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Demonstration at Carmel Agrexco - Don't flirt with the Occupation

ann hallam | 11.02.2007 18:38 | Campaign against Carmel-Agrexco | Palestine | London | South Coast

Demonstrators outside Carmel Agrexco yesterday disrupted business for the Israeli company which exports produce from illegal settlements in Palestine's Occupied Territories. Demonstrators were calling for a boycott of Israeli goods, specifically urging people not to but Israeli produced flowers this Valentine's Day.



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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
export company
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.

ann hallam