Ecostream Demonstration. Western Road, Brighton.

As you may be aware, on-going demonstrations are taking place every Saturday at a British enterprise, EcoStream, Brighton. The aim of this demonstration is to close the store – permanently!

The demonstrators have been orchestrated by BDS, an international consortium of organisations carrying out a campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” against the State of Israel.

BDS opposes SodaStream, the shop’s parent company because it operates a manufacturing plant in Mishmor Adumim, located in the Israeli administered “Area C” sanctioned by the Oslo II Peace Accords.

BDS activists wilfully ignore that SodaStream employs more than 500 Palestinian workers, the majority of whom have stated categorically that they do not ‘require the help of BDS’.

( for more information view this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl85AL1l0H0 )

Significantly, EcoStream is part of Brighton Pavilion, which has its own Member of Parliament, Dr. Caroline Lucas. Equally significant, Dr Lucas has refused to intervene in these demonstrations, despite the store’s green credentials and even though she is the first MP elected as a member of the Green Party.

Sussex Friends of Israel has mounted successful counter-protests against the BDS demonstrators since the shop first opened 12 months ago. Our aim is to oppose these anti-Israel and frequently anti-semitic activities and to engage the public about Israel and its quest for peace in the region.

At a recent meeting of pro-Israel activists, the question was raised as to whether the counter-demonstrations should continue. The vote was a resounding and unequivocal YES!

The group was unanimous in the conviction that our community must stand up against those who perpetually spread lies, half-truths and hate about EcoStream, British Jewry and Israel.

Therefore we need your help – and we need it now!

Only by standing together can we make a difference.

So please join us each Saturday in front of EcoStream and become a part of SFI and find out what you can do to stop the hatred.

You’ll find us on Western Road (near Waitrose) Brighton, between 1 and 3 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.