July 21, 2010, - 4:09 pm

SCUM: US Co-Op Boycotts Israel; Pressure on Other Store to Dump Israeli Prods

By Debbie Schlussel

In 2007, I told you about an Ann Arbor, Michigan co-op’s vote on whether to boycott Israeli products.  Fortunately, the vote was against boycotting the Jewish State.  But the victory is that there was even a vote on this at all.  Even worse, now, an Olympia, Washington co-op voted to boycott Israel, and has removed Israeli products from its shelves.  The head of the co-op is flaunting his Judaism (and self-hatred) as an excuse for this anti-Semitic act, reminiscent of Nazi laws boycotting Jewish stores and products. Meanwhile, another store is being pressured to drop Israel’s Ahava line of beauty products. More on that later. But, first, more on the Judenrein co-op.

That Was Then . . .

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This Is Now . . .

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During the Holocaust, there were kapos who helped turn Jews into the Nazis.  And now there is Harry Levine of the Olympia Food Co-Op, which appears to be illegal as it violates federal law against the Arab boycott of Israel, according to Divestment Watch president, Fred Taub.

Olympia Food Co-op members will get another chance next month to discuss a controversial board decision to boycott Israeli products at its two stores.

Nine of the co-op board’s 10 members voted Thursday to participate in the international boycott. Harry Levine, a staff representative to the board, said . . . he supports it.

“My personal view is that boycotts can be effective tools in changing governments,” he said. “I personally support it, and I’m an American Jew.”

The board voted to boycott Israeli products as a way to “compel Israel to follow international law and respect Palestinian human rights,” according to a statement the board released. The boycott announcement has been posted on the co-op’s website, www.olympiafood.coop, as well as at its two stores.

Israeli products removed from the stores include gluten-free crackers, ice cream cones and a moisturizing cream, Levine said. . .

Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Olympia, whose wife, Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, contacted the paper by e-mail, won’t shop at the co-op as result of the board’s decision, and the couple are considering “resigning” as co-op members. They had shopped at the store for about eight years, he said.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

A meeting to discuss the Olympia Food Co-op’s participation in a boycott of Israeli products is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., board member Harry Levine said Tuesday.

To comment on participation in the boycott, send an e-mail to board@olympiafood.coop or call 360-357-1106, ext. 12.

I urge my readers to e-mail and call the co-op and tell them what you think of their Nazi-like tactics.  (Thanks to readers Aron and John for the tip.)

Then, there is Ricky’s.  There is an effort by anti-Semites and Israel-haters (redundant) to get the 23-store chain to dump Israel’s AHAVA line of products.  Although I normally loath the left-wing Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the JCRC-NY has this info and a petition on the matter.  Check it out and sign if you think it will help.

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34 Responses

This is what I sent them..I used the customerservice@olympiafood.coop email.

Its so good to know who the terrorist supporters are in the community. Also helps to know who the nazi supporters are in the community. Your boycott of Israeli products is of course just a statement of your views, and will not financially affect Israel, however, one can hope that it will financially impact you to the point you have to disappear.

This was their reply: from motobin@olympiafood.coop

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have forwarded your comments to our Board of Directors.

Sincerely,
Maureen Tobin
Membership Coordinator
Olympia Food Co-op

At least the brownshirts responded! I Wish I lived in Olympia.

amos on July 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm

In our free market economy, businesses can decide what products they want to sell. By the same token as consumers we don’t have to buy from them if they do something that’s not clearly in keeping with supply and demand, like boycotting Israeli products. We have the right not to patronize them and let them know they won’t get our spending dollars. That goes for Olympia Co-op and others around the country trying to enforce BDS against Israel.

Let’s send them a message they will understand: the one that affects their bottom line!

NormanF on July 21, 2010 at 5:41 pm

This sparked a memory from around 2004. The Body Shop did some work/activism/etc. with the whole “right of return” crap. I have not stepped foot in a Body Shop since, even though it made me a sad panda. I really liked their stuff.

I went back to their site and wasn’t able to find anything related to the Middle East. I may have to email corporate to see if their philosophy has changed.

As for the Olympia Food Co-Op, it’s a real shame. It looked like a nice store.

cirrus1701 on July 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

In addition to encouraging people not to shop at the store (leaflets in front of the store, cameras set up in front of the store, word of mouth, notifying local Jewish organizations (usually worthless), I have found it effective to notify Health inspectors, electical and plumbing inspectors, etc., letting them know of possible code violations.

Also, when their business license is up for renewal, people can file objections.

The legal fees alone will put these people out of business.

No bomb threats. Too easy to track people down in this day and age. However, you are free to give out the names, addresses, and home and business phone numbers of the Board of Directors of the Store so people can give their opinion of this decision.

SPEAK UP! TELL PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, CHRISTIAN AND JEW, NOT TO SHOP AT THIS STORE.

Jgrant on July 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Olympia is a radical left town; saying it is anti-Semitic is redundant.

This ‘Berkeley of the North’ has liberal government as its main employer and is home to the former rachel corrie and her excremental parents – personal friends of noted Jew-killer yasser arafat.

The students of Olympia’s evergreen state college, corrie’s jihad base, are major patrons of this CO-OP.

The only surprising thing is they didn’t do this sooner.

Moe J. Rider on July 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm

To Whom it May Concern:
By boycotting Israeli products, you are entering a brave new world. I sincerely hope you and yours are healthy because so many inventions such as the stent (for one) and myriad medications, can no longer be used by you, your families, or your employees; plus it will be hard to give up a business that depends on the internet which runs on so many Intel inventions and products, not to mention cell phones but I feel sure you can manage to live in the Middle Ages.
I presume not being hypocrites, you would also boycott Arab inventions and products (if there were any) in the name of peace and honor to protest such time honored occupations as suicide bombings, children being used as human shields, honor killings, female genital mutilation and their refusal to make any gesture for peace.

I did not receive an answer. Wonder why?

eidel on July 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I believe the previous commentor was referring to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kc6LE6FXcQ

anonymous on July 22, 2010 at 2:26 am

I know this is a little off topic but I just got back from Israel and I had the time of my life!!! I went on the birthright trip. One place we went to was Yad Vashem (A Holocaust museum in Jerusalem). The speaker who was a survivor saud that the Germans became our allies after renouncing their Nazism and unfortunately are against us Jews now after pandering to radical Islam like alot of European countries.

Matthew on July 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

In your letters to the co-op, be sure to remind them that they are likely acting in violation of US laws regarding boycotts not sanctioned by the US government: the 1977 amendments to the Export Administration Act (EAA) and the Ribicoff Amendment to the 1976 Tax Reform Act (TRA). The fear of prosecution might get them to reconsider.

We should also take a lesson from a tactic first carried out in Toronto a few years ago: the BUYcott. A pro-PLO group was protesting the sale of Israeli wines and liqueur at one store. The pro-Israeli community got word of this and, en masse, bought every Israeli product they could find.

We should also take note, and personally commend, those firms that refuse to participate in such boycotts. Boycott promoters tried to press Trader Joe’s to drop Israeli products; Trader Joe’s refused. Good for them.

Raymond in DC on July 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

Here is another means to counter the boycott. Go to the store, fill the shopping cart with as many products as possible, and go to the check out line.

Ask if this co-op has voted for the boycott. When the answer is yes, just tell the cashier you can’t shop there, and walk out of the store. No violation of the law, and the store will spend many, many hours, reloading the shelves.

This was a tactic that has been used in other stores around the country for other purposes. It sounds juvenile, but it is quite effective.

Jgrant on July 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

Eidel is correct. There’s a lot of stuff that Israel is involved in– products and technology developed in whole or in part there. This includes the Windows OS.

Of course, Israel haters are the same ones that are caterwauling about oil. And do so using means that require the use of said oil.

John on July 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

Raymond in DC makes a good point regarding Trader Joe’s. I have made it a point to let the management of the two TJ stores I shop in that I am pleased they did not participate in the anti-Israel boycott and that is one reason among many they continue to earn my business as well as that of other friends who feel likewise.

I also like Jqrant’s idea of filling the shopping cart only to buy nothing upon “learning” of the boycott. Doing this with several friends a couple times a week will send a strong message, and won’t take much time either.

Sanford Horn on July 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

I had this weird dream last night. I dreamt that the ceiling of the Olympia food joint had asbestos in it. I also dreamt that I saw some cockroaches in the bathrooms and near the dairy products. What a weird dream, oh, yeah, and I dreamt that I saw a hypodermic needle in the vegetable area. I should notify the board of health and see if that really means anything.

Dreamer on July 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

In a respected and scholarly magazine of Jewish intellectuals, (The Jewish Quarterly, winter 2004) Jewish professor Nathan Abrams in an article titled, “Triple Exthnics,” proudly documents the leading role of Gentile-hating Jews in pornography. “A story little told is that of Jews in Hollywood’s seedier cousin, the adult film industry. Perhaps we’d prefer that the ‘triple exthnics’ didn’t exist, but there’s nogetting away from the fact that secular Jews played (and still continue toplay) a disproportionate role throughout the adult film industry in America. Jewish involvement in pornography has a long history in the United States, as Jews have helped transform a fringe subculture into what has become a primary constituent of Americana. These are the ‘true blue’ Jews. Jewish activity in the porn industry divides into two (sometimes overlapping) groups: pornographers and performers. Though Jews make up only two percent of the American population, they have been prominent in pornography. In the postwar era, America’s most notorious pornographer was Reuben Sturman, the ‘Walt Disney of Porn’. According to the US Department of Justice, throughout the 1970s Sturman controlled most of the pornography circulating in the country. . It was said that Sturman did not simply control the adult-entertainment industry; he was the industry. Many are entirely secular, Jews in name only. Sturman, however, identified as a Jew – he was a generous donator to Jewish charities.” .

Abrams shows how the corruption and debasement of Gentiles and Christian morality is a primary part of their motivation for intentionally infecting the Gentile community with pornography. ” Is there a deeper reason, beyond the mere financial, as to why Jews in particular have become involved in porn? . Al Goldstein, the publisher of Screw, said “The only reason that Jews are in pornography is that we think that Christ sucks. Catholicism sucks. We don’t believe in authoritarianism.” Pornography thus becomes a way of defiling Christian culture and, as it penetrates to the very heart of American mainstream (and is no doubt consumed by those very same WASPs), its subversive character becomes more charged. Extending the subversive thesis, Jewish involvement in the X-rated industry can be seen as a proverbial two fingers to the entire WASP establishment in America.”

Opposition to Jewish extremist subversion of Gentile, Christian or slim morality is frequently defined as anti-semitic “hatred”in Jewish dominated media.

Abrams writing in a Jewish journal for a presumably Jewish audience writes matter-of-factly about the “atavistic hatred” against us by Jewish pornographers and their motivation to “weaken the dominant culture in America…”

“Jewish involvement in porn, by this argument, is the result of an atavistic hatred of Christian authority: they are trying to weaken the pominant culture in America by moral subversion. Astyr remembers having “to run or fight for it in grammar school because I was a Jew. It could very well be that part of my porn career is an ‘up yours’ to these people.” ‘

Obviously, there are no articles in the mainstream media exposing Jewish “atavistic hatred” against Gentiles by the promoters of pornographic depravity. Abrams even goes on to talk about the roots of this revolutionary Jewish attack on European values. “Jews were also at the vanguard of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and Paul Goodman replaced Marx, Trotsky and Lenin as required revolutionary reading. . Pacheco was one Jewish porn star who read Reich’s intellectual marriage of Freud and Marx. In light of the relatively tolerant Jewish view of sex, why are we ashamed of the Jewish role in the porn industry? We might not like it, but the Jewish role in this field has been significant and it is about time it was written about seriously.”

Notice that all those mentioned: Reich, Marcuse, Goodman, Marx, Trotsky, Lenin and Freud are Jews. From Freud to Goodman, all represent a Jewish revolution against traditional European values and morality.

When sick Jewish pornographers are part of the brutality of Jewish organized crime, the results can obviously be horrifically tragic for our people. In 2000, a Jewish “Russian” organized crime ring was uncovered that specialized in kidnapping Russian children, some as young as two years old, from parks and orphanages and then subjecting them to rape, torture and murder, all on video tape. These tapes were sold to thousands of Jewish and Gentile perverts all over the world. When police in Italy were frustrated by lack of action by the authorities they released some of the video footage to an Italian network which then showed some of the graphic images hoping to cause public outrage. Instead of outrage against the Jewish murderers the TV producers suffered outrage for showing the disturbing images.

Edu - cationalist on July 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    What does this have to do with the Coop in Olympia?

    Sam Adams on July 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      It’s called an “ad hominem”, and it’s recognized as both a popular tool of those who have real facts or logic on which to base and support their point of view, and “a classic logical fallacy”.

      Posting an obvious attempt at a “Jews are out to get us Gentiles” screed in regards to a post about boycotting Israeli made products is just a screen for the posters internal Jew hatred. Yes, I recognize the source etc. as Jewish, meant for Jews. Which means, obviously to those capable of rational thought, that religious Jews, disgusted with the evil that is the “adult” industry, and the “chillul Hashem (desecration of the name of God)” by calling these perverts “Jews”, is a horrendous thing that needs to be addressed as to cause (i.e. what pushed people of Jewish moral descent towards a world of immorality).

      The Torah has been teaching for 3,300 years how we Jews are supposed to rise above the “base, animalistic” tendencies, and stay away from the immorality and perversion that permeated and ultimately led to the downfall of other societies.

      The fact that “Jews in name only” are a large part of the leftist, liberal Hollywood machine as well as the “adult enterprise” machinery is essentially irrelevant, as they certainly don’t represent or speak for me. And anyone who assumes they do, or lumps us all in as one group, is engaging in sweeping generalization- which is usually called “prejudice” or “hate”, or even “racism”.

      SumDum Phool on July 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

        That should read “those who have NO real facts or logic on which to base and support…”.

        SumDum Phool on July 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

anyone that is calling the olympia food coop a nazi organization is rather close minded. they aren’t using nazi tactics. what about the ones who use their military power to oppress an entire population of millions for their own benefit. the israeli government has complete disregard for the palestinian people, and will continue to oppress them until more and more people speak out. the olympia food coop has nothing against the jewish people or even the israeli people. they were speaking out against a militant government that breaks international law every single day in their oppression of the palestinian people. you all should get your facts straight, and stop being so incredibly close minded. being jewish doesn’t mean supporting everything about israel and calling anyone who has anything else to say a nazi.

sam on July 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Israel’s disreagard for the Palestinians?

    What about Jordan’s disregard for them?

    Does it mean anything that there never was a country called Palestine?

    Or that when given a country by the UN it was rejected and instead a war was fought?

    What about those rockets………….. ??????

    Sam Adams on July 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I find it ironic that the US citizens who are falling for the boycott ploys are unwittingly supporting Arab nations who support a ethnic cleansing and “final solution” regarding Israel. Sad but typical…

Robert on July 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Ah Sam, your grasp of the obvious is impeccable. What about Syria too? They don’t want the “stateless” Palestinians in “THEIR” countries either.

Furthermore, Howard Stern always used to rag on “American” Jews like Woody Allen lending advice to Israel to concede some land, then we can all sing koombaya…from the comfort of his New “Yawk” flat, of course.

patrick on July 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

To Whom it May Concern:
By boycotting Israeli products, you are entering a brave new world. I sincerely hope you and yours are healthy because so many inventions such as the stent (for one) and myriad medications, can no longer be used by you, your families, or your employees; plus it will be hard to give up a business that depends on the internet which runs on so many Intel inventions and products, not to mention cell phones but I feel sure you can manage to live in the Middle Ages.
I presume not being hypocrites, you would also boycott Arab inventions and products (if there were any) in the name of peace and honor to protest such time honored occupations as suicide bombings, children being used as human shields, honor killings, female genital mutilation and their refusal to make any gesture for peace.

I did not receive an answer. Wonder why?

eidel on July 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Dear Eidel: You took the words right off my keyboard.

Miranda Rose Smith on July 23, 2010 at 5:05 am

I knew the late Reuban Sturman. We had a number of conversations. I have known other pornographers, who come from a Jewishb background. Once I confronted one of these pornographers, the son of an Orthodox Rabbi, and asked him what his father would think of his life. He failed to answer, but told me his daughter was now running the business.
These vile people do not represent Biblical Judaism. They have cut themselves off from the House of Israel, and are rightly condemed by the rightious. May their names be blotted out.

eds on July 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Pornographer Reuben Sturman also linked to the Brooklyn Mob who once jet setted on the French Intercontinental supersonic died alone in prison. A fitting end.

    Ron Wolf on January 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

To: board@olympiafood.coop
Sent: Fri, July 23, 2010 11:02:20 AM
Subject: Boycott of Israeli Products

Dear Sirs:

Your food co-op is boycotting Israeli products because your leftie customers don’t like it that Israel has Jews in it who want to stay alive.

Harry Levine, a staff representative to the board, said . . . he supports it.
“My personal view is that boycotts can be effective tools in changing governments,” he said. “I personally support it, and I’m an American Jew.”

Why do you want to change the Israeli government, Mr. Levine? Aren’t they suicidally nice enough for you already?

The board voted to boycott Israeli products as a way to “compel Israel to follow international law and respect Palestinian human rights,” according to a statement the board released.

Just what “Palestinian” human right isn’t Israel respecting? The now-so-called “Palestinians” are historically, culturally and linguistically ARABS. During the Mandatory Period, hundreds of thousands of Jews were Palestinians. Israel follows international law far more than any Arab state. In my opinion, the Arabs have no right to shoot at Jews and not have the Jews shoot back. Is that the “right” that you want to compel the Israelis to respect? The ones with no respect for “Palestinian” human rights are the Jordanians, Lebanese and Egyptians. They’re the ones you’d be boycotting, if you cared about “Palestinian” human rights and not about making points with your anti-Semitic customers and patting yourself on the back for it.

If you really want to boycott Israeli products, do it properly. Get rid of the computer you’re reading this email on, for starters. Do you know how much hardware and software was patented in Israel or is manufactured in Israel? Get rid of your celphones. Ladies on the co-op board, get rid of your Epilady razors and Victoria’s Secret seamless lingerie.

By the way, ladies on the co-op board, if any one of you suspects that she might, G-d forbid, have breast cancer, insist that radiation be used to check for it. The radiation-free method of detecting breast cancer was developed in Israel. Any one of you have multiple sclerosis, also G-d forbid? Chuck your Copazone. Any one of you using a Babysense Respiratory Movement Monitor to prevent sudden infant death syndrome? Disconnect it. I’m sure you’d rather have your child suffocate than support Israel. As a matter of fact, considering how much medical technology and how many pharmaceuticals are manufactured in Israel, you all just better figure on staying healthy.

I understand that you will be voting, on August 11, on whether or not to repeal the boycott. I uge you to vote to repeal it and tell any customer who objects to go live the Saudi Arabia.

Respectfully yours,

Miranda Rose Smith

Miranda Rose Smith on July 25, 2010 at 5:39 am

Stop tax payers money to Israel. That country with the extremist fanatic beliefs have cost us dearly over the past 6 decades. Any move done by the US in the Middle East ( and the mess we’re currently in) is Israel motivated.

I do not care for the promised land. I do not think the Messiah will return when all Jews reside in Israel and I do not care much for the Apartheid regime in Israel. It actually saddens me to see such a liberal and left leaning people as the Palestinians in the 1960′s turn into the Hamas extremists they are today. What a waste of a people, just so the Jews can be happy on occupied land.

StoptaxpayersmoneytoIsrael on July 25, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I do not care much for the Apartheid regime in Israel.

    Who ever heard of an apartheid regime with no miscegenation laws? Just between the two of us, you do realize, perfectly clearly, that Israel is the least apartheid country on the planet? You call Israel an apartheid country because you know how decent the Israelis are, how horrified by any suggestion of racism. You call Israel an apartheid country because you hope that some Israelis, at least, will become demoralized, say “Oh no, we don’t want to act like those horrible, evil South Africans. We’ll let the Arabs walk in and slaughter us.”

    It actually saddens me to see such a liberal and left leaning people as the Palestinians in the 1960’s turn into the Hamas extremists they are today.

    Were they liberal and left leaning in 1948, when the Arabs attacked and the “Palestinians” left Israel, figuring the Jews would be defeated in a week and they could come back and loot Jewish property? Were they liberal and left leaning when, along with all their fellow Arabs, they wanted to see Israel wiped off the map in 1967?

    What a waste of a people, just so the Jews can be happy on occupied land.

    StoptaxpayersmoneytoIsrael on July 25, 2010 at 7:08 am

    No country on the planet has been more suicidally prepared to make land-for-peace concessions than Israel. Ever hear of the Sinai? Ever hear of Gaza? The Israelis stand ready to make even more concessions. You can’t talk about the Jews being happy on “occupied land” and deny that Jordan is “Palestine,” because until 1967, when Jordan attacked and the Israelis went in in an open-and-shut case of self defence, that land belonged to Jordan and nobody said a word about an autonomous homeland for the “Palestinians.”

    Since you yourself have admitted that Jordan is “Palestine,” give me one good reason why Jordan shouldn’t take in the “Palestinian” refugees, their fellow Arabs. ISREAL took in the JEWS that were expelled from ARAB lands, remember.

    Miranda Rose Smith on July 25, 2010 at 10:49 am

” To comment on participation in the boycott, send an e-mail to board@olympiafood.coop or call 360-357-1106, ext. 12.”…

I took your advice, and emailed them, saying ‘good job’.

eric Burger on November 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

To boycott Israel is to stand up to Nazi tactics and apartheid. Israel is NOT the victim here, they are clearly the aggressor and are the most dangerous element in the middle east. I hope more co-ops and stores follow suit. Israel tries to bully everyone but more people are waking up.

KW on December 30, 2010 at 3:44 am

Putz!

Ron Wolf on January 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I guess in your opinion the three little pigs were apartheid too?

    Ron Wolf on January 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Why in the world is the author of all these articles such an immature, ill-mannered, racist and down right uneducated? She actually swears at certain people which is hardly mature or intellectual in any way. it shows her lack of manners and, to an extent, taints any views or opinions she may have through out the rest of the article.
The author praises those who stand against anti-Israel propaganda which is fair enough if celebrities don’t want to be involved in the politics, but then she insults those who simply have dinner with arabs. She also insults those celebrities who simply practice their freedom of reason, intellect, morality and ofcourse, speech.
She has no clue what she’s on about for most of her articles as she is rather one-sided and far too hot headed to be trusted with a butter knife, let alone anything else.

SSB on May 14, 2012 at 12:01 am

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