Saturday, January 03, 2009

Stealing from Tesco's to help Palestine

Stealing from Tesco's as a form of protest? I got this email this morning which made me smile.

CLEARANCE SALE IN AID OF GAZA VICTIMS!

STOLEN FRUIT FROM STOLEN LAND…

A small quantity of fresh ‘West Bank’ dates has been confiscated in a New Year raid on
Tesco stores. These dates will now be sold at £1 each in aid of Islamic Relief and Oxfam Gaza crisis appeals.

We believe these king-size Medjool dates are the produce of illegal settlements in the Jordan valley. They are marketed by Tesco under the brand-name King Solomon, with ‘West Bank’as the place of origin. (If Tesco can satisfy us that these dates are NOT the product of illegal settlements, they will be refunded.)

This direct action underlines the failure of our government among others to enforce formal commitments to democracy, human rights and international law.
As Israel prepared its latest assault on Gaza, the European Union reinforced an agreement of Association giving Israel favoured access to European markets, despite human rights conditions in that agreement.

On December 28th a coalition of Palestinian trades unions, voluntary organisations and human rights groups called for more boycott action against Israeli goods.

‘Without sustained, effective pressure…Israel will continue with its gradual, rolling acts of genocide…burying any prospects for a just peace under the blood and rubble of Gaza, Nablus and Jerusalem.’

Greg Wilkinson 3.1.2009

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