Pro-Israel members of NY food co-op suspended over BDS spat
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Pro-Israel members of NY food co-op suspended over BDS spat

Four are punished for interrupting a presentation backing boycott of SodaStream over a year ago

Employees work at the new SodaStream factory in Israel's Negev Desert, next to the city of Rahat, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (AP/Dan Balilty)
Employees work at the new SodaStream factory in Israel's Negev Desert, next to the city of Rahat, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (AP/Dan Balilty)

NEW YORK — A popular Brooklyn cooperative grocery store that has been fighting about Israel boycott efforts for eight years reportedly suspended four pro-Israel members for interrupting a meeting more than a year ago.

According to the Brooklyn Paper, four Park Slope Food Co-op members have been suspended for a year for interrupting an April 2015 presentation by members who were calling for a boycott of SodaStream, the Israeli seltzer-machine company that at the time had a factory in a West Bank settlement.

At the 2015 meeting attended by hundreds of members, the four now-suspended members went to the front of the room and unplugged the projector that was displaying an image of an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian that they believed was propagandistic.

The four were subjected to a disciplinary hearing in April and found guilty of uncooperative behavior.

In a heated and much publicized 2012 referendum, the co-op voted against boycotting Israeli products. Earlier this year, its members voted to require a supermajority of 75 percent for future boycott efforts.

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