Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ethical trade moves into supermarkets. Or does it?

Kudos to Paul Gallagher who writes in the British "Observer" for exposing this scam by major supermarkets. Says a lot about "ethical trade" as perceived by mega corporations. Read below:

"Food grown on illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories is being sold in Britain, often to customers who assume they are buying goods from Palestinian-owned farms.

Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Somerfield have all admitted sourcing produce from Israeli-owned farms on Palestinian territory but claimed that labeling the goods 'origin: West Bank' gave enough information for the customer to make an informed choice.

British policy is clear, with the government's website stating the UN Security Council resolution that 'settlements are illegal under international law and settlement construction is an obstacle to peace'.

Ruth Tenne, an Israeli peace activist and member of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, said: 'Ethical consumers of all faiths ought to boycott Israeli goods, especially those produced by the Jewish illegal settlements in the West Bank as well as campaigning for divestment from companies which profit from Israel's illegal occupation and for suspending the EU Association Agreement which grants Israel a privileged access to the European market.'"

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