On 1st February, we had a really good turnout for our leafleting outside John Lewis. This was doubly pleasing as, a fortnight earlier, many regulars had gone straight to the Israeli Embassy to mark 5 years since the Gaza onslaught. With only half a dozen of us at John Lewis that time, the security officer remarked ‘the demos are fizzling out, aren’t they?..’ but I retorted with an emphatic ‘no!’ and then explained that we’d keep coming for as long as it takes- ‘not negotiable’ , I added. So a solid turnout on the 1st underlined this.
The Scarlett Johansson debacle played right into our hands. (- Oxfam failed to act quickly to remove her from their books after she’d started doing promotional work for Sodastream. Johansson eventually took the initiative to resign from Oxfam, but not before provoking a prolonged media storm. Sodastream must be ruing the day they took her on- she’s being paid handsomely (- no doubt) to help US do our work…)
Numerous passers-by told us that it was the ‘Oxfam v Sodastream debate’ in the media that had alerted them to the issue with Sodastream. So we offer Scarlett our grateful thanks! If you want more detail on the ways in which she’s given the boycott movement a boost, US Campaign To End The Occupation has done a great job listing the Media coverage which includes ‘ A Very British Satire Clip’ first shown on BBC2
I note these comments,for example:-
‘Not surprisingly, the boycott issue is hotly debated in Israel. Avraham Burg, a dovish former speaker of the Knesset, wrote approvingly in Haaretz that Israel “will remain helpless when confronted by a [Palestinian] civil rebellion that moves the discourse from who’s stronger/tougher/more resilient to a discourse on rights and values. For this we have no answer.”
Oxford Street continues to be an excellent setting in which for us to spread the word- there’s such an international crowd that we know our ideas will be carried far and wide.
Our regular presence will in itself place mounting pressure on John Lewis, but this perhaps needs to be combined with further and more persistent contact with John Lewis’s Buying Dept.. John Lewis is showing no sign of ceasing to sell Sodastream products any time soon.
NEXT ACTION IS SATURDAY 15th FEB 12pm- 2pm