Thursday, 21 November 2013

Video: Activists burst occupation profiteer SodaStream’s “feel-good” bubble

Want to buy a product with a “feel-good message about saving money and the planet”?

Then the advice from Wired magazine for the year-end consumption binge (also known as the “Holiday Season”) is to buy a SodaStream home carbonation machine.

Wired names SodaStream one of its 2013 “Editor’s Picks” without mentioning the fact that the soft-drink machine is manufactured in Maale Adumim, one of Israel’s illegal West Bank colonies where Palestinian workers, with few other options under brutal Israeli military occupation, have said they are treated “like slaves.”

SodaStream also managed to get its product promoted as one of the “favorite things” of celebrity Whoopi Goldberg, host of the ABC chat show The View.

But far from saving the planet, Israel’s unregulated industrial zones built illegally on Palestinian land are destroying the environment and causing sickness in nearby Palestinian communities.

SodaStream days of action

As the occupation-profiteering company steps up its aggressive marketing, activists are also gearing up for the Boycott SodaStream Days of Action from 29 November to 10 December. more

Islamic Jihad warns Gaza ceasefire could come to end

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad's military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, on Thursday warned that the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza could come to an end in light of ongoing Israeli violations.

Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement that Israeli incursions into Gaza and airstrikes against civilian and military sites could mark the beginning of the end of the ceasefire agreement.

"Palestinian resistance has the right to confront Israeli incursions by all possible means," the statement added.

An Egyptian mediated ceasefire agreement was reached last November between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and thousands injured. more

Egypt closes Rafah crossing due to 'technical fault'

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah land crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday due to a technical problem with computers at the terminal.

Gaza's Interior Ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told Ma'an that Rafah was closed after only one bus carrying around 60 passengers had been allowed to cross.

Egyptian authorities did not inform Gazan authorities about the sudden closure, he added.

The Palestinian ambassador to Cairo, Barakat al-Farra, said Sunday that the crossing would open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

It had previously been closed for ten consecutive days. more