Mud-slinging on Montague! Protesters say Ricky’s backs Israel’s ‘illegal’ occupation

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The centuries-old Middle East conflict turned into a bizarre form of mud-slinging on quiet Montague Street on Friday when protesters demanded that the Ricky’s cosmetics shop stop selling a dirt-based cosmetic that, apparently, is helping Israel’s “illegal” occupation of the West Bank.

The store’s crime, according to the Brooklyn for Peace protesters, is its selling of lotions and creams made by Ahava, an Israeli company that takes mud from the Dead Sea and manufactures it into beauty products in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

“Hey Ricky, what’s that scent? Smells like an illegal settlement!” chanted the crowd, many of whom were decked out in spa attire for the occasion.

Friday’s protest was the first Brooklyn stop of the protesters’ “Stolen Beauty” tour, a campaign started by the anti-war interest group Code Pink. The group labels the occupation of the West Bank a violation of international law, and Ahava’s business a “dirty” exploitation of Palestinian resources.

In an earlier phase of the campaign, Code Pink took its fight to retail giant Costco — and won. Costco quickly folded under the public pressure and pulled its Ahava products. Now the group has turned its attention to Ricky’s, whose owner, Dominick Costello, has so far resisted demands that he remove the goods from his 24 New York-area locations.

The protest raged on — complete with a guitar — but Ricky’s employees said that they just want to sell cosmetics in peace.

“We can’t bend over backwards for everyone who’s not happy,” said the Montague Street store’s manager, who declined to give his name. “If I stop selling this, then what’s next? We take away all our toothpaste because someone doesn’t like that? If they have a problem, these people should go to the source. I’m in retail, not politics.”

The manager added that Ahava products sell well. Some people, he said, bought them out of spite because they didn’t agree with the protesters.

“People seem so pissed about this that we’re selling more of this stuff than ever before,” he laughed.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Publius from Bklyn Heights says:
A quick Google turns up that Ms. Balicki's "job" is as a "professional" media hack for the so-called Code Pink organization. Her "job" is to get media outlets like the so-called Brooklyn Paper to print "news" stories about these "events" of her fellow media hacks. Sad that our news and politics has become so corportized with staged non-events to keep "protest" "professionals" employed as well as the "reporters" that "cover" these stories.

I've never tried Ahava products before and also have never patronized the Ricky's on Montague. But I will be doing that this week.
July 12, 2010, 7:46 am
TruthTeller from Bklyn says:
If Code Pink was really an anti-war group as they profess on their Website, they'd be spending less time protesting Israeli cosmetics and more time protesting the Arab countries that have been in a perpetual state of war against Israel since '48.
July 12, 2010, 7:52 am
Sally from Brooklyn says:
Publius, there were about twenty other (unpaid) protesters at Ricky's, including "myself," because I "care" about things like "human rights." Sometimes people who want to "change" a political situation do it by becoming "organized" and hiring "professionals" to run the "organization." This is because if we don't, we are seen as being "unprofessional" or "ineffective" or even "anarchist."

The situation in the West Bank is heartbreaking, and as far as the time spent protesting terrible acts of violence on both sides - I choose to focus on the ones being supported by America (through purchasing products produced in illegal settlements and through massive government military aid) because I think the de-escalation of violence has to come from the more powerful party (also the one causing more casualties). Does Israel have a right to protect its borders? Yes. Does it have the right to enter into Palestinian territory, strip their natural resources, and interfere with the most basic functioning of the Palestinian people? No. For an example of what the settlement/checkpoint system is doing:

And for more info on the case for the boycott: and
July 12, 2010, 10 am
Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
Ms. Balicki's Wow, what a shithead she is. Ms. Balicki's has to lower herself to make a buck to this low level only to make a buck. Ms. Balicki's get some real clients . Ms. Balicki's the PLO is a phony balony murderer inc org. You will loose all credibilty in the real world Ms. Balicki.
July 12, 2010, 10:40 am
Any Mouse from Any Where says:
If Dana Balicki wants to bring peace to the Middle East she should move to where the problem is. Guess that would be too inconvenient. It's easy to protest across the street from a Starbucks. Limousine liberals, give me a break!

I'm going out to buy me some Ahava products for all my loved ones. Glad Ricky's is getting the extra publicity!
July 12, 2010, 10:46 am
Carl from Cobble Hill says:
What a moron!
July 12, 2010, 11:21 am
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:

Illegal occupation of the territories? The territories of Judea and Sumeria (also called the West Bank of the River Jordan) were never part of any state. Israel came to occupy these territories as spoils of existential wars in which some of the residents of these territories tried to eliminate the State of Israel.

There would be less hypocrisy in your statements if you would kindly vacate your house and sign it over to Native American. Charity begins at home.

Until then, please keep up your "media" campaign. It's generating a lot of business for Israeli cosmetics and Ricky's.
July 12, 2010, 11:44 am
Leah from Brooklyn says:
Publius wrote: "Her "job" is to get media outlets like the so-called Brooklyn Paper to print "news" stories about these "events" of her fellow media hacks."
Oh grow UP, Publius. Every single organization does the same thing - whether the Tea Party, the Anti-Defamation League, Catholic Defense League, ACLU, pro-Israel groups, GOPers, Democrats, neighborhood groups, or the far-right "anti-Islamicization" group that organized the anti-mosque protest in Manhattan. They create events or protests, then promote press coverage of it.

If you suddenly view THAT as suspect, you'll have to boycott every entity that involves human beings with a viewpoint.
July 12, 2010, 12:05 pm
P8ublius from Bklyn Heights says:

Don't worry, if you attend enough "protests" you'll also get on the payroll.
July 12, 2010, 12:07 pm
Rob from Williamsburg says:
I support Code Pink's actions 100%. Ricky's should stop selling Ahava products and I will boycott Ricky's until they do.
July 12, 2010, 12:12 pm
Leah from Brooklyn says:
Publius wrote: "The territories of Judea and Sumeria (also called the West Bank of the River Jordan) were never part of any state. Israel came to occupy these territories as spoils of existential wars in which some of the residents of these territories tried to eliminate the State of Israel.
There would be less hypocrisy in your statements if you would kindly vacate your house and sign it over to Native American."
In short: If the folks you encroach on don't like it (or get in your way), they deserve to go; and one wrong makes a rule.
Got it.
July 12, 2010, 12:14 pm
A O from BKLYN says:
TruthTeller from Bklyn says:
If Code Pink was really an anti-war group as they profess on their Website, they'd be spending less time protesting Israeli cosmetics and more time protesting the Arab countries that have been in a perpetual state of war against Israel since '48.

Israel wasn't a recognized state at that time they were still in the process of their illegal occupation. So these Arab countries where protecting their sovereignty not being terrorist... ——s
July 12, 2010, 12:59 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
I think I'll send my wife and kids over there and buy a bunch of stuff. maybe if I had a list of things made over there we could buy more.
July 12, 2010, 12:59 pm
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:

Learn your history. You have a right to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

Jews has inhabited the land that's now called Israel for millenia. Even following the Roman conquests, Jews have been a continual presence there.

Islam, and Arabs, however, are relative latecomers, springing out of Arabia with the hordes that converted semitic people to Islam by the sword and through conquest in the 8th century.

The entire region was under various "foreign" rulers from the Mamluks to the Egyptians to the Ottomans, to the British. All the while Jews and the people of Arabian background and culture now known as the "Palestinians" lived under the yolk of these various powers. There was no modern state.

In 1948, the United Nations, supported by most of the world's countries (except the Arab countries that have tried unsuccessfully to annailate Israel) partitioned the British Mandate of Palestine into the modern state of Israel, the West Bank (immediatly annexed by their "arab brothers" , Jordan. Gaza was immediately annexed by their "arab brothers" Egypt. Immediately the surrounding Arab countries attacked in order to drive the Jews into the sea. Israel fought back and defeated the invaders.

So when you say "Israel wasn't a recognized state at that time they were still in the process of their illegal occupation. So these Arab countries where protecting their sovereignty not being terrorist", you're either ignorant or a willfill liar.
July 12, 2010, 1:38 pm
TruthTeller from Brooklyn says:
I find it facinating that the Ladies Who Lunch choose this conflict to boycott over the hundreds of others around the world. And USAID supports most of those countries.

Why has Israel become so fashionable as of late to protest? One can only guess.
July 12, 2010, 1:40 pm
Bayridgite from Bay Ridge says:
Thanks to Code Pink for publicizing this: we have to start breaking AIPAC's stranglehold on the U.S. media somewhere.
July 12, 2010, 1:40 pm
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:

Your reductionist "logic" borders on idiocy. It shows a profound misunderstanding of how/why, the State of Israel came into possession of Judea and Sumaria and why they remain there.
July 12, 2010, 1:47 pm
mike from downtown says:
Im going there now to buy.
July 12, 2010, 2:18 pm
Lisa from Brooklyn Heights says:
I just purchased $350 of ahava items . Ms. Balicki should get a real job
July 12, 2010, 3:03 pm
Dick from Park slope says:
Ms. Balicki's you could use some ahava stuff you ugly duck
July 12, 2010, 3:20 pm
Andrew from Brooklyn says:
I think it's hilarious that the author of this article puts illegal in quotes & says the groups "label" the occupation a violation of international law. Settlements in the West Bank are ESPECIALLY commonly accepted as illegal under international law. A good journalist doesn't have to attribute what is and isn't legal to a group as opposed to abiding by globally accepted standards and agreements like the 4th Geneva Convention.

Nonetheless, still great to see coverage of things like this. It's good that folks are finally taking action where our government hasn't.
July 12, 2010, 3:32 pm
Sam from Kensington says:
I support your boycott, and many more around the world do as well. Keep up the great work!
July 12, 2010, 3:33 pm
Rose from Park Slope says:
Does Ricky's buy cosmetics that "fell off the back of a truck" ? I doubt it. Well, Ahava products fell of the back of a truck in the West Bank - that is, they are stolen goods.

The happy buyers of Ahava are supporting thieving thugs. I guess they think that's okay as long as it's not happening in their own backyard.

As for me, I fully support the effort to get Ricky's to stop selling stolen goods.
July 12, 2010, 3:35 pm
Jeremy from Brooklyn says:
Rose: I've just been contacted by a member of the Lenape tribe. Something about wanting his brownstone back... Dunno. Contact me when you can.
July 12, 2010, 3:43 pm
Marc from Park Slope says:
Thanks, Balicki! I took your advice and bought as much Ahava as I could afford! I'll spread that work.

That's what you wanted, right? For us to buy as much as humanly possible?

Done and done.
July 12, 2010, 3:50 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Sally from Brooklyn, if you are under 20 years old, you are severely misinformedor ignorant; over 25, you are a sick depraved being. Blaming conditions in Gaza on Israel is depraved for two reasons: conditions aren't that bad; and conditions there are almost entirely the fault of the Arab world, and the Gazans themselves.

Take it to the UN--this way sane people can contain ignorance and depravity, and keep it more in Manhattan.

Very sad to learn that COSTCO folded.

Suddenly, I feel a desire to buy things at Ricky's

July 12, 2010, 4:51 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Oh wait. West Bank? Same concept: It belonged to Jordan. Jordan attacked Israel.

You'll notice the HUGE number of Israeli Arabs who are pining to leave Israel.

Too bad Israel didn't take more of Jordan in 1967--more Arabs would be living better; fewer would have been murdered, etc.

These people who protest Israel are sick, immoral, ignorant narcissistic SOBs. Oppose them before President Hopey Changey gets us to Middle Ages II.
July 12, 2010, 4:58 pm
chris s. from LA says:
yeah, i'm not in NY but i know Dana and she's alright in my book. yall shouldn't talk s**t about someone you don't know.

at least she's standing up for her convictions and for human rights. what are you doing to support human rights? i'm talking to you Pubic or Pubicus or whatever your name is. facts are cool and all, but what are you going to do with that information? i mean, YOU personally, what are you going to do with it? trash talk people on the Internets? nice.

in all seriousness Pubicus, i think you will find that Dana also does not support corportized media, so maybe, just maaaaybe, you all have more in common than you think. then again, maybe you just like to troll the Internet and trash talk people. go Dana!
i say good day.
July 12, 2010, 5:06 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
"At least she's standing up for her convictions and for human rights. what are you doing to support human rights?"

Another depraved ignoramus. Standing up for "human rights" in the Middle East = supporting Israel, and opposing the tyranical regimes operating in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, and pretty much everywhere else (to one extent or another). LOL "human rights." You mean savage rights.

Even if you support a second Palestinian Arab state (Jordan being the first), the sane approach would be to realize that there's no one out there responsible enough to create such a state. NO ONE.

I wonder why you don't protest the sick, demonic MFs that run Gaza, the PA (or whatever its called now), Syria, et al--in other words, you are an unfunny moral joke.

Standing up for your convictions only means something if your convictions are moral. Convictions that sick, depraved, and immoral mean less than zero.
July 12, 2010, 5:15 pm
Dana Balicki from Clinton Hill says:
Hi all, just to be clear from our perspective at CODEPINK, this boycott campaign is not about boycotting Ricky's NYC. This campaign ( is about boycotting the Ahava product line because the way they source their ingredients is in violation of international law. Patronize Ricky's or not--but please continue to put pressure on their company to drop the line.

You can call me a "sh*thead", an "ugly duck", or a "professional media hack" and yet the facts remain the same. Ahava is being investigated in the Netherlands, has been denounced on the floor of British Parliament by an MP, and is the subject of a lawsuit against Sephora (who carries the product in France); all for Ahava's fraudulent labeling practices.

You are right Publius, we cannot make up the facts. The fact that Ahava is made in a settlement in the West Bank is a fact. The fact that it is illegal under international law to turn a profit with a product made from resources of a territory you are occupying is a fact. The Obama Administration has called settlements an 'impediment to peace' is a fact. You can read more 'facts' at
July 12, 2010, 5:16 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Dana Balicki, you know nothing about international law, and nothing about said sham "legal proceeding" in the Netherlands.

Israel rightfully OWNS the West Bank. International law allows land to be captured, taken, and annexed when war is waged against you. Israel will likely cede parts of the West Bank because doing so might one day be in its interest--should the local Arabs ever figure out how to get out of their self-imposed depravity.

I urge all people of good faith and decency to buy Ahava products. Doing so helps both Israel, and the decent, helpless people who live in the West Bank.
July 12, 2010, 5:25 pm
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:

Keep up the good work, you're boycott is backfiring nicely.

Maybe you can take this lesson to your next paid astroturfing assignment. It's a living.
July 12, 2010, 5:41 pm
chris s. from LA says:
hi steven,
oh cool! more trash talking! it's funny bc it's usually just my friends who refer to me as ignoramus, so does that mean you want to be friends? cool!!

but you can't say a person's convictions are objectively wrong. i'm sorry, but you can't, as uncomfortable as it is for you to accept that. you may disagree with them, but to say that there is ONE objective truth when it comes to the world is myopic and sadly a bit tyrannical.

though, based on your comment that supporting convictions is only good if they fit your morals, tryannical seems about right.

k, can't wait to hear back from you buddy!!
July 12, 2010, 5:49 pm
Mary Jane from Clinton Hill says:
I just got back from Ricky's NYC, there was a long line of consumers waiting to purchase, I also did my purchases there, Balicki your wrong in targeting a private enterprise, go the UN or move to Gaza and leave us alone you idiot
July 12, 2010, 5:51 pm
Jeff from Ft Greene says:
Balicki the Jews have endured pogroms, they will endure Balicki
July 12, 2010, 5:56 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
This just in: your convictions are depraved...
July 12, 2010, 5:58 pm
Steve from Manhattan says:
Balicki think of this: All this trying to destroy jews would have happened if you were still in a tent? ... but I have news for you the Jews have endured century after century of pogroms, holocausts and ... If you can figure it out, there's still hope for you. .... And by the way the American people know a hell of a lot more of what is going on in the world than simple minded fools like you think.
July 12, 2010, 6:02 pm
chris s. from LA says:
Jeff: i GUESS you could equate Dana's peaceful protest to an organized slaughter of jewish people. that is definitely by no means an exaggeration. jeff, dude, c'mon, Dana even said so herself, this is about "boycotting the Ahava product..." yowza.

Steven: depraved? that's like the third time. at least get more creative and use a synonym. i suggest: sinful, licentious, or profligate! ooo profligate's a good one.
July 12, 2010, 6:06 pm
Park Slope says:
chris s. from LA, depraved = morally sick, so it's about as good as it gets as a description.
July 12, 2010, 6:34 pm
Leah from Brooklyn says:
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:

Your reductionist "logic" borders on idiocy. It shows a profound misunderstanding of how/why, the State of Israel came into possession of Judea and Sumaria and why they remain there.
Publius, your reductionist explanation defies logic. (Seriously: Don't criticize Israel unless you plan to give your house to a Native American? Presumably, we also can't criticize slavery in 2010, since the colonies, states, and fed gov't states permitted it for more than 250 years.)

And here's a tip: It's spelled SAMARIA, not "Sumeria." Sumeria was an ancient (4000 BCE) Babylonian civilization, and it has nothing whatever to do with this topic.
July 12, 2010, 6:57 pm
Frank from B Heights says:
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says: "This just in: your convictions are depraved..."
Could you _possibly_ learn a new word, Steve? Five "depraveds" in three posts sounds like a script or a drama queen.
July 12, 2010, 7:02 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park SLope says:
Frank from B Heights, I'm sure you find the word morality tired as well...
July 12, 2010, 7:55 pm
chris s. from LA says:
hey steve, i made a Wordle of all of your comments. it's how do you say...depraved!!!!!
July 12, 2010, 8:22 pm
chris s. from LA says:
here it is, all of steve r's comments in a world:
July 12, 2010, 8:26 pm
Robert from Flatbush says:
I'm going to support Ricky's and buy some Ahava products there.
July 12, 2010, 9:43 pm
Julia from NYC says:
Code Pink is stupid organization who should focus on important topics like how to help other people instead on wasting their time on politics they don’t understand and taking dirty money from terrorists!
I would always buy Ahava they are great Israeli company with wonderful products.
July 12, 2010, 9:45 pm
Robert from Flatbush says:
I'm gooing to support Ricky's and buy some Ahava products there.
July 12, 2010, 9:50 pm
Julia from NYC says:
Balicki should try to use Ahava creams, maybe with better skin she won’t have to scream for so much attention!
July 12, 2010, 9:51 pm
Julia from NYC says:

Balicki should try to use Ahava creams, maybe with better skin she won’t have to scream for so much attention!
July 12, 2010, 9:51 pm
Robert from Flatbush says:
I support Ricky's and I'll purchase some Ahava products there.
July 12, 2010, 9:52 pm
Robert from Flatbush says:
That word should have been going...unfortunate typo!
July 12, 2010, 9:53 pm
Robert from Flatbush says:
PLease take down my posting with the typo gooing. I see I have it right in another spot anyway.
July 12, 2010, 9:55 pm
Frank from B Heights says:
Steven Rosenberg from Park SLope says:
"Frank from B Heights, I'm sure you find the word morality tired as well..."
What brilliant reasoning - I knock your robotic overuse of 'depraved,' and you're 'sure' that this reflects on my morality.
At this point, _I'm_ sure that you have a rich fantasy life and are in dire need of a thesaurus.
July 12, 2010, 10:04 pm
Historical Observer from NYC says:
Protesters of Israel only help promote the hatred of Jews. Nothing better to do than to attack innocent people and their products. Too much unemployment and this is what you get.

pinkos, go home and read about the history of the conflict. You'll learn about black september and that the people you are defending are refugees from Jordan. Take a look at the map, that's where all of the palestinian territory became a country. They were kicked out of Jordan and now they are going for the only non-mulsim nation, coincidence?

There is no illegal settlement or occupation, only a fantasy invented by arab nations to rid themselves of jews. They expelled them from their countries and nobody is protesting to return their land back. They ran away to Israel and now you want them out because they made a desert into a livable country.

Amazing how the media can brainwash some into believing they are doing good.
July 12, 2010, 10:06 pm
Jay from Brooklyn Heights says:
Israel creates and innovates. The Arabs and their hate-filled supporters seek only to destroy. Israel "stole" the Dead Sea cosmetics industry? Sure, just like it "stole" the Dead Sea Scrolls.
July 12, 2010, 10:19 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
You know you're dealing with the mentally ill when you hear "Code Pink"....
July 12, 2010, 10:25 pm
Chortling from Park Slope says:
You know you're dealing with the mentally ill when too many posts look like same-person "plants," and when one fellow trolls this local-rag site for six hours to insure that he gets the last word.
July 12, 2010, 10:39 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Sure, Chortling from Park Slope. Anyone who disagrees with you must be a minority of one.

ACTUALLY, I've heard that in Israel, the Canada Geese keep their feet healthy with Ahava products.
July 12, 2010, 11 pm
HITLER from Brooklyn Heights says:
Oh Really Steve...Well then bring auschwitz to Bklyn
July 12, 2010, 11:45 pm
Chortling from Park Slope says:
C'mon Steve, you think that anyone who disagrees with you is "depraved" and that a silent protest outside an expensive cosmetics store is a pogrom.

Fyi, to a cyberveteran, too many of these "anti" comments have thumbprints of same hand(s) piling on under different names.
July 13, 2010, 12:56 am
Yougene from Oakland says:

July 13, 2010, 3:40 am
Free Gilad Shalit from Mitzpe Hilla , Western Galilee says:
Ms. Balicki how about protesting for the release of Gilad Shalit (Hebrew: גלעד שליט‎, who is an Israeli soldier who was captured on 25 June 2006 by Hamas in a cross-border raid and is still held captive by the palestinian murders. Ms. Balicki ever think of that? Gilad shalit is the son of Aviva and Noam Schalit. Gilad Shalit is in my prayers on a daily basis.
July 13, 2010, 6:24 am
Maro from NYC says:
Check out the Stolen Beauty AHAVA Boycott campaign ( French activists have recently sued Sephora for carrying AHAVA, the Dutch Foreign Minister has launched an investigation of the company's practices, and a British MP recently denounced the company's "fraudulent labeling practices." Israeli settlements are an impediment to a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians; boycotting settlement products helps to take the profit out of occupation.
July 13, 2010, 7:51 am
Shulamit from Tel Aviv says:
Facts that too often are forgotten, there are 21 Arab countries in the Middle East and only one Jewish state: Israel, which is also the only democracy in the region. Ms. Balicki try doing a protest in Gaza and witness yourself as being history, Ms. Balicki keep that in mind when you protest against israel
July 13, 2010, 9:39 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
By the way, exactly how do AHAVA products hurt anyone in the "territories"? This is simply another trudging out of the "argument" that someone who figures out how to make money and succeed is hurting, and causing the "poor people" to be poor.

No, actually, if the affluent didn't get affluent, the poor would be even poorer.

Socialism is still a lie whether it's promulgated in the Mideast or Washington, DC.
July 13, 2010, 9:47 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
It's also funny how people bring up investigations in France and Holland as evidence of anything. France is the place where even the French courts had to rule that French television lied about murder in Gaza. And The Netherlands? They're on the verge of being taken over by Islamists.

As I said before, many people here need a morality reboot/transplant.

Breaking news: Up is not down. Down is not up.
July 13, 2010, 9:50 am
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Dana Balicki stick to the VAGINA FESTIVAL you know what i mean
July 13, 2010, 10:39 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
To paraphrase Dennis Prager, you have to have learned to be that stupid in college or grad school (to be protesting Israel/Ahava)
July 13, 2010, 11:18 am
Julia from NYC says:
Agree with Jeff :)
July 13, 2010, 12:09 pm
Randy from SF says:
To Moshe, Dick, Jeff, and all those who criticize CODEPINK with childish insults, I would challenge ANY of you to find a more dedicated, organized, intelligent, well-informed group of activists. Their sole purpose is to promote peace and justice around the world. I would also challenge your courage. The most striking aspect of the CODEPINK organization is that they are some of the most courageous people I've ever met. They have been arrested, beaten, spit on- everything you could imagine- just for exercising the right to free speech and peaceful protest, and still they work for positive change. How many of you really have the courage to do that? Not many…. So when you sling “s**thead” at Dana, or insult her appearance (she is a hard-working, brave, and truly beautiful woman, inside and out, by the way), you're coming at her and CODEPINK with laughably tame, small-minded ammo. Try actually going to Gaza and seeing the situation with your own eyes, protesting there, bringing humanitarian aid, witnessing the oppression firsthand, and actually getting involved, like Dana and others at CODEPINK. After you actually get involved, then come back at CODEPINK. Shame on some of you- not for having an opinion, which we all deserve to express- but for lacing it with such base behavior. I’m saddened to observe that my fellow men are the most abusive in their language. You lower yourselves. Protest and disagreement isn’t often about being “nice” but really guys, do you realize how you appear or how you diminish yourselves or your opinions? Look in the mirror, become truly informed, get involved, and leave the insults out of it.
July 13, 2010, 12:10 pm
Code Pinkos from Brooklyn USA says:
Look out Brooklyn, Code Pink's called in the Code Pinkos from SF for ground support.
July 13, 2010, 2:13 pm
Hamdan from Bay ridge says:
Randy, Oh my, You really support the summary execution of innocent lives by the hamas? Do you know that rockets are fired on a daily basis at israely towns? Daily terror on the state of isreal means nothing to you.? I guess its easy to sit in SF and preach to the isrealy people how to behave .
July 13, 2010, 2:17 pm
Dana Balicki from Clinton Hill says:
New piece on this issue...check it out. WPIX: Battle over Ricky's Cosmetics & the Israeli Occupation
July 13, 2010, 2:20 pm
Billy from NY says:
Codepink are communist leftovers ,, randy how about preaching to china they should respect human rights? How come not a word on china,,,,?
July 13, 2010, 2:21 pm
Richard from Brooklyn Heights says:
Dana Who gives a f-ck crap about you updates? You empty head whore, skin head anti semite
July 13, 2010, 2:29 pm
Anderson from bed sty says:
Dana no wonder your a lesbo cause no man would touch you you ugly sad faced human junk
July 13, 2010, 3:21 pm
Jenifer from Bath beach says:
Me and my Old Man just picked up a bunch of stuff at ricky's. I also placed an order for more ahava cream that they said was sold out already, so dana thanks for the lead.
July 13, 2010, 3:41 pm
Bob from utah says:
Randy and Codepink Why dont you protest against IRAN ? The dictators and mullahs of Iran have stolen an election in broad daylight. iran is building an atomic bomb and is threatening the west. Where is codepick ?
July 13, 2010, 5:03 pm
Payal from Boston says:
Dana, keep it up.

You know I, and others, have got your back 100%. It's clear that the situation is about ignoring international law, and not about a side-taking, [forgive my pun] mud-slinging, further perpetuating hate across groups issue...which unfortunately, is the basis of a few of these comments here.

You've got support on the page from me, sister.
July 13, 2010, 10:09 pm
TruthTeller from Brooklyn says:
What's the process at Code Pink of choosing which fashionable issues to protest? Who came up with protesting Ricky's selling Israeli costmetics vs. say, Darfur or the stoning to death of a woman in Iran for adultary? Which genius is driving the agenda at Code Pink? Where does Code Pink's funding to pay professional atroturfers such as Balicki to hold up signs?
July 13, 2010, 10:39 pm
Sharon from Boston MA says:
Codepink is funded by arab and Libyan oil money ect... Examples like this: Libyan ship carrying aid for Gaza has resumed moving toward an Egyptian port as Israeli military vessels shadow the ship's movement. ...Groups like Codepink are homegrown terror groups and should be watched by the feds
July 14, 2010, 11:51 am
annie from marin co ca. says:
go code pink! don't support people who make their living off stolen goods on stolen land. go justice! go international law! go peace process!

empower all people to support joining the law abiding international community so we can all be on the same side. the settlements are illegal under international law.
July 14, 2010, 2:09 pm
TruthTeller from Brooklyn says:
More Code Pink paid hacks chiming in from the Left Coast. This one just north of the City of Consenting Adults.

Your assertion that Israeli settlement in the West Bank are illegal is highly debatable:

The UN has stated the settlements are not legal, but stopped short of saying they are illegal. Meaning, there is no international law that's either supporting settelement or being violated by them.
July 14, 2010, 2:50 pm
Billy from Bed Stuy says:
annie from marin co ca. please take your sister back out from brooklyn ny In your neck of the woods you have more then enough pot heads and she would feel more comfortable there. Clinton Hill brownstone is made for people who dont think like her.
July 14, 2010, 4:47 pm
jay from pslope says:
not a fan of code pink they are kinda of irrational, having said that, yes Israel is not legally on that land, and they are taking more of it every day, and yes conditions in Gaza are that bad.
The land is so poor there that adequate food can not be grown and water has to be trucked in, which is all controlled by checkpoints manned by the IDF
Sorry but its not "all the arabs fault" as one poster on here said. They had their land which they were living on taken away from them at the point of a gun and they have NEVER been compensated for it.
July 14, 2010, 8:09 pm
Ellie from PS says:
This story was the first I heard about any of this, and:
Ahava supporters - you've stupidly pitched your own cause in the Gowanus. If you think that crazy, abusive, crude 'lesbo' 'whore' 'pinko' 'communist' 'terrorist' rants, bashing, OCD and sockpuppetry are persuasive, you're beyond help.
July 14, 2010, 11:48 pm
Daniel from Brooklyn Heights says:
Sonya -- do some research. I did, out of curiosity.

Herbal Essences is made by gigantic Procter & Gamble. H.E. is a minor player among the almost 100 very famous P&G brands, like Tide, Cheer, Bounty, Downy, Olay, Gillette, Duracell, Pampers, Pringles. Huge list.

P&G has 80,000 suppliers worldwide, including in Israel. Its U.S. Herbal Essences, like most of its brands, is made in USA, but w/imported ingredients as necessary.

P&G sells in 160 countries, and has 80 offices abroad. Those also include Israel:
Procter & Gamble Israel, in Tel Aviv, also is P&G's Mideast headquarters. Israeli stores sell P&G's brands, including Herbal Essences.
In 2010, P&G won seven Israeli Product of the Year awards and was named Israel's 2010 Most Innovative Company by a national marketing association.
Apparently, none of the above share your views.
July 15, 2010, 10:48 am
Sam from Downtown bk says:
This lady needs to get a life. Code pink is a scam.
July 16, 2010, 5:38 am
TruthTeller from Bklyn Heights says:
Indeed. A bunch of bourgeois Ladies Who Lunch seeking some meaning in their otherwise comfortable yet vacuous lives.

So easy to criticize other people and tell them how to behave or what to do. The Code Pinkos need to take a good look in the mirror behind all that organic Sephora make-up and before throwing stones at situations they do not fully understand.
July 16, 2010, 8:41 am
Seneca from Cobble Hill says:
Very humorous post sequence!

TT says that it's "so easy to criticize other people and tell them how to behave or what to do"
But TT says this AFTER those who agree with him-her here
... told protesters to "get a life," focus on "important topics," boycott 10 other things, preach to China, get a "real job," and leave Brooklyn (to be w/other "potheads"), and urged us to buy Ahava products
... criticized the demonstrators as "pinkos," "shithead," "empty head whore, skin head anti semite" "human junk," and "sick, immoral, ignorant narcissistic SOBs."

Gotta love the irony, or hypocrisy.
July 16, 2010, 12:56 pm
TruthTeller from Bklyn Heights says:
A local Rabbi weighs in:
July 16, 2010, 3:43 pm
Stacey from The heights says:
I just found a new skin care line! Love ahava. Thank you code pink!
July 18, 2010, 7:36 am
Truth Seeker from BH says:
Truth Teller, that local rabbi didn't just "weigh in," he CREATED the "boycott the boycott" thing via a statement that others then e-blasted and posted around the internets. It's HIS opinion. Others have theirs.

I agree with some others that the anti-boycott overreaction here is a BIG turnoff. That alleged reasonable response = ad hominem attacks on protesters, attempts to defame total strangers, and a big dollop of hatestuff/rumor/anti-female vulgarity and troll-y fakeposts. It looks like hysteria an attempt to stifle others by any means, not like a rational response.
July 18, 2010, 10:51 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
If people are crazy enough to want to lay out good cash
for jars of mud, who am I to tell them otherwise.....
July 19, 2010, 8:38 am
Jared from Heights says:
And who am I to dissuade people if they're crazy enough to spend piles of money on overpriced skin products that they never wanted or needed before, thus enriching an already huge holding company.
July 19, 2010, 4:43 pm
Mike Curatore from Carroll Gardens says:
Please take a minute to sign the letter to Ricky's CEO urging him to KEEP AHAVA PRODUCTS ON THEIR SHELVES:
July 19, 2010, 8:11 pm
RJ from heights says:
meh. that letter just asks for name and email. so people can sign early and often and create names and emails for that purpose.
July 20, 2010, 12:01 pm
Mary from Brooklyn says:
Ahava Multi-Vitamin Dry Oil Mandarin - Cedarwood - IS AMAZING! I am almost out of it and I will go to Rikys to get it!

Code pink is ridicules, and missing so many facts ! They really should be embarrassed of their actions!
July 20, 2010, 2:52 pm
Jay from Also Brooklyn says:
'Embarrassed of' isn't English and looking at these msgs, the Ahava plugs -- Amazing! gotta buy it! bought $350 worth! just got back from buying! Sending the wife and kids to buy it! Love Ahava! I will go to Rikys [sic]! -- look so roboty-specious that I can't imagine their purpose.
July 20, 2010, 3:17 pm
annie from marin co calif says:
to untruthteller, Israeli settlement in the West Bank are illegal under international law, you can debate it all you want, it won't change the facts. the geneva convention (Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949) states in article 49:

"The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."

it is also against the law to extract resources for profit from occupied territory. that included the mud i presume.
July 20, 2010, 11:37 pm
Linda from Native New Yorker gone West says:
A few corrections:
1. The Zionists were massacring the natives of Palestine before the Arabs attacked. There's a good history by Ed Mast you can Google up ["Another Side of History"]. That's in response to
Publius's claim that "Immediately the surrounding Arab countries attacked [after the partition plan, which was actually 1947, and it was a recommendation.] In addition to Ed Mast's article I recommend Ilan Pappe's "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine". Pappe is one of the Israeli "new historians" chronicling a more accurate history from now de-classified Israeli documents.

2. Publius also said Arabs are "latecomers" to the region. Not so. Both peoples were there for centuries. Of course Islam came later than Judaism, in fact Shlomo Sand ["The Invention of the Jewish People"]writes that likely many Jews who stayed in the region converted to Islam, with Palestinians being genetically closer to the Jews of Biblical days than are current Israeli Jews.

3.Sorry Steven Rosenberg, Israel doesn't "own" the West Bank, nor East Jerusalem, nor Gaza. International law PROHIBITS the annexation of land captured in war and mandates that that land be negotiated.
July 21, 2010, 11:17 am
Joseph from Orange County, CA says:
To follow up on what Annie, Linda and many others have said here: acquisition of land by aggressive force is a war crime. Even if it's a situation of defensive war (which is honestly rarely ever) you are not allowed to steal land in the process. If might makes right and the bigger get to crush the weak, then what Hitler did was OK. Slobodan Milosevic was A-ok by this standard.

If (what I suspect) on the other hand for commenters here, it's only ok with Jews do it, you should own that and not pretend there's any cohesive objective argument to justify it. Just be honest and say, "Due to the holocaust Israel can do whatever it wants whenever it wants to whoever it wants". It's totally criminal and inhuman behavior to defend, but at least have the decency to be honest and upfront about it.
July 21, 2010, 9:03 pm
Yvonne from NOT Boro Park says:
The plundering of natural resources in occupied land is ILLEGAL, plain and simple. This knee-jerk reaction of blindly defending what amounts to THIEVES and viciously attacking those people who would uphold LAW is indicative of a rabid dog mentality, and hints at the ugly hatred that resides in *gasp* JEWISH and ISRAELI hearts -- the same ugly hatred they're always so quick to point out in their archenemies, in defense of their extermination and occupation of land that is not their own.
July 22, 2010, 11:21 am
Yvonne from NOT Boro Park says:
@Steve Rosenberg: If conditions in Gaza "aren't that bad" as you claim, why don't you take a little visit there? In fact, if you support the illegal settlement of the area enough to verbally attack those who would hold the government and people of Israel, Torah toting or not, to the letter of the law, put your money where your mouth is and MOVE THERE. Send us a postcard to let us know just how not bad the situation is... if you survive.
July 22, 2010, 11:31 am
James from West Village says:
I think what Dana is doing happens to be very clever. She is not boycotting Ricky's...rather...boycotting Ahava. I do not think it ever had to do with the Ricky's store. Personally, I do not use those products. They are sold by snake-oil salesmen. Also, my personal preference is I do not care for Arabs....I try not to acknowledge that they even exist. As far as Israelis....they are more annoying. Arabs and Israelis both annoy the hell out of me. If it weren't for the oil products that we desperately need...the middle east would have vanished years ago.
July 22, 2010, 11:54 am
Avi from Bklyn Heights says:
how much does America have to give to Israel?
6 billion a year in aid, the wtc attacks, the oil boycott, the war on islam, war in Iraq, soon war in Iran.

for gods sakes were 7K miles from the mid-east we'd have no enemies over there if we didnt support israel.

I'll never set foot in Rickys again. I support the boycott fully.
July 22, 2010, 1:07 pm
Avi from Bklyn Heights says:
for people tired of the mainstream media take on the middle east

check out

and of course glen greenwald over at salon

they speak the truth
July 22, 2010, 1:09 pm
Sam from Brooklyn says:
I personally could give a crap about either group involved but no one is going to tell me not to buy a product. That's my right. I'm so sick of hearing about the fighting over the land. There will never be peace there. Sad but true.
July 22, 2010, 5:19 pm
Mike from Concord Village says:
If I still lived in the neighborhood I'd go shop in Ricky's and ask those ignorant Jew haters if they are also willing to give up their cell phones and cell phone cameras, acne treatment, instant messaging, core components of their computer's OS and other things they take for granted that were invented or developed in Israel.
July 23, 2010, 6:16 pm
Gabriel from MTL says:
Its amazing how stupid people are... the dead sea boarders israel and Ahava is a legitimate and responsible company.

People are looking for any arguement to trash-talk israel and i dont know how they can sleep at night after a full day of inciting hate and spreading bullshit
July 28, 2010, 9:45 am
Chris Cook from Astoria says:
Hey guys -

Base misogyny is not cool, even when it's directed at people whose opinions you disagree with.

When we talk about women getting stoned in other countries / women's rights, we can also put our money where our mouth is, and not throw casual, appearance-based & demeaning insults at opponents who just happen to be women.

If you're angry at someone you perceive to be opposing Israel, try and engage them on those issues directly.
Aug. 6, 2010, 10:02 am
Carol from Park Slope says:
Hey Steve Rosenberg -- do you have a day job? Are you employed? Doesn't seem like you have much to do except write boring comments that reveal your very uneducated narrow view of the world. Maybe if you worked or went to school and learned something, you would not sound so amazingly dumb. But maybe even work or school wouldn't help.
Sept. 9, 2010, 11:48 am

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