Ben & Jerry’s announced that it will stop selling ice cream in the occupied Israeli settlements on the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A US company said sales “in the occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)” were “contradictory to our values.” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the move was “morally wrong” and would prove “financially wrong.”
The West Bank and East Jerusalem have been under Israeli control since the 1967 Middle East War.
Over 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements there. Israel disagrees with this, but most international communities consider reconciliation illegal under international law.
“We have a long-standing partnership with licensees who manufacture Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Israel and sell it in the region,” the statement said.
“We are working to change this, so we have informed the licensee that we will not renew our license agreement when it expires at the end of next year.”
Ben & Jerry’s also said he operates two “scoop shops” in Israel and will distribute the goods in Israel through another contract. Details will be announced “when ready”.
Unilever, a British company that has owned Ben & Jerry’s since 2000, says the decision was made and announced by Ben & Jerry’s and its independent board of directors, but to maintain its presence in Israel. Continued to “completely commit”.
Ben & Jerry’s Israeli licensee states in the Haaretz newspaper: [to comply] In response to their demand, we will stop selling throughout Israel. “
“We call on the Israeli government and consumers not to allow Israeli boycotts … ice cream is not part of politics.”
Israeli politicians responded violently to the announcement.
“Israel’s boycott-democracy surrounded by islands of horror-reflects a complete loss of bearings. Boycotts don’t work, they don’t work. We fight at our best,” Bennett said. Told.
Foreign Minister Ben & Jerry’s called the Ben & Jerry’s move into anti-Semitism and boycott, investment withdrawal and sanctions (BDS) movements, and called for a complete boycott of Israel over the treatment of Palestinians.
“In recent years, more than 30 states in the United States have passed anti-BDS laws. I will ask each of them to enforce these laws against Ben & Jerry’s,” he said.
BDS spokesman Mahmoud Nawajaa welcomed Ben & Jerry’s decision and called on the company to “finish all proceedings with Apartheid Israel.”
Founded in 1978 by best friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry’s has a track record of campaigning on social issues such as LGBTQ + rights and climate change.
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