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Dear friends ,
The Olympia Food Co-op boycott of Israeli products (except for fair trade olive oil) has generated much controversy and emotion.
I do pray for healing and understanding among those who support and those who oppose such a boycott in the community of Olympia, Washington and around the world.
All of us must stand together and mourn the loss of life generated by this conflict. May their memories be a blessing.
The Food Co-op and many concerned citizens around the world have asked the question: How do we transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the use of nonviolence? What is meaningful action?
While negotiations, lobbying and dialogue occur, those who have been directly impacted by occupation, the Palestinians, have called upon the world to engage in meaningful nonviolent action to apply pressure upon Israel so that Israel cannot conduct the business of occupation as usual. Have we all not seen and read about life in Palestine under occupation?
The Goldstone report, B’tselem, Gisha and many other organizations and individuals have documented the systematic violation of Palestinian human rights in the past several years.
How do we both construct peace and engage in non-cooperation with policies that systematically violate human rights on a daily basis?
Boycott is a time honored method which was the catalyst that ended legal segregation in the United States. Boycott is the primary tool of those engaged in nonviolent resistance to systematic injustice.