Emails requesting help have already begun circulating. Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay Los Angeles started an email circulation, asking everyone to help his community, because the divestment campaigners were targeting and picketing a local grocer, Traders Joe, for their long-standing commitment and support of the Jewish community.
Please watch this youtube video to see this group in action at a European supermarket:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfK7Yal64S0 (It’s in French, but that doesn’t hinder your understanding of what they are doing.)
Here in the US, according to their website:
The United Methodist General Conference will take a vote later this month on whether to adopt the “divestment” policy to boycott all Israeli-made products and companies that supply such products. On July 2, 2008, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 431-62 “to begin gathering data to support a selective divestment of holdings in multinational corporations doing business in Israel/Palestine.” In Feb, 2009,Hampshire College in Massachusetts approved the vote to divest from five US corporations involved in the “Israeli military occupation,” as put forth by the student groupStudents for Justice in Palestine. There is also a campaign underway asking the City of Seattle to divest from corporations that sell military equipment to the Israeli army for use in the “occupied territories.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP ISRAEL
3. Wherever you may shop over the coming days and weeks - for groceries and otherwise - please consider (a) going out of your way to purchase Israeli products and/or (b) thanking store managers or proprietors for carrying Israeli products. Let them know that one of the reasons you are patronizing their store is because of their principled and courageous determination to continue selling Israeli products in the US.