A victory against pro-Palestinian Authority agitators to clear the shelves of Israeli products took place Tuesday night when members of the Park Slope Food Co-Op voted down a proposed referendum to join the international BDS movement against the Jewish State.
The vote, 1005-653, put a stop to anti-Israel efforts by the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to infiltrate the upscale Brooklyn neighborhood.
The co-op had issued a statement asking members to vote on whether to hold a referendum on joining the international BDS movement against Israel. In its statement, the co-op described BDS as a “non-violent” tactic to end Israel's “violent and illegal occupation” of Palestinian Authority Arab lands, and to help PA Arabs “gain equal rights, and achieve peace, freedom and economic stability.”Among those who publicly spoke out against the proposed ban were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine c. Quinn, and several potential mayoral candidates in the upcoming race for leadership in the Big Apple.
Bloomberg, a known strong supporter of Israel, bluntly said the issue has “nothing to do with food.” Scorching the BDS movement for mixing a foreign policy debate with neighborhood relations, the mayor told The New York Times, “The issue is there are people who want Israel to be torn apart and everybody to be massacred, and America is not going to let that happen.”The BDS movement has been far more successful in Europe, however. In the UK, the Tesco supermarket in Birmingham has already caved, having pulled Israeli goods from the shelves on February 4. BDS activists labeled the goods with stickers reading “Boycott Israeli Goods” and urged customers to refrain from buying products made in Israel – with nary a peep of opposition from the store management.
Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the UK.