- Tony Keohane - Chief Executive - Tesco Ireland Ltd.
In 1967, the Israeli army took military control of the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Since that time the government of Israel has built settlements, roads and other infrastructure for its Jewish citizens, using land and resources stolen from the Palestinian people. This situation continues, unchallenged by Western governments, despite Israel’s being in violation of international humanitarian law and over 60 UN resolutions.
Israel daily destroys Palestinian lives, livelihoods and homes; it continues to build its illegal colonies and separation wall on stolen land; it continues to control Gaza while slicing the West Bank into Bantustans, separating Palestinian families from their schools, places of work and agricultural land; it denies Palestinian refugees their right to return and operates a form of racism in many respects worse than the South African apartheid system. Its policies of intimidation and humiliation aim to destroy Palestinian hopes of statehood. Israeli businesses export freely from Palestinian land while the Palestinian economy is on its knees as a result of the occupation.
We are calling on Tesco to support the global boycott movement and remove Israeli goods from it's shelves until such a time that Israel complies with International rights laws and recognises the Palestinian's right to self determination.
We are ethical consumers, appalled at Israel’s continued repression of and brutality towards Palestinians. In response, we call on you to stop stocking Israeli goods in your stores.
This petition is part of the international call to boycott and sanction Israel as the best way to end its occupation of Palestine and its denial of basic rights to the Palestinian people. Israeli repression of Palestinians is similar, but more savage than South African apartheid.
In the case of apartheid South Africa, Dunnes management was on the wrong side of history. It sided with the regime against its own workers who stood up for human rights. We urge you to be on the right side of history this time and to stop stocking Israeli goods until Israel ends the Occupation, and respects international law and Palestinian rights.