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Why we are no longer selling Dead Sea Salts

Why we are no longer selling Dead Sea Salts

Heenal Rajani |

Part of being a socially responsible company is knowing that you will make mistakes and being ready to admit those mistakes and change course.

It was recently brought to our attention that Dead Sea Salts are subject to an international human-rights boycott since they are illegally extracted in occupied Palestine. As a result, we have decided to stop carrying this product with immediate effect.

We are very grateful to have a supportive community around us with whom we can grow and learn. Thank you especially to customers who are part of the London Regional Social Forum and to members of Independent Jewish Voices London for engaging with us on this issue.

We feel somewhat embarrassed to be in this position, since we are well aware of the subjugation and exploitation of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel and we support the international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. However, when we decided to order Dead Sea Salts to stock them in our store, we simply failed to make the connection between what we were buying and where it was coming from!

We apologise unreservedly and have removed these products permanently from our inventory. While we understand that this may be a controversial issue and we don’t expect everyone to agree with our decision, we hope that you respect our right to take it and that we can engage in a rational and reasoned debate about the issues.

What’s so bad about Dead Sea Salts?

While they contain lots of minerals and are said to be great for your skin, Dead Sea Salts are not great for the Palestinian people from whose land the salts are illegally extracted. 

Dead Sea product manufacturing promotes Israel’s occupation and illegal colonization of Palestinian territory, whose resources are exploited without the permission of the Palestinian authorities, and without paying any royalties or taxes to the Palestinian government. Read more about the campaign to boycott Dead Sea products.

The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005:

For decades, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation. Despite abundant condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organisations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity. In view of this continued failure, Palestinian civil society called for a global citizens’ response. 
The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:
  1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
The BDS call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties, organizations, trade unions and movements. The signatories represent the refugees, Palestinians in the OPT, and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

London businesses - join the BDS Campaign!

We invite other London businesses to join us in formally denouncing Israel's illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories and in joining the global BDS campaign.

If you are a local business owner, or if you know of other businesses who align with this position, please get in touch!

If you are interested in learning more about the occupation of Palestine and about the BDS campaign, check out the London Regional Social Forum, which starts today.

The London Social Forum includes a workshop “Palestine Reconsidered: Supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions”, hosted by Chava Finkler and Anna Badillo at 3 pm on Saturday, September 12.

London Regional Social Forum - September 11-13, 2020

Another world is possible—if we act!

The London Regional Social Forum seeks to connect activists in and around London, Ontario, to build more intersectional alliances and relationships of mutual responsibility among progressive movements, and to better learn and promote the undertaking of resistance actions.

Our icebreaker on Friday afternoon is an in-person socially distanced event. The Saturday and Sunday events will be delivered online via Zoom.

Register Now (it's free!) for either the in-person or online sessions.

OPENING SOCIAL (In Person & Socially Distanced)

  • Gibbons Park (Picnic Shelter)
  • September 11, 2020 - 4pm to 8pm
  • We look forward to seeing you there!