New York mobilizes!

As part of the Second Global BDS Day of Action for Palestine ( supporters of the Stolen Beauty AHAVA Boycott Campaign ( are organizing protests in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Montreal, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ahava promises “Beauty Secrets from the Dead Sea.” And wait until you hear those secrets!
Because Ahava is hiding the ugly truth–its products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Don”t let the “Made in Israel” sticker fool you–when you buy Ahava products you help finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Here in New York City, you can join CODEPINK NYC, Adalah-NY, and the Stolen Beauty coalition for protest actions outside Ricky”s NYC. Ricky”s, a family-owned chain of cosmetics & sundries stores with locations throughout Manhattan, carries Ahava cosmetics, a product that is the subject of an international boycott campaign because its practices are against international law.
We have been trying since August 2009 to convince Ricky”s NYC CEO Dominick Costello to remove AHAVA from the chain”s inventory. Our supporters sent him over 2,000 e-mails on Valentine”s Day with the message: “Dominick, Have a heart–stop carrying AHAVA.” Now we need to bring our message to the stores and to the shoppers.

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: meet at Ricky”s NYC store on 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Address: 267 West 23rd Street

Meet us at 5 p.m. at the Ricky”s store on 23rd Street and then take a stroll to other nearby Ricky”s locations. Spa attire (bathrobes and towels, preferably pink) recommended, although not required. We will provide signs and fliers, but if you would like to make your own sign messages could include: AHAVA: Made by Israeli Profiteers in Occupied Palestine; Ricky”s: Have a Heart–Don”t Sell AHAVA Cosmetics; Don”t buy AHAVA Cosmetics; Settlement Products Kill Hope for Peace; Settlement products subsidize the Occupation; There is no love in Occupation.

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