(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) One of the largest supermarket chains in Britain, (Co-op), said Sunday that it intended to boycott Israeli agricultural exporters that market produce from the West Bank settlements.
Israeli newspaper (Haaretz) reported, "this is the first move by a major company to end all dealings with companies that export products from within the Green Line and from the settlements."
"While British food retailers have for some years now been labeling products that are grown or manufactured in settlements and in some cases boycotting them entirely, this is the first move by a major company to end all dealings with companies," the Israeli newspaper said on its website, adding "the main companies that will be impacted by this decision are Agrexco, Mehadrin and Arava.
The announcement came this weekend following years of campaigning by pro-Palestinian organizations in Britain that have been lobbying for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel," Haaretz said.
According to the newspaper, the boycott were based on guidelines and orders issued in 2009 to retailers by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which called for the correct labeling of products which are coming from Israeli settlements.