Disney heiress slams Israel's AHAVA skin care company

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 |  Israel Today Staff

A little-known member of the Disney family has publicly stated that she will renounce all personal profits from her family's investment in Israeli skin care product company AHAVA on the basis that it operates on "occupied territory."

Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy Disney, said in a statement released last month that she would henceforth donate all profits she receives from Disney investments in AHAVA to causes aimed at ending the so-called "Israeli occupation."

She referred to the production of AHAVA products at Mitzpe Shalem, a Jewish settlement situated in Judea just two miles from the Dead Sea, as "illegal exploitation" due to the fact that the Palestinian Arabs claim all of Judea and Samaria as their future state.

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"I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources," said Disney.

The Disney family's Shamrock Holdings Inc. owns 18.5 percent of AHAVA, and has invested another $400 million in other Israeli companies.

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