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Victory after Brighton Palestine campaign forces EcoStream shop to close

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Issue 2411
Campaigners protesting in Brighton

Campaigners protesting in Brighton (Pic: Flickr/DanielHadley)

Activists are celebrating news that the EcoStream shop in Brighton has ceased trading. 

EcoStream is part of SodaStream fizzy drinks firm. Its main factory is located on an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Palestine. 

SodaStream receives financial incentives from the Israeli government to operate there.

Campaigners led by the Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign (BHPSC) have held regular protests outside the store since it opened in 2012.

Their campaign was made more difficult by intimidation from a local Zionist group.

BHPSC chair Mike Waterman said, “They were trying to say it was ethical but people could tell the difference between ethical and unethical.”

The campaign received support from several trade unions. 

It is part of a movement for Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions of Israel called by organisations in Palestine.

It had a further boost on Tuesday of last week when John Lewis announced that it would no longer be stocking SodaStream products. 


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