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Boycott of Trader Joe's over Israeli products appears to fizzle

June 21, 2009 |  6:23 pm

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The Trader Joe's grocery store chain finds itself in the center over a debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Organizers have called for a boycott of the chain because it stocks Israeli goods but no Palestinian goods. According to the Jewish Journal's Lilly Fowler and Tom Tugend, there were some protests in the Bay Area but apparently none in the Los Angeles area. In fact, some Jewish groups have urged people via Twitter to go to the grocery store and buy goods made in Israel:

Although “World Refugee Day,” the boycott of Trader Joe’s planned by the anti-Israel group “Don’t Buy into Apartheid,” came and went on Saturday, June 20, with no apparent incidents in Los Angeles, other cities in California did witness protestors invade the popular supermarket chain.

Kate Raphael, one of the organizers of the event, said she joined approximately 20 others as they marched into a Trader Joe’s store in Oakland, passing out hundreds of leaflets, which condemned Israel’s actions, while taking Israeli products off the shelves. Similar demonstrations happened in San Francisco and Sacramento. In Los Angeles however, the only unusual activity reported was that of local patrons walking into the national food chain to ask to buy Israeli products in specific.

More coverage from The Atlantic. Sounds like the couscous from Israel continues to sell. 

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A Trader Joe's market at 3rd Street and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Credit: Luis Sinco