Slovenia’s largest supermarket chain backs off decision to stop selling Israeli produce


(JTA) — Slovenia’s largest supermarket chain reportedly has backed off a decision to stop selling Israeli produce.

The Mercator chain placed a new order for fruit from Israel, including pomelos and avocados, two days after announcing that it would remove Israeli products from its shelves, Ynet reported Thursday.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned Slovenia’s ambassador over the issue before Mercator reportedly changed its decision. A similar decision was rescinded in 2014.

The Slovenian Embassy in Israel said in a statement, according to Ynet: “There is no Slovenian boycott on Israeli products. The agreements between the European Union and Israel are the basis of Israel’s special status in its relations with Slovenia as well. The government of Slovenia has not held stocks in Mercator since 2014. The ties between Israel and Slovenia have always been good and are characterized by vast cooperation, mostly in the fields of economics, science, research, advanced technologies, and tourism.”

The largest supermarket chain in Luxembourg in September stopped selling Israeli produce, saying it would reinstate the goods after its suppliers verified that they do not originate from the West Bank.

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