Swedish consumer group urges Israel boycott

Published: 11 Apr 10 10:07 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/26010/20100411/

A consumer organization in western Sweden with some 350,000 members has called on the country’s Coop supermarkets to stop selling all goods from Israel.

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Three resolutions urging a ban on Israeli products were approved by a majority of the 425 members in attendance at Saturday’s annual meeting in Gothenburg of the consumer cooperative society for western Sweden, Konsumentfí¶reningen Ví¤st (KF Ví¤st). The resolutions cited Israel’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as grounds for a boycott.

“The board will now push the issue of a boycott to the other Swedish consumer cooperatives,” said chairperson Carina Malmer in a statement.

KF Ví¤st is one of the largest of the 47 consumer cooperative societies that make up the Swedish Cooperative Union, which has more than 3 million members.

The Swedish Cooperative Union owns the Coop chain of supermarkets. According to the union’s own figures, the retail consumer cooperative societies and Coop together account for 21.4 percent of the grocery retail sector in Sweden.

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