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#FridgeGate: Anti-Israel backlash prompts UK store Sainsbury to remove kosher food; faces flak anyway

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 7:19pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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The popular UK store Sainsbury faced sever criticism for its decision to clear all Kosher food off its shelves for the fear of anti-Israel protestors, the Guardian reported. The report stated that, on Saturday, the branch manager of a store in central London ordered the section to be emptied even as protesters outside the store calling for a boycott of Israeli goods.

A certain Colin J Appleby, tweeted a picture of empty shelves that were supposed to hold Kosher food products, sending social media into a frenzy. On being asked the reason for the empty shelves, Appleby was informed by a staff member,  that "We support Free Gaza"

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Criticism came from all quarters, from celebrities to some of the top UK politicians:

Another member of the UK parliament  Andrew Percy wrote to Sainsbury. "I find it unbelievable that in 21C UK a major retail store hide Jewish products fearing protesters," he said.

The hashtag #EverydayAntisemitism and  #Fridgegate also went viral. Those condemning the store questioned whether Sainsbury would also remove Halal food in protest of ISIS.

Appleby, however, later went back for an update and confirmed that Sainsbury had restocked the section.

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