NIFI’s Co-op are you listening campaign goes national!

Petitions opposing the boycott of certain Israeli companies have been handed in at three stores in Northern Ireland this summer, and we already have in hand petitions for three more!

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Latest news: Daily Mail Business columnist Alex Brummer: Co-op less likely to fall in with vehement Boycott Israel campaign as sweeping changes afoot in Co-op governance and decision making process. Read about it here:

Over 600 customers in Northern Ireland have said to the Co-op: No to Boycotts, yes to trade and positive engagement.

And Co-op petitions are now being presented in other parts of the UK, from Bournemouth to North Wales!

The Co-op is a high street institution, it is loved by millions and gives employment to many thousands of people. But its reputation for progressive reasonableness and moderation has been severely undermined by its adopting one-sided and selective boycotting policies against Israel.

The Co-op is the only major supermarket chain in the world to boycott Israeli fruit suppliers because they source some of their products from Israeli settlements. Meanwhile the Co-op faces huge problems internally and a massive overhaul of how it has been governed. One of the principal boycott supporters on the Co-op’s group board has been replaced as chair of the Co-op’s bank following disastrous results. Questions are being asked about the Co-op’s priorities and the selectivity of some of its political interests.

The Co-op has over 6 million members – but how many actively support its Boycott policies?

Co-op: listen to your customers and stop negative and divisive boycotts of Israel. Use your trade and ethical policies to bring Israelis and Palestinians together – not drive a wedge between them through Boycotts. Restore your reputation for balance and reasonableness.

Co-op further update – this time Bangor!

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This time it was a Co-op near Bangor – three elected representatives arrive outside the store with a petition signed by the local community. Boycotting Israel alienates customers, is divisive and discriminatory. Co-op are you listening?

A huge thank you to NIFI supporter, Councillor Peter Martin, and NI Assembly members Peter Weir and Alex Easton.

DUP press release here:


Co-op: Are you listening update!

The Co-op store on Doagh Road, outside Belfast, is the latest to hear it is hacking off local customers with its Boycott of Israeli companies – a petition signed by 100 local shoppers was handed in to the store manager, calling for positive engagement with Israelis and Palestinians, not Boycotts. A big thank you to NIFI supporter, Mark Williamson and friends.

Earlier this week, Pastor Werner Oder, handed in a petition to his local Co-op store signed by members of his church at Tuckton, Bournemouth. Werner met NIFI co chair Steven Jaffe at an event in Bournemouth earlier this year. Huge thanks to all involved.

This follows the petition signed by 320+ people handed in to the Co Antrim store by Billy Workman (see story below) – Billy tells me the number signing is still going up, now over 330! Where next!?


Co-op: Are you listening?

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NIFI supporter Billy Workman hands a petition with over 320 signatures to the manager of his local Co-op store in Co Antrim.

What’s the petition about? Potential customers tell the Co-op they expect it to use its trade to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, not drive a wedge between them with one-sided boycotts.

Billy wants to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the petition, who he says come from all walks of life. We want to say a huge thank you to Billy