Earth Day Network Cuts
Ties with SodaStream


Palestinian Rights Groups Decry Greenwashing Campaign

April 21, Washington, DC- On the eve of Earth Day, groups working for Palestinian rights globally are celebrating Earth Day Network’s decision to end its partnership with SodaStream, whose main production factory is located in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Earlier this month, SodaStream, which markets its home carbonating devices as a green alternative to bottled beverages, announced the launch of an awareness-raising campaign centered around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Several articles reported that this “Secret Continent” campaign was developed with Earth Day Network (EDN), which works with more than 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify, and mobilize the environmental movement. 
Groups in the United States and abroad mobilized in opposition to the partnership between EDN and SodaStream due to the company’s complicity in Israel’s military occupation, including the destruction that Israeli settlements have caused to the Palestinian environment. In response, EDN’s logo has been removed from the Secret Continent website and EDN no longer lists SodaStream as a sponsor

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This Tax Day, Israel
Owes You a Refund

Josh Ruebner & Mike Coogan, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, April 1st, 2014

Take Action to Protest $3.1 Billion in Weapons for Israel

Yusef a-Shawamereh. Photo: Abed AlHashlamoun, EPA.

On March 19, the Israeli military shot and killed 14-year-old Yusef a-Shawamreh, a Palestinian youth from a village near Hebron who crossed an existing breach in an Israeli fence to pick wild food plants on his family’s land.  

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April 17, 2014
Academic Freedom and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

11:06 PM

Students for Justice in Palestine – UW-Madison Chapter invites you to a teach-in on Academic Freedom and the Palestinian Popular Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Thursday, April 17th
7:00 pm
Union South Agriculture Room
UW-Madison

The speakers at the event are:

  • Prof. Samer Alatout, Dept. of Community and Environmental Sociology;
  • Prof. Phil Gasper, ‘The Struggle for Palestine’ (2002) contributor; and
  • Representatives of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Read the op-ed by Students for Justice for Palestine – UW-Madison Chapter in the Daily Cardinal.

And here’s the Facebook page for the event.

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Support for Palestine UN Applications

Comments more interesting than article

Palestinians Make a Surprise Move, and Mideast Talks Falter
JODI RUDOREN, MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER, New York Times, APRIL 2, 2014

JERUSALEM — Surprising the United States and Israel, the Palestinian leadership formally submitted applications on Wednesday to join 15 international agencies, leaving the troubled Middle East talks brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry on the verge of breakdown . . .

Charles PhD
New Orleans 1 hour ago

It seems fair to me for the Palestinians to pursue a resolution to the situation through the UN. If the UN can carve out a boundary and a land for Israel, as it once did, it is the right place to do more carving and setting up a land for the Palestinians. Maybe even at the expense of Israel. Sounds like good strategy to me. I think the US and Israel are getting maneuvered into a very tight corner as a result of years and years of negotiations and talks that have gone nowhere.

Mike Halpern
Newton, MA 12 hours ago

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