Statement Of Support For The Park Slope Food Coop Boycott Initiative
March 26th, 2012
|Members of the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn who are pushing to remove
Israeli goods from the Coop’s shelves are engaging in a venerable American
tradition. Boycotts are a time-honored, non-violent method used to educate
the public and to compel governments and institutions to end unjust practices.
The Park Slope Food Coop has in the past voted to ban products from South
Africa, Chile, Colorado, General Electric, and Coca-Cola, among others,
as a means to exert moral and economic pressure.
The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement
provides a way for people around the globe to hold the Israeli government
accountable for its flagrant violations of international law, its brutal
occupation, and its system of apartheid. BDS also allows us to call to
account institutions and corporations profiting from the occupation of
the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza. We support the
efforts of members of the Park Slope Food Coop to use their power as consumers
to increase respect for human rights and international law.
CODEPINK Women for Peace