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4 Most Targeted Companies by Anti-Israel BDS Movement

By    |   Monday, 19 October 2015 10:15 PM

Companies are a major target of the boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to gain international support in their condemnation of Israel.

In 2005, 170 Palestinian organizations joined together to form the anti-Israel campaign that boycotts Israeli companies and products, as well as non-Israeli companies that express support for the Jewish state, in an attempt to isolate the country.

Despite the BDS movement’s efforts to economically isolate Israel through boycotts, the involved Palestinians may really be harming themselves.

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Kristin Lindow, Moody’s Investor’s Service senior vice president, admits that the boycotts have “had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy.”

“That said, the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy, which is much smaller and poorer than that of Israel,” she told Forbes.

Still, the campaign continues to target Israeli and Israeli-supporting companies. Below are four companies targeted by the BDS movement:

1. SodaStream
SodaStream manufactures a home carbonation machine that allows consumers to make their own soda. The company was the largest factory in the West Bank and employer of hundreds of Palestinians. However, the BDS movement urged a boycott of the company that labeled its products as “made in Israel” until its factory was moved out of the disputably Palestinian territory. The company moved to Lehavim in 2014, though company officials insist the relocation was not because of the BDS boycott, The Independent reported.

2. Ahava Cosmetics
“Beauty secrets from the dead sea,” reads the label on all Ahava products. However, according to BDS-inspired site, Stolen Beauty, “the real secrets it keeps are an ugly truth” of stealing from Palestinian territories. While “bathrobe brigades” boycotting the cosmetic products have had success in parts of Europe and Canada, Marylanders boycotted the boycott and bought a Silver Spring Ulta’s entire inventory of Ahava products in 2010, according to The Jerusalem Post.

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3. Eden Springs
The BDS movement boycotts Eden Springs water because the company allegedly “steals water from the Salukia spring in the occupied Syrian Golan, where it is bottled in the illegal Israeli settlement of Katzrin,” says the movement’s website. The campaign got the brand’s water booted off of several Scottish campuses.

4. Golan Heights Winery
Although the winery claims to be located in Israel, Palestinians claim Golan Heights is their territory. As one of Israel’s biggest exporters, Golan Heights Winery has felt little effect from the BDS protest. In fact, sales of the wine in Europe went up 20 percent in 2014, Arutz Sheva reported.

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