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Pressure builds on Nordstrom for selling Ahava in violation of ‘social responsibility’ guidelines

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Check out the YouTube station for Seattle’s performance investigators Credible Threat, who allied with Code Pink’s Stolen Beauty project have busted Nordstrom’s “social responsibility policies” wide open with a new video, published three days ago and titled, MUD IS A GRAY AREA: Talking with Nordstrom about Ahava and Occupation.

Ahava is a cosmetics line that uses mud sourced from the occupied territories in the West Bank. Nordstrom sells the line.

Many of the quotations in the video are taken from documents at the Stolen Beauty website, including documentation from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

And check out “Nordstrom Cares” and “Nordstrom’s approach”(pdf’s)

We decided to narrow our focus to four key areas as they pertain to our business. We call them our “pillars”: Supporting Communities, Sustaining the Environment, Protecting Human Rights, and Caring for Our People.


We’ve worked with fantastic vendors who support social and environmental initiatives, and we have empowered our employees to turn their ideas for doing great things to reduce our environmental footprint or support the community into realities. We’ve made great progress—but we know we still have much more to do.

Hmm, more than a few cracks in those pillars!

I recommend more of Credible Threat’s series, under the heading “They Really Said That.” These include Palestine for Beginners Part One, Roots of Conflict, Part Two, Occupation, Human Rights and U.S. Tax Dollars, Part Three, Issues, Obstacles, Futures. And especially Planning the Nakba, an audio performance video composed of quotes from Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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10 Responses

  1. HarryLaw
    October 6, 2013, 3:30 pm

    Stolen Beauty are doing a good job for BDS, here is how the French Government treat BDS activists,

    • Walid
      October 6, 2013, 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Harry, for the interesting article on how the French government is allowing French Zionists to piggy-back on its silly cases against boycotters. The new EU law restricting its member countries from dealing with Israeli companies operating on the West Bank will surely help the BDS movement in Europe.

      Stolen Beauty is doing a great for BDS but I’m seeing it concentrating mostly on Ahava for stealing the Palestinians’ Dead Sea minerals. Another rogue company also doing is L’Oreal that’s equally stealing minerals from the Dead Sea under the “Natural Sea Beauty” label that’s exported to 22 countries.

      L’Oreal operates out of the apartheid town of Migdal Haemek that is built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of al-Mujaydil. 5years ago, L’Oreal awarded a $100,000 “lifetime achievement” award to a scientist at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, which is a major center of clandestine research and development of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons on behalf of Israel’s military. And L’Oreal is a much bigger fish that should be fried than Ahava.

  2. Nancy Kricorian
    Nancy Kricorian
    October 6, 2013, 4:23 pm

    Thanks, Annie, for posting, and we at the Stolen Beauty campaign thank Ed of Credible Threat for making such a great video.

    • annie
      October 6, 2013, 7:31 pm

      yes, ed mast is amazing Nancy. i figured out it was him after checking out Tent City Planet’s page at youtube, recognized the performance in their trailor, so i emailed him. we’ve worked with ed a few times before with seaMAC’s awesome bus ads and the nakba exibits. he’s a powerhouse. our movement is very lucky to have stellar people like ed and his wife linda, co-founders of Palestine Information Project.

      and of course code pink and stolen beauty! yeah!

  3. hophmi
    October 6, 2013, 6:03 pm

    This is a laughable idea when most of the what the store sells was made in China.

    • Walid
      October 6, 2013, 7:36 pm

      hophmi, you laugh when you should be crying and you cry when you should be laughing. There’s nothing funny about Israel’s theft of the Palestinians’ natural resources.

    • talknic
      October 6, 2013, 9:47 pm

      @ hophmi That the same China with a deplorable human rights record? The same China Bibi wants more trade with?

    • Qualtrough
      October 7, 2013, 3:27 am

      See: Whataboutery

  4. October 6, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Warren Buffet also must be put on that program. He is buying a third company in Israel.
    U.S.-based electronic components distributor TTI is acquiring the Israeli electronics company Ray-Q Interconnect, it announced over the weekend. The financial specifics of the purchase were not disclosed.

    TTI is wholly-owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. The acquisition still requires approval from Israeli regulatory authorities.

    This would be Berkshire Hathaway’s third acquisition in Israel, following the 2006 deal to buy blades-maker Iscar for $6 billion all told. (The second tranche of that deal was completed in May of this year.) The Iscar purchase had been Buffett’s first acquisition outside North America. Also in 2006, Berkshire Hathaway unit CTB International acquired a controlling interest in AgroLogic, which develops technology for agriculture.

  5. October 6, 2013, 10:07 pm

    “Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, which is a major center of clandestine research and development of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons on behalf of Israel’s military.”
    I am actually so happy to read this – because that shows exactly the standards of the anti-Israeli propaganda. What Pauli called “Not even wrong”. I do not even want to argue here – just read and be amazed at the standards and the hatred and total lack of any understanding of what is what and what is going on in Israel. And that is the differnce between us that will bring eventually the end of all this dirty flow of incredible lies against my beloved country. You couldnt win with bullets because these were your standards of fighting, always lying to yourselves and your friends. You will not win with words now because you use the same standards. Good to know. Really. Made my day.

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