Sainsbury's insisted the decision was taken in case protesters hurled food from the shelves, which would then have to be thrown away. But Facebook user Gavin Platman made a formal complaint about the incident, which happened half a mile from the company's headquarters at London's Holborn Circus.
He wrote to Sainsbury's: You are therefore not making a political statement against Israel but instead are targeting a group based on race - i. Theatre actor Colin Appleby visited the store when the goods were removed yesterday left before returning today right , assuring other internet users that a staff member had been 'suitably chastised' Controversy: The incident yesterday happened at this Sainsbury's Local branch in Holborn, central London.
A spokesman insisted it was 'not company policy at all' and had only been done to stop food being damaged 'As a Jew I find this deeply offensive. Naturally I am against the death of innocent children in Gaza so why are you persecuting me by denying me the right to buy Kosher food? Clearly not - therefore you have blurred the line between political statement and hate crime. Last month Britain saw the second-most anti-Semitic incidents in any month since records began in , according to a Jewish community organisation.
The Community Security Trust recorded incidents in July, suggesting a huge increase since the Gaza conflict began on July 8. The first six months of saw anti-Semitic incidents, a 36 per cent rise on the same period last year, the Trust said. The government's communities minister Stephen Williams met the Trust's directors on Wednesday to discuss the rise. Pro-Palestinian protesters in Britain have long urged supporters to boycott Israeli goods, though not kosher goods, to send a message to Israel over its blockade of Gaza.
Protesters accused of hurling produce and attacking police at the supermarket in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, are being hunted by officers. It is understood similar protests at Israeli military action in Gaza have taken place outside Tesco stores in Rochdale and Sale in Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Luton.
A march involving 1, people in Cardiff last month led to criticism of the police after footage emerged of violence erupting. Tesco sells fruit, peppers, potatoes and herbs from Israel, along with branded goods. The Stop The War coalition organised a protest in central London yesterday but it marched through a different part of the city, from the Egyptian embassy in Mayfair to Downing Street.
Ms Mensch used the hashtag EverydayAntisemitism to criticise the branch manager's decision Mr Appleby returned to the branch this evening and found the kosher food shelf had been fully reinstated, adding: A Sainsbury's spokesman told MailOnline there was 'no evidence' that a staff member had made the 'Free Gaza' comment and instead the decision was taken to stop protesters damaging the food.
We are a non-political organisation and we're not coming down on either side of the argument. The incident happened yesterday as police officers were allegedly attacked when an anti-Israeli protest at this branch of Tesco in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, got out of hand.
Stock was thrown around the store Heavy police presence: Several officers were pictured outside the Birmingham Tesco during the demonstration She confirmed the protest had been specifically against the Holborn Sainsbury's, but was unable to say how large it was.
It was not believed to be targeted at the giant's nearby headquarters. Sainsbury's added in a statement: We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Officials said tonight that Hamas was still opposed to the latest proposal but other Palestinian factions, including delegates representing President Mahmoud Abbas, were inclined to accept. Health officials say 1, Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict.
Some 67 Israelis have also been killed, 64 of them soldiers. Hamas officials said they were holding out in the hope of winning more concessions in the talks, which have been mediated by Egypt.
A member of the Palestinian delegation said tonight the gaps between the sides were still significant and that it was far from certain whether a deal could be reached. Hamas is demanding an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza which has existed in its current form since The blockade, which Israel says is needed to prevent arms smuggling, has ground Gaza's economy to a standstill by restricting imports, limiting the movement of people in and out of the territory and blocking virtually all exports.