Friday, 22 August 2014

Sainsburys respond

Following the Holborn incident I sent an email to Sainsburys, actually I sent two, to different people there, here's one (they were identical apart from the addressee):

NotaSheepMaybeaGoat . <>

18 Aug (4 days ago)

I am writing to complain about the management of your Holborn store removing all kosher food from their shelves. 

If this was a protest about Israel's action in Gaza, can I point out that not all Jews support Israel and that 20% of the Israeli population is Muslim.

Can I ask if you removed halal items following the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York and elsewhere in the USA, or after the 7/7  bombings in London? Have you removed them as a protest at the 180,000 people killed in Syria or the Christians and Yazidis being ethnically cleansed from Iraq, or killed?

If you remove all kosher food as a protest against Israeli actions, thus classifying all Jews as supporters of Israel but didn't remove halal food for fear of associating all Muslims with Islamist terrorists, then your company is anti Semitic.

Your answers would be appreciated.

Maybe British Jews should start boycotting all Sainsburys stores. If you don't want our custom, we will take it elsewhere.

 I have received this reply:

19 Aug (3 days ago)

to me
Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email and for sharing your comments about an incident in one of our stores.  We would like to apologise for any inconvenience or offence this has caused and I appreciate you giving us the opportunity to respond.

As a precautionary measure, during a demonstration close by on Saturday 16th August, the decision was taken in one store only to move these chilled products to cold storage elsewhere in that store for a short period of time. This step was taken to ensure that no product would be spoilt, and all products were returned to the shelf as soon as was practically possible.  Our ambient (store cupboard temperature) kosher range was kept on sale in store throughout.

As a non-political organisation, Sainsbury's would never take such a decision on grounds other than ensuring the quality or safety of our products.

We are grateful to you for taking the time to contact us and I hope I have helped to address your concerns.

Yours faithfully

Rachel Collins
Manager, Executive Office
 I really don't have the energy to respond.

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