Boycott flyer found in Tesco superstore JCs

By Robyn Rosen, December 17, 2009

A Tesco store has sold copies of the Jewish Chronicle which were tampered with to include a flyer on boycotting Israeli goods.

Copies of the JC at the Tesco Superstore in Colney Hatch earlier this week had a flyer urging readers to take part in a protest outside the Israeli skincare store, Ahava, in Covent Garden.

The boycott has been organised by Boycott Divestment Sanctions’ Boycott Israeli Goods campaign and calls for protesters to meet outside the store on Saturday dressed for a “spa day” in robes and face masks.

The BDS website says: “When you buy Ahava products you help finance the destruction of hope for a peaceful and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

Stephen Pollard, the JC editor, said: “We would never agree to such a flyer being inserted in the newspaper.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “The store have examined all the Jewish Chronicles on the news-stand and found one flyer left which has been removed. We think it was a case of someone interfering with the newspaper.

“The store will be on the look out for anybody interfering with newspapers in the future and make every effort to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

When asked if the store would take any measures to review security footage or attempt to discover the identity of the culprit, the spokesman added: “We’ll discuss this with our store managers”.

Earlier this year, activists protested outside the Ahava store with three people chaining themselves to the door, forcing the store to close for most the day.

Meanwhile, pro-Israel demonstrators will also protest outside Ahava on Saturday with flags and leaflets to stand against the boycotters.

Last updated: 4:47pm, December 17 2009