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November 18, 2013 4:20 pm

Busted: Former Chair of Major UK Israel Boycott Group Caught Buying Crack, Crystal Meth

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Paul Flowers counting his drug money. Photo: Mail on Sunday.

The former chairman of a British consumer cooperative known for its aggressive boycotts of the Jewish state is at the center of a major controversy after being caught on camera buying illicit drugs.

In a video acquired by the Mail on Sunday, Paul Flowers was recorded discussing the cocaine and crystal meth he wants from a dealer. He then counts out £300 in £20 notes and sends a friend to make the deal.

Flowers was the Co-operative Group’s Bank Chairman  from 2010 until May this year. In 2012, the group, the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and its largest mutual business, announced  it was “no longer engaging with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements.” The Co-op Group was the first major European retailer to implement the policy.

At the time of the ban, the group Tweeted that “Neither Syria nor Saudi Arabia meet the criteria for a ban” under the organization’s Human Rights and Trade Policy – yet Israel did.

StandWithUs, an Israel advocacy group, alerted the public of the campaign to boycott Israel following its announcement in 2012. Among the people the organization urged activists to reach out to was Flowers, who was listed as the deputy chair of the board.

Flowers has also been a Methodist minister for 40 years and formerly chaired the Lifeline Project, an organization whose stated mission is to “work with individuals, families and communities both to prevent and reduce harm, to promote recovery, and to challenge the inequalities linked to alcohol and drug misuse.”

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  • shai

    Hoepfully they’ll sentence him to life in Gaza

  • His group “…challened the INEQAULITIES linked to alcohol and drug use…”


  • R

    Whut do these people tell their children?…And what do their children tell everyone else?

  • The co-op…the ‘ethical bank’. Sarcasm off.

  • Hi

    You need to put the guy’s name directly in the headline of the article, so it comes up higher on Google searches.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    The Jews made him a dope fiend. Lol

  • Even more incredible than the drugs was that when he was asked in Parliament what were the assets of his bank he said £3bn, when it was £40bn!

  • E benAbuya

    Sad, but predictable. It’s well know that the addiction to “The Jews ate my(their) homework” is often a stepping stone to much less destructive addictions.

  • Howard

    He is as morally corrupt as – wait – the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel. Oh, he was recently retired. With apparently a large pension based on shaking down a few folks. So, let’s see the anti-Zionist UK guy and the anti-Zionist rabbi. That’s a double pleasure!

  • mireille mechoullam

    Some hypocrite

  • mireille mechoullam

    What irony!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane

    I love stories like this — such poetic justice!

  • Arie

    One can presume he checked first to make sure the crack didn’t carry a label identifying it as “Zionist produced”

    • Sonia Willats

      Well said, Arie. Clearly a man of great moral integrity!

    • Naftali

      Comment of the day!!!!