Dr Vacy Vlazna (NSW) responds to letter received from Coles, Corporate Affairs re stocking of Israeli goods 18Sep10 September 20, 2010

Re your response letter- It is very disappointing that Coles will continue to supply Israeli products thereby placing the wishes of a minority customer base over the  ethical opportunity to contribute to the alleviation of the humanitarian crises Palestinian families suffer under the brutal and illegal Israeli  occupation.

It is certainly no comfort to learn that your “suppliers are required to confirm their ethical sourcing conditions via self assessment or independent audit” in Israel’s case given Israel’s  well documented track record of deception and international law breaches.

Still, change is an eternal potential, so I take heart that one day Coles may review its present position when considering up to 10 years ago there was a blanket of indifference to East Timor’s plight in the private, public and government sectors and the South African boycott movement expanded with the growing commitments of individuals, businesses, organizations, trade unions and national governments.

Until then,  we will  not be shopping at Coles.


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