Tel Aviv coop boycotts Judea-Samaria produce

Outraged Israelis call to boycott Tel Aviv coop after it defers to 'ideology' of members who refuse to buy from 'settlement suppliers.'

Cynthia Blank ,

Vegetables at Tel Aviv shuk
Vegetables at Tel Aviv shuk
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A Tel Aviv cooperative's decision to boycott produce manufactured in Judea and Samaria has sparked outrage among Israelis, who quickly lashed out on social media. 

The cooperative, which runs every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Tel Aviv's southern Florentin neighborhood, recently announced that it would not be accepting vegetables and organic produce grown "over the Green Line."

"Suppliers from the settlements are not welcome in deference to the ideology of some members of the coop," the cooperative's initiators explained, according to Channel 2. They added that some 70 families refused to buy produce manufactured in "the occupied territories."

Furious Israelis responded to the ban on Judea-Samaria products by calling for a boycott of the cooperative itself. 

"A boycott always has a boomerang effect," one internet surfer wrote. "To disqualify a person just because his opinions are different from your own is reminiscent of dark periods in history. You have not learned the lesson, please look into your own actions."

Dozens of social media users also stormed the cooperative's Facebook page to lower its rating. 

"Your choice not to sell settlement products above all hurts Arab farmers who are employed there," one wrote. "It makes your organization both racist and despicable. Well will not cooperate with an organization who chooses discrimination and detachment."