October 8, 2007, - 10:09 am
Kristallnacht Eve, The Sequel: Liberal Michigan Co-Op Boycotts Israel, Utters Anti-Semitic Slogans, Displays Swastikas
By Debbie Schlussel
Tune in to what’s going on at the People’s Food Co-Op in Ann Arbor a/k/a the “Ann Arbor Co-Op.” What’s going on there today, could happen in your neck of the woods, tomorrow. In fact, the way things are going with the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate, I’d bet this trend catches on elsewhere very soon.
At the granola-ish base of the University of Michigan campus–you know the granola types?: fruits, nuts, and flakes–the Ann Arbor Co-Op is the cheap, more dated version of today’s Whole Foods. Sadly, this anachronistic bastion of leftism lives on.
Even sadder, in a wave of anti-Semitism, the Co-Op is voting whether to ban all products made in Israel. Its members voted on the proposal, and in the meeting, anti-Semitic statements were made in support of the proposal, with non-members who supported the ban holding up swastikas. Even if the measure fails, that they even voted on it says it all. Will they vote on separate lunchcounters, next?
Yup, the new Nazis have shown their faces and openly admitted their card-carrying membership in the Fourth Reich. When even the Detroit Free Press’ resident Islamist reporter calls it anti-Semitic, you know that it is.
Hmmm . . . maybe I should wear my grandma’s yellow star around Ann Arbor. Seems it’s come back into fashion:
Last month, about 1,100 members of the co-op voted on a proposal that, if approved, would ban the store from selling goods from Israel. The results are to be released Thursday after a year of debate across metro Detroit. The co-op has many members in the tri-country area who have closely followed the controversy.
Opponents of the proposal say . . . that Israel often suffers from attacks against its civilians, and that the store sells products from countries such as China that aren’t democratic and have poor human rights records.
“It’s wrong to single out Israel without making an effort to address Palestinian violence,” said Dan Cutler, a co-op member from Ann Arbor who opposes the boycott. “This is a divisive tactic that doesn’t help build a future for both people to secure prosperity and safety.” . . .
The controversy started when a shopper got upset after seeing that the store was selling Israeli couscous. A petition drive was launched, and a group called Boycott Israeli Goods garnered enough signatures to get a ballot proposal on which the co-op’s roughly 6,000 members could vote.
Two previous co-op boycotts involved tuna that harmed dolphins and grapes, in support of farm workers. Both boycotts ended years ago.
Last month, members cast ballots on the Israeli-products boycott. At times, the arguments involved anti-Semitic sentiments. Some boycott supporters held up Nazi swastikas outside the store, concerning many shoppers.
Karen Deslierres of Detroit, a co-op member who supports the boycott, said she is concerned about what she calls the “degradation of the Palestinians.”
Regardless of the vote results, the process has been a healthy exercise, said Linda Diane Feldt, co-op president.
“This is democracy in action,” she said.
Yeah, like the “democracy in action” that elected HAMAS . . . and Ahmadinejad . . . and Hezbollah . . . and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Yet another “development” in our society that I’m glad my father, Blessed Be His Memory, didn’t live to see. Simply nauseating.
Fruits, nuts, flakes, with a little hate thrown in, just to make it truly organic.
The thing is, they will take products made by Muslims and other Arabs from Israel, just not those made by THE JOOOOOS. We know what this is about. It’s anti-Semitism, plain and simple. No different than the men in those sharp, clean brown shirts.
By the way, as my friend Yigal says, if they really want to boycott Israel, they should put down all of their gadgets, all of their technology. Because whatever they have, if the Israelis didn’t invent it, they made it better
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