Skip to comments.Why I Cheer the Whole Foods Boycott: Poetic Justice for Pan-Terrorist, Israel-Hating Retailer
Posted on 08/24/2009 7:13:03 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
The usual cadre of ignorant prominent conservatives is urging us to support of Whole Foods because left-wingers are boycotting the overpriced gourmet food chain since CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed against ObamaCare in the Wall Street Journal. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for the guy. What goes around in his stores behavior, comes around, even in organics.
But, unlike them, I look beneath the surface of silly, shallow talking points and principle-free partisan knee-jerking. And Im not upset that Whole Foods is being boycotted. In fact, I love it. Its a great episode in poetic justice for a store chain that helps fund and promote jihad and anti-Semitic/anti-Israel radio programming. And now theyre getting what they deserve . . . from their own crazy ideologue.
Yes, John Mackey and his store are now getting a taste of their own medicinethe very orthodoxy they practice against Israel is now being practiced against him.
A story I broke on this site documents how Whole Foods refuses to carry Israeli olive oil. I documented how the store has, instead, chosen to carry, vigorously promote, and subsidize Palestinian olive oil made by extremists who support Islamic terrorism. The olive oil, Canaan Fair Trade olive oil, sends its profits to fund scholarships at An-Najah University (and even worse schools), where the majority of the student body is in HAMAS and recruits for HAMAS, and where official school displays glorify the homicide bombing of innocent civilians at Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, and mock its blown-up victims.
(Excerpt) Read more at debbieschlussel.com ...
Mackey is a libertarian. I have a hard-time believing he’s virulently anti-Israel to this degree.
I also have trouble taking Debbie Schlussel seriously.
For now, I am buying at wholefoods. I am very, very pro Israel as well.
"..Even cheese and olive oil may not be safe on the shelves, as the chief executive says he is starting a drive to re-educate customers about how to eat well.
We sell a bunch of junk, John Mackey declared. Weve decided if Whole Foods doesnt take a leadership role in educating people about a healthy diet, who the heck is going to do it? .."
Trader Joe’s carries Israeli couscous.
“I am very, very pro Israel as well.”
Me too. I’m going to go buy some stuff a Whole Foods. Let’s see if we can find any Israeli products to buy.
Secret double un-boycott!
Part of the difficulty with olive trees is they produce good quality olives with little effort ~ and may be initially processed to extract the "first press" or Virgin oil with rather primitive, handbuilt equipment.
What I've heard from folks who grew up in olive country in Israel (including the West Bank), Lebanon, Syria and Greece is that once you have productive trees you guard them day and night while there's fruit on the them.
That's precisely the reason you find groves near national borders being frequented by military and paramilitary and militia-type folks at night ~ because there are already people under the trees.
You can build a house and raise a family on a handful of these incredibly productive trees.
So, yeah, I suppose buying one guy's olive oil rather than another guy's might well put a round into a different chamber in a different gun, but if the choices are to buy Spanish olive oil from industrially grown trees I suppose that's what I'll just have to do.
Sure not going to buy Italian or Sicilian olive oil ~ you KNOW who owns and protects those trees!
Here's a perspective from Dr. Bonner's, which makes it seem all hunky-dory:
Her objection seems to be that Whole Foods promotes Canaan Fair Trade, which in turn funds scholarships to Palestinian universities that are wont to have pro-terror celebrations.
No, do tell. I fancy Greek & Spainish olive oil.
She sure does not take kindly to that out of the closet Christian lady who ran with McCain. Deb is a bit intolerant and overwrought.
Debbie Schlussel has no case.
That, and she hates Sarah Palin even more than Kathleen Parker.
For this Pro-Israeli, Pro-Asian consumer, I will continue to shop at Whole Foods. And I’ll be glad to give Ms. Schlussel two middle fingers while doing it.
What the HELL is THAT????
So there were divisions that branched all the way back to olive groves in Sicily and Italy.
Hoover never figured it out.
They each have their uses.
One of them ~ in the black bottle (no idea which origin it was) is great with witlof leaves sprinkled with fresh ground pepper from Kalimantan.
I've spent about 15 years forcing myself to learn to like olive oil. Not quite there, but I finally like sliced potatoes frie in the Spanish oil (in the big clear bottle ~ which is cheaper than any of the others).
We shop at Aldi's. German scientists ( such cards they were ) discovered that olive oil at Aldi's was "the least poisonous available on the market".
This is nuts. Mackey is certainly eccentric, but to find “Isreal Hating” in the corporate product purchasing is sand poundingly stupid.
The flagship Whole Foods store and the corporate office building in Austin were developed in conjunction with a real estate developer that happens to be Jewish. Yes, the flagship store and corporate offices of Whole Foods are owned by a Jewish real estate developer.
Mackey has worked closely with this group on several sites and never has anyone sensed a hint of “Isreal Hating”. Oh but those are just people that work with him every day, not some blogger who can’t find his favorite Olive oil. Jeesh.
It’s Israel, not Isreal.
Hard to break the ‘real’ habit.
“Its Israel, not Isreal.”
Darn. Hate when I do that.
Thanks, can I blame a faulty spell checker ?
I buy olive oil from Northern California!
Don't you wish they made olive oil in Japan or Korea? LOL!
Debbie Schlussel jumped the shark when she accused Valero of being a front for Citgo/PdVSA.
I thought there’d be Chinese olive oil at a $1/qt by now.
Has she ever commented at all against Christians? I read her site, and she’s written many, many pro-Christian posts. If you read her posts on Palin, they have nothing to do with her religion. Sounds like you have a problem with someone else’s religion.
I don’t comprehend the vitriol coming from some conservatives against Palin. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t speak Intellectual, just plain English. Really, I don’t get it.
She’s talking about olive oil? Whole Foods carries tons of products from Israel. Schlussel lost me when she started foaming at the mouth over Palin. It seems she’s really lost it now.
Let's not give then any bright ideas! LOL!
Technically, the Middle East is apart of Asia...
However, for this, I’ll digress that Israel is considered part of the European sphere of influence.
I had a similar journey. I started about 15 years ago, it took a while, weaning it into things a bit at a time and not loving it. After about 5 years, it became my go-to oil. I still don't like it with eggs, but now otherwise enjoy it. Mmmmm, eggplant slices dusted with flour and spices lightly sauteed in olive oil. Yum.
I thought I hated olives, too, for years. I've found it's really just the heavily brined, like Spanish manzanillas, that I don't care for. Many are just delish and for me the best are Greek oil cured stuffed with garlic or lemon zest or almonds - yum!
The usual cadre of ignorant prominent conservatives is urging us to support of Whole Foods because left-wingers are boycotting the overpriced gourmet food chain since CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed against ObamaCare in the Wall Street Journal.
Doesn’t California grow olives, too?
I've never seen it on the East Coast in this area ~ we have enough Italian and Sicilian wiseguys to keep the Californios out of the business anyway.
It's possible California producers simply don't make enough for the national market yet. It's like the special cheese the Amish in Indiana make ~ they sell it at stores near the state line, but you never see it advertised.
I’ve never seen a single Israeli product.
The article also said that Whole Food was sponsoring an anti-Israel radio station
“After repeated requests by many, Whole Foods refuses to drop its sponsorship and donations to this programming, despite the fact that rival Trader Joe has ceased its relationship. Some of Radio Intifadas and KPFKs fundraising materials specifically attack Jews. But that didnt stop Whole Foods from donating to them. Learn more about this at Join The Boycott (scroll down).”
Sounds like a line from a science fiction novel, but I'm only a provincial.
You’ve never had Elite chocolate? If what you say is true, I suppose it’s because Israel is a small country, so they can only produce so much for export. In my case, I found Israeli products because I kept my eye out for them (I found some Israeli gum in a Winn Dixie last year). Moreover, I used to live in Florida, always a good market for anything made in Israel because of the large Jewish population.
You can start by looking in the kosher section of any large supermarket. Kroger and Meijer do a pretty good job of that in my current home. And here are two webpages that list Israeli products:
If California olives are anything like muscadines, my favorite kind of grapes from Florida, you’re probably right. I have lived in Lexington, KY for three years, and only once did I ever find muscadines (the local Whole Foods had some last September). In other stores the folks didn’t even know what I was talking about. When I did a Google search, I found that according to some Civil War diaries, muscadines used to grow wild here. I guess it means that in the mid-19th century, Kentucky had a warmer climate than it does today.
You mentioned Amish cheeses; I do know of an Amish store here, near Henry Clay’s house. Maybe it’s time to pay them a visit.
Star Trek had someone on the writing staff who was great at pulling out Dutch dictionaries, or Czech gazateers and using the words he found to name places, people and devices.
That's probably why my statement strikes you as sounding a tad "sci fi" ~ 'cause it is! (sound of drums beating heavily)
They came from my greatgrandmother's farm, and she'd brought them up from relatives in London Kentucky.
There are "other" varietals of yet other species of grape that have been adapted to life in Indiana ~ which is really, really, really tough on grapes ~ except what we called "wild concords", and they also grew on our property. Wild concords taste much different than muscadines in that particular climatological regime.
I was unclear.
I meant I have never seen Israeli products at Whole Foods.
I buy Israeli products all the time. I live in NY also a big area for Israeli products.
Have you ever had Prigat Grapefruit soda? One of my favorites. I also bought a delicious bottle of pomegranate dessert wine recently.
and thank you for that interesting explanation on the other thread. I lost track of the thread.
Do a google search - “products from Israel at Whole Foods” - you’ll see all the wacko articles advocating for boycotting Whole Foods BECAUSE THEY CARRY PRODUCTS FROM ISRAEL.
No, I’ll have to try it some time. If it’s anything like the Dr. Brown’s sodas I normally see on kosher shelves, I should enjoy it.
I’ll take a look. I would rather not boycott them since I did appreciate his health care article and I hate that the crazy left is attacking him.
Also they have some products I can’t find elsewhere.
So what’s with Schlussel?
Hmm Dr Brown Black Cherry. My favorite.
Thanks Berosus. The local cool cookin’ store (I’d rather shop there than some chain like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods) carries delicious halvah from Israel (at the very least, now I’ll have to swing in there tomorrow and check things out).
Additional — sounds like a bunch of leftists got hold of a mutual fund.
CtW Investment Group Calls on Whole Foods Board
to Remove Chair and CEO John Mackey
CtW Investment Group | August 24, 2009 | William Patterson CtW Investment Group
Posted on 08/26/2009 5:22:29 PM PDT by lqcincinnatus
Just because Mackey has Jewish friends doesn’t mean he supports Israel. If you go through a Whole Foods Store you will find NO Israeli products. You have to remember many American Jews today are turning into traitors to their Jewish heritage and are betraying Israel. I for one will for now on go to Trader Joes, where generally the prices are much lower and you can find Israeli Products
Please show me one product in Whole Foods that says Made in Israel?
“Just because Mackey has Jewish friends doesnt mean he supports Israel.”
By the same token, just because he doesn’t sell Israeli goods doesn’t mean he’s an “Israel Hating Retailer.” Even so, Whole Foods is listed as a retailer that sells Israeli products by “CJP.org” (Combined Jewish Philanthropy). see:
I happened to have dinner last night with my group of mostly Jewish friends (not they anti-Israel type either) that deal with Mr. Mackey on every day. When I told them there was a thread going around the internet that Mackey was an “Israel Hating Retailer” they found it so funny that they made jokes about it for the rest of the evening.
I rarely go to Whole Foods, I’m not particularly fond of John Mackey, but I feel 100% confident in saying that he bears absolutely no ill will toward Israel or Jewish people.
But hey, if Trader Joes has better prices - go for it !