The Park Slope Food Co-op may have voted down the controversial ban of a handful of Israeli food products last night, but that won’t stop outside observers from making fun of the entire debate.
The Daily Show, filmed before the ultimate vote took place, made sure to wade into the discussion.
“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raged for decades with countless casualties on both sides,” the show’s segment began, displaying militaristic scenes from the violence. “But perhaps there’s one aspect of this war that’s most tragic of all: the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, New York.”
Later tonight, the Park Slope Food Co-op will vote on whether to hold a referendum on boycotting Israeli products to protest the government’s treatment of Palestine, and if Councilman Dan Halloran has anything to say about it (he doesn’t), they will reject the proposed ban.
Mr. Halloran, of course, is the Republican candidate in a congressional race in northeastern Queens that has increasingly become obsessed with supporting Israel. His own campaign announcement speech yesterday repeated the word “Israel” time and time again, and today, he’s keeping up the same rhetoric.
The Vallone Zone
The Park Slope Food Coop is currently embroiled in a debate over whether to boycott a handful of Israeli products in protest of the government’s treatment of Palestine, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a candidate for Mayor in 2013, entered the discussion Sunday afternoon by calling the potential boycott “an outrage to our collective values as New Yorkers.”
TMZ normally chronicles the world of Hollywood stars and reality TV trainwrecks, but yesterday, the celebrity obsessed news site journeyed into “The Vallone Zone” and interviewed Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. about his boycott of the ABC show GCB. Mr. Vallone is upset about the show, which is based on a book called Good Christian Bitches, because he views its original title as an “outrageous attack on the Christian faith.”
“You would never, ever see this even considered when it comes to a different religion, a title of this type,” Mr. Vallone said in his appearance on the web show TMZ Live. “I don’t think the word should be used in a title to begin with, I mean it just shows you how far down we’ve come to be discussing a title like this. I think it’s ridiculous.”