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Galway demo at M&S

category galway | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Monday May 31, 2010 21:51author by Cyclist - www.merthyrtomayo.org

Riders from the Merthyr to Mayo ride blockaded Galway's branch of Marks and Spencer with bikes today, in protest at the killing of international activists and the ongoing siege of Gaza.
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The demo continued outside the arcade and then joined the local Palestinian Solidarity activists in a rally in the town center. 150 people stood listening to speeches from Free Gaza coordinators and former Free Gaza crew in heavy rain.

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author by Boycott Tescopublication date Tue Jun 01, 2010 01:04author address author phone

http://www.bigcampaign.org/index.php?page=who_sells_isr...goods

M&S

Historically, Marks & Spencer has made statements in support of Zionism. Lord Sieff, chairman and founder of M&S who died in 2001, made several statements in support of Israelís military policies. In 1941, Sieff said that "large sections of the Arab population of Palestine should be transplanted to Iraq and other Middle-Eastern Arab States" (Jewish Chronicle, 21/09/1941). In 1990, Sieff, in a book entitled On Management: The Marks and Spencer Way, wrote that one of the fundamental objectives of M&S was to "aid the economic development of Israel." . . . . .

Tesco

Tesco stores stock a large amount of produce grown in the Occupied Territories and purchased from the Israeli state, including fruit and vegetables from producer Carmel-Agrexco. Israeli products stocked by Tesco include fruit juice, mangoes, avocados, grapes, stonefruit, dates, herbs, pickled cucumbers, Exquisa potatoes, mixed peppers (from Israel and a second country of origin), Barkan wine, Yarden wine, biscuits, cold meat, dips, Osem soups and cakes, snacks by Beigel & Beigel, Telma (soup mixes and cubes, noodles etc) and socks (Tesco's own brand).
John Porter, one of the principal shareholders in Tesco, also has substantial investments in Israeli companies. In 2000, Tesco awarded a $1 million IT contract to the Israeli firm Tescom to provide a solution for Tesco's Year 2000 conversion requirements.

During the bombing of Gaza, Tesco was targeted across the country by campaigners calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. In Swansea, activists stole Israeli settlement produce from Tesco and sprayed it with red dye to highlight Tesco's complicity in Israel's war crimes by profiting from settlement produce and enabling the settlements to trade and profit from their illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

author by Ronan OD - IPSCpublication date Tue Jun 01, 2010 14:36author address author phone

Hi,

Fair play to the guys in Galway for putting the boycott action together.

Really heartening to see all the actions across the country taking place.

Cheers,
Ronan

author by Potatoes O'Terrorismpublication date Wed Jun 02, 2010 02:05author email jason at ireland dot comauthor address author phone

Read the labels carefully when you are shopping - where was it made?????

If its Israeli then bring it to the check out when you are going to pay and leave it there saying you are not buying it because it is from Israel - if enough people do this then the shops will get the message.

Dunnes Stores workers did it aginst Apartheid in South Africa in the 80s by refusing to handle South African produce so its time we start doing it now against Israeli made products.


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