The New York Post‘s Page Six gossip column reports today that Sex and the City star Kirstin Davis has been eased out of a spokeswoman role at Oxfam International because the so-called human-rights organization is shocked to learn that Davis endorses Israel’s Ahava cosmetics line of Dead Sea products.
You see, the oh-so-principled good deed–doers at Oxfam believe that all right-thinking people should be boycotting one of the most famous products of Israel. That’s because Ahava’s Dead Sea Cosmetics are produced at Mitzpe Shalem, a town on those shores of the ancient Salt Lake that are on the West Bank side of the green line.
Davis and Oxfam are trying not to portray the situation as a breakup, with both sides pledging their eternal love for each other — but a source told the Post that “Ahava is a polarizing company and Kirstin shouldn’t be involved with it.” This is a position shared by the far-Left Code Pink group that claims Ahava “uses Palestinian natural resources.”
However, this little controversy shows just how false the portrayal of all the West Bank as “Occupied Palestine” really is. The Dead Sea shoreline was largely empty before the Jews returned to the area in the 20th century. No Palestinian Arabs were displaced to make way for Israelis there. The development of this industry and the use of the natural resources of the area were pioneered by the Jews, not the Arabs. What Oxfam and its leftist allies are trying to do is wage economic war on Israel. That a boycott of Ahava could somehow do any good to help poor Palestinians (whose plight is a direct result of their leaders’ refusal to make peace with Israel) is a sad joke.
Of course, it is ironic that Davis’s character on the HBO show and the subsequent movie converted to Judaism. In the meantime, let’s hope that Davis ignores the anti-Israel propaganda being spewed by Oxfam and emulates her on-screen persona by sticking to her real-life Jewish business partner.