Ann Arbor Area Community News
For the past few months, the People’s Food Co-op has been building up to a membership referendum on whether the Co-op should boycott products made in Israel. Today’s Ann Arbor News discusses some of the viewpoints that have been expressed:
[Boycott Israeli Goods] member Anne Remley said the campaign highlights the need to show resistance to Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian land. “We are inviting the members of the co-op to stand up for Palestinian human rights and to send that message to the government of Israel from the well-informed, ethical, caring people who tend to be co-op members,’‘ said Remley, a co-op member for 36 years.
Co-op Board member Linda Feldt, on her personal blog, reprints the article that ran in the PFC newsletter, which is more explicit in its discussion of the controversy:
In the process of debate and information sharing, swastikas have come to front doors of the co-op as well. The flyers and placards that include this inflammatory symbol have been decried by Members of the Boycott Israel Goods group, which coordinated the petition drive, as well as many other in the co-op community. Reverend Neimoller is famous for his words .. “but I didn’t speak up..” and the consequences of silence. For this short narrative it would be wrong to try and ignore this most negative consequence of a free debate.
Feldt also discusses the tone of discourse presented to the Board.
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