Palestine Israel Ethical Shopping Initiative

Boycott Divestment & Sanctions




JOHN LEWIS & WAITROSE PARTNERSHIPS ( – – an early proponent of ethical trade)

“Our aim is to raise awareness, encourage suppliers to be honest about the issues they face . . . . “

(Partnership Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2007)


Waitrose Customer Service Department

Waitrose Limited

Doncastle Road



RG12 8YA

Waitrose refers to the West Bank as “disputed territory” and argues that it labelled its herbs “West Bank, as per the guidelines from the EU.   In a letter to one concerned customer, Waitrose said: “Whatever our own views may be about Israeli products, we do not think it is right to ask our buyers to base their choice of products on any other c


Fresh (possibly organic) herbs : Basil, Tarragon, Thyme, Lemon Thyme,  rosemary, chives, sage, oregano, mint. curly leaf parsley.  Packaging varies – some branded as Waitrose, some openly acknowledge Israeli source, some with no country of origin)


Red Rosa pears Sharon fruit, Passion fruit, Fresh figs, pomelos, pomegranates, Hass avocados, Organic Medjool Dates  (In one supermarket all dates were Israeli, not just Medjool. This was discovered when the front wrapper was peeled back.) Hadrawi dates, Deglet Nour dates, Galia melons, Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, grapes, strawberries, lychees, fresh figs,plums and luxury produce like dragonfruit  All are sold under many brand names including Carmel, Jaffa and Coral.

Fish                                                                                                                   samphire or “sea aparagus” to accompany fish dishes


Cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes Pamino peppers, Red Romano peppers (also from Holland) mixed peppers from Israel and a second country, organic peppers, mixed colour Romano peppers, baby new potatoes


Tivall vegetarian food range “Food for Thought”, snacks by Beigel & Beigel , cold meat, biscuits, dips  

Dead Sea Magik cosmetics (found in John Lewis

Criteria than the commercial ones of quality and value for money.”



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