You didn’t think it was possible for Israel to boycott itself, did you? But a Tel Aviv bar, organized by an anarchist collective, refuses to serve anyone in IDF uniform and refuses to stock products made in the Territories:
A new vegan bar opened last week in Tel Aviv that bans Israel Defense Forces soldiers in uniform and boycotts products made in West Bank settlements.
The Rogatka (Hebrew)- “slingshot” – bar was opened by an “anarchist collective” who once ran the Salon Mazal bar; it is located on Yitzhak Sadeh street in central Tel Aviv.
The new ideologically-devoted bar will not seek to make a profit, and the founders say they hope it will bring together left-wing activists, environmentalists, and other fellow travelers, under the banner of cheap drinks and fair trade products.
The bar’s ban on soldiers in uniform and the carrying of weapons, along with its boycott on products made in the settlements, derive from what employees see as the connection between all forms of oppression, from the slaughter of animals to sexism to occupation.
…”We wanted to show it’s possible and even worthwhile to live differently,” [Adi] Vinter added.
Though one might argue that this business isn’t going to make a big difference in destroying the Occupation, I give them a ton of credit for their moxie. Someone’s got to show the way. May other’s follow suit. H/t Rupa Shah.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.