The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) North-west have cancelled a planned demonstration that was to take place today (Wednesday Jan 26) outside Johnston Court Shopping centre in Sligo.
The protest had been called as a result of a company ‘Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics’ trading from a stall in the shopping centre. An impromptu protest was held on Saturday see here by a number of local IPSC activists who became aware of the stall which was selling Dead Sea Cosmetics product, which the activists claim, the ‘sale of which helps fund the Israeli apartheid regime, its brutal occupation of Palestine and its illegal settlements in the West Bank
.’ The cancellation of the protest comes as ‘Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics’ have ceased trading there yesterday (Tues Jan 25). According to local IPSC activist Ciaran Adams, ‘the Manager of Johnstons Court also gave a commitment yesterday that this company and their Dead Sea Cosmetics would not be allowed to return and trade in the shopping centre.’ Welcoming this commitment Mr Adams urged other shopping centres to follow suit, saying, “The products being sold on these stalls help to fund Israel’s war economy and their brutal and illegal military occupation of Palestine. It is also highly likely that these goods come from illegal settlements on Palestinian land, although it is routinely mislabelled as coming from within Israel’s borders.”
“The IPSC in this region will now be stepping up our campaign in support of the call by Palestinian civil society for a Boycott of all Israeli goods, similar to the campaign that helped bring about an end to apartheid South Africa.
We would now urge other shopping centres in the region to give a similar commitment to not allow this company, or similar ones selling Dead Sea products, to trade on their premises.” He concluded: “By taking this stand and boycotting Israeli goods, businesses and shopping centres can play a positive role in helping to bring an end to Israeli apartheid and secure the long overdue freedom that the people of Palestine both desire and deserve.”