FIRST DAY OF ACTION AGAINST ISRAELI COMPANY IMPORTING
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On Saturday February 10th a hundred and twenty
protesters gathered for a peaceful demonstration outside the gates of the Israeli agricultural
Agrexco (UK) Ltd, at Swallowfield Way, Hayes, Middlesex.
Agrexco are dealing with large
shipments of Israeli flowers in the build up to Valentine's Day. On one of their busiest
weekends of the year.
deliveries had to be rescheduled.
Agrexco is Israel’s largest exporter of agricultural
produce into the
European Union, and is 50% Israeli state owned. It
imports produce from
illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Demonstrators came from Palestine Solidarity CampAign groups in Bristol, London and Southern England and joined forces with representatives from War on Want and the Jewish Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign (slogan – “It’s kosher to boycott Israel”)
THESE GROUPS CONDEMN the UK government’s
complicity in the illegal
occupation of Palestine and see the presence of this
company in the UK as a violation of human rights.
Carmel-Agrexco is 50% owned by the state of Israel,
and imports produce
from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. At
the same time
Israeli forces have blocked Palestinian exports on
grounds of ‘security’ and Palestinian farmers see their produce rotting in the fields, while Israeli produce from illegal West Bank settlements can be exported to all corners of the world in a matter of hours.
Israeli state sponsored settlements have appropriated
land and water
resources by military force from Palestinian farmers
in a deliberate
policy of colonial settlement.
In a hearing in September the judge ruled that Agrexco
(UK) must prove
that their business is lawful.