Posted by: noticeable | June 21, 2009

Haaretz: New Tel Aviv vegan bar bans IDF soldiers in uniform, settlement products

The following describes the efforts and principles of some Israeli activists rejecting the Jewish State’s military domination and oppressive policies.  This piece hit me also because its a vegan place!

New Tel Aviv bar bans IDF soldiers in uniform, settlement products
By Hagai Matar, City Mouse

A new vegan bar opened last week in Tel Aviv that bans Israel Defense Forces soldiers in uniform and boycotts products made in West Bank settlements.

The Rogatka – “slingshot” – bar was opened by an “anarchist collective” who once ran the Salon Mazal bar; it is located on Yitzhak Sadeh street in central Tel Aviv.

The new ideologically-devoted bar will not seek to make a profit, and the founders say they hope it will bring together left-wing activists, environmentalists, and other fellow travelers, under the banner of cheap drinks and fair trade products

The bar’s ban on soldiers in uniform and the carrying of weapons, along with its boycott on products made in the settlements, derive from what employees see as the connection between all forms of oppression, from the slaughter of animals to sexism to occupation.

“We can’t hold views against discrimination and oppression, while at the same time support the infrastructure that exploits human beings and other animals,” said Adi Vinter, one of the bar’s founders.

“We wanted to show it’s possible and even worthwhile to live differently,” Vinter added.

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