BDS Sticky Notes: Where do I start?
The below is a quick guide to Canadian stores which carry products from Israeli settlements, or from Israel proper. Where possible, links to lists of products have been provided. For more information, please refer to CJPME’s Boycott Centre: http://cjpme.org/boycott_centre.
- Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd
Ahava manufactures its cosmetics in a factory in the illegal Mitzpe Shalem settlement in the occupied West Bank. Ahava, however, labels its skin care products imported into the EU as originating from “The Dead Sea, Israel.” Ahava uses Palestinian natural resources without the permission of or compensation to Palestinians. Meanwhile, Israel denies Palestinians access to the shores of the Dead Sea and its resources, despite one-third of the western shore of the Dead Sea lying in the occupied West Bank. http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/brand/ahava?site_refer=SEM+G+NTR&keyword_refer=%2Bahava%20%2Bdead%20%2Bsea&gclid=CNf014Cpr8sCFQsDaQodq4ELWQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
- Soda Stream
SodaStream’s main production site was in Mishor Adomim, which is an Israeli settlement industrial park located in the West Bank. The Israeli military occupation authorities illegally confiscated the land where the SodaStream factory is located from Palestinian owners. Soda Stream recently withdrew its factory in Mishor Adumim because of BDS pressure. For a list of all retailers in your area that sell Soda Stream products visit: http://www.sodastream.ca/en/retailers.php
- Keter Plastics
Canadian Tire sells products from the Israeli company Keter Plastic, which manufactures many of its products in the Jewish-only colonies of Barkan and Oranit in the West Bank. Keter specialises in plastic items such as garden furniture, shelves, boxes, etc. These products are sometimes distributed under the brand name Black & Decker Keter. Keter products sold at Canadian Tire can be found at this link: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/search-results.html?searchByTerm=true&q=keter
Canadian Tire also carries products from the FatMax brand, some of which are also made in Israel. Keep in mind, however, that FatMax items are manufactured from around the world, and check the package for “Made in Israel” before placing your sticky note. Fat Max products sold at Canadian Tire can be found here: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/search-results.html?searchByTerm=true&q=fat+max
- Keter Plastics
Costco sells products from the Israeli company Keter Plastic, which manufactures many of its products in the Jewish-only colonies of Barkan and Oranit in the West Bank. Keter specialises in plastic items such as garden furniture, shelves, boxes, etc. Keter products sold at Costco include Keter fence and gate kits and Keter EZ Dine Booster Seat. http://www.costco.ca/CatalogSearch?storeId=10302&catalogId=11201&langId=-24&refine=&keyword=keter
- Israeli Fresh Produce
Costco also sells Israeli fresh produce and processed food products, including Jaffa brand clementines; Carmel dates and dates produced by other Israeli companies, often misleadingly labelled as “Mediterranean” dates. Costco may carry other produce by Carmel, Israel’s leading fresh produce brand name, and Osem Pearl couscous.
- Medjool Dates
Over 50% of the world’s dates are produced in Israel. 60% of Israeli dates are grown on illegal settlements in the JordanValley. Dates marketed as under the name JordanValley are from Israel. Companies include: Hadiklaim, whose brand names are: Jordan River, King Solomon, Tamara Barhi Dates, Desert Diamond, Rapunzel, Bomaja, Shams and Delilah. Also Mehadrin, Israel’s largest fresh produce exporter whose brand names include Premium Medjoul, Fancy Medjoul, Royal Treasure, Red Sea and Bonbenierra.
- Sabra Hummus
Costco also sells Sabra brand hummus, made in the US by Sabra Dipping Company LLC, which is 50 percent owned by the Israeli company the Strauss Group. The Strauss Group is Israel’s second largest food and beverage company. It is widely touted as one of the great successes of Israeli industry. It has publicly supported the IDF and has very close ties with the Israeli military.
- Keter Plastics
Keter products (Magic Villa playhouse; Disney Princess playhouse; booster seats; bathmats; shelving units; tool boxes, fence and gate kits, “Summit” shelving and storage items, “Magic Villa” playhouses, “Apex” shelving and sheds, Lotemplast bathmats, and Workforce plastic products) (follow this link for a list of Keter products sold by Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/search.products.html#!q=Keter
- Stanley Israel
Stanley Israel products, including FatMax, FatMax Xtreme: mobile tool storage, garage modular tool cabinets, toolboxes, soft-sided tool bags, sawhorses, workbenches, mobile work chests). Keep in mind, however, that FatMax items are manufactured from around the world, and check the package for “Made in Israel” before placing your sticky note.
Liquor and wine stores:
The following Israeli wines are sold in Canada: Binyamina wines and liqueurs; Barkan wines; Teperberg wines; Psagot wines; Askalon wines; Segal Wines; Carmel wines; Golan winery wines (Yarden Mount Hermon) Search links for those wines sold in Quebec (SAQ) and Ontario (LCBO) are below; comparable search can be done for other provinces.
Quebec - SAQ
Ontario - LCBO
Golan Winery Wines: http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/search?searchTerm=yarden+mount+hermon
Mountain Equipment Co-op:
- MEC sells several products that are made in Israel. For a list of these products, follow this link: http://www.mec.ca/shop/?q=israel
- Naot shores and sandals. (n.b. Naots are also sold at many shoe stores)
- Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd skin care products. Note: Ahava products were sold at Pharmasave, although at the time of the making of this document it cannot be verified that they are still sold.
Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd. skin care and bath products. Note: Ahava products are sold in Sears, although at the time of the making of this document it cannot be verified that they are sold in Sears in Canada.
Soda Stream beverages and beverage mixing equipment
Stanley tools and tool storage items (including some FatMax products, such as the Fat Max Tool Kit. Keep in mind that they have factories all over the world, so check for “Made in Israel” before placing your sticky notes: http://www.sears.ca/product/stanley-fatmax-tool-kit/609-000219436-TOOLKIT2)
- Keter Plastics
Keter Products (Magic Villa playhouse; Disney Princess playhouse; booster seats; high chairs; bathmats; shelving units; tool boxes, fence and gate kits, “Summit” shelving and storage items, “Apex” shelving and sheds, Lotemplast bathmats, and Workforce plastic products). Follow this link to see some of the Keter products sold at Sears: http://www.sears.ca/SearchDisplay?categoryId=&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&pageView=&beginIndex=0&pageSize=24&searchTerm=keter-1&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&pageView=&beginIndex=0&pageSize=24&searchTerm=keter