Japan / Palestine: Department store removes Israeli settlement wines from wine fair after NGO raises concerns

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Daimaru, a high end Japanese department store, removed wines made in Israeli settlements in Palestine from a large scale Mediterranean wine fair, subsequent to concerns raised by the Executive Committee of 15 Days Standing for Solidarity with Palestine (15 Days). 15 Days had pointed out to Daimaru that all Israeli settlements were illegal under international law, and that companies should refrain from being complicit in Israeli settlement activities. In a statement issued by 15 Days, it welcomed Daimaru’s decision, while at the same time expressing regret that the wine fair still included other Israeli wines, some of which could potentially use grapes taken from the West Bank.

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Author: 「パレスチナ連帯!ガザと共に!15日間行動」実行委員会

封鎖の解除と故郷への帰還を求めるガザの人びとの平和的デモに対するイスラエル軍虐殺が続く中、大丸東京店は、5月9日から15日にかけて開催した「地中海の美食&ワインフェア」において、国際法違反であるイスラエル入植地ワインを中心に取り扱う輸入業者ナチュラエル」の出店を予定していました。私達の批判に対し、大丸は「入植地ワインを扱うかどうかについては検討中」であると答えていました。そして、イベント直前になって、大丸は「ナチュラエル」の出店を中止しました。

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