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Pledge “palestine-pledge”

"I will promise not to spend a penny in Sainsbury's between now and December 31st 2014 but only if 100 other people will do the same."

— Hilary Smith, Ethical shopper from Sheffield

Deadline to sign up by: 15th December 2014
393 people signed up (293 over target)

Country: United Kingdom

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Sainsbury's claims to be an ethical supermarket, but it doesn't care about ethics when it applies to trade with Israel. Sainsbury's refuses to stop trade with companies that profit from stolen Palestinian land. Sainsbury's does not appear to care about the destruction of Palestinian farming communities.

We’ve been asking Sainsbury’s to stop trading with companies which profit from land theft for over two years.
Sainsbury's is trying to get us all to spend 50p more every week while shopping at Sainsbury's. We want people to pledge to spend nothing at Sainsbury's until the end of the year and to tell Sainsbury's that we do not want to add to their profits until Sainsbury's stops profiting from the occupation of Palestine.
Please join our pledge and join the campaign to get Sainsbury's to become an ethical business. There is lots more information about our campaign at www.sainsburyscampaign.org

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  • The York Foss-Bank store are selling dates from Mehedrin, a company that is up to it's neck in land theft, occupation and inflicting misery on the Palestinian people.
    Sainsburys knows the truth about Mehedrin, they have been told repeatedly yet they do nothing

    Shame on Sainsburys, the occupiers friend
    Terry Gallogly, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • prolonged oppression by a race of people who were oppressed them selves,shows that they have learned nothing from their own suffering if,they are going to oppress another person.
    The world is watching, the State of israel needs to stop oppression of others if it wants to live in peace.
  • Buy Zaytoun Fair Trade Medjoul Dates from Traidcraft or any other stockist. The Zaytoun dates are sourced through the Palm Farmers Cooperative and are a vital source of income in this area which is seeing vast tracts of land confiscated by Israel.
    Christine Brett, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Sainsbury's want to knock down a War Memorial (The Memorial Ground, Horfield, Bristol) which was built in honour of all the rugby players in Bristol who gave their lives in the Two World Wars (1914-1918 & 1939-1945) I WILL NOT shop at Sainsburys.
    Peter Lapham, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I rather cheated on this one. I have never shopped in Sainsburys and I have been boycotting them since 1995 when they built an out of town superstore on Bruntwood Meadows, Cheadle, Cheshire, an area of ancient meadowland rich in fauna and flora. They also bribed the local council, Stockport, with an offer to fund the building of a (low priority) by-pass, which was vital to access the store. I will not do business with companies, or people, who treat the environment in this way.
  • I used to do the vast majority of my shopping at Sainsbury's as I believed in their ethical credentials. However since I learned of their complicity in the theft of Palestinian land and ongoing trade with companies that profit from that theft, I will not shop there anymore. Their crass and tacky Christmas advert sanitising the horrors of WW1 have confirmed to me that this is a company whose ethics are a shallow veneer.
    Del Pickup, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Yes, Del Pickup, Sainsburys do not have any ethical credentials, as I discovered in 1995 (see comment above). To most of these big companies, ethics means making a lot of profit. I shop in the Co-op for groceries and with local businesses for other food; at least I can be sure the profits aren't being squandered on shareholders and overpaid executives.
    Ian Brown, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • In the 12 months to November I spent £5,700 at Sainsburys supermarkets. In September, I wrote two letters to them asking them to stop trading with Israeli companies complicit in illegally occupied territories - their response was about consumer choice and the fact they were a non-political organisation. Not good enough Sainsburys...I now shop at Co-Op/Waitrose, Sainsburys only rarely and my pledge is not just for Christmas!
    Andrew Medhurst, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Great. We need to find a way to make this mainstream and get everyone involved. By buying immoral products we are supporting the problems around the world.

    Boycotting is something that everyone can do and has no excuse not to. If everyone did it the world would be full of companies who support communities because that is what consumers demand.

    Its not enough to expect other people to fix everything for us. These problems have to be tackled from the bottom up. Starting with the people buying the products
    Vincent Nicoloso, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Nothing focuses businessmen's minds more on issues than diminishing sales and profits.
    Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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