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Leading UK store backs settlement boycott

Jan. 14, 2011 6:30 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2011 2:57 P.M.)
LONDON (Ma'an) -- Leading British retailer John Lewis has withdrawn Ahava Dead Sea cosmetics from its stores because they are produced in illegal Israeli settlements, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign said Friday.

John Lewis' Managing director informed PSC of the decision and said that as a socially responsible retailer the store expected suppliers "not only to obey the law, but also to respect the rights, interests and well-being of their employees, their communities and the environment," according to a statement from PSC.

Ahava Dead Sea products are manufactured in the illegal Mitzpe Shalem settlement. The company is co-owned by Mitzpe Shalem and Kalia settlements, PSC said.

PSC campaigns director Sarah Colborne welcomed John Lewis' decision to remove Ahava cosmetics from its shelves, and said Israel's continued attacks on the Palestinian population had led to "a seismic shift in public opinion, with the movement for peace and justice for Palestinians gaining massive support internationally."

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