Monday, 12 July 2010

Lidl stops sale of Israeli potatoes as BDS spreads

From BDSmovement:
A leading food and retail megastore that operates in Ireland has stopped selling two lines of baby potatoes that are sourced from Israel.

German-owned megastore LIDL is one of Ireland's largest chain store's and they deny that the banning of Israeli products is politically motivated.

The Irish public have reacted angrily to the Israeli's illegal raid of the Gaza
aid flotilla. Indeed many have began to boycott Israeli products and websites and leaflets are being distributed asking the public to avoid purchasing products that have a barcode number starting with the numbers 729 (denotes Israeli origin).

Last year Ireland imported goods worth $100million from Israel and exported over $240million to Israel. more

CONSUMER ALERT: Israel's barcode starts with 729...

Flash mob protest in Cairo targets Starbucks in boycott of Israel and its supporters

On July 9th 2010, the global BDS day of action, Egyptian and international activists gathered at Nasr city in Cairo. Getting ready with their banners and flags and statements. They marched over to Starbucks cáfe, while two had already been inside distributing Boycott statements to all customers, protesters gathered in front of the cafe and started the flash mob.

Banners in both Arabic and English were raised beside the Palestinian flags, while protesters shouting and calling people to boycott Starbucks. As chants were higher more people gathered and cars stopped to capture photos/videos of the surprising
protest. Nasr city; a suburb in Cairo is generally looked at as a politically stagnant area, and accordingly this flash mob served as a new phenomena of pro-Palestinian activism, and this was never seen in that part of the capital city of Cairo.

Activists for Palestine
Location: Nasr city, Cairo!/album.php?aid=235656&id=507815934

Starbucks claims it has never given any money to the state of Israel, in particular the Israeli army and that its CEO, Howard Schultz, is not on the payroll of the Israeli government. Gaza Solidarity does not believe in targeting businesses merely because they have Jewish CEOs or investors. However, Starbucks, and in particular Schultz, have had ample opportunity to distance itself from the Zionist state and has chosen not to. Indeed Schultz is a proud supporter of the Israel.

Gaza student banned from attending West Bank university

Any hopes that Israel may be easing up on its collective punishment of the people of Gaza were dashed when news arrived that the occupiers are refusing to allow a woman from Gaza to go to BirZeit University on the West Bank. Fatima Sharif wants to study human rights at the university.
The day after Barack Obama praised Benjamin Netanyahu for easing the blockade of Gaza, the High Court of Justice supported the state's position that a lawyer from the Gaza Strip should not be allowed to leave it so she can study for a master's degree in human rights at Birzeit University in the West Bank. Justices Miriam Naor, Hanan Melcer and Isaac Amit wrote in a ruling they handed down on Wednesday, in the case of 29-year-old Fatma Sharif: "We are not convinced that under the present political and security situation, the personal circumstances [of the petitioner] justify intervention in the decision of the respondent [the defense minister]."

Aid ship Hope sets sail for Gaza Israel threatens more piracy and violence

The 2,000 ton ship - the Amalthea, now renamed Hope for the voyage to Gaza - we reported on last week that would be going to Gaza, is not in fact joining the flotilla in September but is making its own way to Gaza now. Israel has threatened to stop the vessel reaching Gaza. Israel says it will not allow its sovereignty to be harmed. So since when was Gaza part of Israel?
Israel warned yesterday that a ship sponsored by a group headed by the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and currently crossing the Mediterranean would not be allowed to reach its stated destination of Gaza.

The Moldovan-registered ship – renamed Hope for the voyage – left Greece on Saturday night for a trip intended to take between 70 and 80 hours. The organisers, the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, say the ship, with a crew of 12 and ten passengers on board, is carrying 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine.

Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, has described the dispatch of the vessel as a "provocation" and its foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, told Army Radio yesterday: "I say very clearly, no ship will arrive in Gaza. We will not permit our sovereignty to be harmed."more