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Israeli Beauty Products Company Ahava Complicit in the Sins of Occupation

Ahava is owned by entities deeply involved in Israel's settlement project in the occupied West Bank. Activists are fighting to show it can't hide its dirty side.

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The surge in attention to the boycott campaign is a sign that "we've gotten attention to issue of settlements like we never got before," said Naomi Allen, an activist who sits on Brooklyn for Peace's board and is involved in the group's Israel/Palestine committee. Beginning this month, Brooklyn for Peace plans to hold protests outside the Ricky's shop in Brooklyn on the last Tuesday of every month.

"This is not an argument that we're going to lose, because [what's] right and international law are on our side," Allen said. "The issue of Ahava is a clear-cut issue. There's no excusing the fact that this is occupied territory which is being stolen from the rightful owners and exploited for profit that isn't being shared with the rightful owners."

Alex Kane is a student, journalist and blogger based in New York City. He is a writer for the Indypendent and a frequent contributor to the blog Mondoweiss. His work has also appeared in Salon, Electronic Intifada , Common Dreams , Palestine Chronicle , Gotham Gazette and Extra! He blogs at alexbkane.wordpress.com, and you can follow him on Twitter.

 
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