Posted by: Lister | July 22, 2007

Dunnes Stores

Via JSF: National boycott action targets Irish stores selling Israeli goods.

Shops and supermarkets across Ireland were picketed on Saturday as the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) commemorated the anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres with a National Boycott Israel Day.

[…] the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement led a hugely popular boycott campaign against Apartheid South Africa.

This movement originated in 1984 with the refusal of Dunnes Stores workers to handle South African goods. Today, many of the stalwarts of that campaign, including a number of past chairmen of the IAAM, and some of the original Dunnes Stores strikers, have lent their support to the campaign to isolate Apartheid Israel.

[…] Speaking at the event, the IPSC’s Raymond Deane recalled the example of the courageous strikers of 1984, and called on workers again to refuse to deal with goods tainted by racism and oppression. Ali Abunimah, co-founder of EI, said that nearly 200 Palestinian civil society organizations, including trade unions, professional associations, women’s organizations and student bodies had appealed to the world to stand in solidarity with them by taking boycott actions.

[…] Finally, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, stressed that there was no movement within Israel capable of forcing Israel to relinquish its oppressive control over Palestinians, and that while Israel enjoys impunity from world governments, it falls on civil society to boycott and isolate it in order to ensure its compliance with international law. She added that once this system of oppression is dismantled, there is no obstacle to Palestinians and Israelis living together in harmony and cooperation.

Why Israeli Spuds?

Shoppers and passers-by were interested – often wondering: ‘Why Israeli spuds?’ Answer: they’re often grown on Palestinian land using water stolen from West Bank aquifers. Also, there’s an international boycott campaign against Israel until they abide by international law and end their apartheid rule over Palestinians.

An interesting discussion in the comments of the indymedia article, too.

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