Stolen Beauty campaign manager writes about Ahava spokesperson Kristin Davis' being suspended from Oxfam publicity work because the organization is against what they know are "settlement products."
September 16, 2009
We at CODEPINK Women for Peace are writing to you today to urge your
clients to decline any request that might be forthcoming from Ahava Dead
Sea Laboratories to serve as a spokesperson. As you might know, CODEPINK
(www.codepinkalert.org) is well known for its use of non-violent direct
action in opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the wake
of Israel's attack on and blockade of Gaza, we have joined the international
movement to push Israel to adhere to international law and to respect
the human rights of Palestinians.
This past spring CODEPINK launched a boycott campaign against the Israeli
cosmetics company Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories. At the time, Sex &
the City star Kristin Davis was working as a spokeswoman for Ahava, as
well as a Goodwill Ambassador for Oxfam. We reached out to Ms. Davis asking
her to end her connection with Ahava, a company whose practices blatantly
contravene international law.
Ahava's main manufacturing plant and its visitor center are located in
an illegal Jewish settlement in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. (All
these settlements are illegal under international law and are an impediment
to peace in the region). In addition, Ahava also excavates mud from the
shores of the Dead Sea. According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, it
is illegal for an occupying power to exploit for profit the natural resources
of an occupied territory. Ahava also labels its products as "Product
of the Dead Sea, Israel" when they are actually from the Occupied
Palestinian West Bank. This labeling is blatantly misleading and the European
Union is working on legislation to make it illegal.
In response to our campaign, Oxfam began circulating a letter saying
that they had suspended Kristin Davis from publicity work because the
organization is against what they called "settlement products."
This apparent conflict of interest was reported on Page 6 of the New
York Post. Less than a month later, Gawker
reported that Ahava had fired Kristin Davis, in part because of her connection
to Oxfam. Davis's representatives said only that "the contract had
We assume that Ahava will be looking for a fresh and beautiful new face
to use to burnish their tainted image. We urge you to prevent Ahava from
using the good name of one of your clients to whitewash their illegal
Thanks for your attention to this important matter. Please feel free
to contact us with any questions.
Stolen Beauty Campaign Coordinator
CODEPINK Women for Peace