About 1,800 members of an influential Brooklyn food co-op crammed into a school auditorium on Tuesday night and turned down holding a referendum to ban Israeli products, in a gesture to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
The members of the 39-year-old Park Slope Food Co-op crammed into Brooklyn Tech in Fort Greene for a heated meeting with much debate.
The member-owned organization only carries about a half-dozen Israeli products, including paprika, vegan marshmallows and seltzer.
Some said the move for the ban on Israel was based on hatred, but supporters denied that charge.
The co-op currently bans Coca-Cola products and a local hummus maker’s goods over labor complaints.
Many disagreed over whether the coop is the right forum for an international issue, but others said having the debate was healthy.