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Park Slope Food Co-op Plans Vote On Israeli Product Boycott

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: A co-op shopper (R) bags his groceries while a fellow co-op member works the cash register at the Park Slope Food Coop on September 17, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Park Slope Food Coop, where shoppers m...
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: A co-op shopper (R) bags his groceries while a fellow co-op member works the cash register at the Park Slope Food Coop on September 17, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Park Slope Food Coop, where shoppers m...

NEW YORK — A New York City food co-op will be voting on a proposed boycott against Israeli products to protest the Israeli's government's policies toward Palestinians.

The Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn is scheduled to take an initial vote on the matter on Tuesday.

The mayor and other politicians have denounced the proposed boycott.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that New York should be doing more business with Israel, not less.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told The New York Times ( ) the idea is "ill conceived." http://nyti.ms/H9P0bl

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer denounced it as "an anti-Semitic crusade."

The debate over the proposed boycott has pitted neighbors against each other at the 39-year-old market. It would be mostly symbolic, since the co-op carries only a half-dozen imported products from Israel.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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