We are members of the Park Slope Food Coop who affirm, like its founders, that the Coop as a community stands for human rights, food justice, and positive global interdependence.
In keeping with these values, we believe that the Coop should join the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).
The BDS movement calls for a full consumer boycott of all Israeli products. Although some people support a boycott on the illegal settlements alone, it is oftentimes impossible to tell whether something was manufactured there or in other parts of Israel. We believe that the state of Israel itself is responsible for the continued oppression of Palestinians and must be boycotted until justice is achieved for all Palestinians both within and outside of Israel’s borders.
The brands and products below are all sold at the Coop. Substitutes for most items, including matzo and hummus, are available here from companies outside Israel.
Lots of Coop members love seltzer, but SodaStream has a production plant in the illegal settlement of Maale Adumim. Read a detailed report at WhoProfits.org.
This maker of hummus and other prepared foods is co-owned by the Strauss Group, an Israeli company that has “adopted” a section of the Israeli infantry known for its human rights abuses, the Golani Brigade.
- Masada mineral salts
- Elyon marshmallows
- Osem Israeli couscous
- Born Free baby products
- Yehuda Matzos
- Varied produce
Among the items grown in Israel are red bell peppers and persimmons.
If the first three numbers of the bar code are 729, the product was made by Israel. However, there are also products made by Israel that do not have a bar code or use another number, such as clothing or computers.
The Coop does sell fair trade Palestinian olive oil distributed by Equal Exchange, so you may want to add that to your shopping list.
Read the label!