NYC food co-op votes against boycott of Israeli products
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NYC food co-op votes against boycott of Israeli products

Members of the Park Slope Food Co-op rejected by a wide margin calls for a referendum on the issue

Park Slope Food Co-op logo.
Park Slope Food Co-op logo.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City co-op’s proposed boycott against Israeli products to protest the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians has been overwhelmingly defeated.

Tuesday night’s vote by members of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn rejected a motion on whether to hold a referendum on the boycott, with 1,005 voting against and 653 in favor.

Public Advocate and Brooklyn resident Bill de Blasio said he was proud of his neighbors for doing the right thing, calling the proposal inflammatory and destructive.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called the idea “ill conceived” and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer denounced the proposed boycott as “an anti-Semitic crusade.”

The debate over the proposed boycott at the 39-year-old cooperative market was mostly symbolic because the co-op carries only a half-dozen imported products from Israel.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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