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17 Feb 2024

Bijay Laxmi, BNN Network

France: Demonstrations held at Carrefour stores over alleged provision of food to Israeli soldiers amid attacks on Gaza & operations in illegal settlements

"Protests Against Carrefour: A Call for Justice Amidst the Israel-Palestine Conflict", 17 February 2024


The spotlight turns to Carrefour, a giant in the retail sector, now at the epicenter of a heated protest. Activists, united under the banner of the Palestine Emergency collective, stage a demonstration that is as much a plea for peace as it is a call to action.

A Cry for Justice Amidst the Aisles

...Over a hundred protesters... converged on the store. Their mission was clear: to challenge Carrefour's alleged support for Israel amidst the ongoing conflict with Hamas. The demonstrators...embarked on a silent march through the supermarket. Israeli products were carefully removed from the shelves and displayed at the entrance, a symbolic gesture meant to unmask the consequences of commerce entwined with conflict.

Voices that Echo Beyond Borders

The protests in Paris were not isolated incidents but part of a synchronized outcry spanning cities like Rennes, Lyon, and Toulon. Each demonstration...shared a common thread—a plea for Carrefour to sever its ties with Israel...

The Heart of the Matter

At the core of the protests lies a grave accusation: Carrefour's alleged provision of food packages to Israeli soldiers and the opening of stores in Israeli settlements within the West Bank, territories considered occupied under international law. This move by the Israeli branch of Carrefour, announced in October, has ignited a firestorm of boycott calls from the global community. The activists' message is clear—they seek an immediate cease-fire and a reevaluation of Carrefour's operations that they believe fuel the conflict.

In response to the mounting pressure, Carrefour has issued statements denying any involvement in the Israel-Palestine conflict, emphasizing their operation through a franchise model in Israel that excludes stores in occupied territories. The company underscores its commitment to neutrality and its efforts to provide humanitarian aid in the Middle East...

The activists' call for a boycott of Carrefour is not merely a campaign against a corporation but a rallying cry to remember the more than 36,000 Palestinian victims of the ongoing conflict. It is a plea for the world to take notice, to question the origin of the products they purchase, and to consider the impact of their economic choices on the global stage of justice and human rights...

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Israel/OPT: Ongoing attacks on Gaza sees escalating calls for consumers to boycott companies linked to Israel

Israel/OPT: Ongoing attacks on Gaza sees escalating calls for consumers to boycott companies linked to Israel