Friday, June 19, 2009

Shop at Trader Joe's - and write a thank you letter, too.

Trader Joe's Retail Chain Defies Boycott Call Against Israeli Products
Published on: Today at 02:59 PM
News Source: Baltimore Jewish Council

Monrovia, CA - Anti-Israel groups under the umbrella of the "U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel" recently sent form letters to Retail chain store Trader Joe's headquarters demanding the company stop carrying Israeli products...

...The Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific office sent a letter to Trader Joe's and received a response from Jon Basalone, Trader Joe's Senior Vice President of Marketing. He wrote:

"We have no intention of removing any products based on pressure from any group, no matter what they support or don't support. As always, we believe our customers are smart, and they are capable of making decisions about what they purchase."

Pro Israeli activists have asked that consumers should to do the following:

1. Alert your community members and encourage them to shop at Trader Joe's stores and to specifically buy Israeli products, particularly before and during the weekend of June 20. It would be fantastic if all the Israeli products are gone before the boycotters arrive.

Israeli products carried at Trader Joe's include: Dorot Crushed Garlic, Dorot Chopped Cilantro, Holyland Matzos, Pastures of Eden Feta Imported, Trader Joe's Israeli Couscous and Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend.

2. Tell managers at Trader Joe's stores that you really like the Israeli products they carry and hope they will carry more in the future.

3. Alert managers that June 20 has been declared as a day to de-shelve Israeli products and they should be aware of any people who may try to vandalize, shoplift, or deface the products in any way.

4. Write a letter of thanks to Trader Joe's national headquarters on their contact page or by mail to:

Don Bane, Chairman and CEO

Doug Rauch, President

Charles J. Pilliter, SVP Operations

Trader Joe's Main Headquarters

800 S. Shamrock Ave.

Monrovia, CA 91016

Below you will find sample text:

It has recently come to my attention that anti-Israel groups called for a boycott of Israeli products in your stores.

I want to thank you for not giving into this pressure and for carrying products from Israel that I and so many others enjoy across the country. I will continue to buy these goods and others from your stores.

Though it was not listed in the article, the web address for sending an electronic comment to Trader Joe's is:

Support the Jewish community today!


SJ said...

Too bad the only product the Arabs have to boycott is oil. XD

Ahavah Gayle said...

Well, they have Chalawa. If you've never tried it, find a Lebanese or Jordanian shop owned by Christians or something and buy the pistachio variety. Traditionally, it is eaten by slicing off a bit of the round and adding a small bit of butter. It's wonderful.

Ahavah Gayle said...

BTW, that "ch" is a chet sound, complete with strangling noise, not the english "ch."

SJ said...

ani yachol lidaber bikitzat evereit. -_- lakachte achadeim sheorim.

SJ said...

or rather if it's an arab thing i can assume ch is not the english ch.