THJFA Stage Boycott Action: Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian!

Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association & others team up with clear message: Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian!

On Saturday, Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association teamed up with other local groups including Tower Hamlets Stop the War Coalition, Hackney PSC and Haringey Justice for Palestinians on the streets of Whitechapel to ask the public to refrain from buying Israeli produce and support Palestine by buying Palestinian!

Members of THJFA and Tower Hamlets Stop the War made speeches about the military aggression in the Middle East and its consequences for the civilians who live there.

We spoke to local people about Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s ‘Taste the Indifference’ campaign and gave out postcards for people to send requesting that Sainsbury’s join the Co-operative supermarket in refusing to stock goods from illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

After this, some local activists took this message straight to Sainsbury’s and unfurled banners reading ‘End Israeli Apartheid’ and ‘Boycott Israel, Buy Palestinian’. You can see some of the photos of this Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions action here.

Sainsbury’s decided that they didn’t want their customers hearing this message and used eight security guards to physically prevent activists from entering their Whitechapel store, which can be seen in this video. Plain clothes police then arrived and claimed local people who were protesting about the illegal goods were trespassing and would be arrested. At this point, local people who joined the protest decided to leave and marched out of the store with their banners, chanting.

It was a really successful day and thank you to everyone who came along to the stall and/or the BDS action. We will be organising more stalls and BDS actions – keep posted on our website and Facebook page

Support Jenin’s Freedom Theatre’s UK Tour

Jenin Freedom Theatre, based in Jenin Refugee Camp, is a hub of Palestinian cultural resistance. The Freedom Theatre hopes to tour the UK next year, for the first time ever, with a brand new production ‘The Siege’, about the 2002 Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in Occupied Palestine.

They are appealing for donations to make this groundbreaking tour possible. You can find more information about the Freedom Theatre, their proposed tour, and make a donation here.