Luxembourg chain halts sale of Israeli produce
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Luxembourg chain halts sale of Israeli produce

After pro-Palestinian group protests alleged settlement merchandise, Cactus pulls goods until supplier proves they’re not from West Bank

Luxembourg's Cactus supermarket chain's logo
Luxembourg's Cactus supermarket chain's logo

Luxembourg’s largest chain of supermarkets has banned Israeli produce, but not all Israeli-made products, following pressure by pro-Palestinian groups, Ynet reported Monday.

Cactus supermarkets said it would stop carrying Israeli produce until suppliers demonstrated the goods didn’t come from the West Bank.

Tiny Luxembourg is a member of the European Union, which doesn’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank and East Jerusalem. There’s been a growing consensus among European states that there needs to be a move “to differentiate between Israel and its settlements project in the day-to-day conduct of bilateral relations,” according to a EU think tank‘s recent paper.

The company’s management reportedly said income from Israeli produce was not very high, and wasn’t worth the bother caused by a local pro-Palestinian group known as the Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East.

The Comite pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient, as the organization is known in French, has demonstrated outside Cactus stores over its alleged sale of settlement products.

The chain nonetheless would continue selling Israeli-made products, such as SodaStream.

The Israeli embassy in Brussels, which also manages foreign affairs in neighboring Luxembourg, was monitoring the situation, the report said, and was pushing to convince the store — one of diminutive Luxembourg’s largest employers — to reverse the decision.

 

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