Park Slope Food Coop Strikes Down Israel Boycott

By Meredith Hoffman on March 28, 2012 2:17pm | Updated on March 28, 2012 2:18pm

The Park Slope Food Co-Op voted against boycotting Israeli products like hummus and kosher marshmallows.
The Park Slope Food Co-Op voted against boycotting Israeli products like hummus and kosher marshmallows.
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PARK SLOPE—Kosher marshmallow lovers, fear no longer.

After weeks of fiery debate over whether to boycott Israeli products, the Park Slope Food Coop last night decided to keep the country's imports in the aisles.

Members of the 16,300 member collective on Union Street packed the auditorium at Brooklyn Technical High School, the Times reported, and voted against the boycott with a final tally of 1,005 against and 653 in favor.

Boycott supporters hoped the action would put pressure on Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories—even though the co-op sells just a handful of Israeli-made goods such as hummus.

The proponents of the boycott are part of the international group Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, which is trying to change Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

But the co-op's opponents of the boycott—more than 1,000 of the group's members, according to last night's vote—criticized the insertion of politics into the food collective.

City officials, including Mayor Bloomberg, have also spoken out against the Israeli boycott.

In the past, the 39-year-old food group has boycotted other countries' products, including those of South Africa and Chile.

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