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Sunday, 25 May 2008
Produce of West Bank

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I spotted these two products side-by-side in a local supermarket, and was somewhat confused. The one on the left is labelled “Produce of West Bank” while the one on the right is labelled “Produce of Israel”. In search of what this could mean, I came across the following information:

“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”- Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949

Boycott Israel

Please continue to protest the supermarkets mislabeling of stolen goods
One way in which the supermarkets attempt to misinform consumers who would boycott Israeli product is to mislabel produce sourced from Israeli settlements. Waitrose admit that they label all produce from the occupied territories as ‘Produce of West Bank’,Goods carrying this label are almost certainly settlement goods not Palestinian goods. In a recent ITN report Sainsbury and Tesco’s, when confronted about this, admitted ‘mistakenly’ mislabelling settlement produce in the past and undertook to label settlement produce ’ West Bank ’ in the future. Labelling settlement produce ’ West Bank ’ misleads the consumer and denies them the choice between Palestinian goods (of which there are almost none) and settlement goods. It undermines the boycott movement by making Israeli and settlement goods harder to identify.

There is also information in various articles on this boycott Selfridges page, on the Boycott Israel website and at the Big Campaign website.

Posted by bigblue on 25/05/2008 at 08:59 PM
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