Seattle area activists protest Sur La Table selling product made in Illegal Israeli settlement
July 27th, 2013
WHAT: Seattle area community members and activists from Jewish Voice for Peace Seattle (JVP) and Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) stage peaceful protest to demand that locally-based Sur La Table take SodaStream off their shelves nationally. SodaStream is an Israeli product made in an illegal West Bank Settlement.
WHERE: Sur La Table, Pike Place Market, 84 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
WHEN: July 27th, 2013, 12pm
Demonstrators engaged market-goers with a theatrical performance and distributed information about the home-carbonation system, produced in an industrial park on illegally-confiscated Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The factory benefits from Israeli government subsidies and pays taxes to a local Israeli Jewish settlement in the West Bank, exploiting Palestinian labor at below the minimum wage in Israel, and with no practical labor protections for Palestinian workers, who lack citizenship and live under military occupation.
Dr. Wendy Somerson, a founding member of the Seattle chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and former national JVP board member, explained, “people buy this product thinking they’re making an environmentally-friendly choice, not realizing that it is produced in an unjust environment that entrenches the occupation.”
Participants chanted “Occupation is not Green, Boycott SodaStream,” passed out flyers and theatrically “burst the bubble” that hides the unjust reality behind the marketing.
The local campaign to get Sur La Table to deshelve SodaStream products is part of a larger national interfaith effort to boycott SodaStream. Selling products made in illegal Israeli settlements strengthens the occupation, and boycotting them is a powerful tool to work towards peace and justice for all Israelis and Palestinians. Additionally, this effort fits in a larger movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions until Israel meets its obligations under international law with regard to civil and human rights for all Palestinians.
QuAIA is a new local group that seeks to cultivate solidarity with Palestinian liberation among LGBTQ and anti-homophobic and anti-transphobic communities and organizations. Jewish Voice for Peace-Seattle is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights since 2006.
Contact: Wendy Somerson
Visit our website at jvpseattle.org