and Muslim Community
Boycotting Jewel-Osco Food Stores
Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)
Chicago-April 24, 2002
Contact: Rafeeq Jaber, President
(708) 974-3380 Office
(800) 916-8286 Pager
IAP, along with Arab and Muslim community leaders, will call for
a boycott of Jewel- Osco Food stores in the wake of Jewel's decision
to sponsor the 2002 Israel Solidarity Day Event on April 28, a major
Fundraiser organized to help the Israel's war machine. Already hundreds
of Jewel cards have been collected from Arabs and Muslims who are
no longer willing to shop at Jewel.
Despite thousands of calls from Arabs, Muslims, and other Jewel
shoppers to the chain's PR director, Sharon Nolan, protesting Jewel's
solidarity with Israel, Jewel-Osco has not indicated it will drop
its support of the April 28th event.
This boycotting is so critical. There is a mountain of evidence
pointing to Israel's killing of Palestinian civilians, and Israel's
widespread destruction of Palestinian homes, schools, hospitals,
camps and towns. On a recent trip to the Jenin refugee camp where
a massacre was committed against Palestinians, UN special envoy
to the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen said," What we are seeing
here is hor-rifying .. horrifying scenes of human suffering."
He further expressed, " Israel has lost all moral ground in
In Jerusalem, the Israeli human right group B'Tselem charged that
Israel has tortured Palestinians who have been detained for interrogation
during the current military offensive. The group said in a statement
that the interrogation methods included breaking the toes of prisoners.
On April 6 the international Red Cross issued a statement calling
the Israeli Army's behavior " totally unacceptable" for
attacking its staff, vehicles and buildings. In addition the Red
Cross has been de-nied access to several towns where injured bled
to death, especially in Jenin.
Arab and Muslim members will not do business with companies that
support horror and destruction against the Palestinian people who
are daily suffering under Israel's illegal military occupation.
The Arab and Muslim community will be calling on Jewel to act responsibility
and withhold any of its support to Israel.
What: IAP, Arab and Muslim community leaders will call for a boycott
of Jewel stores.
Where: Muslim Community Center (MCC). 4380 N. Elston Ave. Chicago
When: Wednesday April 24, 2002 at 1:15 PM.
Islamic Association For Palestine
10661 South Roberts Road, Suite 202
Palos Hill, IL 60465
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