Posted on Oct 7th by William in Faith & practice
Godalming Quakers are far from happy to see their local “ethical” Waitrose selling produce from illegally occupied West Bank settlements. I know this seems a small thing, but everything starts somewhere. The settlements are illegal, immoral, and a blockage to the Middle East peace process that Israel/Palestine desperately needs. So let’s do what we can.
DO NOT BUY PRODUCE MARKED ‘WEST BANK’
• Israeli settlements in the West Bank on Palestinian Land
are illegal by international law.
• The import of goods from these settlements is against
the letter and spirit of UK/EU – Israel trade agreements.
• Godalming Waitrose is selling fresh herbs marked
‘West Bank’. The label is unclear and customers buying
such goods will unwittingly support the occupier at the
expense of the occupied.
• Waitrose states that its food is ‘ethically produced’ –
the sale of ‘West Bank’ herbs from Israeli settlements
is the opposite of ethical.
Please support the upholding of human rights law and ask
Waitrose management to stop trading with illegal settlements.
Find out more at: www.quaker.org.uk/settlementproduce
Refusing to buy “West Bank” goods is not the same as refusing to buy goods from Israel, which has a perfect right to exist under international law, and should moreover to be able to exist without fear.
I left this comment there:
If the products were labeled as produced in "Judea" and "Samaria" - see Acts 8:1 - would that be okay? Or if the produce of Arabs is marked as "West Bank", would that be also boycotted? Or is this only a Jew thing?
And I'll expand a bit.
There is nothing not ethical in Jews living in their homeland. There is something quite unethical in Arabs trying to prevent, ever since 1920, through violence, terror and war, the establishment of a reconstituted Jewish National Home as guaranteed in international law. As religious persons, Quakers and those who affiliate with them should know that they are identifying with the wrong side, no matter how sympathetic the Arabs portray themselves.
Oh, and if you're wondering, that isn't Godamning Quakers but really Goldaming. It's a town in the UK:Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HR.