Supermarket Boycott Actions
It is time to step up the supermarket boycott campaign which calls for consumers to reject Israeli goods for as long as Palestinian rights are denied by the apartheid regime. We must specially oppose the stocking of produce from the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which is stolen land. The excellent motion passed by the TUC Congress gives added impetus. The settlements are illegal under international law and goods originating there should not be on sale in the UK. The label ‘West Bank’ is grossly misleading; some shoppers think they are buying Palestinian produce.
PSC and other organisations across the UK are targeting Waitrose and Morrisons supermarkets in particular, as both refuse to discuss the question of settlement goods.
Branches and individual members can stage a range of actions:
o Write or deliver letters to the manager of your local store
o Write or email their headquarters
o Organise or join a demonstration at your local branch
o Set up a stall or hand out leaflets outside your local branch
o Call Morrisons and Waitrose
o Display photos, placards and other visual information making the case against Israeli apartheid
o Contact local media to publicise the campaign
If you have no Waitrose or Morrisons in your area, please raise the issue of Israeli and settlement goods in your local stores. In the case of M&S and the Co-op, encourage them to continue their existing policies of not stocking goods from illegal settlements but also not to stock Israeli goods at all.
Useful resources including model letters, videos of demos, pictures and links to background information are available via www.bigcampaign.org.
Relevant contact details:
Waitrose Customer Service (8 am – 10 pm Mon – Fri, 8 am – 9 pm Sat, 9 am – 7 pm Sun)
Freephone: 0800 188 884
Waitrose Customer Service Dept, Waitrose Ltd, Doncaster Rd, Bracknell, Berks RG12 8YA
Morrisons Customer Service: 0845 611 6111
Head Office – 0845 611 5000
Morrisons’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) email@example.com
Registered office – Hillmore House, Gain Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 7DL
New labelling have appeared in Morrisons. It is now good to see this information about goods from illegal Israeli settlements in West Bank. This would not have happened if you the consumers did not put the pressure on supermarkets and the government. This is just the beginning, more boycotting and lobbying work needs to be done by us the supermarket shoppers.