Estee Lauder and Harrods

January 22, 2002


Below are two email messages I am forwarding to show the strength of feeling about the supposed sales policies of well-known stores and product lines. Both these emails are from the "pro-Israel camp."

The gist of the first email is "Support Estee Lauder" in the face of Arab boycotts. The gist of the second email is "Beware Harrods", London's most famous department store, which admits to taking Israeli goods off their shelves on January 12 following "points being bought to our attention by the Council of Advancement of British Arab Understanding."

-- Tom Gross


Below is an email received from the Jewish community of Hungary, a recipient of many funds from the Lauder family.

Dear Friends:

Estee Lauder Corporation is being boycotted by a loud and ambitious campaign by the world's Arab and Muslim community due to Ron Lauder's Estee Lauder's President support for Israel. Mr. Lauder has been extremely courageous and public in his support for the Jewish State and has taken real personal and financial risks to inform the world of the war that the Palestinian Authority has declared on Israel and Jews worldwide.

To combat this boycott I suggest that we all go out and buy as much Estee Lauder and Clinique products as possible. Make the Estee Lauder and Clinique counters your gift of choice. Switch brands at least for a while.

Estee Lauder also is the parent company of Prescriptives, Mac, Bobbie Brown, La Mer, Jo Malone, Origins, Aramis, Aveda and Bumble and Bumble.

It is said that beauty has many discomforts. So does supporting those who speak for us.

Am Yisrael Chai!



From: [A subscriber to this email list]
Sent: 21 January 2002
Subject: Harrods

This is an email address of at least one person at Harrods. Feel free to circulate...

It's a standard response and doesn't answer my questions, but at least it puts them on notice that we care...

-----Original Message-----
From: Rayner, Peter []
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002
To: [A subscriber to this email list]
Subject: RE: Confidential

Dear Mr Paisner

Thank you for your e mail.

I would firstly like to advise that we have not stopped selling Israeli products. However, following various points being bought to our attention by the Council of Advancement of British Arab Understanding, a number of products were withdrawn from Harrods shelves on Saturday 12th January pending further investigations into the claims being made.

Harrods is still checking the situation and when we have an answer to that we will either stop selling the products altogether or put them back on sale.

With kind regards.

Yours sincerely

Peter Rayner
Customer Services

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