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ISRAEL: Co-op board wrong to boycott Israeli products

Letter by Susan J. Schaeffer, Olympia on Aug. 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm | 40 Comments »
August 13, 2010 1:35 pm

I support my Jewish friends in their view of the Olympia Food Co-op boycott. If the board does not change its position, I will resign my membership.

Will the loss of my single membership be a big deal to the board or the co-op? I suspect not. However, that really isn’t the point.

In addition, if the board does not change its stance in regards to the Israeli boycott, I would ask that it clearly advertise itself as a political entity, because that is what it will have primarily become.

My further and alternative suggestion is as follows: that the co-op provide a small label on each shelf identifying any possible objectionable item to inform members of the issue, then allow members the privilege and responsibility of making their own moral or political decision about whether or not to support the cause.

That, in my mind, is the real issue here – that the board has usurped my right, my intelligence, and my personal moral and political integrity in an effort to become final arbiters of what is good and what is evil. This is the height of arrogance and should be personally insulting to every member.

We will never agree on all issues. But each member deserves an equal right to make his or her own moral and political choices, and the equal responsibility to use due diligence in those choices. This, in my mind, would deem the board as the highest and fairest arbiter of all.

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