Tel Aviv bar bans IDF soldiers in uniform, settlement products
Hagai Matar, City Mouse (Haaretz -
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
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 travellers, 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.