Lush Cosmetics refuses to condemn parent company’s anti-Israel statements

Recently, the U.K.-based Lush Cosmetics — known for their ‘ethical’ manufacturing and sales of handmade soaps and cosmetics products — endorsed a charity rap single by OneWorld entitled “Freedom for Palestine,” a song that calls for removal of Israel’s West Bank barrier, and refers to Gaza as a “prison camp”, and accuses Israel of promoting “apartheid.”

In addition to promoting a wide range of charities that are engaged in the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions campaign against Israel, proceeds from the OneWorld’s release go toward the U.K.’s anti-Israel charity, War on Want, an organization that wants to ban the sale of arms to Israel and refers to Israel’s Gaza checkpoints — the ones the mainstream media refers to as illegal blockades — as examples of a “military siege.”

It’s worth nothing that War on Want was — coincidentally I’m sure — formerly headed by Hamas benefactor and former British Member of Parliament George Galloway.

Lush’s ethically approved song also accuses Israel of “illegal occupation” and “racial segregation.”

While rappers are typically the first place I would go to seek profound foreign policy insights, “Freedom for Palestine” is filled not only with objectionable accusations about Israel, but blatant lies as well.

Israel is not illegally occupying anywhere.

To accuse Israel of racial segregation is clearly ignorant of the 1.5 million Arab residents of Israel (predominantly Muslim) or the 130,000 Ethiopian Jews who call Israel their home.

Lush U.K.’s ethical director, Hilary Jones  ruled out the possibility that Lush would ever do business in Israel, saying “We don’t feel it’s a safe environment to have a store. Would we want a shop where we couldn’t have a mix? We have a multicultural attitude to everything we do; we want everyone in the country where we are trading to be on an equal footing as far as basic human rights go.”

Perhaps the “mix” of religions and ethnic backgrounds in Israel is not as vast as, perhaps, one would find in Canada or France, but I believe that there is slightly more religious diversity in Israel than in Turkey, with its 99.8% Muslim population, or Saudi Arabia, which boasts having 100% of its citizens as practicing Muslims, and carries the death sentence for those who dare to leave the peaceful religion.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are both home to several Lush Cosmetics outlets.

A spokesperson for Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, the North American subsidiary of Lush U.K., declined to support or condemn their parent company’s stance on Israel, saying, “Each LUSH country runs its own campaigns, and in this particular case, the One World campaign is coming out of the UK not the North American business therefore we don’t have an official position on the issue.”

While Lush has every right to support whichever causes they wish to, they must also be accountable for their hypocrisy in claiming that Israel is somehow less diverse a place than Saudi Arabia.

As a message to the young jihadists preparing for their mandated pre-terrorism ritual cleansing, I strongly recommend Lush’s ethical, environmentally-friendly, not-tested-on-animals handmade soap.


Andrew Lawton is Landmark Report's founder and publisher and a North American radio and television personality. In addition to hosting The Andrew Lawton Show on AM980 in London, Ontario, he is also a contributor on Canada's Sun News Network. Andrew, the King of Canadian Social Media, tweets as @AndrewLawton.

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10 Responses to “Lush Cosmetics refuses to condemn parent company’s anti-Israel statements”

  1. For an anti-woman secretive homosexual culture like Islam, Lush is the way to go.

  2. @pottypol59 says:

    People should sue them for everything they've got..or make a parody of their products… " You can feel my skin" oh wait.. you can't I'm wearing a niqab. They've got wonderful smelling soaps, if only it would permeate through my burka.. type of advertising…

    • lushFan says:

      grow the fuck up, how old are you, 12? Your so called parodies are neither witty nor smart. You're just a bitter dickhead who needs a wake up call to accept all.

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  4. leahblair says:

    I stopped using their products when they negatively commented on the AZ immigration law. Like I really wanted to know what the people who made my soap thought.

  5. Carly says:

    Lush cosmetics say they are an ethical company and have a whole list of ethical cuases. Yet at the same time they are supporting oppressive regimes by having shops in these countries. Hopefully I do not need to go into the human right record and oppression of women etc in Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.
    How can this company call it self ethical ?

    I suggest we FLUSH LUSH!!!!
    Boycott Lush

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  8. Neta says:

    I think it’s absurd that Lush would come out with such strong statements about Israel, saying they would never do business there, when no Lush representative have ever been there. Marketing wise, it’s a very poorly made decision, putting aside the ridiculous political accusations that I will reply on later. Lush misses out on a HUGE clientele merely because they are set in a stereotypical perception that Israel is a place such as Iran or Kurdistan, where there is no freedom of religion, people are being told what to think and do, and minorities are not allowed to speak out their minds and protest, or even walk out into a mall and- God forbid- purchase some hand made soaps. Well, it is the easiest way to presume that all countries in the middle east are one and the same, and make judgmental decisions based on superficial information received by the TV, without actually ever talking or meeting an Israeli person, or an Arabic person who lives in Israel, and actually get a clear idea of what’s really going on.
    Well, I, as you have probably already guessed, am an Israeli. I actually came across this article by accident, funny enough, by way of looking for info about LUSH UK website online, while going through the process of making a pretty big order there. Their site claims to be shipping world wide, but now I start wondering about it.. in anyway, I personally start to reconsider that big purchase I was planning on making (and it would’ve been BIG, having I don’t have any LUSH branch over here where I can shop their products, I kinda wanted to get as much stuff as I possibly could in this one order). Well, Lush probably lost this one customer. But since they “will never open a branch in Israel”, they lost many, many more potential costumers- shockingly both Jewish and Arab. We really do love our soap shops here in Israel, and we spend a lot of money there, but I guess you’re too good for our money. Smart idea.

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