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SodaStream Is Scaaaaaaary! What Are These Witches Brewing Up?
As costume shoppers flocked to Cliff's Variety in the Castro on the Saturday before Halloween, Frankenstein and a gaggle of witches were on hand to cast some spells on the store that refuses to honor the boycott of SodaStream.
SodaStream, manufactured in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, is a popular home seltzer maker. The company markets its product as a green, clean alternative to buying soda in plastic bottles. But stealing Palestinian land is not green or clean.
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) first approached Cliff's Variety, a popular local store in the Castro, in March 2012 to ask them to honor the international boycott of SodaStream. When they refused, QUIT! began leafleting and doing regular street theater outside the store, to educate customers about the impact of settlement industries on Palestinian life and alternatives to SodaStream.
Last Xmas Eve, a group singing humorous anti-SodaStream versions of traditional carols visited the store and were violently attacked by managers and staff.
In this Halloween parable, SodaStream hired Frankenstein to turn a Palestinian village into a settlement factory, but SodaStream's bubbles were no match for the justice brew bubbling up in these witches' cauldron.
QUIT! plans to keep pressuring Cliff's to discontinue selling SodaStream. There are other home seltzer makers on the market which do not profit from occupation. More holiday events are being considered.
Tell Cliff's Variety to do the right thing and stop carrying SodaStream.
Phone (415) 431-5365; Fax (415) 431-0803
Email: cliff [at] cliffsvariety.com