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23 January 2009


Peace activist seizes 'illegal' dates from supermarket - preview
A former observer for the Quakers in the Middle East has taken direct action against the occupation of Palestinian land by seizing dates from Tesco

  • Greg Wilkinson took the King Solomon brand medjool dates from a branch of the supermarket in Swansea because he believed they were grown on Israeli settlements in the West Bank
  • He subsequently sold the dates at £1 each to raise money for various charities’ Gaza appeals and wrote to Tesco chief executive Terry Leahy explaining his actions

  • ‘In allowing the sale of settlement products, the British government is defying its own commitments under international law’, argued Greg, citing human rights clauses in EU-Israel trade pacts and the fourth Geneva Convention, which regulates the conduct of occupying powers
  • ‘It is not acceptable that Tesco should sell goods from stolen land’, he said

  • Oliver Robertson

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