The Guardian reports that the Co-operative Group has become the first European supermarket group to end trade with companies that export produce from Israeli settlements.

The UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and its largest mutual business, the Co-op took the step as an extension of its existing policy which had been not to source produce from settlements in the West bank, by “no longer engaging with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”.

The decision will hit four companies; Agrexco, Arava Export Growers, Adafresh and Mehadrin, Israel’s largest agricultural export company, and contracts worth some £350,000.

BDS campaigners led by the UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign have ben lobbying the Co-op to enact a full boycott of all Israeli products, but have clearly failed in this regard, with the Co-op stressing in its announcement that this is not an Israeli boycott and that its contracts will go to other companies inside Israel.

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