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Top Japanese department store stops sales of Israeli settlement wine after civil society concerns

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Mitsukoshi Ginza, one of the leading high-end department stores in Japan, removed wines produced in Israeli settlements from an event promoting Israeli wines, pursuant to concerns raised by the Palestine Forum Japan and other civil society organisations. The event was also shortened and considerably scaled back. All Israeli settlements in Palestine are in violation of international law, and Israeli settlement activity has been condemned by numerous UN resolutions and bodies. In April 2016, the Human Rights Council demanded that businesses “avoid contributing to the establishment or maintenance of Israeli settlements or the exploitation of natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory” and instructed the High Commissioner of Human Rights to create a database of all businesses profiting from Israeli settlement activity.

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8 October 2017

Japan / Israel / Palestine: Ginza Mitsukoshi store stopped selling wine made in illegal Israeli settlements!

Author: Stop Sodastream

“Israeli wine” event scheduled to be held at Ginza Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo till October 3rd, 2017 has been backed off after civil society in Japan raised their concern about their products made in illegal Israeli settlements. According to the Facebook post by the distributor of Israeli wine “Naturael”, they have significantly cut down the wine list and shortened their event period. A lot of wine products at this tasting & promotion event are produced in Israeli settlements inside the Syrian territory of Golan Heights where Israel has been illegally occupying since 1967. All the products made in Israeli settlements were removed from the event and the sales period has been shortened till October 1st.

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