Ahava plant and visitors center | Mitzpe Shalem settlement | 23 Nov 2016Ahava factory and visitor's center | Mitzpe Shalem settlement | October 2010 | Photographed by CODEPINKClosed military zone in the occupied area of the Dead Sea | October 2010 | Photographed by Who ProfitsDirection sign to the Ahava visitors center | Mitzpe Shalem checkpoint | March 2011 | Phtographed by Keren Manor, ActiveStills Mud barrels in Ahava plant, The sign states: "Empty barrels for mud" | Mitzpe Shalem settlement | 5 Apr 2013 | Photographed by Who ProfitsMud barrels in Ahava plant, The sign states: "Empty barrels for mud" | Mitzpe Shalem settlement | 5 Apr 2013 | Photographed by Who Profits Mud barrels in Ahava plant, The sign states: "Raw Mud" | Mitzpe Shalem settlement | 5 Apr 2013 | Photographed by Who ProfitsAhava's mud products in the company's main store | Mitzpe Shalem settlement | 5 Apr 2013 | Photographed by Who Profits Ahava product is labeled as made in Israel, whereas the zip code, 86983, is the zip code for Mitzpe Shalem | Rickys Ney-York | Nov.2010 | Photographed by CODEPINKAhava bath salt is labeled as made in the “Dead Sea, Israel”. Only the Hebrew label hints that the product was manufactured in the West Bank as it provides the zip code of the Mitzpe Shalem settlement | Amsterdam | April 2012 | Photographed by Brechtje Van Bergen
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Manufactures cosmetic products using minerals from the Dead Sea.

The company's production site, visitor's center and main store are located in the Mitzpe Shalem settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley.  

Since June 2015, publications announce that Ahava intends to relocate its factory from the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem to the city of Ein Gedi within the Green Line. The company itself stated that the factory in Ein Gedi would be additional to its existing factory in Mitzpe Shalem. Recent photos taken at the Ahava plant in Mitzpe Shalem indicate that Ahava's factory and visitors’ center in Mitzpe Shalem are still operational. 

The company's products are sold in Europe under a misleading label, which doesn't indicate the name of the settlement the factory is located in.   

Ahava extracted mud from occupied territory on the shores of the Dead Sea. In May 2011, the Israeli civil administration confirmed that Ahava holds a license to operate a mud excavation site from the occupied area of the Dead Sea since 2004 and it is the only company licensed to do so. The Civil Administration also confirmed that it was an active excavation site.

Who Profits documented Ahava's mud barrels stored in the company's production site in Mizpe Shalem settlement in April 2013. The same barrels were presented in Ahava’s PR video that was published in 23 November 2014. 

In April 2016, the Israeli Civil Administration responded to Who Profits inquiry from 2015 that Ahava no longer holds a license to operate a mud excavation site in the occupied part of the Dead Sea area. This response was reaffirmed in November 2016 and was published in an update

However, a visit to Ahava’s Mitzpe-Shalem production site in November 2016 revealed that the mud barrels are still lined up in separate sections for empty, full and waiting “in process” in the company's production site in Mitzpe Shalem settlement.

For a complete report on Ahava click here