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Germany: Protest at sale of food from West Bank settlements

July 8, 2007
The opening of "Israel Week" at the Galeria Kaufhof department store in Berlin spurred a demonstration Saturday against Israeli food products originating in the territories. Protesters held signs reading "No to settlement products" and "Stop the Israel-EU Association Agreement." Groups protesting included The Jewish Voice, a Jewish-German organization opposed to the occupation, and Solidarity with Palestine, German teenagers affiliated with the radical left.

 

Germans protest sale of food from West Bank settlements

 

The opening of "Israel Week" at the Galeria Kaufhof department store in Berlin spurred a demonstration Saturday against Israeli food products originating in the territories. Protesters held signs reading "No to settlement products" and "Stop the Israel-EU Association Agreement." Groups protesting included The Jewish Voice, a Jewish-German organization opposed to the occupation, and Solidarity with Palestine, German teenagers affiliated with the radical left.

 

Germans protest sale of food from West Bank settlements

 

By Assaf Uni, Haarerz Correspondent

 

BERLIN - The opening of "Israel Week" at the Galeria Kaufhof department store in Berlin spurred a demonstration Saturday against Israeli food products originating in the territories.


Protesters held signs reading "No to settlement products" and "Stop the Israel-EU Association Agreement."


Groups protesting included The Jewish Voice, a Jewish-German organization opposed to the occupation, and Solidarity with Palestine, German teenagers affiliated with the radical left.


A counter-group of pro-Israel radical leftists waved Israeli flags and ate Israeli food.


"We have to encourage the Germans to be more critical of the Israeli occupation," said Ruth Fructman, a Berlin journalist who was demonstrating.


"Right now it's still hard for them, especially because every time they criticize Israel, they're accused of anti-Semitism," she said.


Martin Vorberg, of the Middle Eastern Workgroup, said the demonstration was aimed at Osem Industries, which he said has a factory in the territories, and spices from Amnon and Tamar, a company located in Alfei Menashe.

 

(sourced: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/894796.html

July 8, 2007
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