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

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.