Stop land theft – Boycott SodaStream!

Join the Campaign to Help Stop Demolitions of Bedouin Villages – Boycott SodaStream!
SodaStream is complicit in the displacement of 40,000 to 70,000 Palestinian Bedouin Citizens of Israel who are being dispossessed from their lands and forcibly relocated to urban townships like Rahat, near SodaStream’s new factory. Without their lands and herds the Bedouin are becoming a captive workforce exploited by companies like SodaStream.

Please join in Poneke Palestine’s “Boycott SodaStream” actions:

Outside the carpark at 133 Tory Street, Wellington:
10:00 am on Sunday 13th December 2015; and
10:00 am on Sunday 20th December 2015 (as part of nationwide actions.)

Poneke Palestine will provide leaflets, banners and placards – – just bring
your own sunscreen/water etc.  (No racist symbols please; thank you.)

If you are unable to come along on the Sunday, but you would like to support the Boycott SodaStream campaign, we encourage you to write to your local appliance store and ask them to stop selling SodaStream products.

Here is a link to a letter for your local appliance store which you can print, sign and give it to retail outlets, or welcome to use it as a model to write a personal letter to your local appliance store.

If you would like to organise a local campaign, please contact wellington@aotearoabds.org

Don’t buy sodastream this Christmas!

Join the global boycott of Sodastream! Don’t buy sodastream!

SodaStream is an Israeli fizzy drinks machine company, which is complicit in human rights abuses.  For 40 years, SodaStream was illegally located on stolen Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.  Sadly, SodaStream is still profiting from apartheid and human rights violations at its new location in Rahat.

SodaStream is NOT Green – stop greenwashing!

While SodaStream claims to be environmentally friendly, the reality is that the company has for over 40 years been fully complicit in environmental destruction.

By promoting its product as beneficial to the environment, the company hopes to gain allies and distract from, or greenwash, its complicity in Israel’s human rights abuses and violations of international law.

Since April 2014,  the Earth Day Network has cut ties with SodaStream.  The Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network stated SodaStream depletes and pollutes scarce Palestinian water resources, and has contributed to the degradation of Palestinian land the destruction of thousands of trees.

Mishor Adumim, where SodaStream operated for 40 years and still  holds factory property,  “manages” “the most polluting waste disposal site in the country” where more than 1,100 tons of toxic waste from Israel and illegal Israeli settlements are dumped every day onto Palestinian land at the  infamous Abu Dis landfill.

At the new factory in Rahat, in the Negev Desert SodaStream is still complicit in the displacement of Palestinians, theft of their resources, and perpetuation of the apartheid system which subjugates and oppresses them.

Based on these realities, SodaStream is a target of the Palestinian call for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) of Israel and complicit institutions, until Israel meets its obligation to fully comply with international law and uphold the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.

Israel razes Palestinian village in Negev for 90th time

Soda stream is moving to a location very near to the Bedouin village of Araqib, which Israel has destroyed for the 90th time on 28 October 2015.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/israel-razes-palestinian-village-negev-90th-time-151028121644298.html

The villagers of Araqib have not given up, and they are resisting this ethnic cleansing. The community returns and rebuilds their homes after each demolition.  But Israeli police and military continue storming Araqib village to demolish it and evict its residents.

Israeli authorities have demolished Araqib 90 times since 2010, said the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights.  Araqib is one of more than 35 or more “unrecognised” Palestinian Bedouin villages in the Negev Desert region.

An estimated 80,000 Palestinian Bedouin with Israeli citizenship live in the “unrecognised” villages.  They are denied state services such as water, electricity, rubbish pick-up and schools, stated the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

The Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights has documented more than 50 discriminatory laws targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel.  These laws amount to an apartheid system involving separate but unequal laws and lack of civil rights, solely based on race.

SodaStream is complicit in upholding such a system and depends on this system to make a profit.  SodaStream benefits from financial subsidies and lax regulation.  The company benefits from cheap land use, tax breaks, financial “incentives” to move to the Negev, and captive labour of displaced Bedouin.

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