Israeli goods Tesco protest

A Tesco trolley.
A Tesco trolley.

Activists from the Derry Anti War Coalition will take to the streets of Derry city centre on Hallowe’ento highlight what they termed “ethical consequences” of buying Israeli goods.

The DAWC are supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against what they describe as an “Apartheid state”.

Activistsalong with fellow supporters of the Palestinian cause, plan to have a fancy dress demonstration outside Tesco Quayside at 2pm tomorrow. Shoppers will be given leaflets advising them of what Israeli products are in store.

DAWC activist Shaun Harkin said: “We have seen over 50 killings of Palestinians in the last few weeks.

“The illegal settlements continue at pace with the full support of a vicious right​-wing​ government. ​

“Global powers are complicit in Israel’s brutal assaults on Palestinians. There has been a deliberate clampdown on Palestinian daily life in the West Bank​. Gaza remains a locked down, bombed out prison camp, with no way in or out for most Palestinians.”

Speaking about Saturday’s protest, Mr Harkin added: “By boycotting Israeli goods and companies who support Israel, shoppers in Derry can show solidarity with the Palestinian people and know that their hard earned cash is not going towards supporting a brutal and illegal occupation.”

The DAWC said they encourage all people disgusted with the reports from Palestine to join them, adding that it is not intended to stop shoppers but to educate.

A Tesco spokesman said: “Like all major UK retailers, we sell some products that are sourced from Israel.

“We do this in line with the Government position on trade with Israel, and we mark all products clearly with the country of origin, so customers can make informed choices about what to buy.”