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Letter Archive


This is a selection of the many letters sent on behalf of our campaign by members of our staff, supporters and endorsers.


Letter to New York Times
Letter to New York Times reporter Joan Raymond in response to the Frequent Flyer column, 12 February 2013

Letter Exchange With Nordstrom
Letter Exchange between Nancy Kricorian, Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign manager, and Tara Darrow and Blake Nordstrom from Nordstrom, September 2012

Rabbinical Letter to Presbyterian Commissioners: On Stolen Beauty
June 30th, 2012
Rabbinical Letter to Presbyterian Commissioners: On Stolen Beauty

Letter to Macy's
15 March 2012
Letter to the CEO of Macy's asking the store's support for international law and human rights by not carrying Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories products at Macy's.

Letter to The Independent
January 2012
This letter refutes two points made in The Independent article entitled “Natural History Museum Attacked over Links to ‘Illegal’ Israeli Company”

Letter to Elle Magazine
18 January 2012
In January 2012, ELLE Magazine ran a piece on “Sea Salt Benefits” that featured Ahava and described the company’s plant near the shores of the Dead Sea as being in Israel. We wrote a response to correct this erroneous assertion.

Letter Exchange With President of Nordstrom
October - November, 2011
Letter Exchange between boycott supporter Annraoi O and Blake Nordstrom, President of Nordstrom, a U.S. department store chain that is “committed to social responsibility.”

Letter Exchanges with Ingrid Newkirk, Executive Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
August 2011
We ask People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to change its consumer certification stamp on Ahava from 'Cruelty Free' to 'Not Tested on Animals' to ensure that no one purchases the illegal settlement product out of confusion.

Israeli Civil Administration Report on the origin of Ahava mud (English)
May 2011
Responding to a query from Who Profits, the Israeli Civil Administration confirmed that Ahava was granted a permit to excavate mud from the Occupied West Bank.

Israeli Civil Administration Report on the origin of Ahava mud (Hebrew)
May 2011
Responding to a query from Who Profits, the Israeli Civil Administration confirmed that Ahava was granted a permit to excavate mud from the Occupied West Bank.

Letter from Ellen Lippmann: Changing my mind
December 10, 2010
Rabbi Ellen Lippman was one of the signatories of the Brooklyn Rabbis Letter denouncing the Ahava boycott campaign. After a visit to the West Bank, Lippman wrote to the other rabbis saying that she had changed her mind and now supported the boycott of settlement products, including Ahava.

Letter to Retailers in Response to Ahava CEO Yaakov Ellis's Dubious Claims
October 2010
The Stolen Beauty team debunks Ahava’s inaccuracies and contradictions about the Israeli occupation – yes, all Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.

Letter from Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories President and CEO Yaakov Ellis
September 2010
Ahava CEO falsely claims that settlements are not illegal, that boycotts are, and that the occupation profiteer is not exploiting Palestinian natural resources.

Brooklyn Rabbis Letter
July 23—29, 2010
Believe this letter from five misinformed Rabbis and you would think the Israelis are ‘just and noble occupiers’. In response, Brooklyn For Peace lays out the facts: Just because it’s ‘Area C’ doesn’t mean it’s legal. Settlement and expropriation are not lawful activities.

The Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel) Letter of Support
June 9, 2010
The Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace describes the campaign as an important step in the struggle against the occupation of Palestine, against the oppression of the Palestinian people and towards a just peace for all inhabitants of the region.

Letter from Linda Frank to Blake Nordstrom, President, Nordstrom Incorporated
April 20, 2010
Letter from a consumer disappointed that Nordstrom will remain in violation of its own Social Responsibility Guidelines by continuing to carry a product that violates human rights and international law.

Letter to Lonely Planet Guidebooks
April 13, 2010
When Lonely Planet guided its travelers to the Ahava Factory Outlet and Store in a settlement in the occupied West Bank, readers questioned what other human rights violators they had unknowingly patronized.

Linda Frank's follow-up letter to Nordstrom's Social Responsibility Office
April 9, 2010
Dedicated shopper tells Nordstrom that regardless of how the issue of labeling is handled under lax U.S. customs regulations, the fact remains that the Ahava factory is located in occupied Palestinian territory.

Letter to Ricky's
February 12, 2010
CODEPINK tells chain drug store Ricky’s to dump settlement products: Ahava puts a pretty face on its crimes, but around the world people are standing up to the lies.

Letter from Linda Frank to Tara Darrow, Nordstrom’s Director of Public Relations
February 4, 2010
A consumer calls out Nordstrom for ostensibly valuing social responsibility while simultaneously supporting the Israeli occupation.

Letter to the Editor of Fortune Small Business
December 12, 2009
Stolen Beauty responds to article: “Turning Dead Sea Mud into Money” by discussing the illegality of “pillage” or “plunder” under international humanitarian law.

Publicist Letter
September 16, 2009
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."

Letter to AHAVA
July 15, 2009
CODEPINK launches boycott in letter to Ahava: “Until your company shuts down the factory in the occupied territory of the Palestinian West Bank, stops exploiting the natural resources of the occupied West Bank for profit, and stops using AHAVA profits to fund/subsidize Israeli Jewish settlements in the West Bank, we will be boycotting your products and educating the public about your illegal practices.”

Letter to Kristin Davis - 2
July 15, 2009
CODEPINK asks Kristin Davis to stop representing Ahava and notes what Oxfam says about deceptive packaging: "Consumers that are buying produce that are grown in illegal settlements need to have that information so that they can make an informed choice."

Letter to Kristin Davis - 1
June 6, 2009
First appeal to then Ahava spokesperson Kristin Davis’ conscience as a person who cares about the environment and animals, and who did great work as an Oxfam Goodwill ambassador.

 

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