Although a planned boycott at a Brooklyn community grocery fell through, the potential social and political implications could still have an effect.
A community grocery in Park Slope, Brooklyn announced Tuesday that it will not stop selling products from Israel to protest the nation’s policies towards Palestine.
But at least one political expert says the attention genereated by the Co-op could spark similar protests around the world.
Fordham University professor of Political Science Mark Naison says an attempt by some members of the Park Slope Food Co-op to boycott Israel has grabbed headlines and is likely to create an ongoing political firestorm.
Although members of the co-op shot down the policy, he says it brought attention to a growing boycott movement. He points out, “a boycott doesn’t have to actually lead to a boycott to be an effective educational campaign.”
The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement is pushing similar boycotts around the country. Critics have called it misguided and discriminatory.