16 November 2023
The human rights NGO Africa4Palestine welcomes the decision of Woolworths to not stock Israeli products.
In a formal letter received by Africa4Palestine, the CEO of Woolworths, Mr Roy Bagattini, has confirmed that Woolworths is no longer stocking Israeli products. He stated that there is currently not one single product on their shelves from Israel: “we do not have any products on our shelves that are for sale that have been imported from Israel.”
Not stocking products from Israel aligns with the principles of ethical consumerism. By not stocking Israeli products, a company demonstrates its commitment to being a socially responsible corporate citizen.
Our organisation’s communication with Woolworths was out of concern over allegations that Woolworths is supporting Israel. We wrote to the CEO as we felt it important to engage directly and we thank the company and him for their responsiveness.
We thank each and every community member, organization, political party, association, activist and supporter who in the past joined us in the various actions and events in the #BoycottWoolworths campaign. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of South Africans who, when the #BoycottWoolworths campaign was active, respected the boycott and refrained from shopping at Woolworths. We will be informing our partners and progressive organisations that #BoycottWoolworths campaign is no longer necessary.
This brings to an end the calls for a boycott of Woolworths. Africa4Palestine encourages other companies to follow Woolworths’ example and thus we will be engaging other retailers to follow the Woolworths example.
ISSUED BY TISETSO MAGAMA ON BEHALF OF AFRICA 4 PALESTINE
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