“After Tuesday’s highly anticipated vote on whether to vote for a boycott on Israeli products, it looks like the Park Slope Food Co-op will not be claiming a stake in the Middle East conflict after all. With 1,005 votes against the motion and 653 for it, the eco-minded, plastic-bag shunning folks of Park Slope will still be able to purchase the handful of Israeli-made items stocked in their members-only store, including vegan marshmallows and organic paprika. But then, this vote was never really about achieving any change in Israel and Palestine. Instead, it was about cementing the desirable, brownstone-lined neighborhood’s self-styled image as a bastion of moral superiority.
Even the most impassioned boycottista would have to acknowledge that clearing a Brooklyn store’s shelves of a few items would be a symbolic act and would hardly put a dent in Israel’s economy or sway its leaders to sign a peace agreement. But, the boycottistas suggest, even if banishing Israeli marshmallows from West Brooklyn will not shake things up in the West Bank, the important thing is that the co-op could make a collective statement against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.In fact, boycott supporters were primarily making a statement about themselves. Because, these days, being Against Israel and Caring About Palestine have become moral markers in some Western circles. In places like Park Slope, boycotting Israeli products is now a lifestyle choice, much like using canvas bags and shunning plastic, eating organic and avoiding “junk” foods, or recycling instead of just throwing away your trash.”
— If you want a first rate lesson in how to straw man your way across the finish line while also offering an analysis of a movement devoid of all context except how you personally feel and how the people that you
surround yourself with view themselves relative to the movement, check out this piece
by Nathalie Rothschild. Read it at VICE
“Can Israel trust the United States when it comes to Iran?”
— When The New Republic
reminds you that there are no stupid questions, except when you ask a stupid question.