Anti-war group confronts Portsmouth supermarket over Israeli goods

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PROTESTERS stormed a supermarket in Portsmouth to confront staff over why they were selling goods made in Israel.

About 15 members and supporters of the Portsmouth and South Downs Palestine Solidarity Campaign waved placards outside the Sainsbury’s Local store in Guildhall Walk while others went inside to speak to the manager.

Campaign chairwoman Jenny Flintoft said she put Israeli-produced mangoes and dates into a basket and went to confront the manager.

Ms Flintoft said: ‘I asked them why they are selling goods from Israel when money from those goods goes back to Israel and, through taxes, helps fund the massacre of Palestinian children.

‘He said they didn’t have a position on it because they didn’t have a position on political matters.

‘But we, as local customers, are not happy with what they’re doing.’

Ms Flintoft said the protest attracted jeers from a small group of men who were at the nearby Isambard Kingdom Brunel pub.

The anti-war group is planning a rally in support of Gaza to take place in Guildhall Square on Sunday, September 7 at 1pm.

Earlier this month the group staged a march through the city centre which prompted a confrontation with a small group of English Defence League supporters.