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Carmel-Agrexco shut down

September 30th, 2008 · post by anon · Make a comment

Carmel Agrexco shut down by blockadeHuman rights activists shut down the Carmel-Agrexco depot in Hayes, Middlesex, for 12 hours on 28 September, 2008, as part of a week of action called by the Boycott Israeli Goods campaign. Both gates to the depot were blocked, with four protesters locking themselves inside a cage blocking one gate, while another was D-locked to the other. At least 14 trucks were prevented from entering the premises during the day. One protester was arrested for ‘obstruction of the highway’.
The day before, at about 3:30am, activists with tipper trucks had dumped builders rubble across both gates of the depot. Protests against the sale of Israeli produce from occupied Palestinian land also took place outside supermarkets around the country, which account for 60% of Carmel-Agrexco’s total exports.

The Israeli government has a 50% stake in Agrexco Agricultural Export Company Ltd, whose exports include flowers, avocados and herbs grown in illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Earlier this month, an Israeli ministerial committee decided that the company will be privatised.

Carmel-Agrexco, Agrexco’s biggest fresh agricultural produce brand, had disclosed that the company exports fresh produce from several illegal Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, Palestine. The Mehola settlement in the central Jordan Valley is one of them.

Carmel Agrexco has rubble dumped in front of it’s gates
Carmel Agrexco has rubble dumped in front of it’s gates

Protesters argue that Agrexco’s harvesting and sale of goods from illegal settlements built in the Palestinian Occupied Territories have only been enabled by eviction, murder and theft of resources, which are considered “war crimes” under the International Criminal Courts Act 2001. As such, Agrexco’s business of importing fresh produce into the UK is “unlawful business”.

Originally published on Indymedia

Further reading:
Text of letter to Carmel-Agrexco
Report on Carmel’s involvement in the Jordan Valley
War on Want’s report: Profiting from the Occupation

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