Asda's response to the call for a boycott of Israeli goods

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ASDA currently sells Israeli wine from Carmel, Kedem and Palwin. They also sells pretzels supplied by Schar, and various Mehadrin products, including grapefruits.[1]

In the past, ASDA has sold Israeli basil, tarragon, rosemary, sage, chives, dill, mint, thyme, passion fruit, mangoes, blackfine plums, autumn red plums, medjoul dates, dragon fruit, pomegranates, avocados, organic sweet potatoes, sweet pointed peppers (red), sweet potatoes, frozen meat, biscuits, table wine (red, white, rose & sparkling), tinned grapefruit, Keter Plastic garden storage units and Dead Sea mud, packaged by Montagne Jeunesse. Since ITN's 2007 report, ASDA has made several statements denying that it stocks goods in its stores from the 'West Bank' (i.e. settlement goods). However, in 2009 ASDA made several ambiguous statements contradicting its earlier stance. A spokesperson from the company wrote:

"I am sure you can imagine it is very difficult for ASDA to take a position on behalf of all our customers over politically controversial issues such as the current conflict you refer to [the occupation of Palestine]. On the sourcing of products from overseas we are always guided by the position of the UK Government and by the European Union on trade policy. "Despite this statement, there is evidence to sugggest that ASDA has continued to stock goods from Israel's settlements. For example, in 2009 it was reported that ASDA was stocking Yarden wine, which is bottled in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan.[2]

Asda stocks Sodastream fizzy drink makers. Sodastream operated a factory in the settlement of Mishor Adumim, until an international campaign forced it to close. The company has relocated to a new factory in the Naqab (Negev), within Israel's 1948 borders. The company's move to the Naqab was heavily subsidised by the Israeli government. The Israeli state is currently ethnically cleansing the Naqab of its Bedouin Palestinian population. Campaigners have held many pickets of ASDA stores in Brighton and London since 2009, protesting against the sale of Israeli goods. During the attack on Gaza in 2014, campaigners entered an ASDA store in Belfast and removed all of the Israeli goods from the shelves.[3]