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US: Costco stores discontinue Ahava dead sea products after boycott call

By Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News – February 12, 2010

The ‘Stolen Beauty’ campaign has declared a small victory, after Costco stores agreed to stop carrying Dead Sea Salt from the Ahava corporation.

AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics company whose manufacturing plant is in an illegal settlement on Palestinian land.
The settlement, Mitzpe Shalem, was built near the shores of the Dead Sea in 1970.

Activists with the Stolen Beauty campaign argue that Ahava’s use of Palestinian natural resources from the Dead Sea is patently illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention. They have called for a boycott of Ahava Dead Sea products.

After a letter-writing campaign beginning in December led by Costco members, the store now says that it no longer carries Ahave products. The management of Costco did not comment on whether the decision to stop carrying Ahava products was due to the boycott campaign.


February 12, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism


  1. Pretty soon they will declare it anti-Semetic wait and see.

    Comment by B. Benhamid | February 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Palestinians were there before israelites came and made it isreal in the 7 days war. It was called Palestine, from WW1 and 2 territory splits. Then before that it was Judea, and before that it was phonecia. No one owns the land. It was given by God to all of us. Brothers however similar and different their ‘religions” are they are still humans from the same mother, eve. We all are. Stop this senseless fighting both of you and behave. Love Mom

      Comment by Ruth Coates | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. there is no such thing as a Palestinian. the politically correct term is arab terrorist occupyier in Israel.

    Comment by Lee | July 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Lee,

      I think that the term you are looking for is colonyierist.

      Comment by aletho | July 14, 2010 | Reply

    • All comments are good so far and there is one more thing;
      I would like to know when was there ever a Palestinian country? If it was occupied then it was there before the occupation. Who was the last president? what was the money that they used and if it is occupied at 1967 then who was the president of it until then??? Look it up!!
      Some history and facts: israel was occupied and first temple destroyed by the Babylonians then second temple and occupation by the Romans. Both times most of Israelis were forced out and their land and houses were occupied by residents from neighboring countries (so called Palestinians). So is that making Israeli homes and land Palestinian? Any one boycotts England for north Ireland? India for Kashmir? China for Tibet? and the list is long.
      Israelis have more rights to that land then any of those countries to the land the hold on to.
      Boycott any one??

      Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

      • Question:

        Tajikistan was part of the Soviet Union and before that Tzarist Russia etc… Should the Tajik nation also be subject to Ashkenazi predation?

        The Palestinians are the decendents of the builders of the “first temple” not Ashkenazi usurpers.

        Ashkenazis have no claim on Palestine, certainly no more than the crusaders had. Zionism is a mental disorder.

        Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • learn history before commenting. comments without knowing the facts will show your ignorance .

          Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

          • Your question being?

            Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

          • JUST FACTS!!

            Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • If Palestinians are the builders of the first temple they must be Jewish!!!

          Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

          • No. Their ancestors converted to Islam. Just as yours converted to Judaism.

            Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

            • And your source for this is???

              Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

              • Read Schlomo Sands’ The Myth of the Jewish People

                Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

                • That is not history book nor it is a source of facts.

                  Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

                  • Well, he is a professor of history at Bar Elion University in Tel Aviv.

                    Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • O yes, and forget Zionizm and look at history. Learn it, do not change it.

          Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Yes. Remember the Palestinians dancing in the streets and on roofs of buildings after the attack of 9/11?

      Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

      • Are you thinking perhaps of the renowned ‘Dancing Israelis’ of 9/11?

        Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • And your source is???

          Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply


          Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. I will be discontuing my Costco membership and I will encourage my friends to do the same. I wonder whether the plant employs “Palestinian” workers and, if so, how will they be impacted if the plant is closed?

    Comment by Nels Grumer | November 10, 2010 | Reply

  4. so therefore, stop buying all Indian or any other Asian country products because they exploit children!

    Comment by charles gardin | December 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Great comments but this aletho just like his organization, is not about human rights but hatred to Israel and its destruction.

      Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hek… I guess the USA will be considered Palestinian land too. Might as well stop carrying USA products too. Unless of course, you believe in what the GOOD BOOK says. By the way… what does the term Palestine (a Roman word) have to do with Arabs anyway?

    Comment by Guest | December 27, 2010 | Reply

    • To answer your question, Arabic is the language spoken by the people that live in Palestine, the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river (not North America).

      Keep your superstitious beliefs out of the political sphere.

      Comment by aletho | December 27, 2010 | Reply

      • Again: learn the history before showing ignorance

        Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • You are insinuating that the Palestinians don’t speak Arabic? You are a kook.

          Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

          • They sure do speak Arabic but Palestine was never there, learn history PLEASE, you are really missing the point at every comment.

            Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

            • The Palestinian people have been in the very same place for thousands of years. The only ones with no legitimate claim to the land are the European usurpers.

              Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

              • Again, you show that you are missing the point, you did not learn history and did not answer the first original question. Going around it and ignoring it shows that YOU REALLY DO NOT HAVE ANSWER!!!

                Comment by halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

      • And the truth comes out!!! You are not looking to have a state next to Israel but you like to destroy it and take over and this is also the reason why Israelis find it hard to trust the Palestinians with peace. Just look what happened in Gaza when Hamas took over by force after massacring al Fatah organization members and what is going on in Egypt now event if Israel has peace agreement with them.

        Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • I support equal rights for all, don’t you?

          Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

          • Sure I do!!! you on the other hand like to have women equal rights? Is it ok for my muslim sister to marry the guy she loves? Is ok for her to wear jeans and not cover her hair? Is it ok for her to go out shopping alone and without her husband? these are the rights she can have in Israel but not under muslim law!!

            Comment by halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  6. I do have to say this: Muslims in Israel have more rights and liberty then in Gaza where they cannot demonstrate against Hamas terrorist organization, elect representative like they do for the Israeli parliament, more then jews in Syria and other muslim countries. If you like to live under the Hamas control feel free to move there.

    Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Every few days Israel murders or grievously injures demonstrators. You must be quite ignorant.

      Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

      • Well, now you just make up things, but lets go that way for the sake of this argument. If it is so over in Israel where they have these great rights, just imagine what it is like in the muslim countries. A women raped in Iran is stoned to death, Even in the U.S. a woman even in Texas killed by muslim father for the sake of family honor, in New Jersey by her brothers for the same reason . This is the Muslim law and you are talking about rights.
        Here in the US the killers are arrested but in arab countries held as shahid (holly).

        Comment by Halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

        • You sound like a bigot. Why don’t you concern yourself with the shortcomings of your own rather than make excuses for your crimes?

          Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

          • What crime would that be? Drinking in a bar from time to time? Supporting women rights for independence and the right to choose? Thinking that each can have the right to live his/her life with the religion they believe in? To believe in freedom?

            Comment by halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

            • What crimes are you supporting? Mass murder, genocide and torture to name a few.

              Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  7. Nice but not historical facts just opinionated book by opinionated peopleI. In every stream of society you will find them but they will not change the historical facts. That is your biggest mistake; looking into these books and sources instead of learning.

    Comment by halil | March 10, 2011 | Reply

    • The myth of the Jewish people that you follow was only made up a little over a hundred years ago. There is no evidence that Jews had any such myths prior to the advent of Zionism.

      Comment by aletho | March 10, 2011 | Reply

      • Well, to conclude this argument here are the FACTS:
        There was no Palestinian country before the so called 1967 occupation, so therefore there was no president and no money or independence day or declaration. If you do find it in history, and it should not be too hard because 1967 was not too long ago, then please let us know. Therefore I thank if Palestinians can get any land and independence, but not through war and murder of innocent people!!! I would very much like to stay under Israeli control with the freedom of expression, vote for parliament and be able to choose, then with Hamas.
        Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians with no demand. With Gaza the PA got money from Israel, US EUN and UN to develop infrastructure and Hamas used that money for war. Palestinians are so divided with too many organizations and no central government that the Israelis can deal with.
        My friends in Gaza regret the day Hamas took over and now they cannot even talk because they will be killed by Hamas like the Fatah members!!! You spread hatred and war instead of peace, freedom and democracy. You are the killer of the Palestinian people and the hope for peace!!! Muslims for peace and freedom of choice.

        Comment by halil | March 12, 2011 | Reply

        • Meaningless argument above. Useful only for rationalization of Jewish crimes.

          Did either Algeria or South Africa have a president money or independence day prior to colonization?

          Israel continues to occupy Gaza, it never ceased occupation.

          Gaza’s population voted Hamas into power by a landslide in internationally monitored elections.

          Comment by aletho | March 12, 2011 | Reply

          • You must be living in a cave. Israel Still in Gaza??? You need to tell that to my friends who would love to have Israel in Gaza instead of Hamas. Unfortunately, as we know and saw when we were there it is not the truth. After all Hamas massacred all Fatah members that were left in Gaza and will kill any one even talking against Hamas. Is this democratic freedom? Is this what the fight is all about? Then it is better with Israeli laws!!!!! And it is normal to have a border between countries with checkpoint and the permit to enter or work like it is in most of the world. Anyone who dose not like to be in these checkpoint should not go into that country.
            Israel dose not have to supply work or permit so we thank for every little bit that we get. If we have a problem getting it, it is because of people like you who like the conflict and not the peace. Gaza should develop their own infrastructure and work places.
            Now do not forget that Gaza also borders Egypt and that border was also closed for the same reason; no one wants to have a terrorist organization as neighbors. Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will not take them in and will not give them work permit. Israel is treating Palestinians better then any Arab country dose. Why people like you like to spread hatred?
            Handers of trucks with humanitarian supply from Israel enter Gaza every day. Any from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia? NO!! Again, If you are a good muslim you believe in the five Books of Moses then you know the truth!!!

            Comment by halil | March 13, 2011 | Reply

            • So controlling the airspace, the coast and all land access does not constitute occupation. I suppose that the Warsaw ghetto was not subject to occupation by your estimation also.

              “Handers” of trucks with humanitarian supply from Israel enter Gaza every day.

              If Israel allows, and only if Israel gets paid. If you think about it, much transit must have occurred in the Warsaw ghetto as well.

              Comment by aletho | March 13, 2011 | Reply

  8. I am not sure of what went on in Warsaw and not into it but I do know what is going in Gaza. As I said, Israel is not the only border and it is only closed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas took over and not before. As for supply, yes, any product transfer from one country to another needs to be inspected and permitted by both receiver and sender. Tax and money should be paid for import and export. Nothing is free. Peace brother I said all I had to say. Be well enlighten yourself with the truth, with peace and prosperity. PEACE!!!

    Comment by halil | March 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Yes, the borders were only blockaded after the people elected their own leadership. What a beacon of democracy Israel is, eh?

      And they let over a hundred items in, they simply exclude things like cement and lentils.

      That’s criminal by any standard known both to law or religion. Israel is a rogue entity.

      Comment by aletho | March 13, 2011 | Reply

  9. We are looking for alien civilization and in the same time we are not able to live in peace side by side . Can you imagine what an alien civilization will bring to us ?

    Comment by Julius Kokeny | April 17, 2013 | Reply

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