A local resident protected the five students in his home until they were evacuated by Israeli troops.
SodaStream, which produces machines that permit individuals to make fizzy drinks, has been focused by a world marketing campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli corporations. It announced it was closing the West Bank factory a year ago, citing financial reasons.
Five American yeshiva students from Brooklyn were attacked with rocks and a firebomb after they inadvertently entered an Arab neighborhood in Hebron on Thursday night. “It doesn’t happen”, said a senior police official serving in the West Bank. “We have no problems with the Israelis and we don’t want to have any”.
Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) said it had filed papers seeking a judicial review of Leicester City Council’s motion which was agreed last November.
“SodaStream should have been encouraged in the West Bank if [the BDS movement] truly cared about the Palestinian people”, Birnbaum told The Guardian. He stated it will proceed to focus on SodaStream as a result of its new manufacturing unit is situated in an space the place Israel has up to now proposed to resettle Bedouin Arabs.
After much global hand-wringing and controversy, the Israeli company is now in the process of shutting down this factory (one of its 13 overall) and opening a new one in the Negev Desert. Up to 600 Palestinians worked in the West Bank, and Birnbaum said only about 130 have so far been granted work permits.
SodaStream’s revenue took a big hit in 2014. Birnbaum rejected suggestions that BDS pressure has hurt the company, attributing the slump to a changing US market that is moving away from sugary drinks.
Despite BDS accusing SodaStream of paying Palestinian workers less than their Israeli counterparts, Birnbaum argued the factory’s wages for Palestinian and Israeli workers were commensurate.