NEW YORK (CBS New York) — A push by some Park Slope Food Co-op members to boycott products from Israel because of the country’s Palestine policy is raising eyebrows and courting controversy.
The popular Brooklyn food co-op is known for taking political stands and boycotting certain products to protect the environment or rights of workers at the request of some of its members.READ MORE: MTA To Start Issuing $50 Fines To Riders Not Wearing Masks
Plastic bags and bottles were previously banned for environmental reasons. Coca-Cola was also banned due to labor issues in Columbia.
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But now, the board could consider boycotting Israeli products because a number of members take issue with policies in the Palestinian territories. Some in the community, however, are questioning the idea.READ MORE: Police Seek Identity Of Man Accused In Alleged Anti-Asian Attack In Midtown
“I think in times when people are not sure what they stand for, people make local political decisions and I don’t agree with that boycott, but I can see why,” Howard Segan told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.
Another man, named “Seth” wondered aloud why the organization would stop with Israel if such a boycott was enacted.
“Every country does productive and unproductive things in this world. So, it doesn’t really send the right message,” he said.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating After Man Allegedly Threatens To Blow Up Brooklyn Synagogue, States 'Kill All Jews'
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