DIRTY BUSINESS: Lush rubs up the wrong way over Israel hating

lushaustraliaWithout paying any attention to its ruling ideology, I’ve been a customer of the Body Shop knock-off LUSH for years.

When I was travelling incessantly, years ago, I stumbled on its solid shampoo bar product in London from LUSH and have been buying it ever since. Having less hair than I used to means I have very good value from this thing, buying them not very often at all but very loyally. Compared with the vastly more elaborate concoctions in our bathroom used by loved ones, I have loved the elegant simplicity and low-cost nature of their shampoo bar. When I travel, I can throw it in my little man-bag, it can’t leak, it withstands all airport security and is compact.

WE FIND STORIES IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES
Needing a new one, I went to check the website of their Australian outfit to make sure I’d correctly remembered the location of their city store. Not working, they had been hacked earlier in the year and were having scheduled maintenance, presumably not by The Age’s dynamic duo hacking aces Royce Millar and Nick McKenzie who according to Sunday Herald Sun and VEXNEWS revelations were guilty of the most appalling and unlawful intrusions into the ALP’s computer system during the Victorian state election last year.

Hoping I could get a store list from their global site, I ended up on lush.co.uk.

imageA quick look around and I didn’t see the list but my nasty-lefty radar did detect a displeasing promotion for a “Free Palestine” ditty, as in freeing it from what the Lush site referred to as “Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

Excuse me?

Israel withdrew from the Territories now currently governed by the Palestinian Authority, many years ago. That was meant to be the end of the complaining about the Jewish state. Now, it’s a two-state solution that is sought. Of course, whatever the “settlement” it will be never be enough; it will never satisfy those for whom the existence of Israel is the source of their pain.

There is no occupation, unless you count all of Israel being an occupation of Palestine, a reasonably radical position, even for the purveyor of ethically constrained cosmetics and soaps.

Our investigations discovered the excitable yet retiring Fox News star Glenn Beck has drawn attention to the song referring to it as “evil propaganda.” Maybe he overcooked it, as is his tearful custom, I pondered.

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Judge for yourself. These are the lyrics of the odious tune being spruiked by Lush:

♫Freedom For Palestine♫ by "OneWorld"

So many years of catastrophe, more than six million refugees, it could be you and your family,
Forced from your home and your history
[VEXNEWS: Israel forced no-one out, some, not all, Palestinians to leave, many fled because of the massive invasion from surrounding Arab countries threatened to eradicate the nascent Jewish state]
We are the people, and this is our time, 
Stand up, sing out, for Palestine
No matter your faith or community, this is a crime against humanity,
Gaza turned into a prison camp, apartheid wall divides the West Bank
[VEXNEWS: The security fence was built to keep out terrorists going from Palestinian Territories to blow up kindergartens and pizza shops and bus stops in Israel, it’s no more an apartheid wall than my back fence]
We are the people, and this is our time, 
Stand up, sing out, for Palestine,
We’ll break down the wall, Freedom for Palestine
Demand Justice for all, Freedom For Palestine
Enough illegal occupation, violence and racial segregation, all religious communities unite,
[VEXNEWS: Israel was established and recognised by the UN. It has defence forces that defend its people and makes many fewer mistakes than most defence forces. There is absolutely no racial segregation in the cosmopolitan and incredibly diverse Israeli community. Many Israeli Arabs serve in the Knesset and have held the highest office in the land. Apartheid really is a despicable slur.]
Freedom is a human right,
We are the people, and this is our time, 
Stand up, sing out, for Palestine,
We’ll break down the wall, Freedom for Palestine
Demand Justice for all, Freedom For Palestine

(solo on the Oud)
(rap section)

We are the people, and this is our time, 
Stand up, sing out, for Palestine,
We’ll break down the wall, Freedom for Palestine
Demand Justice for all, Freedom For Palestine(repeat X5)
We are the people, this is our time, unite together, for justice in Palestine.

All remarkably dishonest, ignorant, divisive and intemperate stuff. Coldplay knew someone involved in the production of the song, spruiked it from their Facebook page, before withdrawing the link when people pointed out how crazy and nasty the song actually is.

DIRTY LYRICS
Broken down, it’s clear that the ordinary meaning of those words is about eradicating all of Israel and replacing it with “Palestine” which would be run by those charmers Hamas or Hezbollah or both.

Leftist minstrels are entitled to devise all the hate-tunes they want.

But for a popularly supported retail outlet to associate itself with these words of hate is a bit rich.

Nearly as rich as Lush’s owner himself, Mark Constantine, worth $100 million or more.

He’s not all bad. He’s an entrepreneur and we love them dearly. Part of their motto:

"We believe in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."

Mark ConstantineAmen to that. It’s the credo for every entrepreneur, we think.

But for this entrepreneurial operation to associate itself with such genocidal garbage is a worry.

COMPANY OF SANCTIMONY
And it’s enough for us to look carefully at the rest of the company.

For all the lefty rhetoric, the 6000 employee company, refuses to have union staff. Reminiscent of supposed lefty and short-time Labor MP Evan Thornley who shunned union members at his tech wreck company Looksmart. Hopefully he’s got a more open mind at his next trick Better
Place, as it chugs down investor and taxpayer funds faster than a lycra-clad Age editor Paul Ramadge slams down a Gatorade.

Like Comrade Thornley, Lush has been slammed for hypocrisy many times, recently for their attacking of airlines for environmental badness while running stores in airports that cash in on air travel.

Lush – in a pale imitation of Body Shop – pledges monies to a wide range of causes. Some of them might even be good ones. But supporting the eradication of Israel, buying the lies of the most extremist anti-Semites, that a security fence to keep terrorists out is somehow imposing “apartheid” in the richly cosmopolitan state of Israel, is too much for this customer to bear.

LUSH MUSH
Painful as it is, after a decade of solid shampoo bar convenience, I will never darken Lush’s doors again unless staggering down Swanston Street after having a skinful at Young & Jacksons and looking for a wall of convenience. Instead, maybe I’ll try to find some exotic and wonderful shampoo from Israel, perhaps from the Dead Sea. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. So rare are those moments where you can do something. If you care about Israel, you should take care not to buy from Lush. Now that’s a boycott worth believing in.

To express your disgust with Lush picking sides in the Middle East and running out the mad mantra of misogynist, mass-murdering maniacs who wish to eradicate Israel and drive its six million people into the sea, let their man in charge in Australia, Mark Lincoln, know all about it.

Phone him on 02 9784 8500

Or send him a note:

ATTN: Mark Lincoln

Head
Lush of Palestine
1b Charles St,
CANTERBURY NSW 2193

You could even send him an email here if you’re into LinkedIn.

UPDATE: We had a great reaction to this story, with literally hundreds of people emailing, text-ing and phoning about their outrage at Lush and we assume that was just a proportion of those who made contact with the company. We spoke. They listened and while they’re keeping their reasons to themselves, they’ve moved the offending promotion from their front page and it’s no longer accessible from their campaigns page. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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30 responses to “DIRTY BUSINESS: Lush rubs up the wrong way over Israel hating

  1. Anon

    Hear Hear!

    We saw these sorts of people down at Max Brenner Parramatta yesterday. A disgusting lot, 3 of them managed to get themselves arrested due to violent acts!

  2. cynic

    And that’s a song right? Kinda relfects the intelligence of those who wrote it/sing it/support it. Always amazes how many rich individuals develop left leaning socialist virtues but do little to in putting their money where their mouth is. More about spin than actually doing something worthwhile.

  3. Piv

    Fucking disgrace. If they were genuine about rights and freedom, they would, as you rightly point out, allow union membership amongst staff.

    It seems to me, that for trendy lefties, attaching yourself to a rights cause is more about fashion than principle.

  4. Zaf

    With friends like Vexnews, who needs….

    After the Oslo accords the West Bank was divided into three administrative divisions:

    Area A 17% of WB – Palestinian administration & Palestinian control]
    Area B 24% of WB – Palestinian administration and Israeli control]
    Area C 59% of WB – Israeli administration and Israeli control.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank

    Areas A and B [41% of the West Bank] are themselves divided among 227 separate areas (199 of which are smaller than 2 square kilometres (1 sq mi)) that are separated from one another by Israeli-controlled Area C….

    An assessment by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in 2007 found that approximately 40% of the West Bank was taken up by Israeli infrastructure. The infrastructure, consisting of settlements, the barrier, military bases and closed military areas, Israeli declared nature reserves and the roads that accompany them is off-limits or tightly controlled to Palestinians.

  5. Zaf

    In the interest of informed discussion

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Palestinian_exodus

    The 1948 Palestinian exodus…occurred when approximately 711,000 to 725,000 Palestinian Arabs left, fled or were expelled from their homes, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the Civil War that preceded it.[2] The exact number of refugees is a matter of dispute.[3] The causes remain the subject of fundamental disagreement between Arabs and Israelis….

    Factors involved in the flight include the voluntary self-removal of the wealthier classes,[6] the collapse in Palestinian leadership,[7] an unwillingness to live under Jewish control, [8] Jewish military advances, and fears of massacre after Deir Yassin,[9] which caused many to leave out of panic. Later, a series of laws passed by the first Israeli government prevented them from returning to their homes, or claiming their property. They and many of their descendants remain refugees.[10] [11] Later in the war, Palestinians were expelled as part of Plan Dalet. [12] The expulsion of the Palestinians has since been described by some historians as ethnic cleansing, while others dispute this charge…

    During the 1949 Lausanne conference, Israel proposed allowing the return of 100,000 of the refugees as a goodwill gesture prior to negotiation for the whole refugee population, [22] though not necessarily to their homes, and including 25,000 who had returned surreptitiously and 10,000 family-reunion cases.[23] The proposal was conditional on a peace treaty that would allow Israel to retain the territory it had taken, and on the Arab states absorbing the remaining 550,000–650,000 refugees. “The Arab states rejected the proposal on both moral and political grounds.”[24]

    The status of the refugees, and in particular whether Israel will grant them their claimed right to return to their homes or be compensated, are key issues in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The events of 1948 are commemorated by Palestinians on May 15, now known as Nakba Day.

  6. Jonathan

    Do not palestinians also deserve independence and the right of statehood? Barak Obama rightly has called on Israel to honor the 1967 agreement.

  7. י ג 'ונתן

    האם לא מגיע גם לפלסטינים עצמאות זכות למדינה? ברק אובמה בצדק קרא לישראל לכבד את הסכם 1967.

  8. Ben

    Anti-Semitic shampoos? Charming. Lush looks pretty naff, in any case.

  9. No unionists on staff? That’s very Michael Moore of them.

  10. Sir Lesley Twentytonneguts HRH

    Fill what a pisser mate, that Dalai Lama bloke never wanted a receipt, I wonder if Walters will cash the cheque for me trust fund eh sorry I mean boys charity, as I need me piss intake now?

  11. Dan Lewis

    Just what the world needs… Another Islamist state which produces nothing at all, except Jihad and murder.

    The Palestinians have become the biggest global dole bludgers of the 20th and 21st Century.

    At least the Japs and the Germans did something productive since losing a war. The Palestinians have simply acted in the typical Arab manner – blaming everyone else for their own incompetence and hopelessness.

    For most people, this is really not about a Palestinian state at all. It’s about no Jewish state. A “Free Palestine” would be about as “free” as Iran, Saudi Arabia or any other Islamist shithole.

  12. Adrian Jackson

    Non Jewish Israelis are breeding faster that Jewish Israelis so it is only a matter of time in “democratic” Israel when the non Jewish Christians and Muslims are a majority. They will then control the Parliament and therefore the country.

    They then can dissolve the State of Israel and unite that land with the rest of Palestine to form a new democratic state just like how the Ottaman Empire used to run the Middle East before WW1 where everyone was treated equally regardless of religion or race.

  13. Giuseppe De Simone

    This story shocked me. Thanks for bringing this atrocity to my attention.

    I’m on LinkedIn so I sent Mark a note:

    I am a now former customer of Lush. I have bought your products for years both for my family and for gifts.

    Unless and until I see an apology on your web-site for the racist anti-semitic material published on your UK web-site, I will be encouraging everyone I know to desist from using your products. I will not have my hard-earned money enriching holocaust deniers and Israel haters.

  14. you conveniently left out the most important single reason that arabs in 1948 left what is now israe.

    the arab nations’ propaganda urged the local arabs to flee for a few days so that the arab armies could have a free hand in slaughtering the jews.

    then when the bloodletting and rape and murder was over, the local arabs could return and not only claim back their property but the dead jews as well.

    yet many arabs did not take that advice –and stayed.
    they are now israeli citizens who enjoy the full rights of citizenship–which includes voting, representing their country in knesset, international forums, diplomacy and sport.

    and one major advantage whichgives them 3 years start in life over any jewish israeli–is that they do ot have to serve in the defence force.

    so zaf—-when 100000 were given the chance to return out of a total of 650000 immediately after the war of independence in 1948, that was a very generous offer by the victors who managed to suvive and defeat 5 arab national armies bent on a second holocaust.

    finally lets always remember that there was an exchange of populations –over 700000 jews were kicked out of their homes in arabia and as refugees were found places to live .

    it is well past the time that so calling palestinian refugees —although 3 generations later they are not refugees—got over it as all other people on this planet have—and looked ahead- and started to build positive lives and attitudes instead of their bitterness and bile and do nothing except complain that they still have the key to their grandfathers house.

    and i also have miy grandfathers key from hungary——but we have long ago moved on.

  15. anon2

    Hello anon,

    I also witnessed the Parramatta rally.

    On one side of the protest, the left wing ratbags were accusing Israel of genocide and leading chants like ‘Intifada, Intifada’ and ‘From the River to the sea, Palestine will be free’ (i.e. ethnically cleansed).

    In the middle were the Muslim families holding up signs like ‘anti-occupation is not anti-semitic’. Quite a few of these had their signs up the right way and their flags facing the correct way.

    But next to them were the young Muslim men who were waving Hamas flags and chanting about how the Jews were going to be kicked into the sea. Probably the majority of these had their flags back to front and many had their signs up side down. Given that the combined might of the Arab armies haven’t managed to kick the Jews out yet, I don’t see how these guys are going to manage it.

    In amongst them was a late middle aged white woman who was screaming about the ‘judaeo-nazi empire’ and about how jews were ‘parasites’. Charming woman.

    At one point some muslims broke off for evening prayers in the middle of the bus interchange. They were all young men, their leader was a chubby European looking youth with a bushy beard died orange, odd.

    The extreme lefties who organised the rally and who usually hang around the Church street mall complaining about sexism and racism did not seem at all phased by the fact that they were giving a platform to virulent racism and the sexist treatment of women.

    Still, Max Brenner make an excellent hot chocolate.

  16. Giuseppe De Simone

    I felt like being offended by Lush so I looked on lush.co.uk for the offensive promotion of Jewish annihilation. I could not find it. Where is it Andrew? Did they take it down as a result of your campaign? [VEXNEWS: It appears it has been removed from their site now. Happy days. We’re used to taking the blame so we’ll claim the credit on this one]

  17. Giuseppe De Simone

    Dear Adrian

    If someone is an Israeli citizen, they are allowed to vote and hold office. You agree that Israel is a democratic country. You are celebrating its democracy by suggesting that its people one day will decide to join with its neighbours in a non-racial union via the power of the ballot box. Obviously, you are now a supporter of the State of Israel and its vigorous mature democracy. Please send your apology forthwith. Or is it that you can’t bring yourself to support Israel while the Jewish people democractically hold office? What does that make you? A person who determines issues based on the race of the person? Mmm. I think we have a short-hand way of referring to people holding those sort of beliefs. It starts with “rac” and ends in “ist” – a racialist.

  18. Zaf

    @ treesnot
    [the arab nations’ propaganda urged the local arabs to flee for a few days so that the arab armies could have a free hand in slaughtering the jews.]
    Well, that’s history according to Leon Uris, but certainly not according to any honest historian. To remind you:

    “Factors involved in the flight include the voluntary self-removal of the wealthier classes,[6] the collapse in Palestinian leadership,[7] an unwillingness to live under Jewish control, [8] Jewish military advances, and fears of massacre after Deir Yassin,[9] which caused many to leave out of panic. Later, a series of laws passed by the first Israeli government prevented them from returning to their homes, or claiming their property. They and many of their descendants remain refugees.[10] [11] Later in the war, Palestinians were expelled as part of Plan Dalet. [12] The expulsion of the Palestinians has since been described by some historians as ethnic cleansing, while others dispute this charge…”

    Ethnic cleansing is ugly. Stop making excuses or inventing fantasies of the Arabs all leaving by themselves because they were so so evil.
    [yet many arabs did not take that advice –and stayed.
they are now israeli citizens who enjoy the full rights of citizenship–which includes voting, representing their country in knesset, international forums, diplomacy and sport.

    and one major advantage whichgives them 3 years start in life over any jewish israeli–is that they do ot have to serve in the defence force.]

    Except….that many many rights and privileges (such as access to housing, or land controlled by the JNF) is predicated on serving in the Army. How did the JNF get to control all this land? Well, the Govt of Israel assigned them responsibility for controlling land taken from Palestinians by the Israeli Army.
    [when 100000 were given the chance to return out of a total of 650000 immediately after the war of independence in 1948, that was a very generous offer by the victors who managed to suvive and defeat 5 arab national armies bent on a second holocaust.]

    Refusing to let a civilian population return to their homes if they flee war and threat of violence is a war crime. Plain and simple. No matter how many excuses and on sequiters you proffer, it’s a war crime.

    [finally lets always remember that there was an exchange of populations]

    No such exchange of populations was agreed to by anybody. The vast number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries were created well after the majority of Palestinians were expelled from their homes by Israeli forces.

    But isn’t that typical? Ashkenazis decide and Sephardim pay the price.

    [and i also have miy grandfathers key from hungary]
    So go to Hungary if you want. Don’t use your own familiy’s dispossession to justify an injustice against other people.

    I’m sure that I’ve recommended ‘The Other Side of Israel’ to you. A book by Susan Nathan:. From a book review (http://calitreview.com/151):

    Part of what I found heartbreaking about what Nathan reports is that these are policies inflicted on Arab citizens of the State, not just Israeli policies in occupied territories. And Nathan shows how pervasive these discriminatory practices are. Although she tells numerous stories about individual Arab citizens, their families and their communities at the hands of the Israeli state, it is the broader systemic nature of these asymmetrical social arrangements that demand our attention. As Nathan makes clear these are bureaucratically instituted policies of discrimination and they permeate every aspect of Israeli society.

    Most upsetting for me were the stories Nathan tells about the ongoing efforts to confiscate ancestral land and property from Arab Israeli citizens. These are places that had been inhabited by these Palestinian families for centuries. As she explains, Israel’s ongoing land acquisition policies are directly linked to efforts to contain Arab Israeli citizens in towns and villages that can no longer accommodate them. Because the state refuses to grant permits to build on what limited space is available, these Israeli citizens live under constant threat of having their presumably “illegal” homes demolished by the state. Taken together all of these policies assure that Israel will remain a Jewish State. In other words, for Israel to be a Jewish State these discriminatory policies are crucial. They also mean that Israel cannot be a truly democratic state.

    In Nathan’s account it is the Palestinian Arab citizens of the State and not those Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation whose plight speaks to problems at the heart Jewish nationalism. In other words, it is not 1967 that marks a turning point in Israeli history around relations between Palestinians and Israeli Jews, but rather, 1948. And this is both a sobering and shameful truth.

  19. Dan Lewis

    Adrian Jackson,

    Your antisemitism is no secret, as is your general failure in life.

    However for you to suggest that the Muslims, after dissolving (nice euphemism) Israel would simply build a democratic wonderland, suggests you are even dumber than I ever could have imagined.

    There is no example of democracy anywhere in the Arab world, nor has there been. No, a few votes don’t make a democracy.

    You would make a nice Dhimmi. Perhaps you could head the Arab military. They are also failures and your CV would be most welcome.

  20. onamish

    Mark Constantine is just dirty (pardon the pun) because he sold the LUSH to the Body Shop and then couldn’t buy it back. Maybe he should have his mouth washed out with his own soap for allowing such hatred to be played throughout the stores in Australia!

  21. Boofa

    Wenchy are you up for polishing ‘Percy’ tonight? The coast is clear, er indoors is at her parents.

  22. Adrian Jackson

    Dan Lewis – what ever; but no Israel is the desired outcome. I see on TV the dogs and apes in the Likud Israeli Government how want to change Arab names on the West Bank to Hebrew names. Hitler and Stalin did that too (changing place names for political reasons).

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  25. Dan Lewis

    Adrian Jackson, the very term “Palestinian” hails from the Romans changing Judea to Falastina, in order to annoy the Jews.

    The term “Palestinian” was unheard of prior to 1967.

    Ask the Ancient Romans what happens to societies which try to destroy the Jews.

  26. Giuseppe De Simone

    Dear Lush customers

    Hi. The very responsive Mr Lincoln of Lush Australia has replied to me as follows:

    START

    Lush Australasia supports a number of environmental, animal rights and humanitarian groups through its Charity Pot initiative and in-store campaigns.

    A list of the charities supported by Lush Australasia can be found on our website.

    Lush Australasia independently decides on the initiatives it chooses to support and the One World Freedom for Palestine campaign is specific to Lush UK and is not being run in either Australia or New Zealand. For further information regarding this project please contact the Lush UK press office by emailing karen@lush.co.uk. ENDS

    I think this means send your complaints to Karen @ Lush in the UK. I will do so and I will be surprised if her reply is as courteous.

    Kind regards

    Giuseppe

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  28. DogOfTears

    Zaf,

    [Refusing to let a civilian population return to their homes if they flee war and threat of violence is a war crime. Plain and simple. No matter how many excuses and on sequiters you proffer, it’s a war crime]

    Tell that to the descendants of the Sudetenland Germans, ex-Pakistani Hindus and ex-Indian Muslims. Wars have a horrible history of displacing civilian populations, mate.

  29. Chloe'

    Thank you for this! I am truly disgusted and will never shop there again! Am yisrael chai!

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