'Free Palestine, boycott Israel' messages stamped on bank notes and handed out by newsagent

A £5 note with the message stamped on it

One grandad was shocked to be handed a stamped note

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FREE Palestine, boycott Israel messages are being stamped on bank notes and handed out by a newsagent.

Manager of Willows News has taken to spreading his political message to customers in the unusual way in a bid to raise awareness of the situation in the Middle East.

The messages say “free Palestine, boycott Israel”.

The shop boss, who wants only to be known as Abdul, said: “It’s simply based on what is currently going on at the moment to make people aware about what cause they need to be supporting.

“What Israel is doing is wrong, and we need to boycott them and support Palestine. Putting a little stamp on the notes is our way of raising awareness and getting the message across using a political message.

“Some people have come in and asked what it’s about, and some have realised that it is a good thing. Others don’t understand it, but there hasn’t been too much negativity.”

But one grandfather, who has been given one of the notes from the shop in Willows Lane, Daubhill, was not happy to be handed the defaced £5.

Bill, who does not want to reveal his last name or be pictured, says he received the note on Sunday, August 17, after he picked up his paper.

The 67-year-old, of Deane Church Lane, Daubhill, did not see the message at first, because the note was folded up as it was given to him, but when he clocked it later he became annoyed.

He says he found out it came from the shop after speaking to two other residents in the area who received similar notes.

The production worker said: “I paid with a £10 note and received the fiver back folded in half, so I didn’t realise the stamp at first. But when I took it home there it was plain as day.

“I was livid. It is defacing the Queen’s currency. If I wrote ‘free England, boycott so and so’ on our notes I’d be in the police station quicker than I could think.

“It’s a political statement on our currency which is out of order. It is premeditated, not just written out of temper. I think whoever is responsible should be taken to task about it.”

The Bank of England, which issues the country’s bank notes confirmed it was illegal to deface currency — but stressed they were still legal tender even if they had been stamped.

A spokesman for the Bank of England said: “Defacing bank notes is definitely not something we would recommend but whether or not there would be a prosecution would be up to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine if it was in the public interest.

“We would advise people not to do it because one of the really important things is maintaining confidence in our currency and people being able to spot counterfeit money.

“The notes are legal tender but they would probably be taken out of circulation when they entered our processing plants.”

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11:27am Tue 26 Aug 14

renovatedhouserunner says...

Loads of comments on this yesterday, where have they gone?
Loads of comments on this yesterday, where have they gone? renovatedhouserunner
  • Score: -1

1:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

cliff4treasurer says...

The best one was asking why this protester of all things Jewish sells newspapers on behalf of the Jewish owners?
Money eh, causes all kinds of double standards.
The best one was asking why this protester of all things Jewish sells newspapers on behalf of the Jewish owners? Money eh, causes all kinds of double standards. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Tue 26 Aug 14

V Meldrew says...

Maybe we should try giving him money with something else stamped on it, after all he would have to take it no matter what's stamped on it
Maybe we should try giving him money with something else stamped on it, after all he would have to take it no matter what's stamped on it V Meldrew
  • Score: -6

2:25pm Tue 26 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

The shop boss, who wants only to be known as Abdul, said: “It’s simply based on what is currently going on at the moment to make people aware about what cause they need to be supporting.




Well Abdul, I'd say we all know whats going on at the moment, and you really dont have to highlight the situation, by printing little messages on the Queens Currency.
The Picture of your handywork looked like you had printed it, to look like it was coming out of Her Majesty's mouth.....why didn't you print a little Speech Bubble round it, to fully authenticate it?
We do not need you or anyone else to tell us what cause we need to be supporting, but thanks for the interest in our welfare.

Stick to selling Papers and sweeties or take Politics up full time,.
Dont dabble in both, it doesn't work.
The shop boss, who wants only to be known as Abdul, said: “It’s simply based on what is currently going on at the moment to make people aware about what cause they need to be supporting. Well Abdul, I'd say we all know whats going on at the moment, and you really dont have to highlight the situation, by printing little messages on the Queens Currency. The Picture of your handywork looked like you had printed it, to look like it was coming out of Her Majesty's mouth.....why didn't you print a little Speech Bubble round it, to fully authenticate it? We do not need you or anyone else to tell us what cause we need to be supporting, but thanks for the interest in our welfare. Stick to selling Papers and sweeties or take Politics up full time,. Dont dabble in both, it doesn't work. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 9

2:43pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

If the message said boycott a Muslim country I am certain that word "Racist" would be included in the headline.
If the message said boycott a Muslim country I am certain that word "Racist" would be included in the headline. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 12

2:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

Where are you now Liam?
Where are you now Liam? Donkey Stone
  • Score: -10

4:19pm Tue 26 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
If the message said boycott a Muslim country I am certain that word "Racist" would be included in the headline.
Brilliant comment, well said that contributor!

Yeah, come on, Liam......

That graffiti on the road was "racist" in your view, so if this story was about a non-muslim shopkeeper who was handing out fivers with "Free Israel, boycott Islam" how would you report that?

We both know you'd brand automatically brand it as being racist, so come on.....answer the question........
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: If the message said boycott a Muslim country I am certain that word "Racist" would be included in the headline.[/p][/quote]Brilliant comment, well said that contributor! Yeah, come on, Liam...... That graffiti on the road was "racist" in your view, so if this story was about a non-muslim shopkeeper who was handing out fivers with "Free Israel, boycott Islam" how would you report that? We both know you'd brand automatically brand it as being racist, so come on.....answer the question........ OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

previn says...

Why are all the pro free Gaza Palestine protestors not protesting about All the Iraquis/yazidis being slaugtered by the so called isis.
Why are all the pro free Gaza Palestine protestors not protesting about All the Iraquis/yazidis being slaugtered by the so called isis. previn
  • Score: 6

5:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

previn says...

Why are All the pro Free Gaza palestanians not protesting about All the Iraquis/kurds/yazidi
s which are being slaughtered by the so called isis rebels.. would be nice if we can protest for peace All over the world.
Why are All the pro Free Gaza palestanians not protesting about All the Iraquis/kurds/yazidi s which are being slaughtered by the so called isis rebels.. would be nice if we can protest for peace All over the world. previn
  • Score: 0

10:11pm Tue 26 Aug 14

albertmodley says...

V Meldrew wrote:
Maybe we should try giving him money with something else stamped on it, after all he would have to take it no matter what's stamped on it
Good idea.Try the star of David for starters or maybe one of those comic cuts of his so called prophet
[quote][p][bold]V Meldrew[/bold] wrote: Maybe we should try giving him money with something else stamped on it, after all he would have to take it no matter what's stamped on it[/p][/quote]Good idea.Try the star of David for starters or maybe one of those comic cuts of his so called prophet albertmodley
  • Score: 5

11:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

united99 says...

It's only abit of ink on paper lol
He may have been handed the fiver by another Asian who supports the cause for Palestine !!!
It's only abit of ink on paper lol He may have been handed the fiver by another Asian who supports the cause for Palestine !!! united99
  • Score: -5

10:44am Wed 27 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

united99 wrote:
It's only abit of ink on paper lol
He may have been handed the fiver by another Asian who supports the cause for Palestine !!!
So if I drew a picture of the prophet Mohamed on a tenner, how would you react?

That's just a bit of ink on paper, but you lot kill people for drawing pictures of him don't you, so how does that stack up....?
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: It's only abit of ink on paper lol He may have been handed the fiver by another Asian who supports the cause for Palestine !!![/p][/quote]So if I drew a picture of the prophet Mohamed on a tenner, how would you react? That's just a bit of ink on paper, but you lot kill people for drawing pictures of him don't you, so how does that stack up....? OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE says...

renovatedhouserunner wrote:
Loads of comments on this yesterday, where have they gone?
All deleted !!!
[quote][p][bold]renovatedhouserunner[/bold] wrote: Loads of comments on this yesterday, where have they gone?[/p][/quote]All deleted !!! ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE
  • Score: -2

6:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
The best one was asking why this protester of all things Jewish sells newspapers on behalf of the Jewish owners?
Money eh, causes all kinds of double standards.
Profit before prophet :-)
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: The best one was asking why this protester of all things Jewish sells newspapers on behalf of the Jewish owners? Money eh, causes all kinds of double standards.[/p][/quote]Profit before prophet :-) ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE
  • Score: 0
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