Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I got a response today to my email to Lush regarding our boycott;

Dear Bina,

Thank you for your email. I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed with Lush's support for the OneWorld project.

Lush UK have added their voice to the OneWorld project to help raise awareness about human rights abuse and poverty facing Palestinians. The campaign is based on the implementation of United Nations resolutions and international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians.
The history between Israel and Palestine is long, complicated and often under dispute. However, what is very clear is the level of suffering occurring today, in part due to the military blockade of the Gaza strip and the Wall being built in the West Bank which cuts Palestinian people off from vital infrastructure, including health services, and has led to restrictions on movement, a lack of drinking water plus increased poverty and human rights abuse in the area. History does not excuse such suffering. It will take both sides to come to a solution, but what is also clear is that this is not a conflict of two equal sides and thus the onus must be on the dominating force, Israel. The OneWorld project has been launched in solidarity with the Palestinian people and, like Lush, strives for human rights and equality for all regardless of race or religion, is non-partisan and does not support violence. OneWorld is supported by both Palestinian and Israeli organisations and aims to help create a just peace for all people living in the region.

We support organisations fighting for human rights all around the world on a variety of issues, from the freedom of West Papua and Tibet to labour rights of workers in India, women's rights in Africa and environmental rights of indigenous people in Latin America. Whilst there are many other issues we have not supported, there are sadly limitations as to how much we can do.

Throughout the course of the year we support many humanitarian, animal and environmental causes, many of which are nominated by our own customers. We welcome and value all feedback, so thank you for getting in touch with us. I will be sure to pass your comments on to our Campaigns team for future consideration.

Kind regards,

Vicky Jansson
Customer Care Manager
Lush Ltd.

My response:
Why cant you keep politics out of cosmetics? Eventually you are going to upset someone. There are two sides to every story! Have you ever bothered to hear the Jewish point of view on the situation? Our 12% of World population vs. The Arab 35% means nothing to you? Jews don't deserve a homeland? Even though we're surrounded by an Arab population that hates us if for nothing more than being Jewish?

This isn't about human rights for Palestinians. It's about rights for everyone. Israeli's deserve rights too. Jews deserve rights. We deserve to have one tiny piece of land in the Middle-East that has a historical connection for us for far longer and more meaningful than anyone else living here. It's about protecting the people who live here, within the borders of Israel. The citizens of Israel are Jewish, Christian and Arab. All deserving freedom of movement without fear of riding buses and walking the streets. Remember we gave Gaza back? If they cant handle it, and require our assistance then maybe they should be nice! If Arafat (and now Hamas) wouldn't have (and are) funneled all the aid given to his people into his Swiss accounts they would be far better off. But that's I suppose our fault too!? The wall is for the protection of the citizens of Israel. Unfortunately the behavior of the the terrorist regime they elected (almost unanimously) is to blame. As long as they solve their problems with violence this will be the result. I do however believe that much of what you see in the mainstream media, which is sorely biased against Israel, is showing much propaganda. "Pallywood" at its finest.

The boycott will continue. I am disappointed that Lush, who seem to really want to help fight for what's good in the world, would support terrorism, antisemitism and Holocaust denial outright.

Turning a blind eye to the truth, that is; Arabs in Israel have it better than anywhere else... Look at any Arab country on the map and you will see Muslims killing civilians, even other Muslims. This is how they solve problems, martyrdom and Jihad, maiming and killing. This is ingrained in them from childhood (camp Jihad, learning to kill Jews etc) and sadly it wont change here either. We have no tolerance in Israel for this behavior. So if that makes us the evil ones in your eyes, maybe you ought to rethink what you are fighting for. I pray your eyes should be open to the truth and their should be peace in The Land.

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