web analytics
April 27, 2015 / 8 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Major British Supermarket Chain Tightens Boycott of Israeli Goods, Companies

An Israeli visitor tasting cherries grown in Gush Etzion. Exports from this and all other Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria have been boycotted in England since 2009.

An Israeli visitor tasting cherries grown in Gush Etzion. Exports from this and all other Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria have been boycotted in England since 2009.
Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90

The Supermarket chain Co-Operative Group, Britain’s fifth-largest food retailer, is the first major European retailer to stop buying from companies that export produce from Israeli settlements east of the Green Line.

According to its statement, the Co-Op has not been purchasing goods from the settlements since 2009, but has been doing business with some 20 Israeli companies which sell goods produced in the settlements.

The largest Israeli agricultural export companies affected by this move are Agrexco, Arava Export Growers, Adafresh and Mehadrin.

The new move will likely stir up a renewed battle inside Israel over the hotly contested “Boycott Law,” passed last summer by the Likud-led coalition, which penalizes anyone who organizes or publicly endorses political boycotts against the country, including campaigns directed at Israeli universities, settlements and businesses in Judea and Samaria.

Under the Boycott Law, such an attempt will be considered a civil offense, like libel or defamation, and groups targeted by a boycott can file a civil lawsuit and seek damages from those who initiated or publicly supported it. This may block Israeli export companies from “cleansing” themselves of ties with Judea and Samaria Jewish growers.

“The Group will also continue to actively work to increase trade links with Palestinian businesses in the occupied territories,” the Co-Operative Group statement said.

On Saturday, Co-Operative Group announced that “following an audit of the Group’s supply chain, it will no longer do business with four companies, accounting for £350,000 worth of sales, as there is evidence that they source from the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian occupied territories.”

Hilary Smith, Co-op member and Boycott Israel Network (BIN) agricultural trade campaign co-ordinator, told the Guardian that the Co-op “has taken the lead internationally in this historic decision to hold corporations to account for complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights We strongly urge other retailers to take similar action.”

A spokesperson for the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees, told the Guardian: “Israeli agricultural export companies like Mehadrin profit from and are directly involved in the ongoing colonization of occupied Palestinian land and theft of our water. Trade with such companies constitutes a major form of support for Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people, so we warmly welcome this principled decision by the Co-operative. The movement for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law is proving to be a truly effective form of action in support of Palestinian rights.”

The Jewish Press will update this story as additional information comes in.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “Major British Supermarket Chain Tightens Boycott of Israeli Goods, Companies”

  1. Rc Fowler says:

    The leaders of this British company are incompetent–they are hurting themselves, hurting their company and their nation–Israel will continue to prosper!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just hand over the UK to the Muslims, they are taking over anyway

  3. John DeLancy says:

    sabrtooth76012 While the pattern for Europe has been reject Jews and you'll get Muslims, it doesn't need to happen. The UK can choose teshuvah. Ou dot org puts it well: "The Torah tells us that no matter how far we stray or how many times we sin, G-d will wait for us to return to him through Teshuvah."

  4. Rc Fowler says:

    John DeLancy The UK will not choose what is good and right!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked radical Islamist Al-Nusra rebel group in Syria.
Sources: Al Qaeda Bombed Hezbollah and Framed Israel
Latest News Stories
Mt. Everest climbers at the moment the earthquake hit.

Israel leads rescue efforts. Death toll will rise. Thousands are homeless. Below: Dramatic as-it-happened video.

Fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked radical Islamist Al-Nusra rebel group in Syria.

No matter who was behind the attack, Hezbollah knows it has more than one enemy.

Meretz's two "dangers" to Israeli education - The Book of Joshua and Naftali Bennett.

The left-wing party’s problem is that the ministry spent more money to promote Judaism than democracy.

IAF F-16B Fighter Jet

Arab sources report the IAF destroyed a missile site and killed Syrian soldiers.

The 4 terrorists were trying to plant a bomb in Israel on the Golan Heights.

The first group of rescued Israelis from Nepal are to arrive home on an IAF airlift in the wee hours of Monday with 3 premature babies.

Chabad co-emissary Chani Lifshiftz says “hundreds of Israelis” arrive safely at the Chabad House after deadly quake in Nepal.

British MP Ed Miliband has again been targeted, this time in a political campaign for being “the Jew.”

An Arab tried to steal the weapon from a civilian guard in the town of Eli.

GOP Senator Ted Cruz met with Republican Jewish leaders in Las Vegas Saturday on the campaign trail.

The idea behind Peres & Associates came to life two years or so before the end of President Shimon Peres’ term in office, when his team began planning the next phase in his career.

United Hatzalah, Zaka and First are among the first emergency responders from Israel to arrive in Nepal on Sunday as part of an international effort.

The PA and leftists lost twice in US courts, which threw out suits for libel and a claim against settlers’ “terrorist attacks.”

Lauder: ‘Jews demanded no ‘Right of Return’ to Germany or Austria or Poland or any other European country.’

Several Israelis suffered light injuries but 150 still have made no contact with officials.

More Articles from Jacob Edelist
F130210FFMS04

“Over-exposure of security and intelligence activities may seriously harm state security.”

Handle of a footed marble basin decorated with Seilenoi heads, the 1st century BCE.

Lionized as “the greatest builder in human history,” King Herod was also demonized for his cruelty and his shady religious origins.

“We expect continued firing of hundreds of rockets in the coming days.”

The plan is to stagger their recruitment, to allow IDF manpower officials to study the process.

Hamas called the meeting to try and avoid further casualties.

Some of the supervised, ‘bug-free,’ leafy vegetable growers are using higher levels of pesticides than allowed by Health Ministry standards.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that Iran has in its possession UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) which are far more advanced than the one which the Hezbollah recently sent into Israel.

Last Sunday, Netanyahu told Likud ministers he plans on adopting part of the report without relating to broad legal interpretations, to avoid international criticism. Still, the proposal will add legal flexibility and remove bureaucratic obstacles, making Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria considerably easier.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/major-british-supermarket-chain-tightens-boycott-of-israeli-goods-companies/2012/04/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: