Re: “Co-op boycott ignores rights reality” (letter, 7-23.
Surely the writer did not mean to suggest that because Libya and Saudi Arabia commit human rights abuses that it is OK for Israel to do so. Should not Israel, “our friend and ally” to whom we give $3 billion a year, have higher standards?
The Olympia Food Co-op, in its boycott of products from Israel, is not likely to have much influence in “destroying the legitimacy of Israel,” as Warnick asserts. The Israeli government may be doing a better job of that. The Palestinian child who has seen his home demolished by an Israeli bulldozer, seen his parents humiliated, perhaps jailed or murdered by Israeli soldiers, may not grow up to be a docile vassal of Israel.
The population of Jews and non-Jews between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean is now almost equal. I wonder why Israel persists in actions, no matter how they excuse them, which cannot but make enemies of the very people with whom they are doomed to live.
There are Israelis concerned about human rights: the Israeli organization, B’Tselem, which investigates and tallies abuses, and Professor Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University, who early on called for a boycott of Israel as a means for the nation “to save its own soul.” Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights and Jeff Halper of Israelis Against House Demolitions seem to be all too aware of abuses against the Palestinian population.