No profit from Occupation!

We are asking Aberdeen’s Union Square and Trinity Centre to distance themselves from the theft of resources and human right abuses by removing Jericho Dead Sea Cosmetics stalls from their premises.

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The Dead Sea cosmetic products company Jericho Cosmetics trades from stalls in Aberdeen’s Union Square and Trinity Centre.

This Israeli company sells products derived from minerals extracted from the Dead Sea. Israel has many such Dead Sea companies, many operating from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli Dead Sea industry is thriving, while Palestinians are denied access to their own Dead Sea resources, a situation enforced by Israel’s illegal military occupation of the West Bank. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) are calling for a boycott of all Israeli Dead Sea companies until this illegal exploitation ceases and Palestinians are granted access to their own resources.

We call for a peaceful boycott of all Dead Sea products and for the closure of Jericho Cosmetics stalls on the following basis:

  1. The extraction and commercialisation of resources from an occupied territory by the occupant is prohibited by UN resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention [1]. This is exactly what Israeli authorities are pursuing by commercialising Dead Sea cosmetics. Notably, Palestinians have no access to such resources. The exclusive access of resources to a section of the population based on ethnicity amounts to apartheid as defined by the UN.
  2. The Israeli army has created a network of military checkpoints in the West Bank and has enforced inhumane restrictions of movement on Palestinian civilians. This seriously impairs the life of tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank, including children, who have to go through these checkpoints every day to reach their schools and hospitals [2, 3, 4]. The Israeli army is also fostering an apartheid culture by stopping Palestinians from accessing the beach resorts while these are being used by Israeli citizens [5].
  3. The Israeli settlements have hijacked the fresh water resources, with the consequence that now some Palestinians are consuming less than 40% the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization. This also means that the traditional Palestinian agriculture is becoming unsustainable [2].

Sustained campaigns in Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh have resulted in the closure of Dead Sea cosmetics stalls in shopping centres across Scotland. Sign the petition today, and tell Aberdeen’s Union Square and Trinity Centre to also distance themselves from the theft of resources and human right abuses by removing Jericho Dead Sea Cosmetics stalls from their premises.

Aberdeen Branch, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign

 

References:

[1] Boycott Campaign: Dead Sea Products (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East)
http://www.cjpme.org/fs_146

[2] Dispossession and Exploitation: Israel's Policy in the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea  (B'Tselem)
http://bit.ly/2cLL2eA

[3] Jordan Valley - aspects of economic exploitation (B'Tselem)
http://www.btselem.org/jordan_valley/other_resources

[4] How Israel Keeps Palestinians Off a Third of All West Bank Land (Haaretz)
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.677426

[5] Palestinians barred from dead sea beaches to appease Israeli settlers (The Independent)
http://ind.pn/2daJf1P

 

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