The Co-operative Group, one of the five largest food retailers in the UK, has ended trade with companies that export produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The Co-op took the step as an extension of its existing policy which has been not to source produce from illegal settlements that have been built on Palestinian land in the West Bank.
The Co-op’s decision will immediately affect four suppliers, Agrexco, Arava Export Growers, Adafresh and Mehadrin. Other companies may be affected by the policy.
However, the Co-op’s boycott is only of produce sourced from illegal Israeli settlements and not of all Israeli goods.