The latest episodes of violence in the Gaza Strip have forced a group in London to request a boycott on goods exported from the Israeli Country.
The destruction and tragedy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, or vice-versa, continues to take centre stage at present in the Middle East. For years, the confrontation, that is dividing the international community, has left images of desolation and death in the Gaza Strip.
An aerial attack led by the Israeli army over the disputed zone a few weeks ago stands out among the latest events. The attack left a trail of victims in its wake, among them, women and children. Figures from various media outlets add that the attacks have resulted in 145 deaths and more than 950 wounded.
For the origins of this dispute you must go back to 1948, when Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria declared war on the newly created State of Israel. The Gaza Strip was converted into a land for Palestinian refugees who were seeking salvation there from open conflict, and it would later be occupied by the Israeli Government.
Although the Government has promised to leave the zone, at the moment it controls a large part of its borders, leaving its citizens isolated and dependent on international aid. This blockade has generated significant tension since 2005, which has come to be accompanied by violence.
The latest failed attempt to achieve peace in this corner of the world was in 2010. Needless to say, the negotiations were not successful.
From London, and as a display of protest, an initiative has been organised under the title “End the siege of Gaza – Victory to the Intifada! Picket M&S”. It concerns an appeal to residents in the United Kingdom to stop buying products produced in Israel that are sold in a well-known chain of supermarkets in Great Britain.
According to the organisers, the campaign is a means of “solidarity with the Palestinian people, affected by the siege and bombardment that has been orchestrated by the Israeli army”. Among the products that are being rejected are grapes, figs, plums, dates, fresh herbs, potatoes and sweet potatoes that are imported by the Carmel Agrexco company. Textiles made by Delta Galil, which come from Israel, are also being rejected.
The campaigners say that these products “come from the illegally occupied territory” and there is evidence, as published by The Guardian, that they have been marketed since 2004. The supermarkets have repeatedly denied that this is true.
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(Translated by Claire Donneky – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)