SodaStream Halts West Bank Production

SodaStream, an Israeli company that has had a production facility in a West Bank settlement, has ceased West Bank production as of about a month ago. The plant should be closed entirely during the third quarter. Whether the move is a direct result of boycotts is an open question - company officials say it isn't, but others, including some Israeli sources, say it is. The company claims that consolidating production in one plant inside Israel will save them money.

The plant had 500 Palestinian employees, 450 Israeli Arab employees, and 350 Jewish Israeli employees. The factory was noted for being one of the few facilities where Israelis and Palestinians worked side by side in large numbers, for being the West Bank's largest private employer, and for paying Palestinian employees way higher wages than the Weat Bank average (three to five times higher, depending on who you ask).

The company is attempting to get work permits inside Israel for its Palestinian employees but I have not found a source that updates this information, which is probably still in process so there may be nothing to update.

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Comment by koshersalaami on June 7, 2015 at 11:16am

What overtures?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 7, 2015 at 12:25pm

Jan's most recent comment...only a wholly cynical fool would gainsay it.

Comment by Heidi Banerjee on June 8, 2015 at 6:48am

I once told a boy in his teens, instead of attacking everyone around him he should go into the forest and throw mud at treetrunks.

Kosher, closing down of this plant is to cause immense misery to families whose income has been cut down to zero.

1300 x 5 (6,7,8, to 12) shows how inhuman this act  is.

I agree with Jan S.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 8, 2015 at 7:59am

The Israeli Jews and Arabs will presumably not lose their jobs. They'll just commute. Israel isn't very big. 

How many of the West Bank Palestinians lose their jobs is not information I can find. SodaStream was attempting to get permits to allow them to commute over the border into Israel, but I have not been able to find out the result of that effort.

One of the more interesting things I've read is a survey that was taken in Gaza in the very early days of the war last summer. Most of the people questioned at that time wanted normalized relations with Israel because they wanted to be able to make decent livings. If this were left to economics, there would be far fewer problems. If Israel and Palestine settled their differences and the radicals could be contained enough not to kill people frequently, the borders would open more because there would be less of a safety issue to keep them closed, everyone would go to work wherever they worked, everyone would patronize businesses (like restaurants) wherever they wanted to, and the fact that two different governments ruled the area would become much less of a daily worry. SodaStream managed to minimize the differences in more than one respect. In terms of company policy, they absolutely refused to exploit Palestinian labor. The worldwide call for their boycott was idiotic and counterproductive. If you're going to get stuck with a business in a settlement, that was the ideal one. 

Comment by koshersalaami on June 8, 2015 at 8:55am
To what end?
What do you think the Israelis will do if they have less money because they think the world is put to get them? Become more tolerant?

Israel isn't South Africa. Israel is a Chinese Handcuff. The way to change Israel is to prevent Jews and Israelis from clising ranks, not force them to.

I want what you want as an end result. This won't work.
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 8, 2015 at 10:03am would mutual, full state-recognition...absent that, little else is more than noise.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 8, 2015 at 1:38pm

A test to be endured, one's 'deletion',whether accidental or with malaicide of aforesitehood,

..a humiliation to be carried...

unless the delted could, say , learn to delete his own deletion?

you cannot be deleted out of immediate consciousness.

descartes did that to himself.

he found pretty quickly that one thing he COULD do was doubt.

Thus he was.

But...what if one doubts that one



And, ultimately, 'is' one? in the time it takes you to respond a resounding 'yes i am'. 

the information you are transmitting

is false...

Comment by koshersalaami on June 8, 2015 at 1:48pm
This isn't cosmic. The deletions in question are so much simpler than that:
I refuse to face repeated false accusations on my own blog.
Will I face them elsewhere? Of course, but I already was.
Spurious accusations were not my idea. And, of course, they continue. I have been accused of having multiple avatars within the last few minutes. This has been my sole avatar and identity on OS and OurS for years.

You got something to say, say it.
Comment by James Mark Emmerling on June 8, 2015 at 3:18pm

Something to say?  I got ALOT to say!!

First off, you live in a cosmos, so technically everything going on inside it is cosmic.

Second, I was simply gently suggesting to Arthur that metaphysically speaking, our lives are a series of deletions

you could say...

we delete the persona of the previous moment

and erect a new one in its ruins...

maybe he will take the hint

and build a new fairyland to frolic in, hopefully more joyfully, without cacti and alligators and all manner of lizards...and

crowns of thorns


That's all...


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