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Dutch Aldi Supermarkets Reject Ban on Products Made in Post-1967 Territory

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An Aldi supermarket on the border between the Netherlands and Germany. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The Netherlands branch of the German supermarket chain Aldi has disavowed comments it made in support of a ban on products made in territories acquired by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Both the Dutch branch of Aldi and another chain, Hoogvliet, had announced on Monday that they will stop selling products made in areas situated beyond Israel’s pre-1967 lines, the Dutch newspaper deVerdieping Trouw reported.

But the Dutch branch of Aldi has since said that “incorrect information” was supplied by an Aldi staffer who announced the new policy, and that “a mistake has been made,” the same paper reported, according to a translation provided by

Aldi did admit that no products from areas beyond Israel’s pre-1967 lines are currently being sold by the company, but a spokesperson said that has nothing to do with politics. “Aldi buys based only on price, quality and availability,” the spokesperson said.

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