Apartheid in the fields: From occupied Palestine to UK supermarkets

Israeli agricultural export companies are profiting from the Israeli colonisation of Palestinian land.

In 2005 a broad coalition of Palestinians made a call for ordinary people all over the world to take action to boycott Israeli goods, companies and state institutions: “We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”

This call has inspired a global solidarity movement aimed at targeting Israeli capitalism in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against oppression. We have compiled articles and interviews with Palestinian agricultural workers and farmers, together with information on many of the Israeli exporters and UK supermarkets, as a resource for campaigners seeking to follow this call.

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“We support the boycott even if we lose our work. We might lose our jobs but we will get back our land. We will be able to work without being treated as slaves.” Zaid, a worker an the israeli settlement of Beqa'ot. “It is not the uprooting ofthe trees themselves that is the worst, it is the uprooting ofour history.” - Abu Mousab from Al Maghazi, Gaza Strip, talking about the uprooting of his trees by Israeli bulldozers.
Publication date: 
March 2016