Luxembourg chain pulls Israeli produce

Luxembourg’s largest supermarket chain, Cactus, had decided to halt the sale of Israeli produce until its supplier finds proof that its origin is not the West Bank.

The chain’s management caved in to pressure by the pro-Palestinian organisation Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient, which held noisy demonstrations at the group’s stores, claiming that they sold products from settlements.

The protests continued for months, until managers acquiesced and wrote to the group that it was suspending the sale of Israeli produce.

The chain’s management said income from Israeli produce is minimal and is not worth the annoyance to customers caused by protests.

However, the chain announced that it would continue to sell other Israeli products like SodaStream devices and equipment, which provide more significant profits.

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