Wednesday, July 21, 2010

US chain store boycotts Israeli goods

US chain store boycotts Israeli goods

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An American chain store has boycotted sales of Israeli products to protest at the policies of the Tel Aviv's regime against Palestinians.

The board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-op in Washington decided last week that no more Israeli goods will be sold at its two grocery stores in the city.

"We met last Thursday for the board members meeting and a pretty large group - about 40 people - presented the boycott project and answered our questions," board member Rob Richards told Ha'aretz on Tuesday.

"A couple of board members were concerned about what will be the financial effect on the organization, but it's minimal," he added.

Richards also said that two members on the board were from the Jewish community who supported the boycott.

The co-op grocery stores carried Israeli products including ice cream, crackers and a line of baby wipes.

Olympia is the hometown of Rachel Corrie, a US peace activist who was run over and killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she attempted to prevent a Palestinian home from being demolished.

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