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Oxfam boots Sex and the City star over settlement links
Published Friday 07/08/2009 (updated) 07/08/2009 21:39
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Bethlehem - Ma’an - HBO TV’s Sex and the City star Kristin Davis was suspended from her duties as Oxfam’s goodwill ambassador for her advertizing work with the illegal settlement-based company Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories.

Oxfam International is a large confederation of 13 organizations that says it works with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

A source told the New York Post that Davis “was completely unaware of this conflict of interest and is saddened to be on public pause from a group she has devoted so much time, money, and support to." The paper quoted a spokesperson as saying the actress still intends to continue her work with Oxfam "for years to come."

The Israeli cosmetics company Ahava uses natural resources pilfered from the West Bank shore of the Dead Sea via the illegal Israeli settlement of Mizpe Shalem. The international women’s group CODEPINK has been lobbying against the company, and encouraging a boycott of products produced in West Bank settlements.

CODEPINK released a statement announcing Davis had been “suspended from all [Oxfam] publicity work by Oxfam for the duration of her contract with Ahava;” a victory for the boycott campaign. The group said Oxfam wrote in its statement that Davis was unaware of Ahava’s illegal settlement trade when she signed her contract with Ahava. They also noted that Davis has never publicly commented on the issue.

Ahava labels its products, made in the West Bank, as “products of Israel,” which is another breach of international law. “Ironically, Oxfam has been a global leader in the fight to expose those illegal practices, while its ambassador actively promotes them,” the CODEPINK statement said.

At the start of the campaign CODEPINK activists hand delivered a letter to Davis at an Ahava publicity appearance at Lord & Taylor in New York City. The letter urged her to drop her ties to Ahava and live up to her Oxfam mission.

The boycott campaign began in June, and seeks to raise awareness of the illegal nature of the Ahava products, and encourage consumers to purchase alternative products and condemn the practices of the company.
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1 ) Eileen White Read / US
07/08/2009 20:57
See video about the Kristin Davis controversy and photos from a Washington, DC, protest about the AHAVA issue from the U.S. here: http://bit.ly/O7ZIy

2 ) shame on you Oxfam / Netherlands
08/08/2009 13:36
Shame on you Oxfam

3 ) Olathe / UK
08/08/2009 15:29
Are you on drugs? Pilfering resources from illegally occupied territory is a WAR CRIME as per the definitions set forth under the fourth Geneva convention. Or are Israel exempt from international law? Oxfam have done the correct thing, both morally and legally.

4 ) Sansi / Peru
09/08/2009 23:42
I think there is a little bit more than that. Her affiliation with Rockstar image, hippie type of people. The photographer that takes nude and erotic pictures that she is involved with, doesn't fit very well with the type of humanitarian work she wants to do with OXFAM.

5 ) Tyler / usa
11/08/2009 05:56
Thank you Oxfam for knowing human rights are for Everybody.

6 ) Ahmed Al Jaal / Palestine
14/05/2012 20:22
Thank you Oxfam
Oxfam always settup in the right side of justice
they support people in poverty and suffering against people who cause this suffering like the country of crimes "Israel"
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