Sup­port for shop boy­cotts

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

A SUR­VEY in Manch­ester found 62 per cent of peo­ple agreed with boy­cotting “Jewish-owned shops” in the city as pick­eters of the Ke­dem cos­metic store claim pro-Is­rael demon­stra­tors have teamed up with the far right.

Lo­cal news site Man­cu­nian Mat­ters posed the ques­tion: “Are Pales­tine sup­port­ers right to protest out­side Jewishowned shops in Manch­ester?” Edi­tor David Keane said his site was con­tacted by read­ers con­cerned by the es­ca­la­tion of city cen­tre protests and he had wanted to ad­dress the is­sue.

The daily pick­ets of the Ke­dem cos­met­ics store con­tinue de­spite calls by po­lice for pro­test­ers to re­think.

Ten--year-old pic­tures of Ke­dem’s coowner dur­ing his Is­raeli army draft ser­vice have been shared on boy­cott or­gan­is­ers’ Face­book page to gar­ner sup­port. The page, whose logo states “no oc­cu­pa­tion, no an­ti­semitism” also spread claims that pro-Ke­dem sup­port­ers are joined by the English De­fence League and the Na­tional Front.

Shop owner Zahi Surezki said the claims were ridicu­lous.”

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