A group of co-op members has been protesting what they say are human rights violations by the Israeli government. The group wanted the co-op to vote on a ban of products from Israel next month. The board refused. The group sued.
Today, a Sacramento Superior Court judge refused to hear the case before the August 22nd election.
Steve Maviglio is president of the co-op's board. He says the store's sole function is to promote healthy, organic produce and products.
MAVIGLIO: "If we had to ban everything from our store that somebody felt strongly about for political reasons, we wouldn't have a store. That's the problem with this whole thing. The co-ops were actually formed to get out of politics."
Co-op member Susan Bush says the by-laws allow for political votes.
BUSH: "The fact that we buy fair trade chocolate, that's a political decision. When we had the argument over whether to add meat to our produce department, that was political. We make political decisions in our food choices every day."
A similar effort to ban Israeli products at the Davis co-op failed last year.