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Ithaca “Jewish Voice for Peace” activists swing at Israel, hit China boycott

Ithaca “Jewish Voice for Peace” activists swing at Israel, hit China boycott

GreenStar Food Coop China boycott collateral damage of failed Israel boycott.

This would be funny were it not for the fact that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is such a sad sack of haters.

Activists from Ithaca Jewish Voice for Peace were behind the recent failed effort to get GreenStar Food Coop in Ithaca, NY (home of Cornell University) to boycott Israel. Those activists formed a group called Central NY Committee for Justice in Palestine, later reconfigured as Ithaca Food Justice for Palestine. But two JVP activists, Ariel Gold and Beth Harris — who (in)famously got themselves arrested at the AIPAC annual conference — were behind it all.

Details on that GreenStar boycott effort, including the hateful messages used as part of the campaign (See Featured Image for one example), are in my post, Huge BDS loss – GreenStar Food Coop rejects Israel boycott.

Attempts were made to take the GreenStar boycott movement national, involving such “stars” as Angela Davis and Medea Benjamin, but that didn’t help them much:

Greenstar Boycott Angela Davis Medea Benjamin

One aspect of the failed boycott effort involved China.


What could China have to do with the BDS movement?

Well, GreenStar actually has had a China boycott in place for a decade because of China’s treatment of Tibet. Ithaca has an influential Tibetan community. The Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca is the North American Seat of the Dalai Lama.

Efforts to remove the China boycott at GreenStar failed in the past.

When the Israel boycott petition for a referendum was submitted to the GreenStar council, the anti-boycott, pro-peace Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East submitted legal arguments that the boycott would violate the NY Human Rights Law because it was based on national origin. (See prior post for legal arguments.)

Those legal arguments carried the day at GreenStar, as expressed in separate opinions from GreenStar’s own legal council that the Israel boycott exposed GreenStar to substantial legal risk.

But the GreenStar council didn’t stop there. Based on the legal opinions with regard to Israel, the GreenStar council included in its resolution rejecting the Israel boycott a notice that it would have to reconsider the China boycott:

Council’s exploration of the boycott issue, and our discovery of the provision in New York State law mentioned above, have led to another piece of legal advice – namely, that there’s a similar problem with GreenStar’s so- called “China boycott” (originally instituted by Council, and affirmed by member referendum in 2008). In the very near future, Council will be considering the Co-op’s options for addressing that situation.

Looks like the China boycott at GreenStar will fall by the wayside, collateral damage from the attempt to harm Israel.


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Disturbed people need a place to focus their energy. Why don’t they turn to Orthodox Judaism? Or better yet, revive the Women’s Temperance Movement and try to revive the 23rd Amendment?

Collateral Damage by MORONS like this always makes me smile.

This is especially true as the collateral damage is usually to groups that would otherwise be friendly to the Marxist-Leftist groups doing the damage.

The BDS idiots have now made an enemy of the Ithaca Tibetan Community, and hopefully that community will recognize that the BDS foolishness has cost them a moderately potent weapon (economics) that if BDS had kept their mouths shut would likely have never arisen.

Hopefully that will cause the Tibetan community to tell their friends and colleagues who would otherwise support BDS “Hey, these BDS idiots are loose cannons, and they’ll screw up anything you’re working on. Don’t support them.”

That’s always the risk of poking the sleeping bear. That it will wake up, turn around, and maul you to death.

      Oh. THAT is lovely. The Leftists are finally going to realize exactly the people that they got into bed with, because they’re going to wake up with a severed horse head next to them (only a slight exaggeration).

      I love the twitter account statement from MAU (MillennialAU aka Millennial Gold) regarding what MORE is: MORE, formerly known as the St. Louis chapter of ACORN…. Questions have been raised as to how the movement is to sustain when white non-profits are hoarding monies collected of off black bodies? (sic) When we will hold the industry of black suffering accountable? (sic)

      The lunacy gets BETTER as you get deeper into it. I encourage everybody to go and read the statement. It’s a hoot.

      That MAU statement, right there, warms what little is left of my tiny, charred heart. Let’s hope that the two groups destroy each other.

        Ragspierre in reply to Chuck Skinner. | May 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        Show ME THE MONEY…!!!

        Interesting, huh? All these “pow-ah to the peeples” types, knifing-fighting over the boodle. Heh!

        One thing that gives me considerable hope…MAU and the white guys with no chests are not reproductive.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Ragspierre. | May 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      I remember at the time, reading about Ferguson Missouri black citizens testifying how the Obama and Holder regime was paying the protestor/trouble makers.

      Turns out it was 100% factual!

      Thanks for that link Rags!

Oh, thank you for posting this – forgot to put Sabra hummus on my shopping list!

Is it collateral damange of the BDS, or of the NY Human Rights Law’s over-narrowness? It’s arguable. A food coop should be able to decide where it chooses its items from according to what it likes, approves of, etc.

As much as I support trouncing those haters, that law seems overly restrictive – wouldn’t you rather see the membership reject it on principle, rather than to avoid breaking a quirky law?

    Milhouse in reply to youandme2. | May 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    It can choose what items it likes or approves of. It can even choose which vendors it likes or approves of, so long as it doesn’t do so because of their race, national origin, sex, or sexual orientation or status. If it has an actual reason not to want to buy from Sabra, it is entitled to refrain. Doing so just because 50% of its shares are owned by an Israeli company is just as illegitimate as doing so because 50% of its shares are owned by a black person or a gay one.

LukeHandCool | May 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Wouldn’t Jewish Voice for Peace be more aptly named as Jewish Voice for Suicide?