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Boycott rattles Israeli embassy

Issue No. 1782

BOSSES AT top London store Selfridges were forced to run around taking goods off the shelf just before Christmas after a successful boycott campaign. The goods are marked 'Made in Israel'. But they are manufactured in Palestinian land illegally occupied by Israel. The sale of these products directly contravenes European Union customs regulations.

Protests were organised outside the store as part of the Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign. Selfridges then came under pressure from some very high places. The Israeli embassy complained that Selfridges was 'the first store anywhere in Europe' to remove the goods.

The campaign to encourage shoppers to boycott these goods has started again outside Selfridges in what has now become a test case. The goods to boycott include Achva Halva sweets and toiletries, Beigal and Beigal pretzels, made on the West Bank, and Yarden wines made on the Golan Heights.

There is a widespread mood of solidarity with the Palestinians. Boycott campaigns can help to organise that mood and can get goods withdrawn.

Join the protests: Saturdays, 12 noon, Selfridges, Oxford Street, London. Contact the Campaign for Palestinian Rights on

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Sat 12 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1782
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