Sainsbury’s: End support for Israeli War crimes

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  • June 27th: Day of action at Sainsbury’s stores
  • June 27th – July 3rd: social media protests
  • Wednesday July 8th: Sainsbury’s AGM: ‘End your support for war crimes’

BACKGROUND:
This July Sainsbury’s will hold its AGM and will once again boast about its values, its ethical trading policies and its practice of sourcing with integrity.

The reality is that Sainsbury’s claim to be a company concerned with ethics has been exposed as a complete sham. Sainsbury’s came next to bottom in a recent survey completed by the respected magazine, ‘Ethical Consumer’ and the last two years have seen Sainsbury’s board treating the concerns of thousands of consumers with thinly veiled contempt. It has ignored thousands of letters, hundreds of protests at its stores, letters from MPs, MEPs, SMPs, religious leaders and academics, and a petition with over 8,000 signatures handed in at the 2014 AGM by a member of the House of Lords.

At the 2013 and 2014 AGMs, questions from shareholders have not received the courtesy of a proper answer or any sort of follow up. Sainsbury’s has even refused a direct request for a meeting from an MEP.

Sainsbury’s has positioned itself alongside the list of companies whose complicity directly and indirectly supports the commission of war crimes by Israel. Sainsbury’s has repeatedly refused to discuss the fact that they trade with Mehadrin, an Israeli export company which profits from the wholesale theft of land from Palestinian farms, the decimation of  Palestinian farming communities and the expropriation of water for profit.

Sainsbury’s clearly has no interest in hearing what Palestinians have to tell them about the destruction of their farms and the loss of their land. Sainsbury’s has also ignored reports by Human Rights Watch, Corporate Watch and Kav LaOved  which have documented the abuses of Palestinian workers who work in the settlements out of necessity.

Let us send Sainsbury’s a clear message this year and make sure that local shoppers, store managers, the shareholders and the Board of Sainsbury’s all hear about the role Sainsbury’s plays in supporting Israeli companies complicit in war crimes.

THE CALL TO ACTION:
We are calling for actions in the two weeks leading up to Sainsbury’s AGM on 8th July. At the AGM itself we will tell Sainsbury’s Board and its shareholders what we think of their values. These are our messages, in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian farming communities:

SAINSBURY’S: YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIAN FARMING FAMILIES;

SAINSBURY’S: YOU MAY NOT BE FIRING BULLETS, BUT YOU SUPPORT WAR CRIMES EVERY DAY WITH YOUR IMMORAL TRADE WITH ISRAEL.

JOIN THE ACTIONS:

Friday June 29th – Friday July 3rd:

  • Social media actions targeting Sainsbury’s: Phone in; Twitter storm; Facebook campaign, Thunderclap

Saturday June 27th:

  • Day of action at Sainsbury’s stores: Sainsbury’s end your support for Israel’s War Crimes

Suggested actions: (In all cases, try to take photos/recordings)

  1. Trolley sweep, collecting Israeli produce in trolleys and then leaving the trolleys in some corner of the store away from their original location. Put leaflets on top.
  2. Message drop: take the small messages (attached) into Sainsbury’s and place them here and there among the goods (not necessarily fresh produce).
  3. Make a deputation to the Manager. Go in as a group and refuse to leave till you have spoken to the Manager. Have a letter to hand over.
  4. Singing sit-down in store. There are some songs specifically about Sainsbury’s and there’s something disarming about people singing. Bring a banner, as big as possible.
  5. Write to the local press about your action. Try to have a photo to send with your report.

Wednesday 8th July:

  • Protest at Sainsbury’s AGM: ‘Sainsbury’s End your support for Israel’s war crimes. If you are interested in attending the AGM as an activist shareholder we have a number of shares available. We aim to have a highly visible presence at the AGM.

We will ensure that the voices of Palestinians are heard – loud and clear – at Sainsbury’s AGM.

 

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