Bed Bath and Beyond stores in Canada stock SodaStream products which are used to make carbonated drinks at home. We are asking Bed Bath and Beyond to stop selling Soda Stream products because they have their main production facility on an illegal Israeli settlement, Ma’ale Adumim, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israeli settlements are located on appropriated Palestinian land, and are recognized throughout the world as being in violation of international law and human rights norms and are seen as a major barrier to justice and peace in the region.
By choosing to establish its main production facility in an illegal Israeli settlement:
· SodaStream is complicit in a significant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention – a binding principle of international law.
· SodaStream is actively benefiting from the subjugation of the Palestinian people and military occupation of Palestinian land through cheap facilities, tax incentives and a captive Palestinian labor force under severe restrictions of movement and organization. Soda Stream’s own reports to the U.S. Security Exchange Commission discuss the relative weight of international consumer boycotts and negative publicity against the economic benefits of manufacturing in a settlement industrial zone.
For the past several years Soda Stream has been the subject of de-shelving campaigns by organizations supporting Palestinian human rights around the world. In Canada alone, the SodaStream brand has come under critical scrutiny by the United Church of Canada, Independent Jewish Voices, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and other organizations. Additionally, it has been the subject of campaigns in countries as wide ranging as Italy, UK, USA, Norway, Japan, and Australia, all of which have called on stores to respect principles of ethics and social justice by removing SodaStream from their shelves.
Please sign our petition asking Bed Bath and Beyond Canada to respect principles of ethics and social justice by removing SodaStream products from their shelves. By signing this petition you will be adding your voice to the call to stop “business as usual” with companies that are complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land.
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