CAIA STATEMENT: Stand with Jake Lynch and the Palestinian BDS Campaign.

Join the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Melbourne)’s STAND WITH JAKE LYNCH AND THE PALESTINIAN BDS CAMPAIGN page on Facebook by clicking here.

Defend Free Speech: Sign the petition in support of Jake Lynch and BDS here.

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CAIA (MELBOURNE) SOLIDARITY STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PROFESSOR JAKE LYNCH

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27 November 2013

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Melbourne wishes to extend our support and solidarity to Professor Jake Lynch, the director of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, in his court case which began on today against spurious charges brought by the Israeli based law group, Shurat HaDin.

Shurat HaDin, who are well-known for filing SLAPP suits (strategic lawsuits against public participation) in an attempt to silence and intimidate critics of Israeli state policy, filed a case in the Australian Federal Court on 29 October against Professor Jake Lynch over his support of the Palestinian-initiated boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, which calls for the boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions that are complicit in the system of oppression that denies Palestinians their basic rights.

Shurat HaDin claims that Professor Lynch’s support for BDS and his refusal to sponsor an institutional fellowship application for Israeli academic Dan Avnon from the Hebrew University violates Australian law, specifically the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act, which deems it unlawful to discriminate against a person “based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin”.

However, the Palestinian BDS campaign does not target individuals, businesses or institutions on the basis of religion, ethnicity or nationality. The BDS campaign focuses on institutions, with boycott targets chosen on the basis of their complicity with human rights abuses and violations of international law carried out by the Israeli state and military or their contribution to “rebranding campaigns” that attempt to whitewash Israel’s human rights abuses and war crimes.

As a result, Professor Lynch’s refusal to assist Dan Avon was not because he was Israeli or Jewish, as Shurat HaDin spuriously claims. When in December 2012, Dr Avnon approached Professor Lynch for assistance to study civics education in Australia under a fellowship agreement between the Hebrew University and Sydney University, Professor Lynch declined because of his opposition to the fellowship agreement between the two institutions due to the Hebrew University’s long history of complicity in Israel’s human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.

The Hebrew University’s complicity is well document. Not only is the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University built on land confiscated from its rightful Palestinian owners and the University is also well-known for its ties to the Israeli government and Israeli military establishment, with the university accrediting Israeli military training courses. In addition, the University has close links with one of Israel’s largest military companies, with Michael Federman, the chairman of Elbit Systems, on its Board of Governors. The United nationals has named Elbit System as one of the companies complicit with Israel’s human rights abuses and war crimes in the Occupied Territories. For all these reasons, the Hebrew University is a legitimate targets for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

The BDS campaign is a call for justice by all sectors of Palestinian civil society and supported around the world by unions, churches, civil society and human rights groups. It is a form of non violent popular resistance and international solidarity in protest against Israel’s persistent violation of Palestinian human rights and international law.

CAIA (Melbourne) recognises Professor Lynch’s strong support of the BDS movement for justice for the Palestinians.  We congratulate him on his courageous stance in support of the right of Australian academics to dissent.  We wish him well in his court case against Shurat HaDin, and we look forward to celebrating many victories in the BDS campaign alongside him.


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Relevant Information and Links:

PALESTINIAN BDS CAMPAIGN 2005 CALL TO ACTION (click here)

BDS CAMPAIGN: ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL GUIDELINES (click here)
SHURAT HADIN AND THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT: (click  here and here)

Spin Watch report: BDS campaigner targeted by law firm with links to Israeli intelligence

Electronic Intifada: Israeli lawyers group Shurat HaDin unmasked as Mossad proxy

HEBREW UNIVERSITY AND ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION & APARTHEID POLICIES: (click here  )
Academic Boycott of Israel and the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories

UNITED NATIONS REPORT CITING ELBIT:
Situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, September 2013 (click here)

The present report addresses Israel’s compliance with its obligations under international law in relation to its occupation of Palestinian territory. The Special Rapporteur focuses particular attention on the legal responsibility of business enterprises, corporations and non-State actors involved in activities relating to Israel’s settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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No to the Greenwashing of Israel’s Occupation and apartheid policies: Boycott Soda Stream

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SodaStream is the world’s largest maker of home carbonation systems.As part of its corporate marketing strategy SodaStream markets itself as a environmentally friendly. The central “greenwashing” message from SodaStream is that by buying their product, consumers can save on plastic and can waste. However, what SodaStream does not mention is that they are at the forefront of Israel’s military occupation regime, as their main production factory operates out of an illegal Israeli colony in the Occupied West Bank.

SodaStream factory built on stolen Palestinian land:

Soda Stream established it main production plant in Mishor Adumim, in 1996. Mishor Adumim is an industrial zone located in the illegal Israeli colony of Ma’ale Adumim in the Occupied West Bank. Ma’ale Adumim represents one of the largest Israeli thefts of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank with land stolen from the Palestinian towns of Abu Dis, Azarya, Atur, Issauya, Han El Akhmar, Anata and Nebbi Mussa.

In addition, the Ma’ale Adumim industrial zone and the residential areas are part of Israel’s “East 1” project, which was initiated in 1995 by Yitzhak Rabin. The project aims to cut the Occupied West Bank off from Occupied East Jerusalem through strategic settlement expansion, hence destroying any prospect of a viable Palestinian state. Most recently in early December 2012 – in retaliation for the vote at the UN granting Palestine “non-member observer state status” – Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorised the building of an addition 3000 illegal settler housing units between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim to ensure the strategic expansion of the settlement.

Goods produced in illegal Israeli colonies do not serve the local Palestinian population; instead, 65% of goods are shipped elsewhere and taxes and profits go to support the Israeli economy, not Palestinians. In addition,“Cross-border Industrial Zones”, such as the one which SodaStream’s factory is located in, help to entrench the illegal Israeli occupation and Palestinian oppression, both economically and politically.

And while SodaStream’s main production plant is location in an illegal Israeli colony in the Occupied West Bank, it regularly labels its products as “made in Israel”.

For more information see:

Full report: Production in Settlements: The Case of SodaStreamhttp://www.whoprofits.org/sites/default/files/WhoProfits-ProductioninSettlements-SodaStream.pdf-update

SodaStream September 2012 Update http://www.whoprofits.org/content/sodastream-september-2012

Exploitation of Palestinian workers

Palestinians who work in illegal Israeli settlements often face exploitative labour conditions. Palestinian workers are treated as occupied subjects rather than citizens. Because they are occupied subjects, Palestinian workers are unable to demand their legal labour rights without risking current and future sources of employment.

According to reports from three consecutive years (2008 to 2010) of Kav LaOved (an NGO committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers employed by Israeli companies), workers in the SodaStream factory suffer from harsh working conditions. This is particularly true for the Palestinian workers. During the last few years, there have been several occasions on which workers complained about low wages and poor working conditions, and about ‘revolving door’ employment policies.

For more information see:

Labor section in Who Profits report: Production in Settlements: The Case of SodaStreamhttp://www.whoprofits.org/sites/default/files/WhoProfits-ProductioninSettlements-SodaStream.pdf-update

Corporate Watch: “They destroyed our lives and then gave a few people a job. It is nothing”: Some unanswered questions for SodaStream http://corporateoccupation.org/they-destroyed-out-lives-and-then-gave-a-few-people-a-job-it-is-nothing-some-unanswered-questions-for-sodastream/

Palestinian workers in settlements:http://www.whoprofits.org/content/palestinian-workers-settlements

Ma’ale Adumim and enviromental destruction:

Ma’ale Adumim, the illegal colony which SodaStream has its production factory in, manages the infamous Abu Dis landfill (which is built on stolen Palestinian land), where over 1,100 tons of waste from Jerusalem and Israeli settlements are dumped every single day. The Israeli Ministry for the Environment has stated that the landfill is “polluting nearby streams and land”.

In addition,Industrial Zones such as the one in which SodaStream is located produce large quantities of industrial wastewater and solid waste which often pollute adjacent Palestinian land and communities.

For more information:
Experts probe reach of toxins from West Bank landfill [managed by Ma’ale Adumim] (March 2013)
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=573286

Jerusalem Post: J’lem refuses to stop using Abu Dis landfill (2012)

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=224894

Israeli colonies and environmental destruction

The environmental destruction wrought by Ma’ale Adumim is not isolated. The 450 Israeli colonies and outposts built on stolen Palestinian land all have a disastrous impact on the Palestinian population, as well as the environment and natural resources.

Since 1967, in violation of Article 49 (c) of the Fourth Geneva convention which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into an occupied territory, Israel has constructed hundreds of illegal colonies and transferred close to half a million of its citizens illegally into the territories it occupies. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2010 there were 450 illegal Israeli colonies, outposts and other sites in the Occupied West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem.

These illegal Israeli colonies and their supporting infrastructure (such as Israeli-only bypass roads) have numerous negative impacts on the environment including but not limited to:

1. The building of these illegal colonies results in widespread destruction of Palestinian agricultural land, icluding crops, olive groves and fruit orchids. This has resulted in increased soil erosion, the depletion of water resources and health hazards due to untreated industrial waste and domestic waste being dumped into the environment.

2. Israeli settlers in all illegal colonies consume huge amounts of scarce Palestinian water resources, usually consuming four times as much water as compared to water consumed by Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories. While Israeli settlers fill their swimming pools with fresh water, many Palestinian communities are left without water for extended periods of time.

3. Israel’s illegal colonies release large amounts of raw waste water and domestic solid waste into the surrounding Palestinian environment. This waste not only threatens to pollute water aquifers, but also dumped untreated on Palestinian land, creating a health hazard for Palestinian communities.

The environmental impact of Israeli settlements on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (2012)

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/fact-sheets/3541-the-environmental-impact-of-israeli-settlements-on-the-occupied-palestinian-territories

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/downloads/factsheets/the-environmental-impact-of-israeli-settlements-on-the-occupied-palestinian-territories.pdf

B’Tselem report: Foul Play: Neglect of wastewater treatment in the West Bank (June 2009)

http://www.btselem.org/sites/default/files/publication/200906_foul_play_eng.pdf

The Environmental Impact of the Israeli Occupation (2000) http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/2156/pid/2254

The Environmental Impact of Jewish Settlements in the West Bank (1998)
http://www.pij.org/details.php?id=427

SodaStream builds factory on ethnically cleansed land

SodaStream is currently building a new factory in the Negev desert where between 1948 and the early 1950s, the Israeli state ethnically cleansed 90% (approximately 90,000) of the Palestinian Bedouin living in that area.  Since 1948, Israel has declared Palestinian Bedouin land “dead” land, claiming it was unsettled, unassigned and uncultivated and sought to prevent Bedouins from returning to their lands. In order to control the land and prevent Palestinian Bedouin from returning to their land, the Israel state via the Jewish National Fund have sought to engage in “forestation” projects, which sees the wholesale planting of trees on Bedouin traditional lands. The planting of these trees is then used by the Israeli state to “greenwash” its ethnic cleansing practices.

In addition, Israel has sought to systematically repress those Bedouin who remained on their land. For example, in the last two years, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Arakib has been destroyed approximately 35-40 times by the Israeli state.

In 2011, Israel announced that it planned to ethnically cleanse more than 30,000 Palestinian Bedouins who continue to live the Negev in more than 40 “unrecognised villages”. These villages have been in existence since before the establishment of the Israeli state but are systematically excluded by the Israeli government from official maps and excluded from the provision of local and national government infrastructure, such as electricity, water, telephone lines and educational and health facilities and services in order to make life as difficult as possible for the Bedouin in the hope that they will voluntarily leave their lands.

So while the Israeli state has continued to systematically ethnically cleanse Palestinian Bedouin from the Negev, SodaStream has received a €5.05 million (approx: AU $6,185,000) construction grant from the Israeli Ministry of Trade and Industry in order to build their new factory on stolen Palestinian Bedouin land.

For more information:

Israel: Ethnic cleansing in the Negev  http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/10/2012102114393741506.html

Al-Naqab: The Ongoing Displacement of Palestine’s Southern Bedouin

http://www.badil.org/en/al-majdal/item/6-al-naqab-the-ongoing-displacement-of-palestine%5C’s-southern-bedouin

Jewish National Fund resumes forestation project in al-Arakib 

http://972mag.com/jewish-national-fund-resumes-forestation-project-in-al-arakib/44850/

Forced eviction of Palestinian Bedouins from Ma’ale Adumim (where Soda Stream is located)

http://www.btselem.org/settlements/20111010_forced_eviction_of_bedouins

Supporting the campaign for Palestinian human rights:

We are asking the consumer and companies to support the Palestinian civil society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was launched in 2005 with the support of more than 170 Palestinian civil society organisations.

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.

This non-violent civil disobedience campaign calls for non-violent punitive measures to be imposed on Israel until it recognises the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and complies with international law by: (1) ending its occupation of Arab lands and dismantling the separation wall; (2) recognising the rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and (3) respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of refugees to return to their homes and properties, as stipulated in United Nations resolution 194.

For more information:

BDS Global website: http://www.bdsmovement.net/

BDS 2005 Unified Call to Action: http://www.bdsmovement.net/call

BDS and SodaStream: http://www.bdsmovement.net/tag/sodastream

BDS Italia’s rebuttal of SodaStream

BDS Italia’s rebuttal to SodaStream regarding the Palestinian BDS campaign and the role of SodaStream in relation to Israel’s occupation.

SodaStream’s reply fails to convince http://www.bdsitalia.org/index.php/english-menu/280-reply-sodastream

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PALESTINE PUBLIC FORUM: We won’t be Silenced! Pro-Palestine activists speakout: BDS, Lawfare and Free Speech

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

6.30pm Kaleide Theatre, RMIT

Building 8, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne City

ENTRY BY DONATION

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Special Guest Speaker:
Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees

Director, Sydney Peace Foundation at the University of Sydney



Other Guest Speakers:
Naomi Farmer – Max Brenner 19
Nada – Palestinian activist, Students for Palestine

Plus: LAUNCH of new Students for Palestine Zine.

A PUBLIC FORUM organised by:
 Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and Students for Palestine (Victoria).

JOIN THIS EVENT ON FACEBOOK – click HERE


Since its launch by more than 170 Palestinian civil society groups in 2005, the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel has gone from strength to strength with trade unions, student groups, church groups, artists and other sectors of the community announcing their support for the campaign. Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.

With the growth in support internationally for the Palestinian BDS campaign, there has also been an increased attempts by opponents of this non-violent campaign to undermine the right of pro-Palestine activists to free speech and freedom of assembly.

Utilising“lawfare” tactics, the Israeli government and its supporters have sought to exploit the legal system in order to censor, intimidate and silence critics of Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies both inside Israel and internationally. While previous lawfare attempts to criminalise BDS and pro-Palestine activism in France, England, Scotland, the USA and Australia have failed, currently in Australia and France pro-Palestine activists are facing the possibility of criminal charges for standing up for Palestinian human rights.

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SPEAKERS:
JOIN US for this very special public forum with special guest speaker, Professor Emermitus Stuart Rees, who along with Professor Jake Lynch from the Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies are facing possible legal action for their principled stand in support of Palestinian human rights and the BDS campaign. Both Professor Rees and Professor Lynch have been targeted by the Israeli group, Shurat HaDin who have lodged a claim against them and the BDS campaign with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Professor Rees will discuss the current lawfare attacks on himself and the BDS campaign.

Also speaking at this forum will be Naomi Farmer, one of the 19 non-violent pro-Palestine activists arrested in July 2011 during a peaceful BDS picket outside of a Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in the Queen Victoria Building in Melbourne. One year after her arrest, Naomi, along with the other arrested activists in a legal victory for pro-Palestine activism were acquitted of the substantive charges brought against them. Naomi will speak about the Max Brenner 19 case and the importance of standup for our right to free speech and freedom of assembly.

Joining the panel will also be Nada, a Palestinian activist with Students for Palestine who will discuss the current lawfare attempts taking place inside Israel.

JOIN THE COALITION AGAINST ISRAELI APARTHEID FACEBOOK PAGE – click HERE

JOIN THE VICTORIAN STUDENTS FOR PALESTINE FACEBOOK PAGE  – click HERE

Callout to all supporters of Palestine: oppose the Australian government’s inhumane changes to refugee policy

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) is shocked, saddened and outraged by the Australian government’s recent announcement that Australia will ignore its obligations to refugees by refusing to process the claims of asylum seekers in Australia.

Palestine refugees

CAIA believes that this issue is one that all supporters of Palestine should be raising their opposition against.

As long as there are an estimated five million Palestinian refugees worldwide, the question of refugee rights go hand in hand with the rights of the Palestinians.  Australian governments have an atrocious history when it comes to its treatment of Palestinian refugees.

In the detention centre on Nauru there are currently 17 Palestinian refugees. Six of these Palestinians were recently beaten unconsciousby guards after protesting for their rights in the centre. The famous Palestinian samoud – steadfastness – has withstood many beatings from Israel, it is tragic that such beatings are now happening at the behest of the Australian government.

The detention centre that this occurred at is run by the same company, G4S, which is also the company responsible for security in the Israeli jail in which Palestinian Arafat Jaradat was tortured to death earlier this year.

Supporters of the cause of Palestine are, above all else, supporters of the cause of human rights and dignity. The Australian government is determined to strip refugees of these. 

Ultimately, it is crucial for the Palestinians that their right of return to historic Palestine be respected. But, until the day comes where that right is acknowledged, we stand for the rights of Palestinian and, indeed, all refugees against this government’s brutal policies towards asylum seekers.

CAIA is proud to be adding our voice to those calling for a more humane refugee policy and encourage all fellow supporters of Palestine to do the same.

Rally for refugees in your state:

Melbourne
1pm Sat 27 July
State Library

Canberra – ALP conference
1pm Sat 27 July
Woden Square

Sydney city
12pm Sun 28 July
Sydney Town Hall

Sydney West
12pm Sun 28 July
Mount Druitt Hub

Brisbane
1pm Sat 27 July
King George Square

Perth
1pm Sat 27 July
Murray st Mall

Adelaide
1pm Sat 27 July
Parliament House

Speakout for Palestine: Don’t buy Israeli Apartheid – 5.30pm, 19 July 2013

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SPEAKOUT FOR PALESTINE:

DON’T BUY ISRAELI APARTHEID

5.30pm

Friday 19th July 2013

Bourke St Mall

Cnr Swanston and Bourke St,

Mebourne City.

On Friday 19 July, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Melbourne will be speaking out for Palestine in Bourke St Mall at 5.30pm.  We will be demanding justice and human rights for the Palestinian people and raising awareness about the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was initiated in 2005 by Palestinian civil society, including more than 171 Palestinian organisations, political parties, trade unions, associations, coalitions.

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.

We invite you to join us and speakout for:

  • An end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands
  • The dismantlement of Israel’s apartheid wall and an end to Israeli settlement building
  • An end to Israel’s siege of Gaza
  • Full equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel
  • The right of return for Palestinian refugees

Join us the event on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/523123221074624/

Al Nakba 2013 – Protest against Israeli apartheid

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May 15 marks the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) day. In 1948, more the 780,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homeland and more than 500 Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed by Zionist terrorist death squads that were set up in Palestine under the protection of the British mandate. Today more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, the largest refugee community in the world, are living in exile, while 5 million Palestinians are living in the world’s largest open air prison in Gaza.
On the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba join the ongoing campaign for justice for Palestine and say no to Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation.Palestine solidarity groups from across Melbourne are organising a rally to commemorate this anniversary on Friday the 17th of May and we need your support.Prior to the formal commencement of the rally there will be a vigil from 5pm at the State Library.

VIDEO: Bursting the Bubble of Israeli Apartheid – Boycott Soda Stream

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid BDS action – Friday, 19 April 2013, Melbourne

Briefing Paper:
Bursting the Bubble of Israeli apartheid: Boycott Soda Stream

SodaStream is the world’s largest maker of home carbonation systems. In 1996, SodaStream established its main production plant in Mishor Adumim, an industrial zone located in the illegal Israeli colony of Ma’ale Adumim in the Occupied West Bank. Ma’ale Adumim represents one of the largest Israeli thefts of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank with land stolen from the Palestinian towns of Abu Dis, Azarya, Atur, Issauya, Han El Akhmar, Anata and Nebbi Mussa. The colony is strategically positioned to disconnect Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho to prevent Palestinian movement and development.

The Ma’ale Adumim industrial zone and the residential areas are part of Israel’s “East 1” project, which was initiated in 1995 by Yitzhak Rabin. The project aims to cut the Occupied West Bank off from Occupied East Jerusalem though strategic settlement expansion, hence destroying any prospect of a viable Palestinian state. Most recently in early December 2012 – in retaliation for the vote at the UN granting Palestine “non-member observer state status” – IsraeloPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorised the building of an addition 3000 illegal settler housing units between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim to ensure the strategic expansion of the settlement.

SodaStream receives regular tax benefits/breaks from the Israeli government and employs Palestinians under exploitative labour conditions. Palestinians who work in illegal Israeli settlements face exploitative labour conditions. According to reports from three consecutive years (2008 to 2010) of Kav LaOved (an NGO committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers employed by Israeli companies), the workers in the SodaStream factory suffer from harsh working conditions. This is particularly true for the Palestinian workers. During the last few years, there have been several occasions on which workers complained about low wages and poor working conditions, and about ‘revolving door’ employment policies.

SodaStream is located in a “Cross-border Industrial Zone” in the West Bank, but goods produced here do not serve the local Palestinian population. 65% of goods are shipped elsewhere and taxes and profits go to support the Israeli economy—not Palestinians. These industrial zones entrench the illegal Israeli occupation and Palestinian oppression. In addition SodaStream’s products are mislabelled as being from Israel, when they are in fact from the Occupied West Bank.

SodaStream is currently building a new factory in the Negev desert where the Israeli state ethnically has cleansed more than 90,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the wake of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Since 1948, Israel has declared Palestinian Bedouin land unsettled, unassigned and uncultivated and sought to prevent Bedouins from returning to their lands.

In 2011, Israel announced that it planned to ethnically cleanse more than 30,000 Palestinian Bedouins who continue to live the Negev in more than 40 “unrecognised villages” – this is despite the fact that the majority of the villages have been in existences since before the establishment of the Israeli state. These “unrecognised” villages are systematically excluded by the Israeli government from official maps and excluded from the provision of local and national government infrastructure, such as electricity, water, telephone lines and educational and health facilities and services in order to make life as difficult as possible for the Bedouin in the hope that they will voluntarily leave their lands.
So while the Israeli state has continued to systematically ethnically cleanse Palestinian Bedouin from the Negev, SodaStream has received a $AU6.31 million construction grant from Israeli Ministry of Trade and Industry in order to build their new factory on stolen Palestinian Bedouin land.

In Australia a number of retailers stock SodaStream, including:

Woolworths, KMart, Myers, David Jones,Coles, Big W, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Retrovision, IGA, MItre 10, Betta Electrical, Domestix and Foodworks.

Support the Palestinian BDS call! 

Boycott SodaStream!  

Ask you local retailer to destock SodaStream!

For more information on Soda Stream see the following links:

  • BDS Italia’s response to a letter from Edelman, the PR company hired by SodaStream Italy disputing BDS claims