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ISRAEL: Co-op right to apply pressure through boycott

Letter by Philip A. Heft, Kent on Aug. 26, 2010 at 9:39 am with 19 Comments »
August 26, 2010 9:39 am

The Olympia Food Co-op is to be complimented for its leadership role in boycotting Israeli products.

With the continued expansion of the illegal Israeli settlements and the separation wall cutting off the Palestinians from their land, it is already nearly impossible for the formation of a viable Palestinian state. Israeli violence against civilians has increased in recent years. International pressure has proven insufficient to change Israeli policies.

A boycott of Israeli products might help to make the Israeli government get serious about entering into a fair solution with the Palestinians. A similar boycott helped to end the apartheid rule in South Africa. Bishop Tutu has said that the situation in Palestine is worse than it was under the apartheid rule in South Africa.

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  1. Like most things, there are two sides to every story and the Co-op boycott is one sided. Does anyone really think that Israel is going to roll over because the Co-op is mad at Jews?

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Aw..isn’t that cute…the Hippies are going to protest Jews protecting themselves…I suggest that they stand in front of a bulldozer, or something worthwhile like that.

  3. scott0962 says:

    The co-op folks are entitled to their opinion but seriously, does Israel sell enough goods in this country for their boycott to have a serious effect on Israel’s economy? I doubt it.

    And why don’t you organize a boycott of the Muslim nations who finance the explosives used to turn Palestinian children into suicide bombers?

  4. Israel behavior is, ultimately, self-destructive. The State cannot continue in its current (and past) fashion.

    Just like an addict, the US is not really a good friend if she continues to enable Israel’s behavior.

  5. scott0962, your idea of a boycott is good. However would it not be better to boycott those doing business with the co-op. I sugest a boycott of all Luna products and back to nature products. Write the manufactures and tell them we refuse to purchase there products as long as they support the co-op and it’s political stance. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander

  6. Zillahboy says:

    I read a letter supporting the rights of the Palestinians. I wondered which rights the were talking about. Their right to treat their women like chattel? Their right to send suicide bombers into Israel? Their right to import munitions to use against innocent Israilies? Their right to support their terrorist Hamas leaders? Or maybe their right to lob missles into Israel killing innocent women and children? Just which of those rights do the co-op directors support?

  7. BlaineCGarver says:

    BB, can you clearly state in a positive manner why you support the terrorists? Clearly, you hate America, but why do you love Terror? Personally, I wish Israel would go ahead and push the terrorists into the desert or sea to die. Israel as a country has thousands and thousands of Arab citizens and they are represented in the Government with voice and vote. Arabs and terrorists wish only to kill Jews and wipe Israel off the map.

  8. Would that all who have such compassion and tolerance for one group of people would extend it to the people of Israel as well.

  9. sozo –Compassion? You mean like this:
    Personally, I wish Israel would go ahead and push the terrorists into the desert or sea to die.

    Fortunately there are some, like MarksonofDarwin and geeterpontiac, who while clearly strong supporters of Israel, who can have civil discussions and understand that the current Israeli policies are counterproductive.

    Israel will never have peace and security if it continues its current path. While it is absolutely true that the leaders of the Palestinians have made it difficult at best, the Israeli leaders have, likewise, personally benefited from the continuance of the conflict even though their own people suffer.

  10. Blaine, it is truly sad that you cannot distinguish between the US and Israel and realize that it isn’t the definition of patriotism to put a foreign country’s interests ahead of one’s own country.

    Israel Firsters should renounce their US citizenship and repatriate to Israel.

    US interests should always be first, second, third, fourth and fifth.

  11. BbOY, it would be easy to cite stupid, insensitive remarks from a number of people who post here, including me from time to time when I’m tired or hungry. My comment was of a more general nature.

    It seems to me that many people are eager to extend grace and understanding to Muslims while withholding same from Israel. We are urged to bend over backward to try and understand their religion, their politics (a desire for a theocratic state) but then leap at a chance to assume the worst of Israel.

    I have no delusions about Israel and know full well that, like the U.S., they have their own crap to answer for. Broken people get a lot of things wrong, and imo, we are all broken people.

  12. Israeli government claims that it does not spy on the United States are intended for the media and popular consumption. The reality is that Israel’s intelligence agencies target the United States intensively, particularly in pursuit of military and dual-use civilian technology. Among nations considered to be friendly to Washington, Israel leads all others in its active espionage directed against American companies and the Defense Department. It also dominates two commercial sectors that enable it to extend its reach inside America’s domestic infrastructure: airline and telecommunications security. Israel is believed to have the ability to monitor nearly all phone records originating in the United States, while numerous Israeli air-travel security companies are known to act as the local Mossad stations.
    [....]
    FBI sources indicate that the increase in Mossad activity is a major problem, particularly when Israelis are posing as U.S. government officials, but they also note that there is little they can do to stop it as the Justice Department refuses to initiate any punitive action or prosecutions of the Mossad officers who have been identified as involved in the illegal activity.

    http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20769

  13. Bb- GE does direct trade with Iran -Oops-0 they aren’t Israeli Jews-never mind.
    Prince Faud of “Naughty Arabia” owns diversified “A” stock in AIG (looked at your pension plan or “201-K” lately)-Oops-0 he’s not a Jew either- never mind. Maybe the best way that you could help your “always right always the victim” Philistinians is to actually move to Hamaslandia, I hear the surf’s up on the beautiful beaches, except that it’s against the (Shari’a) law to wear western swimwear in public. Don’t you just hate the freedom we still have, huh?

  14. Bb- “Global Research” ( A ‘fiver’ Muslim transcript processor based safely in Canada). You’re kidding of course, I just didn’t get your joke at first, will know better next time…

  15. larsman – my mistake, I should have linked the original source of the article: The American Conservative.

    http://www.amconmag.com/blog/mossad-in-america/

    Nice DOC there about Iran and General Electric. Other than indicating your completely Israel First outlook, what does that got to do with tMossad actively spying on the US?

  16. P.S. larsman the author Philip Giraldi, a former CIA Officer, is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest. His “Deep Background” column appears every month exclusively in The American Conservative.

    I am definitely not kidding.

  17. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    I think it’s wrong for them to be so antisemetic, but others can simply show their opinion by not doing business with those who back hate.

  18. Israel refuses to increase electricity to Gaza. This has no security value, it is strictly collective punishment for electing Hamas.

    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=186139

    (the source is the Jerusalem Post)

  19. Israeli actors to boycott new West Bank theatre

    60 actors, writers and directors argue that performing in occupied territories would legitimise illegal settlements

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/29/actors-boycott-west-bank-theatre

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