Thursday, 8 July 2010

Friday 9th July - "Boycott Israeli Goods - national day of action!"

If you can't quite make it to the WFPSC/WFSTW meeting about Gaza tonight, nothing can stop you taking part in the Global BDS Day of Action tomorrow, because you don't have to set foot outside your front door to join in!!!

BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS – “BIG national day of action”
Friday 9th July, all day long

Spend a happy Friday jamming telephone/fax/email lines around the country, writing hard-hitting letters to clog up in-trays, and dressing to impress.
Extremely effective way to campaign, something the whole family can get involved doing – young and old - and so easy to do from the peace and quiet of your office/home computer, your mobile/landline, your desk or a handy coffee shop: whatever takes your fancy!
This year we’re targeting Morrisons and Sainsburys:


Morrisons – 0845 611 6111 (lines open 7.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m).
Sainsbury - 0800 636 262 (lines open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Demand answers to the following queries:
· “Why is your supermarket sourcing produce from a country that repeatedly violates international law?”
· “Why is your supermarket sourcing produce from companies that operate on land where Palestinians cannot live or work? (the Jordan Valley)”
· “Why are you sourcing produce from companies that operate in illegal settlements and which benefit from an Apartheid system inside Israel?”
· “Why are you sourcing produce from companies which are all benefiting from the illegal theft of Palestinian water and the theft of Palestinian land?”


You could go online, or snail mail – whatever you prefer! Contact the national headquarters addressing your comments to Customer Services, or pick your local store addressing your comments to the store manager:

Morrisons on-line Comments Form - click here
Morrisons Store Finder – click here
Morrisons HQ address – Morrisons, Hilmore House, Gain lane, Bradford, BD3 7DL

Sainsbury's on-line Comments Form – click here
Sainbury's Store Finder - click here
Sainbury's HQ address - Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT

Challenge the supermarkets about the following:
· "supermarkets are known to be trading with Israeli companies, because the labeling on products tells us so."
· "you must end business with Israeli companies that are profiting from Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and Israel’s apartheid policies."
· "Israeli export companies known to be supplying British supermarkets like yours include: Carmel Agrexco, Arava and Mehadrin Tnuport Export (MTEX)."
· "All these Israeli companies are profiting from Israel’s violations of international law, making its UK trading partners such as your supermarket complicit."


Wear your “Boycott Israeli Goods” badges with pride! Keep on wearing them! Israel has been in the news so much recently (for murdering civilians on the Gaza Flotilla, etc. etc.) that the general public are noticing badges, and now is the time to tell people about the boycott, in whatever way we can. Wear badges; give out badges on the street; call on all your supporters to wear badges!

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