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IPSC Boycott Israeli Potatoes : Picket at SuperValu

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Friday August 17, 2007 14:41author by Garry - IPSC Report this post to the editors

IPSC activists continued their boycott Israeli potatoes campaign with a picket outside SuperValu on Aston Quay, who continue to stock Israeli potatoes and other goods.
Boycott Israeli Goods
Boycott Israeli Goods

10 activists from the IPSC staged a two hour picket outside SuperValu on Aston Quay. They distributed 500 leaflets informing consumers about the presence of Israeli spuds on Irish shelves and asked shoppers to consider boycotting these potatoes and other Israeli produce in an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people and as a method of exerting pressure on the Israeli State to end its human rights abuses in, and brutal occupation of, the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

In South Africa, an international boycott played a significant role in ending apartheid. You can help defeat the brutal apartheid system that Israel is imposing on the Palestinians.

We think of the common potato as being part of Irish history. We may imagine that all potatoes sold in Irish shops are grown in Ireland. However, many Irish shops and supermarkets, including Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Marks & Spencer sell Israeli Potatoes, rather than Irish spuds. The profits from, and taxes imposed on, these goods help Israel to maintain and expand its 40-year old illegal occupation of Palestine. For example, the largest exporter of fruit and veg, Carmel-Agrexco, is half owned by the Israeli State.

On top of this, often the potatoes are grown by illegal settlers using stolen Palestinian water - many precious West Bank water aquifers are under Israeli military control with Israel deciding who gets the water, and when. Israeli settlements in the West Bank never face water shortages while it is an all too common feature for Palestinains despite water coming from exactly the same sources.

To add insult to injury - along with orchards and olive groves - Palestinian arable agricultural lands are often targets of destruction by both the Israeli military and illegal settlers. In addition those Palestinians trying to export perishable good regularly face obstacles and/or the destruction of their produce by the occupation forces.

Almost all 'organic potatoes' on sale in Irish supermarkets at this time of year are from Israel and the IPSC asks you - as an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people - not to purchase them and to complain to the management about their continued presence on Irish shelves. You should also be on the look out for out of season New Potatoes which are also usually of Israeli origin.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie

IPSC activists distribute leaflets
IPSC activists distribute leaflets

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More photos     Garry    Fri Aug 17, 2007 14:48 
   Potatoes potatoes everywhere (No Irish need apply)     OnaMudSlide    Fri Aug 17, 2007 17:17 
   More information     Michael Martin    Fri Aug 17, 2007 17:45 
   Boycott     Dan Rather    Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:56 
   Human shields     Sean    Sat Aug 18, 2007 21:36 
   Giuliani: No Palestinian State     Conor Dervan    Sun Aug 19, 2007 15:49 
   Berliners protest sale of food from West Bank settlements     Spud Murphy    Sun Aug 19, 2007 17:24 
   Israeli prowess     Sceptic    Sun Aug 19, 2007 17:50 
   .............     Nodin    Sun Aug 19, 2007 18:04 
 10   State Of Emergency activists Target Carmel Agrexco in Conjuction with Heatrow Climate Camp     "Lumper" Murphy    Sun Aug 19, 2007 18:35 
 11   Glad to be in the NUJ     Dublin Exile    Mon Aug 20, 2007 16:38 
 12   Workers call for boycott of Israeli goods     David L    Mon Aug 20, 2007 17:08 
 13   Anti Semites     Mike    Mon Aug 20, 2007 18:08 
 14   In answer to 'Dan Rather'     IPSC activist    Mon Aug 20, 2007 19:42 
 15   Tell the truth and shame the devil     M.Ross    Sun Sep 02, 2007 00:28 
 16   ...................     Nodin    Thu Sep 06, 2007 19:39 


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