by Jeremy Last
May 15, 2002
The Jewish South African owner of a London health food shop has
refused to stock Israeli products as a protest against the countrys
treatment of Palestinians.
Hillel Friedman, who runs Dandelion, in Battersea, used to regularly
order up to five cases of Tivall vegetarian frozen food products
every week, as well as an order of Dead Sea Magic body lotions.
But now, he has placed a sign inside the shop, stating: Due
to the oppression of the Palestinian people and a call for a boycott,
we will not be re-stocking these products as and when they run out.
Friedman told TJ: If the Israelis feel they are not being
looked upon kindly by the world then, like the South Africans, they
will be forced to rethink as it will make them realise that the
situation is untenable.
He added: Unless the Europeans stand shoulder to shoulder
against injustice and with the Arab people, the hostilities between
Europe and the Arab nations, and the possibilities of terrorism,
Jeffrey Fisher, the manager of Foundation Foods which supply Dandelion
with the Tivall products, said: Obviously I am a bit disappointed,
but I think that in a lot of places people do not know the full
Only one other shop that we supply to said they wanted to
stop selling Israeli goods because of the situation. But after they
spoke to Tivall and saw the Israeli side of the story they have
continued to stock the products.
Fiona Macaulay, of the Board of Deputies, added: Clearly
Mr Friedman realises a boycott of Israeli products will not serve
any gainful purpose.
If he genuinely believed in the boycott he would remove the
Israeli products from his shelves. This appears to be merely a cheap