British Jews use “˜buycott’ to combat Palestinian boycott threat

November 13, 2009

(JTA) — British Jews organized a “buycott” of Israeli products to combat a Palestinian boycott campaign against two major supermarket chains.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Fair Play Campaign Group urged shoppers to buy as many Israeli products as possible this week in response to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s targeting of Waitrose and Morrisons, reported the London Jewish Chronicle. Pro-Israel groups said a number of stores had almost sold out of their kosher products, including wine, fruit and herbs.

The Palestinian group urged supporters to write letters and deluge the supermarkets with phone calls, and also organized protests outside certain stores.

A Waitrose spokeswoman told the Chronicle that the chain had experience business as usual, while a Morrisons representative would not comment directly on the action but said it carried products from a “wide range of suppliers around the world” so that its shoppers had choices.

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