Co-op Campaign

Part of the media release by BIN on Co-op decision to stop trade with supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements:

Palestine human rights campaigners today welcomed news that the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, The Co-operative Group, will “no longer engage with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”.

The Co-op’s decision, notified to campaigners in a statement, will immediately impact four suppliers, Agrexco, Arava Export Growers, Adafresh and Mehadrin, Israel’s largest agricultural export company.  Mehadrin sources produce from illegal settlements, including Beqa’ot in the Occupied Jordan Valley.  During interviews with researchers, Palestinian workers in the settlement said they earn as little as €11 per day.  Grapes and dates packaged in the settlement were all labelled ‘Produce of Israel’.

Mehadrin’s role in providing water to settlement farms and its relationship with Israeli state water company Mekorot makes the company additionally complicit with Israel’s discriminatory water policies.  Other companies may be affected by the Co-op’s new policy if they are shown to be sourcing produce from Israel’s settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Hilary Smith, Co-op member and Boycott Israel Network (BIN) agricultural trade campaign co-ordinator, said “we welcome this important decision by the Co-op to take steps toward fully realising their policy of support for human rights and ethical trading.  The Co-op has taken the lead internationally in this historic decision to hold corporations to account for complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.  We strongly urge other retailers to follow suit and take similar action”… Read full media release here.

Protest outside the Co-op

News and Articles on Agrexco & Co-Op Campaign

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  • Statements Palestinian civil society applauds UK Co-operative movement decision to end trade with companies involved with Israeli violations of international law May 3, 2012 Occupied Palestine, 3 May 2012 – Palestinian agricultural organisations and farmers unions are heartened to learn that the Co-Operative Group supermarket chain in the UK has introduced a policy to end trade with companies that source products from Israel’s illegal colonies built on occupied Palestinian land. The Co-Operative Group announced that it shall immediately end ties ...
  • Israeli Citizens in Support of Co-op Decision on Ethical Trading May 2, 2012 Dear Board and Members of The Co-operative Group, As citizens and residents of Israel, we would like to convey our deep gratitude for your recent decision to sever ties with suppliers of produce known to be sourcing from the illegal settlements in the OPT. We assure you that such a decision is not only morally justified ...
  • Write to the Co-op, support their stand for human rights May 1, 2012 On April the 27th the Cooperative Group board made a historic and welcome decision to extend their Human Rights & Trade Policy. The Co-operative Group have demonstrated that human rights can come before profit, which is something Israel is desperate to ensure doesn’t become the norm. If you, like us, believe that human rights are universal ...
  • Media Release: Campaigners welcome Co-operative Group move to end trade links with companies that source goods from illegal settlements April 28, 2012 Boycott Israel Network (BIN) media release Saturday 28 April 2012 Palestine human rights campaigners today welcomed news that the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, The Co-operative Group, will “no longer engage with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”. The Co-op’s decision, notified to campaigners in a statement, will immediately impact four suppliers, ...
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  • Political declaration of the European Forum Against Agrexco July 31, 2011 BDS Movement. Political declaration after the Forum against Agrexco July 2011 We, Palestinian and Europeans together, affirm our determination to put an end to Agrexco’s presence in Europe. Our actions are taking place within the framework of the Palestinian-led global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. We have established a European wide coalition of organisations committed to coordinating our ...
  • Activists from across Europe gather to build the campaign against Agrexco June 12, 2011 BDSMovement. This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organizers for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against the Israeli agricultural export giant. Agrexco ...