A full boycott of Woolworths has been called by the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P), following its refusal to remove Israeli products from its stores.
According to the coalition, which consists of a number of Palestinian solidarity groups in South Africa, it was protesting the retailer’s “unwavering support for the Apartheid State of Israel.” The boycott would be effective from the 5th August, the start of the ever popular Woolworths ‘Quality Sale’.
“Proceeds from the sale of Israeli goods fund war crimes against Palestinians. NC4P calls on all South Africans to peacefully picket at all Woolworths chain stores nationwide,” the coalition said on Monday.
Last week, Woolworths confirmed it had not stopped stocking Israeli products at its stores, despite calls by pro-Palestinian activists. Its been reported that irate Jewish customers flooded Woolworths head office with queries, demanding to know whether the chain would accede to public pressure.
“Woolworths has no political affiliations. We respect our customers’ right to make individual purchasing choices, which is why we clearly label every product’s country of origin and fully comply with government guidelines on product from Israel,” said the company in a statement.
“Less than 0.1% of our food is sourced from Israel.”
On Sunday, activists in Johannesburg kickstarted the campaign by picketing outside the Centurion Woolworths.
For details of the boycott, visit the NC4P’s Facebook page: