At this holiday season, we are asking everyone to spread the word to friends and family: DON’T BUY SODASTREAM!
Sodastream Boycott Campaigns are growing around the world, an attempt to pressure Israel to obey international law and respect Palestinian human rights. Here in Vancouver we are asking London Drugs to remove these products from their shelves. Our next protest will be:
SATURDAY DECEMBER 21, 2-3 P.M. in front of LONDON DRUGS BROADWAY JUST WEST OF CAMBIE
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir will be singing
SodaStream is an Israeli company whose main factory is situated in the West Bank near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, under conditions of military occupation, outside the internationally recognized borders of Israel. Israeli companies operating in the West Bank enjoy cheap land and water confiscated from the indigenous Palestinian owners; a captive Palestinian labour force under severe restrictions of movement and organization; vast tax incentives; and lax regulation of labour and environmental protection laws.
The International Court of Justice, the U.N. General Assembly, and the UN Security council all agree that Israel is occupying the West Bank in violation of international law that forbids the colonization of occupied land by citizens of the occupying power. Despite all the talk of peace negotiations, construction of new homes in these illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank jumped by 70% in the first half of 2013 over the same period in 2012. These homes are built for the exclusive use of Jews.
This demonstration is part of the Canada-wide SodaStream boycott campaign of the Canadian Boycott Coalition for Justice in Palestine and Israel. The primary strategy of the coalition is to support the member groups in their efforts to call for boycotts of goods produced in Israeli settlements (colonies) in the occupied West Bank. For more info, see CanadianBoycottCoalition.ca. To join the coalition, contact Tyler@ijvcanada.org
The Vancouver event is endorsed by the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, the Canada Palestine Association, the Canada-Palestinian Support Network, Independent Jewish Voices (Vancouver), and the United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.