established its main production plant in Mishor Adumim, an industrial zone located in the illegal Israeli colony of Ma’ale Adumim in the Occupied West Bank. Ma’ale Adumim represents one of the largest Israeli thefts of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank with land stolen from the Palestinian towns of Abu Dis, Azarya, Atur, Issauya, Han El Akhmar, Anata and Nebbi Mussa. The colony is strategically positioned to disconnect Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho to prevent Palestinian movement and development.
SodaStream receives regular tax benefits/breaks from the Israeli government and employs Palestinians under exploitative labour conditions. Palestinians who work in illegal Israeli settlements face exploitative labour conditions. According to reports from three consecutive years (2008 to 2010) of Kav LaOved (an NGO committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers employed by Israeli companies), the workers in the SodaStream factory suffer from harsh working conditions.
For more information see: “Labor: The status of Palestinian workers in Sodastream” in Who Profit’s report: Production in Settlements: The Case of SodaStream http://www.whoprofits.org/sites/defau…
Also report from Israeli Labour group, Kav Laoved on Soda Stream (which is also known as Soda Club in Israel): Employees at Soda Club fired without wages (follow up report) 27 April, 2010 http://www.kavlaoved.org.il/media-vie…
Who Profits report and position paper on Palestinian workers in settlements: http://www.whoprofits.org/content/pal…
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SodaStream is located in a “Cross-border Industrial Zone” in the West Bank, but goods produced here do not serve the local Palestinian population. In addition SodaStream’s products are mislabelled as being from Israel, when they are in fact from the Occupied West Bank.
SodaStream is currently building a new factory in the Negev desert where the Israeli state ethnically has cleansed more than 90,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the wake of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Since 1948, Israel has declared Palestinian Bedouin land unsettled, unassigned and uncultivated and sought to prevent Bedouins from returning to their lands.
In 2011, Israel announced that it planned to ethnically cleanse more than 30,000 Palestinian Bedouins who continue to live the Negev in more than 40 “unrecognised villages”. So while the Israeli state has continued to systematically ethnically cleanse Palestinian Bedouin from the Negev, SodaStream has received a $AU6.31 million construction grant from Israeli Ministry of Trade and Industry in order to build their new factory on stolen Palestinian Bedouin land.
For more information:
BDS Global website - Soda Stream: http://www.bdsmovement.net/tag/sodast…
The full report: Who Profits report: Production in Settlements: The Case of SodaStream http://www.whoprofits.org/sites/defau…
BDS Italia’s response to a letter from Edelman, the PR company hired by SodaStream Italy disputing BDS claims: http://www.bdsitalia.org/index.php/en…
Israel steps up SodaStream marketing in attempt to greenwash Israeli settlement crime (2 March 2013) http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/a…