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 6, 2015 at 11:56am
Hi Trig
How are you and how's the Significant Other, the kid, and the kid brother?
Comment by Arthur James on June 6, 2015 at 12:48pm

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 6, 2015 at 1:29pm

jmac has it right.

Comment by nerd cred on June 6, 2015 at 2:13pm

From my experience (my son has one, not me) soda stream is probably inevitably going to be a short term interest for many - one of those appliances you use for awhile until it becomes a pain in the ass and you go back to buying soda pre-made, the machine drifting to the back of the pantry or bottom of a cupboard. That of course, would result in a falloff in sales after initial popularity.

If it's due to boycotts, especially given the employment stats you cite, there's a word for that, isn't there? Maybe a Pyrrhic victory but it doesn't seem right - going after something that hurts your goal in the long run, larger picture, because you don't have a clear view of things. Beyond cutting off your nose to spite your face. (Damn old age.)

Comment by koshersalaami on June 6, 2015 at 2:30pm
I'd call it cutting off their noses to spite their faces. SodaStream isn't a government agency. It has nothing to do with the existence of the settlements and, being there, it assisted the Palestinian population. This was so the wrong target.
Comment by nerd cred on June 6, 2015 at 3:44pm

k, there's some extreme short-sightedness, too, that's always there in any discussion of Palestinian issues. A refusal or inability to recognize Palestinians as anything but abject victims or to see any good where Israelis are present.

Comment by Abrawang on June 6, 2015 at 4:14pm

I hadn't heard of this so thanks for the news kosh.  It's quite a shame that one of the few areas that may have aided mutual understanding is now defunct.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 6, 2015 at 8:40pm
Jan,
Does that mean we should boycott all states that are massively and openly discriminatory?
Comment by koshersalaami on June 6, 2015 at 9:36pm
That part's true
Comment by koshersalaami on June 6, 2015 at 9:54pm

Exactly

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