Friday, May 29, 2009

Zach Goldsmith says: "Fuck racist MalcolmX"

...Now Goldsmith opposes the humanitarian boycott against Israel, too.

The major named opponent of the "Boycott Israel" campaign, on Arbor Update, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is Zachary Goldsmith.

To give you a clearer picture of where boycott opponents are coming from, let us review Mr. Goldsmith's own publicly posted comments against one of the greatest civil rights heroes in U.S. history, Malcolm X.

Malcolm is loved by millions of Black Americans, but not by Mr. Goldsmith, who actually commented "Fuck racist MalcolmX" just nine months ago-- publicly.

See Mr. Goldsmith's remarks, dated August 15, 2008, by clicking on the image below:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Video: "Boycott Israel at Whole Foods Market"

This video shows you what Whole Foods really stands for, despite its claims to "compassion"--

Video: "Boycott Israel at Whole Foods Market"

The video is on YouTube, at:

Why does Whole Foods Market sell Israeli Couscous-- even as Israel massa... more
"Why does Whole Foods Market sell Israeli Couscous-- even as Israel massacres and starves Gaza?

"Ask them to join the humanitarian boycott against all Israeli goods.


For more background on Whole Food Market's sales of Zionist products, see their ex-employee's Blog:

Israeli Products at Whole Foods Market

"Since, I used to work for, and still have email contacts for, Whole Foods, I emailed them this letter.
You can also email them from this website:

" 'As a customer, and ex-team member, I would like to see Whole Foods pull its Israeli products until the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) stops the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The products I can immediately think of include: Israeli Couscous, Tahina, Oils, etc....
' "

The entire article is on the Web at:

--Also see:

"Union Busting in Hippie Clothing?

"Something Stinks at Whole Foods"

on CounterPunch at:


For another campaign to Boycott Israeli Goods, now entering its 3rd year, see this video:

"Boycott Israel at People's Food Co-op"

Video on YouTube at:

"The movement to boycott Apartheid Israel has entered its 18th month, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Zionists use very bloody language to oppose the boycott. They openly encourage "more death" of Palestinian children, right at the Co-op, as you will see."


* This election-- turning on whether the Co-op should boycott all Israeli goods-- is being hotly debated now, at:

(141 comments so far).


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Campaign to Boycott Israeli Goods, at Food Co-ops Nationwide.

2010 Update:

"Olympia Food Co-op boycotts Israel, pulls products--

"Olympia Food Co-op: Products pulled after board decides to boycott nation"

Published in THE OLYMPIAN (Olympia, Washington, USA)

On the Web at:

by ROLF BOONE; Staff writer
Published July 21, 2010


2010 Update:

The Davis Food Co-op BDS Campaign (Davis, California), at:


2009 Campaign to Boycott Israeli Goods:

At the People's Food Co-op, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Boycott Israel.

The man in the photo with Henry is Basem Abu Rahme.

At the time (April, 2005) we were euphoric, having just completed one of the first protests against the Apartheid Wall in Bi'lin.

On April 17, 2009, Basem was murdered by invading Israel Occupation Forces, shot with a high velocity tear gas cannister, at the Bil'in weekly protest.


Henry Herskovitz

Candidate Statement

On the Web at:

Board Candidacy

People’s Food Co-op

February 27, 2009

"I was very impressed with the efforts of the Boycott Israel Group, whose dedication and hard work brought a petition to the Board of Directors of PFC in 2007 and enabled the Co-op to conduct a vote on whether to boycott products made in Israel. Though I played no part in that very successful effort to raise awareness of the atrocities committed by the state of Israel, I felt that what was lacking was a sympathetic ear of a Board member to their cause. I plan to be that ear, and voice for the Palestinian people.

"The wonderful part about our Co-op is that it promotes the value of social consciousness, as evidenced by Bob Schildgen’s message in this month’s Connection. And given the massacre of Gaza just committed over the holiday season by Israel, nothing could be more timely than a second effort by a socially conscious group like BIG, to commit our social energies into achieving a just peace in Palestine.

"I note that of this writing the 15,000 member Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, New York is considering a ban on Israeli products, and I would like our Co-op to be one of the leaders in this movement. It is time that the Ann Arbor political and co-operative communities came together to demand an end to the ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Boycotts, like the one proposed in 2007, is a peaceful means to achieve this goal; it is what I hope will be the main priority of the Board in 2009-2012.

"Voters should consider that I have been a participating member in the People’s Food Co-op since about 2002, well prior to my advocacy for Palestinian self-determination.

"I also bring 32 years of experience in working for a major manufacturing firm in southeast Michigan. When I retired, I was manager of the Design/Drafting group of this $1.8 billion corporation, responsible for the work of 12 CAD designers, and reported directly to the Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing. I understand corporate organizations, budget imperatives, business plans, and worked closely with associates in Human Resources."

Henry Herskovitz


Another Food Co-op debates a boycott against Israeli Products:

"Brooklyn Co-Op May Boycott Israeli Products"

On the local CBS TV news, at:

Feb.20, 2009

by Jay Dow, WCBS TV News


...The 15,000 member food co-op in Park Slope is considering a ban on Israeli products because of the conflict in the Mideast. Officials there are now debating making an international statement after a member's proposal to take a symbolic stand against Israel.

So far the co-op staff has identified just four products from Israel, but they say it's possible there are others out of the 10,000 products offered at the co-op.

How do he members feel about losing Israeli grown persimmons, sweet peppers, paprika, and marshmallows? Reaction is mixed.

"Red peppers are the only thing that I would use of those four, and I would not boycott them," said co-op member Steve Monroe.

"I don't really support the boycott. But I really don't support the policy of Israel either," said Ted Stafford, another member.

But other say they would stand behind the decision if it goes through.

"Just make people more aware and more responsible in how we find the things that we sell," said member Crystal Whaley.

Members say until the boycott proposal reaches the co-op board's official agenda, they'll continue stocking the shelves based on a food's quality instead of its nationality.


"Boycott Israel at People's Food Co-op"

Click on video image to enlarge it.


This video is on YouTube at:

It has been seen by over 10,600 viewers.

This news video was released in the 18th month of the campaign to boycott all Israeli products, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The boycott against Israeli products had gathered almost 1,000 petition signatures, demanding boycott, at the People’s Food Co-op, a grocery store.

The Zionists use very bloody language to oppose the boycott.

The Zionists openly encourage "more death" of Palestinian children, as you can see in the video.


Boycott of Israeli products:
A Pennsylvania Food Co-op debates boycott for 5 months.

Click on Co-op newsletter to enlarge it.

The Co-op newsletter is on the Web at:

Here is an excerpt from that Co-op newsletter:

"...Linda Hanna then stepped to the
podium to present the arguments for the

"A 25-year Co-op member, Hanna said the boycott of products made or
grown in the illegal Israeli settlements in
the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan
Heights was being proposed because 'the
settlements are a core injustice.'

"She said the organizers of the campaign against
settlement products are Arab-Americans
and Jewish Americans. Like a majority of
Israelis, they see the settlements as the
major obstacle to peace in the region."

Click on Co-op newsletter to enlarge it.

Click on Co-op newsletter to enlarge it.


"Despite distaste for settlements, Philadelphia’s Jews shun boycott"

"Central Ohio's Largest Circulation Jewish Newspaper"

Thursday, 23 June 2005

Full article on the Web at:

Brief excerpts:

"You would be hard-pressed to find many members of northwest Philadelphia’s vibrant Jewish community fully in favor of the presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"Still, many members of an area co-op refused to go from there to boycotting produce grown in the territories.

"The controversy began in January, when a small group within Weavers Way Co-op, a food store owned and operated by its members, threatened to boycott produce from Israeli territories they consider illegally occupied. Working under the title Campaign Against Settlement Products, the group, with both Arab-American and Jewish members, claimed that buying the products supports the degradation of water resources in the area.

"The boycott proposal was brought to a vote in mid-May at the co-op’s biannual member’s meeting..."


The Boycott-Israeli-Goods movement has gathered over 700 Rainbow shoppers' signatures, to boycott Israeli goods.

"RBIG renews request for meeting with Rainbow Grocery"

On the Web site of "Rainbow Boycott Israeli Goods", at:

Open Letter to Rainbow Workers:

RBIG is a group of workers and shoppers organized to
encourage Rainbow to boycott Israeli goods. After
Israel invaded Lebanon in July 2006, RBIG requested a
meeting with Rainbow about initiating such a policy.
We are renewing our request for a meeting for the
following reasons:

** The month of May is the 60th anniversary of the Nakba-
the zionist expulsion and ethnic cleansing of
Palestinians from their homeland.

** On April 24th the United Nations declared that Israel¹s
embargo of fuel has made it impossible to continue
its food aid program in Gaza, leaving 1-1/2 million
Palestinians without drinking water and food.

** RBIG now has over 700 Rainbow shoppers¹ signatures,
gathered at our weekly tabling, which petition the store
to boycott Israeli goods.

Enclosed is a letter, signed by workers and shoppers who are
people of color, expressing their strong objections to Israel¹s
racist policies and adding their voices to this request for a

Also enclosed are the five letters we sent Rainbow over the last
20 months stating our reasons for urging the store to consider
initiating such a boycott.

Nell Myhand (510)-485-6065
Jean Kuchinsky Pauline
Tom Brown


Photo: Rainbow Grocery Cooperative store, Folsom Street, San Francisco.

People of Color Support Rainbow Grocery to Boycott Israeli Goods

On the Web at:


Dear Rainbow Grocery

We are writing as shoppers at Rainbow Grocery who are people
of color. Some of us are in RBIG (Rainbow Boycott Israeli
Goods) which as you know has been asking for a meeting with
the collective since mid 2006. We have taken up the boycott of
Israeli goods because the issue of Zionism is first and foremost
a racial justice issue.

Some of us are fairly new to the Bay Area and some of us have
been Rainbow shoppers since the 1980’s. We shop at Rainbow
because we are fighting for our lives in a racist (and sexist)
system that relentlessly assaults our health and wellbeing.
Rainbow is a very important resource for both knowledge of and
access to healthy living food and other natural supports for
disease prevention and cure. We also believe in and support
the concept of collectives.

We also shop at Rainbow because we expect progressive
organizations like Rainbow be responsive to community and
to take a position and strong action for justice. As you know,
the Palestinians are being subjected by Israel to an apartheid
system where people with darker skins are humiliated and
brutalized every day and treated in a savagely racist way. This
is the 60th anniversary of the Nakba, when Israeli soldiers went
from village to village massacring Palestinians young and old.
Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing and seizure of lands from the
indigenous people are eerily reminiscent of the way Native
Americans were treated in this country.

In the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair, the role of the Bush
administration in deepening the suffering of Palestinian people,
who are people of color, is presented in great and gory detail.
“Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since
corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay
bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National
Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil
war.” This article exposes how at the behest of the US
government, Israel has unleashed an unimaginable level of
violence aimed at expelling those Palestinians who can/will go,
and killing/maiming as many people as they dare of those who

As individuals and organizations (including small businesses)
we must confront the question of what it means if we refuse to
stand with people of color around the world and to protest our
racist enemies’ closest friends abroad. As people of color we
daily, must confront the question, what does it mean for our
struggle against racism that Bush's closest ally is empowered
to do as they like with complete impunity by those of us who
consider ourselves to be anti-racist.

We are adding our voices to those calling immediately for a
meeting with Rainbow to discuss Rainbow’s boycotting Israeli


Nell Myhand
Synthia Green
Shirley Yee
Faris Barhoum
Pablo Jim
Samia Shoman
Jahahara Alkebulan Maat
Sharon Lungo
Chris Lymbertos
Lily Haskell
Adnan Hamwi
Sannah Rahim
Phil Hutchings
Jess Ghannam
Happy Hyder
Joyce Umamoto
Ayesha Gill
Chris Mazaleh
Nissor Ahmed
Ali Abong
Patricia Hemphill
Grace Shalhoub