Park Slope Food Coop BDS

Park Slope Food Coop BDS Working in solidarity with Palestinians & Jews to end Israeli apartheid We are a group of members of the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC) who believe that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a valid tactic in the struggle for peace and equality in Israel and Palestine.

Each of us has been actively involved in movements that work for peace and against injustice right here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where human rights are violated. The BDS movement is similarly in keeping with our values. We believe in exercising the democratic process at the Coop on this issue. That is why we request a referendum vote so that all Coop members have the opportunity t

Each of us has been actively involved in movements that work for peace and against injustice right here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where human rights are violated. The BDS movement is similarly in keeping with our values. We believe in exercising the democratic process at the Coop on this issue. That is why we request a referendum vote so that all Coop members have the opportunity t

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07/28/2021
Opinion | We’re Ben and Jerry. Men of Ice Cream, Men of Principle.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/28/opinion/ben-and-jerry-israel.html?referringSource=articleShare

We’re Ben and Jerry. Men of Ice Cream, Men of Principle.
July 28, 2021

By Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield founded Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings in 1978.

We are the founders of Ben & Jerry’s. We are also proud Jews. It’s part of who we are and how we’ve identified ourselves for our whole lives. As our company began to expand internationally, Israel was one of our first overseas markets. We were then, and remain today, supporters of the State of Israel.

But it’s possible to support Israel and oppose some of its policies, just as we’ve opposed policies of the U.S. government. As such, we unequivocally support the decision of the company to end business in the occupied territories, which the international community, including the United Nations, has deemed an illegal occupation.

While we no longer have any operational control of the company we founded in 1978, we’re proud of its action and believe it is on the right side of history. In our view, ending the sales of ice cream in the occupied territories is one of the most important decisions the company has made in its 43-year history. It was especially brave of the company. Even though it undoubtedly knew that the response would be swift and powerful, Ben & Jerry’s took the step to align its business and operations with its progressive values.

That we support the company’s decision is not a contradiction nor is it anti-Semitic. In fact, we believe this act can and should be seen as advancing the concepts of justice and human rights, core tenets of Judaism.

Ben & Jerry’s is a company that advocates peace. It has long called on Congress to reduce the U.S. military budget. Ben & Jerry’s opposed the Persian Gulf war of 1991. But it wasn’t just talk. One of our very first social-mission initiatives, in 1988, was to introduce the Peace Pop. It was part of an effort to promote the idea of redirecting 1 percent of national defense budgets around the world to fund peace-promoting activities. We see the company’s recent action as part of a similar trajectory — not as anti-Israel, but as part of a long history of being pro-peace.

In its statement, the company drew a contrast between the democratic territory of Israel and the territories Israel occupies. The decision to halt sales outside Israel’s democratic borders is not a boycott of Israel. The Ben & Jerry’s statement did not endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The company’s stated decision to more fully align its operations with its values is not a rejection of Israel. It is a rejection of Israeli policy, which perpetuates an illegal occupation that is a barrier to peace and violates the basic human rights of the Palestinian people who live under the occupation. As Jewish supporters of the State of Israel, we fundamentally reject the notion that it is anti-Semitic to question the policies of the State of Israel.

When we left the helm of the company, we signed a unique governance structure in the acquisition agreement with Unilever back in 2000. That structure is the magic behind both Ben & Jerry’s continued independence and its success. As part of the agreement, the company retained an independent board of directors with a responsibility to protect the company’s essential brand integrity and to pursue its social mission.

We believe business is among the most powerful entities in society. We believe that companies have a responsibility to use their power and influence to advance the wider common good. Over the years, we’ve also come to believe that there is a spiritual aspect to business, just as there is to the lives of individuals. As you give, you receive. We hope that for Ben & Jerry’s, that is at the heart of the business. To us, that’s what this decision represents, and that is why we are proud that 43 years after starting an ice cream shop in a dilapidated gas station in Burlington, Vt., our names are still on the package.

We support the company's decision to end the sale of its ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/19/ben-jerrys-to-stop-selling-ice-cream-in-palestinian-territories#BDS #boyco...
07/20/2021
Ben & Jerry’s to stop sales in occupied Palestinian territories

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/19/ben-jerrys-to-stop-selling-ice-cream-in-palestinian-territories

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Ben & Jerry’s to stop sales in occupied Palestinian territories
Vermont-based company says sales in the occupied lands were ‘inconsistent with our values’

The company said in an announcement of the statement that ice-cream maker recognised ‘the concerns shared with us by our fans’. The company said in an announcement of the statement that ice-cream maker recognised ‘the concerns shared with us by our fans’.

Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream has announced that it will no longer sell its ice-cream in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying the sales are “inconsistent with our values.”

The announcement on Monday was one of the highest-profile rebukes by a well-known brand of Israel’s settlements which are regarded as illegal under international law.

In a statement posted on the company’s website, the Vermont-based ice-cream maker says it recognises “the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”

“We have a longstanding partnership with our licensee, who manufactures Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream in Israel and distributes it in the region,” the statement said. “We have been working to change this, and so we have informed our licensee that we will not renew the licence agreement when it expires at the end of next year.”

Aida Touma-Sliman, an Israeli lawmaker with the Joint List of Arab parties, wrote on Twitter that Ben & Jerry’s decision Monday was “appropriate and moral”. She added that the “occupied territories are not part of Israel” and that the move is an important step to help pressure the Israeli government to end the occupation.

Wasel Abu Youssef, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said: “We welcome the decision of any company to stop its work and investments in Israeli settlements.”

Israel’s foreign minister, Yair Lapid, called the decision “a shameful capitulation to antisemitism” and said he would take up the issue with the more than 30 states that have legislation against the BDS movement which advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli institutions and businesses.

The West Bank and East Jerusalem were captured by Israel in the 1967 six-day war. Now, 700,000 Israeli settlers live in the two territories – roughly 500,000 in the occupied West Bank and 200,000 in East Jerusalem.

Israel treats the two areas separately, considering East Jerusalem as part of its capital. Meanwhile, Israel considers the West Bank as disputed territory whose fate should be resolved in negotiations. However the international community considers both areas to be occupied territory. The Palestinians seek the West Bank as part of a future independent state, with East Jerusalem as their capital.

While Ben & Jerry’s products will not be sold in the settlements, the company will stay in Israel.

The Yesha Council, an umbrella group representing Israelis living in West Bank settlements, said: “There’s no need to buy products from companies that boycott hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens because of the place they choose to live.”

It said Ben & Jerry’s decision “brought a bad spirit to such a sweet industry” and called on Israelis to buy locally produced ice-cream this summer.

The BDS movement applauded Ben & Jerry’s decision as “a decisive step towards ending the company’s complicity in Israel’s occupation and violations of Palestinian rights”, but called upon the company to do more.

“We hope that Ben & Jerry’s has understood that, in harmony with its social justice commitments, there can be no business as usual with apartheid Israel,” a statement read.

Vermont-based company says sales in the occupied lands were ‘inconsistent with our values’

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B'Tselem and Human Rights Watch have correctly labeled Israel an apartheid entity throughout all the land it controls, i.e. all of historic Palestine. All people of conscience should boycott Israel until it comes into compliance with international law: laws applied equally to all ethnicities, refugees must be allowed to return to their homes and lands.

As of this past month, global sports brand Adidas will no longer sponsor the Israel Football Association (IFA) after repeated protest from the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

It took a police crackdown to get the Israeli-operated ZIM San Diego ship unloaded in the Port of Seattle.For weeks, pro...
06/22/2021
It Took a Police Crackdown to Get Israeli-Operated Cargo Unloaded in Seattle

It took a police crackdown to get the Israeli-operated ZIM San Diego ship unloaded in the Port of Seattle.

For weeks, pro-Palestine Block the Boat protesters had prevented the ship from unloading its cargo in the port. The group recently scored a victory in Oakland when another ZIM ship, the Volans, was forced to leave without unloading. ZIM is Israel’s largest shipping company, and one of the biggest in the world, and the protests targeting it are part of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Block the Boat actions, led by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), focus on the “boycott” part of BDS. Participants do so not via consumption choices but rather in coalition with workers who can boycott Israel by refusing to unload goods transported by Israeli vessels. These actions are a response to appeals from Palestinian unions for their comrades in the US labor movement to boycott the Israeli occupation by taking “courageous and brave stances against the occupation and stand with us as we demand freedom, justice, and human dignity.”

The ZIM San Diego had originally been scheduled to dock in the Port of Seattle on June 2, but heat from organizations like AROC and Falastiniyat, a Palestinian feminist collective organizing the Seattle picket, kept the ship sitting in Elliott Bay for nearly two weeks.

On Saturday, June 12, the ship tried to unload its cargo. Protesters set up a community picket early that morning, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 19 members tasked with unloading the ship refused to cross. The picket continued throughout the week. Before long, SSA Marine Corporation president Edward DeNike, who runs the terminal in which the ZIM San Diego was docked, urged the vessel to leave the port.

But the situation changed suddenly on Thursday, June 17. With the picket up and running — and socialist city councilor Kshama Sawant present on the line — the Seattle Police Department stepped in, telling protesters to disperse. Eleven people were arrested — all have since been released.

According to AROC, the ship was finally unloaded Thursday night after the picket line had been broken up by the police.

“In order for the ZIM San Diego to be unloaded, it required a police crackdown,” says Wassim Hage, AROC’s press coordinator. “This moment when police are cracking down on pro-Palestine protesters in Seattle is deeply connected to when Israeli mobs and Israeli police are ethnically cleansing Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israelis have broken the ceasefire in Gaza.”

In an email template written by AROC for supporters to use when urging elected officials not to interfere with the blockade, AROC alleges that the Israeli Consulate General put pressure on officials like Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, as well as SSA Marine’s DeNike, to get the ship unloaded. Were this allegation proven, it would mean Israel pressured a US mayor and US company to sic a police force, itself trained by the Israeli military, on people who were exercising their rights, all in service of the smooth flow of commerce.

“ZIM is clearly desperate. No workers crossed our picket and ZIM was unwilling to leave after SSA Marine Corporation had asked the ZIM San Diego to leave,” said Aisha Mansour of Falastiniyat in a statement on Thursday’s arrests. “It’s telling that this corporation would rely on police violence to suppress a peaceful picket protesting against Israeli apartheid. These actions are clear attempts at intimidating our community that is standing up for human rights in Palestine and everywhere. We will never stop fighting against Israeli apartheid, from Seattle, to Jerusalem.”

Block the Boat actions have taken place across the country, and workers have refused to handle Israeli cargo in South Africa and Italy as well. In the United States, the cooperation of the ILWU is key to these efforts. The union has a history of militancy, but these recent actions differ in an important way. When the ILWU refused to handle South African cargo during the apartheid era, dockworkers, rather than community organizations, initiated the pickets — and they paid a price in injunctions and lost wages for doing so. Today, with the labor movement as on the defensive as it’s ever been, even the ILWU does not have that level of militancy. This might explain why, while Local 19 stated that it supports Block the Boat’s First Amendment right to “peacefully and nonviolently assemble” at the Seattle terminal, some members may have worked the ship once police broke up the picket.

Despite the arrests and at least partial unloading of the ship, organizations involved in the Block the Boat actions have called the five days of pickets a success.

“From Oakland to Seattle, we have demonstrated that workers and social justice movements support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and that there will be a high price for all companies who do business that profits the apartheid state of Israel,” said Lara Kiswani, executive director of AROC. “We will not stand down.”

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/06/block-the-boat-bds-israel-palestine-zim-san-diego-port-of-seattle-picket-sawant

For weeks, pro-Palestine protesters physically prevented the unloading of Israeli-operated cargo that had entered the Port of Seattle. It finally took a violent crackdown by Seattle police to get the ship unloaded.

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https://hyperallergic.com/648652/guide-to-palestinian-cinema-streaming/

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No, it is not "legal." It is the outcome of the illegal takeover of Palestine by the zionists and the 70 year ongoing confiscation of property from the indigenous people and giving the land to European Jews. Theft is illegal everywhere in the world.
And who will decide? The murderous zionist thugs?