A year has already passed since the Co-op membership voted in five candidates that had all stated support of the boycott of Israeli products. This year, 4 seats are up for election, and there is a total of 6 candidates. The deadline for voting is November 15.
From a BDS perspective, we have summarized each candidates stated stand on the Co-op’s current boycott of Israeli products. As far as we know, only one candidate, Keith Dublanica, has taken an active stand against the boycott, when he urged the former board to rescind the boycott last fall. See more details below!
The most important thing: Go to the Co-op and VOTE before November 15!
Also, like last year, Olympia BDS has sent out a questionnaire of additional questions to each candidate, in co-operation with the local organizations Bridges Not Walls, Olympia Seed Exchange, and POWER. Board members at the Co-op will work on a large number of issues, some of which we hope are reflected in the answers to our questions. Click here to see all the responses!
The Candidates and the Boycott of Israeli Goods
Cezanne Murphy-Levesque says generally about boycotts that “I have an inherent desire to protect the human rights of all people, so I choose to participate. I believe I share this desire with most folks and this is why boycotts work.” Also, specifically about the current boycott: “I would like to see the Co-op do more to educate members and the greater community about past and current boycott participation. There is still a significant rift in the community regarding the Israeli product boycott. I think that the Co-op should consider another round of public meetings to keep the conversation going.”
has come out in strong support of the boycott, saying “I cannot think of a more peaceful way to oppose the occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine than continuing the current boycott” as an answer to our question.
said in response to our question that “Any political entity guilty of injustice and oppression should be boycotted. In regard to the boycott of Israeli goods, I think the Co-op’s stand is correct because I do not think that any sane person on this planet would want to be treated as the Palestinians are, not even Israelis.”
was one of the board members who initially consented to institute the boycott, for which he is now being sued
. At the advice of his legal council, he chose not to answer any questions on the boycott of Israeli Goods, and says “I have a clear record on this issue that can be drawn from.”
has not made any statements on the boycott that we are aware of.
Keith M. Dublanica
says in his statement in the Co-op newsletter that “I maintain concerns from issues with the boycott. I thought due process and appropriate communication to the membership was not visible.” Also, in a letter to the Co-op board last fall
, he urged the board to rescind the boycott before the newly elected board members took office: “Rescind and recall the decision.
The Board risks a recall, or at least certainly a turnover at the coming election in the near future. You can take the right step now and not pass this on to your successors.”
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