|On Saturday 1st March, as part of a National Day of Action targeting Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Brighton & Hove PSC members handed out leaflets at the Sainsbury’s store in New England Street.|
The response from the public was, as usual, fantastic: shoppers were appalled to learn that, despite the company’s attractive ethical trading policy, it continues to trade with companies operating out of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine. Many of them promised to complain to the manager of the local store, and to write to the company’s head office.
Keith Taylor, the MEP for Southeast England, has voiced his support for the campaign. In a statement on his website he says:
I’m supporting this important campaign because the occupation of Palestine is illegal, and is an abuse of fundamental human rights. Companies that operate in and export from illegal settlements profit directly from these violations. Supermarkets who provide business to these companies therefore become complicit in these violations.
Supermarkets rely on the trust of their customers, and I believe that the continued support for economic activities in the illegal settlements threatens the reputation that supermarkets so strongly rely on. I therefore urge Supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s to face up to this and end all further support of these activities.