For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
In Upscale Beauty Shops TODAY, CODEPINK Women in Bikinis to Protest Israeli Cosmetics Company
Will uncover the dirty truth of Ahava's illegal practices
WASHINGTON - Inside two upscale cosmetics stores here in a two-hour blitz
today, bikini-clad activists streaked with mud of the
women's peace group CODEPINK will rally with chants and signs to expose
the dirty truth of the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava Dead Sea
Laboratories: that it profits from its exploitation and illegal
practices of the Occupied West Bank.
WHAT: CODEPINK activists, with bikinis, chants and signs, to call on Ahava cosmetics to come clean
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, July 29
WHERE: Beauty 360, 1350 Connecticut Ave (near Dupont Circle);
"We are here to tell Ahava, which claims to be devoted to beauty
and purity, that you cannot cover up occupation and violation of
international law," said Paris Marron, CODEPINK's national online
organizer. "We call on Ahava to come clean."
The action, which follows four others in Israel and New York of
the past two months, is part of CODEPINK's "Stolen Beauty" boycott
campaign against the Israeli company -- which sells its products in
upscale shops, spas and salons worldwide -- designed to pressure the
company to end its illegal practices and pressure Israel to end its
violations of international law against Palestine and its people.
CODEPINK also plans to educate consumers about Ahava's dirty secrets
and encourage consumers to boycott Ahava products.
CODEPINK recently sent a fact-finding mission to the Ahava
headquarters in the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the Occupied
West Bank. What they found made their skin crawl.
produced in the Occupied West Bank are labeled of 'Israeli origin' even
though, according to international law including the relevant UN
Security Council Resolutions, the West Bank cannot be considered to be
part of the State of Israel," said Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder.
"The company also exploits occupied natural resources for profit, which
is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention."
Ahava does its best to hide its dirt, even hiring Oxfam Ambassador
and 'Sex and the City' star Kristin Davis as its spokesperson.
'Stolen Beauty' is CODEPINK’s contribution to the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against institutions and
corporations that give tacit or material support to the Israel's
occupation of the Palestinian Territory, designed to pressure the
Israeli government to end the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and
East Jerusalem. Conditions there have since worsened because of
Israel's 21-month blockade of Gazan borders, Israel's continued
demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, and land
appropriations and violent repression in the West Bank.
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.