Following up on yesterday’s Park Slope vote against BDS, we felt it worth quoting the text published after the vote by the coalition who fought against BDS and won:
“We have proved that it is possible for a highly diverse group to work together collectively to build a successful enterprise based on an unusual business model. The Coop is a place where people park their politics at the door. As always, we will welcome people of all beliefs and interests to build a strong and dynamic community.”
The BDS movement does nothing to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians, or improve the lives of Palestinians. Peace will come through a negotiated settlement between the 2 sides that will include mutual recognition of rights and national aspirations. The BDS leadership works against peace by rejecting all cooperative endeavors between Israelis and Palestinians. By placing all blame on one side only, and by ignoring context, the BDS movement serves to bolster the most rejectionist elements of the Palestinian cause. The real goal of BDS is to end the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
The Coop is proud to join the other institutions that have rejected BDS.”
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
For a lighter take on the whole thing, for those who haven’t yet seen it, check out Jon Stewart’s Daily Show item here.