The Pink Ladies

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[Washington, D.C., July 29. Image via Getty]

Bikini-clad members of 'Code Pink' smeared in 'mud' protest Ahava products in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2009. Ahava, a cosmeceutical company based in Israel that manufactures skin-care products from the Dead Sea, promises �Beauty Secrets from the Dead Sea.� According to Code Pink, the products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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I must say I'm a little disappointed with the responses here. Whatever your views on the Israeli/Palestinian issue, according to international law none of this is "open to interpretation." Mitzpe Shalem is an illegal settlement. It doesn't matter whether it's a kibbutz or non-religious, it was built in the Occupied Territories in 1977, and the Geneva Conventions expressly prohibit a country from settling any territory it took over during a war. Same with taking minerals, mud, etc from the Dead Sea - also against the Geneva Convention to exploit the natural resources of an occupied territory. And, to add insult to injury, there are no Palestinians employed and all profits go to Israelis. I, for one, will never buy any Ahava products - there are other things that "smell good" or make my skin soft that do not perpetuate the occupation of the Palestine. If you're interested, there's a website called "Who Profits" ( run by an Israeli group, that lists Israeli and international companies profiting from the occupation. Motorola is a specifically bad example.

And if you think boycotts are useless, you should ask South Africans.