Pols and Officials Weigh in on Food Coop's Proposed Israel Ban

Councilmember Brad Lander, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and even Mayor Michael Bloomberg have condemned the Coop's BDS group's proposed Boycott.

The Park Slope Food Coop’s controversy on will start on Tuesday night during their vote on how its members should vote on the boycott, has set off such a big debate that now even Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing in.

“These are businesses that should be run as businesses,” Bloomberg told the New York Post at Sunday's St. Patrick’s Parade in Bay Ridge. “I certainly am adamantly opposed to boycotting Israeli products...Israel is a very important ally of America. We shouldn’t forget that.”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio agreed, urging members to call off the vote, says McBrooklyn.

“I am urging my Brooklyn neighbors to reject the proposal offered by some members of the Park Slope Food Coop. Plain and simple—it's wrong,” said de Blasio in a statement. “The Coop is an important community institution with a great tradition of tolerance and inclusion. Its members should reject the boycott resolution on Tuesday evening as an outrage to our collective values as New Yorkers.”

Councilmember Brad Lander, D-Park Slope, told The Jewish Week back in February that the boycott idea was “a one-sided and unfair effort, which is not only deeply mistaken as foreign policy, but also threatens to divide and harm the Food Co-op, a longstanding and important community institution.”

Lander added that he believed that peace between Israel and its neighbors “can only be accomplished through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians at the bargaining table—something made even more difficult by misguided proposals like this.”

When Park Slope Patch asked its readers if the , we got 1,211, with 861 votes for "No" and 350 votes for "Yes."

One commenter said that the Coop shouldn't vote on divisive issues:

"The Park Slope Food Coop should not take a position that divides the community. Individuals can boycott Israeli products and if they are not bought they will not be reordered."

If you are a member and want to vote on how to vote for the boycott, go to Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place (use the main entrance on South Elliot at the corner of Dekalb) at 7 p.m.

Joseph Weiss March 28, 2012 at 02:20 AM
If these selfish yuppies who think they know more about diplomacy than Sec. of State Clinton or President Obama whom they helped elect, are sadly mistaken. I urge that no Brooklynite Black, Brown, Caucasian or Asian to boycott Parkslope in a non-violante manner, lets see how their business do
Betty Boop March 28, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I just cant believe those so called PC/Tolerant Yuppies would treat people this way. You couldnt pay me enough to shop at this store. What a hate filled selfish bunch. This Catholic will boycott for sure. Oh shoot was I supposed to say Catholic??? I wish they would get their kids off the floor at Barnes and Noble too. Yank them up and show them some manners like my parents did...oh woops they might not like to hear the truth.
Robert March 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Betty, They are not PC/Tolerant Yuppies.. They are antisemitic "Progressives" (anti-religion (active atheist) socialists).,, They model themselves after the hippie movements tolerance and openness as a fell good association but they are really just hiding behind it as a mask for their true behavior.
Czerny March 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Religion and/or anti-semitism have nothing to do with the issue; the boycott is a political statement against a gov't policy, not its faith or its people. Playing the anti-semitism card is an obvious and cheap ploy to cow the PC crowd in short order. After all, if I boycott products made in China, does that mean I hate Chinese people? Why not leave politics out of the grocery store? The co-op should sell whatever from wherever for those who want to buy it, and those to whom Israel is anathema can choose not to buy it. Why not let supply and demand dictate? If the co-op sees its Israeli products are sitting on the shelf unsold, it won't reorder. End of controversy.


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