March 30th Global Day of Action to Boycott Israeli goods
There are red lines in any confrontation, and boycott must touch a nerve and get close to a red line. Mind you economic penalties are the rewards of the resistors too. In other words it is the very weapon that the most ardent nationalistic Zionists use.
Pam | 28.03.2009
Everyone is urged to support the Global Day of Action on Monday 30th March by contacting Tescos and Waitrose Customer Services to complain about their practice of selling goods grown on Illegal Israeli settlements and misleadingly labelling some of these goods “West Bank”
Tescos 0800 505 555 email@example.com
Waitrose 0800 188 881 firstname.lastname@example.org
At the World Social Forum last year in Belen the Palestinian Boycott Divestmant and Sanctions National Committee called for a global day of action on Monday March 30th 2009 in support of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.
In the UK we are urging supporters of the Palestinians to take action against Waitrose and Tesco during the 28th-30th March as part of the international call to action. Waitrose and Tesco are the most intransigent British supermarkets on the issue of Israeli settlement goods and Israeli produce. –more–
The following are excerpts of reports of goods coming from the occupied territories to the UK, I guess all settlements there are illegal as the UN has never agreed to the occupation. Perhaps the left in Israel will welcome such a boycott.
Trouble is: where is the left in Israel?
All major UK retailers sell Israeli goods, and most of them sell produce from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Some have made statements in support of Zionism and some have contracts with Israeli companies.
Tesco stores stock a large amount of produce grown in the Occupied Territories and purchased from the Israeli state, including fruit and vegetables from producer Carmel-Agrexco. Israeli products stocked by Tesco include fruit juice, mangoes, avocados, grapes, stonefruit, dates, herbs, pickled cucumbers, Exquisa potatoes, mixed peppers (from Israel and a second country of origin), Barkan wine, Yarden wine, biscuits, cold meat, dips, Osem soups and cakes, snacks by Beigel & Beigel, Telma (soup mixes and cubes, noodles etc) and socks (Tesco’s own brand).
Marks & Spencer
But despite the above assurance, there is evidence that M&S continues to stock Hadiklaim dates packaged as an M&S own brand product. According to a recent report by School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Hadiklaim, the Israel Date Growers’ Cooperative Ltd, “exports dates from Israel and from the occupied territories, especially Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley.”
Campaigners have recently reported seeing herbs labelled ‘West Bank Israeli Settlements’ in ASDA stores. At least that’s accurate labelling but it does contradict ASDA’s previous statements to the press.