UK: British retailer John Lewis divests from AHAVA Dead Sea cosmetics 15Jan11 January 15, 2011

IMEMC -  15 January 2011

John Lewis, a leading British retailer announced withdrawing all Israeli Dead Sea cosmetics (Ahava products) from all stores as such products are manufactured in illegal Israeli settlements.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) reported that Lewis informed campaign organizers that the decision was made not only to “obey the law”, but also to show respect to human rights, the interests and the wellbeing of the employees, in addition to respecting the communities of the employees and the environment”.

Ahava Dead Sea products are manufactured at the Mitzpe Shalem and Kalia illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Sarah Colborne, PSC Director, welcomed the decision of Lewis and added that the ongoing Israeli violations and assaults against the Palestinian people and their lands, created a shift in the public opinion in Europe and around the world.

Colborne added that the movements for justice and peace around the world are gaining more support among the international community.

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