Israeli President Isaac Herzog described boycotts of the nation as ‘a brand new type of terrorism’ on Wednesday.
His feedback adopted an announcement by Vermont-based agency Ben & Jerry’s that they may not promote ice cream within the occupied West Financial institution and East Jerusalem.
‘The boycott in opposition to Israel is a brand new sort of terrorism — financial terrorism. Terrorism that seeks to hurt Israeli residents and the Israeli economic system. We should oppose this boycott and terrorism of any sort,’ Herzog stated whereas talking at a memorial occasion.
‘The BDS marketing campaign doesn’t pursue peace and seeks to undermine the very existence of the State of Israel. It’s aiming its arrows on the Israeli economic system,’ he claimed, in reference to the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions motion.
BDS goals to use financial strain to Israel to compel compliance with worldwide regulation relating to Palestine. Critics regularly accuse the group of anti-Semitism and trying to delegitimise Israel.
Herzog’s feedback had been swiftly rejected by the Palestinian Authority (PA), in accordance with a overseas ministry assertion, reported by The Instances of Israel, which stated: ‘the occupation is terrorism itself. It’s the worst type of terrorism.’
‘The Israeli president ought to thank Ben & Jerry’s. They’re an alarm bell. Both Israel wakes up from its occupation and works to finish it, or it’s going to face a complete boycott’.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog described boycotts of the nation as ‘a brand new type of terrorism’ on Wednesday [File photo]
Herzog’s feedback adopted an announcement by Vermont-based agency Ben & Jerry’s that they may not promote ice cream within the occupied West Financial institution and East Jerusalem. Pictured: A manufacturing line in Be’er Tuvia
Yair Golan, a former chief of workers within the Israeli ministry and present left-wing parliament member, criticised Herzog’s description, saying: ‘An ice cream boycott will not be terrorism.’
‘As somebody who is aware of terrorism and has been preventing terrorism all his life, what is going on within the worldwide enviornment will not be terrorism,’ he wrote in a Twitter put up.
‘We should battle in opposition to the boycott with one hand, and for a two-state answer with the opposite. However utilizing ideas drawn from the world of violence will not be the best way.’
‘An ice cream boycott will not be terrorism.’
Ben & Jerry’s made the announcement on Monday, saying that persevering with to promote its product within the occupied West Financial institution and East Jerusalem was ‘inconsistent with our values,’ citing ‘the issues shared with us by our followers and trusted companions.’
The corporate didn’t explicitly establish these issues, however final month, a gaggle referred to as Vermonters for Justice in Palestine urged Ben & Jerry’s to ‘finish complicity in Israel’s occupation and abuses of Palestinian human rights.’
Whereas Ben & Jerry’s merchandise is not going to be offered within the settlements, the corporate stated it keep a presence in Israel by way of a distinct association, a transfer criticised by the Vermonters for Justice in Palestine.
Doing so will probably be tough, nevertheless, as main Israeli grocery store chains, the first distribution channel for the ice cream maker, all function within the territories.
Israel has administered the vast majority of the West Financial institution and East Jerusalem since seizing the territories in the course of the Six-Day Battle in 1967, in an occupation that’s unlawful underneath worldwide regulation.
Ben and Jerry’s stated it could keep a presence in Israel by way of a distinct association, however doing so will probably be tough as main Israeli grocery store chains, the first distribution channel for the ice cream maker, all function within the territories. Pictured: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on sale in Jerusalem
Palestinians search the return of the territories, with an goal of building a future impartial state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The announcement from Ben & Jerry’s provoked outrage from Israeli politicians whereas being celebrated by supporters of Palestine.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former chief of the West Financial institution settlement motion referred to as the transfer ‘an immoral determination,’ saying: ‘I imagine that it’s going to transform a enterprise mistake, too.’
Bennett later stated he had spoken with Unilever CEO Alan Jope in regards to the ‘evident anti-Israel measure’ and stated he would react aggressively in opposition to any boycotts.
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu additionally slammed the choice, tweeting that: ‘Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to purchase’.
However Aida Touma-Sliman, an Arab-Israeli lawmaker with the Joint Record of Arab events countered Bennett’s remarks, writing on Twitter that the transfer by the ice cream firm was ‘applicable and ethical.’
She added that the ‘occupied territories should not a part of Israel’ and that the transfer was an vital step to serving to strain the Israeli authorities to finish the occupation.
The BDS motion applauded Ben & Jerry’s determination as ‘a decisive step in direction of ending the corporate’s complicity in Israel’s occupation and violations of Palestinian rights,’ however referred to as upon the corporate to do extra.
‘We hope that Ben & Jerry’s has understood that, in concord with its social justice commitments, there may be no enterprise as regular with apartheid Israel,’ an announcement learn.
Some 700,000 Israeli settlers now reside within the two territories – roughly 500,000 within the occupied West Financial institution and 200,000 in east Jerusalem.
Israel considers East Jerusalem as a part of its capital however sees the West Financial institution as disputed territory whose destiny ought to be resolved by way of negotiations with the PA.
Nevertheless the worldwide neighborhood considers each areas to be occupied territory. The Palestinians search the West Financial institution as a part of a future impartial state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The picture above from July 16, 2021 exhibits the Israeli settlement of Efrat, simply south of the city of Bethlehem within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution. Israel has constructed a whole bunch of settlements on the West Financial institution, a bit of territory claimed by the Palestinians
The decades-long dispute, together with that over Gaza, periodically flares up, at instances threatening to develop into an all-out battle.
In Could, no less than 256 Palestinians and 13 Israelis had been killed throughout 11 days of preventing between Israeli forces and Hamas, a militant and political group which administers Gaza.
Protests in Jerusalem over the deliberate eviction of Palestinian households from town’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood had been put down by Israeli riot police who then stormed the al-Aqsa mosque compound.
This prompted extra demonstrations in addition to assaults by ultra-right-wing Israeli teams earlier than Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, one other group working in Gaza, launched rockets into Israel after a Hamas ultimatum for Israeli forces to go away the compound expired.
Israel responded by firing rockets into the heavily-populated Gaza, destroying a whole bunch of buildings. Nearly all rockets fired into Israel had been intercepted by the nation’s Iron Dome air defence system.
The incident resulted in a ceasefire amid mounting worldwide strain, with either side claiming victory.
It noticed what analysts stated was unprecedented worldwide curiosity within the Palestinian trigger, significantly on social media, and will have been a catalyst for the choice by Ben & Jerry’s.
Based in Vermont in 1978, however presently owned by shopper items conglomerate Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s has not shied away from social causes. Whereas many companies tread calmly in politics for concern of alienating clients, the ice cream maker has taken the alternative method, usually espousing progressive causes.
Ben & Jerry’s took a stand in opposition to what it referred to as the Trump administration’s regressive insurance policies by rebranding one in every of its flavors Pecan Resist in 2018, forward of midterm elections.
The corporate stated Pecan Resist celebrated activists who had been resisting oppression, dangerous environmental practices and injustice. As a part of the marketing campaign, Ben & Jerry’s stated it was giving $25,000 every to 4 activist entities.
Who’re Ben and Jerry? Self-proclaimed hippies who began one of many world’s most recognizable ice cream manufacturers earlier than promoting out to Unilever
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield at Ben & Jerry’s tenth Anniversary Celebration Of Peace Day at The Field in 2009 in New York
Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised within the city of Merrick, on Lengthy Island. Cohen first met and befriended his future enterprise accomplice Jerry Greenfield in a seventh grade gymnasium class in 1963. In his senior yr, Cohen discovered work as an ice cream man earlier than leaving to attend Colgate College in Hamilton, New York.
Over the subsequent decade, Cohen pursued his curiosity in pottery and dropped out of school after his sophomore yr. He additionally labored as McDonald’s cashier, Pinkerton guard, deliverer of pottery wheels, mop-boy at Jamesway and Pleasant’s, assistant superintendent, ER clerk, and taxi driver, earlier than deciding on work as a craft instructor at a personal college for emotionally-disturbed adolescents. Whereas educating on the Highland Neighborhood Faculty, Cohen started experimenting with making his personal ice cream.
Greenfield grew up on Lengthy Island and attended Merrick Avenue Junior Excessive Faculty, the place he met Ben Cohen in 1963. Greenfield and Cohen each attended Calhoun Excessive Faculty and remained associates till they each graduated and left Lengthy Island to attend school. Greenfield selected to pursue a pre-med curriculum at Oberlin Faculty. At Oberlin, Greenfield started working as an ice cream scooper within the college’s cafeteria.
After graduating in 1973, Greenfield did not get into medical college. At this level, Greenfield determined to maneuver again to New York the place he shared an condominium with Cohen and labored as a lab technician. In 1974, Greenfield was once more rejected from medical college and determined to maneuver to North Carolina together with his future spouse and continued to work as a lab technician.
Ben & Jerry’s founding
Greenfield lived with Cohen in Saratoga Springs, New York in the course of the summer time of 1977. They determined to enter enterprise with one another in Could 1978, the 2 males opened Ben & Jerry’s Home made Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont. They initially meant to start out a bagel enterprise, however discovered the tools prices prohibitive and switched to ice cream as an alternative.
They selected Burlington as a location as a result of it was a distinguished school city which, on the time, had no ice cream store. They took a five-dollar correspondence course in ice-cream making and opened their first retailer in a former fuel station. Ben & Jerry’s opened in the summertime of 1978.
Ben & Jerry’s distinctive model of ice cream was developed to compensate for Cohen’s anosmia, as he saved including bigger and bigger chunks to the ice cream to fulfill his want for texture in meals. Ben & Jerry’s grew to become well-liked in Burlington.
Unilever and social activism
Ben & Jerry’s was offered to Marmite and Dove cleaning soap maker Unilever for $325million in 2000. Reviews point out that Greenfield pocketed $9.5million whereas Cohen took away $41million.
Each Cohen and Greenfield are nonetheless paid to signify the model, although neither has formal tasks.
Talking in 2015, Greenfield stated: ‘Oh sure, I am positively an ageing hippy. Many individuals suppose the hippies had been irresponsible however we actually believed in all that stuff about peace and love and caring for one another; we nonetheless do. And we nonetheless attempt to make a distinction.’
He added: ‘Ben & Jerry’s continues to have an anti-corporatist and anti-authoritarian outlook on all the massive points we care about, akin to local weather change and social values, and stays outspoken when it is vital.’
Cohen turned his new-found wealth and prominence towards a wide range of social causes, typically by way of the Ben & Jerry’s Basis. The Basis receives 7.5 per cent of all Ben & Jerry’s pre-tax earnings and distributes funds to organizations such because the Anti Displacement Mission.
He supported Dennis Kucinich within the 2004 Democratic Get together presidential primaries. In 2008, he initially supported John Edwards adopted by Barack Obama. Cohen grew to become a distinguished supporter of Bernie Sanders in the course of the 2016 Democratic Get together presidential primaries.
Cohen debuted a particular ice cream flavour referred to as ‘Bernie’s Craving’ on January 25, 2016 out of help for Sanders. Ben & Jerry’s launched an announcement disavowing connection or help for the product.
On April 18, 2016, Cohen was arrested, with Greenfield, whereas at a Democracy Awakening protest in Washington, DC. On February 21, 2019, Cohen was named a nationwide co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 marketing campaign.
In 2018, in protest in opposition to the Trump administration, the corporate rebranded one in every of its flavours Pecan Resist forward of the midterm elections. The corporate stated Pecan Resist celebrated activists who had been resisting oppression, dangerous environmental practices and injustice. As a part of the marketing campaign, Ben & Jerry’s stated it was giving $25,000 every to 4 activist entities.
Within the wake of George Floyd’s killing, in June 2020, the model spoke out in help of the Black Lives Matter motion after a wave of protests. It inspired folks to ‘deal with systemic and institutionalized racism’, and stated: ‘All lives do matter. However all lives is not going to matter till black lives matter.’
Just a few weeks later, Ben & Jerry’s joined different world manufacturers in pulling promoting from Fb as a part of the ‘Cease hate for revenue’ marketing campaign, and urged the social community to impose stricter measures on hate speech.
In August, the corporate confronted a boycott within the UK and was slammed for ‘advantage signaling’ after it hit out at Residence Secretary Priti Patel over her remedy of migrants crossing the English Channel.
In September 2020, the model launched a podcast about American white supremacy, titled Who We Are: a Chronicle of Racism in America.