BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) is calling on New Yorkers to support Morton Williams supermarkets.
Recently, Morton Williams, a Jewish-owned supermarket chain, has been targeted with anti-Israel, anti-Semitic boycotts and destruction of property at its Columbia University location.
The chain, a community staple, has been named to the Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) list, resulting in two Columbia students entering the store at 2941 Broadway, at W. 115th Street, defacing Israeli products and verbally assaulting the store employees.
Two women wearing face masks slapped stickers on the imported goods that read, “Every time the media lies, a neighborhood in Gaza dies.”
Co-owner Avi Kaner stated, “You have a right to your opinion. You don’t have a right to deface private property. These actions are blatantly anti-Semitic. They have to be called out.”
JCRC-NY is urging shoppers to buy out the stores’ Israeli product section and do all of their Thanksgiving shopping at Morton Williams supermarkets, including the long-standing one at Bleecker Street and LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village.
“Show your appreciation for Morton Williams and their continued support for Israel and the Jewish community!” the group said.
Also among the protesters’ list of grievances against Morton Williams is that it slashed Ben & Jerry’s products in its stores by 70 percent in 2021 after the ice cream maker announced it was freezing sales to what it called the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
Other chains that also have been named to the pro-Palestinian protesters’ boycott list include Starbucks and Sweetgreen.