I am a product of the '60's. I demonstrated against the Viet Nam war, marched for civil rights and
against racism. I have boycotted lettuce and grapes, in support of the United Farmworkers; Dow, for
manufacturing napalm during the Viet Nam war; Coors, for discriminatory hiring practices against people of color
and gays; Nestlé, for its aggressive campaign to sell breast milk substitute to young mothers in developing
countries; Target, for its significant contributions to Tom Emmer, the rightwing candidate for Minnesota
Governor whose agenda included positions I abhorred on everything; and Walmart, for its poor labor practices
(except when my mother Ruth Epstein, who turns 100 this August, insists on going there “for the bargains”).
You get the picture. And while I don't support the boycott of Israel or Israeli-made products, I do support
boycotting products made in settlements – and I urge others to do the same. In taking this position, I stand with
friends, colleagues, and loved ones in Israel – including Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), the veteran Israeli peace
movement. I seek out Israeli wine at my local stores, but only buy it if it comes from one of the vineyards inside
the Green Line.
I boycott settlements – and urge others who care about Israel to do likewise – because settlements and their
expansion is the greatest obstacle to achieving a two-state solution for Israel and her Palestinian neighbors, and
thus the greatest threat to an Israeli future that is Jewish, secure, and democratic.