Jewish people are up in arms after Sainsbury’s cleared the kosher food section from its aisles because it fears a backlash by anti-Israel protesters.
Sainsbury’s said: “It was the manager’s decision there and then – not company policy at all. We are a non-political organisation and we’re not coming down on either side of the argument. We have had similar demonstrations at stores where people have gone in and removed goods, though no great damage was done. A decision was taken by a store manager faced with a challenging situation outside the store”.
The supermarket made the decision to empty the relevant shelves from its shop in Holborn on Saturday because of a demonstration locally in support of Gaza. Many people have called Sainsbury’s judgement into question, and attracted a mass of online complaints on social media from critics, some having argued that the behaviour constitutes anti semitism.
Tesco was recently the focus of anti-Israel demonstrations at many of its stores in the past, however, the protest organisers flatly denied that their action was because the late founder of Tesco was Jewish. West Midlands police issued a statement at the time: “The protest was largely peaceful among the 100 protesters but some began throwing stock inside Tesco store. Two were escorted from premises.”
George Galloway, Respect MP for Bradford West, who clearly doesn’t understand the meaning of the word respect, tweeted this in support for the Target Tesco campaign: “Boycott Tesco, there’s blood on their oranges. All please target Tesco. Don’t use it. Picket it. Send back your cards.”
No one should be surprised at Galloway’s behaviour. He is a louse who manipulates religious divisions in society to raise his profile and keep him in his well-feathered nest. The Register of MPs Interests shows that he earns a great deal more than his £130,000 parliamentary salary and expenses, particularly from media fees.
What is the point of these disruptive supermarket protests when these half-witted protesters are not even targeting obviously relevant commercial interests such as El Al?