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The France-based multinational retailer Carrefour Group is involved in war crimes committed by the Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people.
On 8 March 2022, Carrefour Group announced a new franchise agreement in Israel with Electra Consumer Products and its subsidiary Yenot Bitan, both active in the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise. This decision makes Carrefour complicit in war crimes committed by the Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the entire Palestinian people.
According to this new partnership with Electra Consumer Products, Carrefour banners will fly in apartheid Israel before the end of 2022, and all Yenot Bitan stores - more than 150 to date - will have access to Carrefour branded products.
Together, let’s #BoycottCarrefour until it ends its complicity with apartheid!
As a multinational retailer, Carrefour Group has more than 3.400 stores worldwide.
Israel can only maintain its regime of settler colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people through support from governments, companies and institutions that need to be held accountable for their role in entrenching a decades-old criminal regime of injustice and oppression.
The partnership signed by Carrefour Group with Electra Consumer products and its retail subsidiary Yenot Bitan is directly linked to the provision of services supporting the existence and maintenance of settlements, and their use of natural Palestinian resources for business purposes.
Israeli settlements are illegal land grabs that form an integral part of Israel’s occupation infrastructure pushing indigenous Palestinian families off their land, robbing Palestinians of natural resources and denying Palestinians their right of movement.
Yenot Bitan has dozens of stores in Israel, and two stores in the illegal West Bank settlements Ariel and Ma’ale Adumim. Under the partnership, branches under the Carrefour banner are expected to open in Israel before the end of 2022. Meanwhile, Yenot Bitan stores have access to Carrefour-branded products already in the course of 2022. Reportedly, Yeinot Bitan will be permitted to manufacture some Carrefour products in Israel and market them under the Carrefour brand.
Israel’s settlements contribute to serious human rights abuses and are a direct cause for restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement, access to natural resources and ability to build homes and conduct business.
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) reconfirmed the illegality of Israeli settlements, denouncing them as “flagrant violations” of international law.
Together with Israel’s illegal wall, military checkpoints and Jewish-only roads, the settlements form part Israel’s occupation and apartheid infrastructure that systematically obstruct every aspect of Palestinian life, including the cultivation of their lands.
Electra Consumer Products and its “sister-company” Electra Group are both owned by the Israeli-based international holding Elco Ldt. Electra Consumer Products and its several subsidiaries and brands, including Yenot Bitan (an Israeli supermarket chain), are directly involved in a number of projects fostering Israel's illegal settlements enterprise. Electra Group - listed in the UN database of businesses involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise - is active in the fields of real estate, infrastructure development, facility management, and electro-mechanical infrastructure.
A civil society’s report reveals to the world Carrefour Group’s complicity
In November 2022, a report co-signed by 7 leading civil society organisations revealed to the world the complicity of Carrefour Group in the crimes committed by Israel's regime of oppression against the Palestinian people.
Launch of the campaign
On December 12, the BNC launched the #BoycottCarrefour campaign, calling on supporters of Palestinian rights worldwide to boycott the Carrefour Group until it:
- End its franchise agreement with Israel’s Electra Consumer Products and its subsidiary Yenot Bitant; and
- Stop all sales of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores it operates around the world.
Carrefour relies on its image and reputation to win clients. Effective grassroots campaigning exposing Carrefour’s complicity in Israeli war crimes against Indigenous Palestinians can pressure the company to end this complicity.
Write/email Carrefour Group
Write/email to your local Carrefour supermarket and convenience store expressing your concerns, pressuring store management to write to their parent company about the campaign.
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