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Thrust of argument: Counterfire writes ''Protest forced store to hide kosher food' ran the headline politics in The Times. Like other headlines, this one was clearly misleading. The protestors at Sainsbury's were pushing for a boycott, not of kosher food, but of Israeli goods - which can be found across all too many sections of the supermarket. The kosher food section, for its part, contained food from a variety countries, including Poland and Britain.

In other words, pro-Palestine protestors were not responsible for the foolhardy and unfortunate reaction of Sainsbury's management. Nonetheless, columnists are using the incident to highlight what they allege is the 'anti- Semitism' of the Palestine solidarity movement.

The reaction, across Europe, to Israel's war on Gaza has been unprecedented in its breadth. In London, crowds of up to 150,000 have regularly marched through the streets - such is the popular revulsion at the terror being unleashed against the people of Gaza. Even Britain's Conservative government has been compelled - at least superficially - to slightly temper its pro-Israel instincts. Thus it is unsurprising that supporters of Israel are keen to delegitimize the mass movement for Palestine. Allegations of anti-Semitism are clearly a more effective means for achieving such ends than attempting to defend Israel's indefensible actions in Gaza.

This is not, for a moment, to suggest that all allegations of anti-Semitism are simply a means to an end. Within British and European society, anti-Semitism is a longstanding poison. Meanwhile, the pro- Palestinian movement now encompasses hundreds of thousands of people. It is unfortunate, if not entirely unsurprising, that some individuals have reacted to Israel's war on Gaza by attacking British Jews rather than the Israelis.'
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Personally I avoid Sainsbury's because other than Waitrose, no major supermarket has in my opinion an acceptable position on current loopholes in GM labelling laws, concerning meat which has been fed on GM feed.


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Removal of resistance: No doubt they may address this problem in time. Unification: Marks and Spencer too. Other than the GM issue, I don't mind shopping at either Sainsbury's or Marks and Spencer. I always avoid Israeli goods, though. If I have to go without, I just go without, but why pay Israel, given what they do?
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