"The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has become a battleground for Middle East politics as some members are trying to get the board of directors to sign off on a boycott of Israeli products.
Arguing that Israel is violating human rights by occupying Palestinian territories, the group of members says that the co-op should not sell products from Israel because that supports human rights violations.
All co-op members are considered partial owners as well.
Co-op General Manager Paul Cultrera said he does not support the boycott in the store.
“We’re here to run a store,” he told The Sacramento Press Wednesday. “I think that the issue about Israeli human rights violations – it’s a valid issue. I’m not taking a side on it, but we’re not here to be political.”