SodaStream to close West Bank site

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Israeli drink maker SodaStream International says its controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank will be relocated next year to southern Israel.

The facility will move to Lehavim in Israel’s southern Negev region, said spokeswoman Nirit Hurwitz, who added that the decision was for “purely commercial” reasons.

Palestinian activists had launched a campaign boycotting the company because of the factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a territory captured by Israel in 1967 from Jordan and claimed by the Palestinians.

SodaStream has said it employs hundreds of Palestinians and gives them equal benefits as Israeli workers.

Chief executive Daniel Birnbaum said: “We are working with the Israeli government to secure work permits for our Palestinian employees.”

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson was caught up in the row earlier this year when she stepped down as an Oxfam ambassador after the international relief organisation criticised her decision to sign a contract to promote Sodastream.

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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