Texas tries to BLACKLIST Ben & Jerry’s over boycott of Israeli settlements

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Texas might blacklist Ben & Jerry’s as punishment for the Vermont-based ice cream maker’s resolution to cease promoting its merchandise in Israeli settlements situated within the Palestinian West Financial institution.

The choice by Ben & Jerry’s was condemned as anti-Semitic by supporters of Israel based mostly in the US. 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s workplace introduced that it’s going to examine whether or not the corporate violated Chapter 808 of the Texas Authorities Code which forbids the state from giving contracts to companies that boycott Israel.

‘Texans have made it very clear that they stand with Israel and its folks. We’re in opposition to all these wishing to undermine Israel’s economic system and its folks,’ Hegar informed the Dallas Morning Information.

The image above shows a flag of Israel set atop a delivery truck outside a Ben & Jerry's factory in the Israeli town of Be'er Tuvia on Wednesday

The picture above exhibits a flag of Israel set atop a supply truck exterior a Ben & Jerry’s manufacturing unit within the Israeli city of Be’er Tuvia on Wednesday

Ben & Jerry’s, a progressive firm that has taken overt political positions prior to now, stated the gross sales of its ice cream within the territories sought by the Palestinians are ‘inconsistent with our values.’

Ben & Jerry’s dad or mum firm, in the meantime, stated on Wednesday it’s ‘totally dedicated’ to Israel, however added that the settlement it made when it acquired the ice cream maker was to permit it autonomy on social points.

‘I believe if there’s one message I wish to underscore …it is that Unilever stays totally dedicated to our enterprise in Israel,’ CEO Alan Jope informed traders throughout an earnings name.

He added the group had made substantial investments within the nation over the previous decade and was invested in its startup tradition and social packages.

‘This was a choice taken by Ben & Jerry’s and its impartial board…and we all the time acknowledge the significance of that settlement.’ 

Israel garners widespread help from each political events in the US, however the progressive wing of the Democratic Celebration has been extra vocal lately in criticizing the US ally for its actions regarding the Palestine query.

The announcement on Monday by the Vermont-based ice cream firm was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former chief of the West Financial institution settlement motion who known as it ‘an immoral resolution and I consider that it’s going to turn into a enterprise mistake, too.’

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu additionally slammed the choice, tweeting that: ‘Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to purchase’.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog described boycotts of the nation as ‘a brand new sort of terrorism’ on Wednesday.

His feedback adopted an announcement by Vermont-based agency Ben & Jerry’s that they may now not promote ice cream within the occupied West Financial institution and East Jerusalem.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office said it would probe placing Ben & Jerry's on a blacklist banning it from doing business with the state in response to its Palestine policy

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office said it would probe placing Ben & Jerry's on a blacklist banning it from doing business with the state in response to its Palestine policy

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s workplace stated it will probe putting Ben & Jerry’s on a blacklist banning it from doing enterprise with the state in response to its Palestine coverage

‘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.  

This isn’t the primary time that Texas is concentrating on a non-public firm for taking a controversial stance on Israel. 

In November 2018, Airbnb introduced that it will now not checklist residential items for hire which are situated in Israeli settlements.

In explaining its resolution, Airbnb stated it thought of the protection of its company in addition to ‘current human struggling’ within the disputed territories.

Airbnb stated it additionally took into consideration whether or not the listings have a ‘direct connection to the bigger dispute within the area.’

In response, Texas positioned Airbnb on a blacklist, forbidding the state from doing enterprise with the corporate.

Israel accused Airbnb of ‘probably the most wretched of wretched capitulations to the boycott efforts.’

In response to the backlash, Airbnb reversed its resolution. It clarified that it was not boycotting Israel nor was it supporting the BDS motion.

The BDS motion, which stands for ‘boycott, divestment, and sanctions,’ seeks to use financial strain on Israel by forcing firms and governments to sever ties with it in protest of its insurance policies within the Palestinian territories.

In the US, greater than 30 state governments, together with Texas, have handed legal guidelines banning contractors from boycotting Israel.

In 2019, a federal district court docket in Texas struck down a state regulation that required authorities contractors to certify that they didn’t boycott Israel and would refuse to take action throughout the length of their contract.

Comparable court docket rulings have been issued in opposition to anti-BDS legal guidelines handed in Arizona and Kansas.

The courts decided that legal guidelines limiting boycotts have been unconstitutional since political boycotts are a type of First Modification-protected speech.

In response to the court docket’s resolution, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into regulation a narrower anti-BDS invoice that excludes particular person contractors.

In 2018, Texas placed Airbnb on a blacklist, forbidding the state from doing business with the company after it removed listings from Israeli settlements. Airbnb then reversed its decision

In 2018, Texas placed Airbnb on a blacklist, forbidding the state from doing business with the company after it removed listings from Israeli settlements. Airbnb then reversed its decision

In 2019, a federal district court in Texas struck down a state law that required government contractors to certify that they did not boycott Israel after a lawsuit was brought by Palestinian-American speech pathologist Bahia Amawi (above)

In 2019, a federal district court in Texas struck down a state law that required government contractors to certify that they did not boycott Israel after a lawsuit was brought by Palestinian-American speech pathologist Bahia Amawi (above)

In 2018, Texas positioned Airbnb (left) on a blacklist, forbidding the state from doing enterprise with the corporate after it eliminated listings from Israeli settlements. Airbnb then reversed its resolution. In 2019, a federal district court docket in Texas struck down a state regulation that required authorities contractors to certify that they didn’t boycott Israel after a lawsuit was introduced by Palestinian-American speech pathologist Bahia Amawi (proper)

The present regulation on the books now pertains to firms with greater than 10 full-time workers and whose contracts with the state exceed $100,000.

The revised regulation was handed after the unique statute was blocked by a choose in response to a lawsuit introduced by a Palestinian-American speech pathologist, Bahia Amawi, whose contract was not renewed after she refused to signal an oath pleading that she wouldn’t boycott Israel.

Amawi’s case was first reported by The Intercept.

Israel’s ambassador to the US, Gilad Erdan, despatched letters to 35 US governors demanding that they sanction Ben & Jerry’s over its resolution to now not promote ice cream in Jewish settlements.

‘I ask that you simply take into account talking out in opposition to the corporate’s resolution, and taking some other related steps, together with in relation to your state legal guidelines and the industrial dealings between Ben and Jerry’s and your state,’ the letter learn, in response to Occasions of Israel.

Israel captured the West Financial institution and East Jerusalem within the 1967 Six-Day Warfare. Since then, Israel has constructed lots of of Jewish settlements, however the worldwide neighborhood regards them as unlawful.

The Palestinians declare East Jerusalem, the West Financial institution, and the Gaza Strip as theirs.

Human rights organizations have lengthy accused Israel of mistreating Palestinians underneath its rule.

When requested concerning the resolution by Ben & Jerry’s, State Division spokesperson Ned Worth stated the company didn’t have ‘a response to supply relating to the actions of a non-public firm,’ although he added that Biden administration officers ‘firmly reject the BDS motion, which unfairly singles out Israel.’

Earlier this week, American supporters of Israel slammed Ben & Jerry’s as anti-Semitic for its resolution.

New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced his personal boycott of Ben & Jerry’s, telling reporters in Metropolis Corridor on Tuesday that he ‘gained’t be consuming Cherry Garcia for some time.’

In the meantime, different supermarkets took to social media and introduced that they’d not be carrying Ben & Jerry’s on their retailer cabinets in response to the corporate’s resolution.

Abraham Foxman, the previous head of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: ‘How unhappy is Ben and Jerry’s resolution to boycott Jews in Judea and Samaria – it would do nothing to convey peace nearer however it would give oxygen to those that reject reconciliation.’

American supporters of Israel slammed Ben & Jerry’s as anti-Semitic on Monday after the Vermont-based ice cream maker announced it would no longer sell its products in Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank

American supporters of Israel slammed Ben & Jerry’s as anti-Semitic on Monday after the Vermont-based ice cream maker announced it would no longer sell its products in Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank

American supporters of Israel slammed Ben & Jerry’s as anti-Semitic on Monday after the Vermont-based ice cream maker introduced it will now not promote its merchandise in Jewish settlements on the occupied West Financial institution

The image above from July 16, 2021 shows the Israeli settlement of Efrat, just south of the Palestinian town of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel has built hundreds of settlements on the West Bank, a piece of territory claimed by the Palestinians

The image above from July 16, 2021 shows the Israeli settlement of Efrat, just south of the Palestinian town of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel has built hundreds of settlements on the West Bank, a piece of territory claimed by the Palestinians

The picture above from July 16, 2021 exhibits the Israeli settlement of Efrat, simply south of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution. Israel has constructed lots of of settlements on the West Financial institution, a chunk of territory claimed by the Palestinians

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his own boycott of Ben & Jerry’s, telling reporters in City Hall on Tuesday that he ‘won’t be eating Cherry Garcia for a while.’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his own boycott of Ben & Jerry’s, telling reporters in City Hall on Tuesday that he ‘won’t be eating Cherry Garcia for a while.’

New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced his personal boycott of Ben & Jerry’s, telling reporters in Metropolis Corridor on Tuesday that he ‘gained’t be consuming Cherry Garcia for some time.’

‘Judea and Samaria’ is the biblical title of the realm that right this moment encompasses the Palestinian West Financial institution.  

Seth Mandel, a journalist sympathetic to Israel, tweeted: ‘The place are Palestinians going to purchase Ben & Jerry’s? What sort of personal purpose is that this?’

Avi Kaner, a co-owner of New York Metropolis-based Morton Williams Supermarkets, tweeted: ‘Our supermarkets have taken motion in opposition to Ben & Jerry’s, which is boycotting Jewish communities which are on the heart of a territorial dispute in Israel, together with the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem – inhabited by Jews for over 3,000 years.’

Home Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican who represents Suffolk County on Lengthy Island, tweeted: ‘Ben and Jerry’s concentrating on lots of of 1000’s of Jewish prospects overseas with this discriminatory boycott is a shame.’

Ted Frank tweeted: ‘A reminder that Ben & Jerry’s nonetheless sells ice cream in China and hasn’t stated something about Hong Kong or the Uyghurs.’

Lavern Spicer, a Republican who is running for Congress in South Florida, tweeted: 'I'm an ice cream fan, but I will NEVER buy Ben & Jerry's ice cream again. They might as well change their name to Hamas & Adolf’s.’

Lavern Spicer, a Republican who is running for Congress in South Florida, tweeted: 'I'm an ice cream fan, but I will NEVER buy Ben & Jerry's ice cream again. They might as well change their name to Hamas & Adolf’s.’

Lavern Spicer, a Republican who’s working for Congress in South Florida, tweeted: ‘I am an ice cream fan, however I’ll NEVER purchase Ben & Jerry’s ice cream once more. They could as properly change their title to Hamas & Adolf’s.’

Abraham Foxman, the former head of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: ‘How sad is Ben and Jerry’s decision to boycott Jews in Judea and Samaria - it will do nothing to bring peace closer but it will give oxygen to those who reject reconciliation.’

Abraham Foxman, the former head of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: ‘How sad is Ben and Jerry’s decision to boycott Jews in Judea and Samaria - it will do nothing to bring peace closer but it will give oxygen to those who reject reconciliation.’

Abraham Foxman, the previous head of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: ‘How unhappy is Ben and Jerry’s resolution to boycott Jews in Judea and Samaria – it would do nothing to convey peace nearer however it would give oxygen to those that reject reconciliation.’

House Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican who represents Suffolk County on Long Island, tweeted: 'Ben and Jerry's targeting hundreds of thousands of Jewish customers abroad with this discriminatory boycott is a disgrace.'

House Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican who represents Suffolk County on Long Island, tweeted: 'Ben and Jerry's targeting hundreds of thousands of Jewish customers abroad with this discriminatory boycott is a disgrace.'

Home Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican who represents Suffolk County on Lengthy Island, tweeted: ‘Ben and Jerry’s concentrating on lots of of 1000’s of Jewish prospects overseas with this discriminatory boycott is a shame.’

Avi Kaner, a co-owner of New York City-based Morton Williams Supermarkets, tweeted: 'Our supermarkets have taken action against Ben & Jerry’s, which is boycotting Jewish communities that are at the center of a territorial dispute in Israel, including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem – inhabited by Jews for over 3,000 years.'

Avi Kaner, a co-owner of New York City-based Morton Williams Supermarkets, tweeted: 'Our supermarkets have taken action against Ben & Jerry’s, which is boycotting Jewish communities that are at the center of a territorial dispute in Israel, including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem – inhabited by Jews for over 3,000 years.'

Avi Kaner, a co-owner of New York Metropolis-based Morton Williams Supermarkets, tweeted: ‘Our supermarkets have taken motion in opposition to Ben & Jerry’s, which is boycotting Jewish communities which are on the heart of a territorial dispute in Israel, together with the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem – inhabited by Jews for over 3,000 years.’

Brigitte Gabriel, a conservative Twitter user with more than 314,000 followers, tweeted: 'Ben & Jerry's is anti-Semitic hate filled ice cream.'

Brigitte Gabriel, a conservative Twitter user with more than 314,000 followers, tweeted: 'Ben & Jerry's is anti-Semitic hate filled ice cream.'

Brigitte Gabriel, a conservative Twitter person with greater than 314,000 followers, tweeted: ‘Ben & Jerry’s is anti-Semitic hate stuffed ice cream.’

Ted Frank tweeted: 'A reminder that Ben & Jerry's still sells ice cream in China and hasn't said anything about Hong Kong or the Uyghurs.'

Ted Frank tweeted: 'A reminder that Ben & Jerry's still sells ice cream in China and hasn't said anything about Hong Kong or the Uyghurs.'

Ted Frank tweeted: ‘A reminder that Ben & Jerry’s nonetheless sells ice cream in China and hasn’t stated something about Hong Kong or the Uyghurs.’

Seth Mandel, a journalist sympathetic to Israel, tweeted: 'Where are Palestinians going to buy Ben & Jerry's? What kind of own goal is this?'

Seth Mandel, a journalist sympathetic to Israel, tweeted: 'Where are Palestinians going to buy Ben & Jerry's? What kind of own goal is this?'

Seth Mandel, a journalist sympathetic to Israel, tweeted: ‘The place are Palestinians going to purchase Ben & Jerry’s? What sort of personal purpose is that this?’

Another Twitter user commented: 'I really don't care if Ben and Jerry's wants to leave the settlements. McDonald's doesn't operate in the settlements either. So what? What does bother me is that both operate in much worse places without any outrage whatsoever.'

Another Twitter user commented: 'I really don't care if Ben and Jerry's wants to leave the settlements. McDonald's doesn't operate in the settlements either. So what? What does bother me is that both operate in much worse places without any outrage whatsoever.'

One other Twitter person commented: ‘I actually do not care if Ben and Jerry’s desires to depart the settlements. McDonald’s does not function within the settlements both. So what? What does hassle me is that each function in a lot worse locations with none outrage in any respect.’

The satirical website The Babylon Bee joked that Ben & Jerry's would be introducing a new flavor called 'Push The Jews Into The Sea Salt And Caramel'

The satirical website The Babylon Bee joked that Ben & Jerry's would be introducing a new flavor called 'Push The Jews Into The Sea Salt And Caramel'

The satirical web site The Babylon Bee joked that Ben & Jerry’s can be introducing a brand new taste known as ‘Push The Jews Into The Sea Salt And Caramel’

One other Twitter person commented: ‘I actually do not care if Ben and Jerry’s desires to depart the settlements. McDonald’s does not function within the settlements both.

‘So what? What does hassle me is that each function in a lot worse locations with none outrage in any respect.’

Brigitte Gabriel, a conservative Twitter person with greater than 314,000 followers, tweeted: ‘Ben & Jerry’s is anti-Semitic hate stuffed ice cream.’

She added: ‘Boycott them. Disgrace them. Mock them.’

Lavern Spicer, a Republican who’s working for Congress in South Florida, tweeted: ‘I am an ice cream fan, however I’ll NEVER purchase Ben & Jerry’s ice cream once more.

‘They could as properly change their title to Hamas & Adolf’s.’

The satirical web site The Babylon Bee joked that Ben & Jerry’s can be introducing a brand new taste known as ‘Push The Jews Into The Sea Salt And Caramel.’ 

Others on Twitter posted social media screenshots from supermarkets saying that they’d now not be carrying Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Even de Blasio, New York Metropolis’s outgoing progressive mayor, slammed the transfer.

‘I can say I cannot be consuming anymore Cherry Garcia for some time,’ the mayor stated on Tuesday.

‘That is unhappy to me.’

De Blasio stated it was unlucky that the corporate’s founders – Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield – made the choice they did.

Meanwhile, several kosher supermarkets announced they would no longer sell Ben & Jerry's

Meanwhile, several kosher supermarkets announced they would no longer sell Ben & Jerry's

In the meantime, a number of kosher supermarkets introduced they’d now not promote Ben & Jerry’s 

‘I do not know them properly, however I’ve met them through the years and I believe they’re good folks with good values.

‘However this can be a mistake. They should not do that.’

De Blasio falsely accused Ben & Jerry’s of signing on to BDS – or the ‘Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions’ motion – in opposition to Israel.

The BDS motion seeks to use financial strain on Israel by forcing firms and authorities to sever ties with the whole nation.

The transfer by Ben & Jerry’s merely limits the sale of their merchandise to supermarkets in Israel which are inside the nation’s internationally acknowledged borders.

Ben & Jerry’s stated the gross sales of its ice cream within the territories sought by the Palestinians are ‘inconsistent with our values.’

The corporate knowledgeable its longstanding licensee – chargeable for manufacturing and distributing the ice cream in Israel – that it’s going to not renew the license settlement when it expires on the finish of subsequent yr, in response to an announcement posted on the Vermont-based firm’s web site.

The Ben & Jerry’s assertion cited ‘the issues shared with us by our followers and trusted companions.’

The corporate didn’t explicitly determine these issues, however final month, a gaggle known as Vermonters for Justice in Palestine known as on Ben & Jerry’s to ‘finish complicity in Israel’s occupation and abuses of Palestinian human rights.’

Ben & Jerry's said it will stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are 'inconsistent with our values'

Ben & Jerry's said it will stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are 'inconsistent with our values'

Ben & Jerry’s stated it would cease promoting its ice cream within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution and east Jerusalem, saying the gross sales within the territories sought by the Palestinians are ‘inconsistent with our values’

The Ben & Jerry's statement cited 'the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners'. The Israeli foreign ministry called Ben & Jerry's decision 'a surrender to ongoing and aggressive pressure from extreme anti-Israel groups' and the company was cooperating with 'economic terrorism'

The Ben & Jerry's statement cited 'the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners'. The Israeli foreign ministry called Ben & Jerry's decision 'a surrender to ongoing and aggressive pressure from extreme anti-Israel groups' and the company was cooperating with 'economic terrorism'

The Ben & Jerry’s assertion cited ‘the issues shared with us by our followers and trusted companions’. The Israeli overseas ministry known as Ben & Jerry’s resolution ‘a give up to ongoing and aggressive strain from excessive anti-Israel teams’ and the corporate was cooperating with ‘financial terrorism’

‘How for much longer will Ben & Jerry’s allow its Israeli-manufactured ice cream to be bought in Jewish-only settlements whereas Palestinian land is being confiscated, Palestinian properties are being destroyed, and Palestinian households in neighborhoods like Sheik Jarrah are going through eviction to make means for Jewish settlers?’ the group’s Ian Stokes stated in a June 10 information launch.

In a Monday assertion, the group stated Ben & Jerry’s actions didn’t go far sufficient.

‘By sustaining a presence in Israel, Ben & Jerrys continues to be complicit within the killing, imprisonment and dispossession of Palestinian folks and the flaunting of worldwide regulation,’ stated the Vermont group’s Kathy Shapiro.

The Israeli overseas ministry known as Ben & Jerry’s resolution ‘a give up to ongoing and aggressive strain from excessive anti-Israel teams’ and the corporate was cooperating with ‘financial terrorism.’

‘The choice is immoral and discriminatory, because it singles out Israel, harms each Israelis and Palestinians and encourages extremist teams who use bullying ways,’ the ministry stated in an announcement. It additionally known as on Ben & Jerry’s to withdraw its resolution.

International Minister Yair Lapid upbraided Ben & Jerry’s, calling its resolution a ‘shameful give up’ to anti-Semitism.   

Whereas Ben & Jerry’s merchandise won’t be bought within the settlements, the corporate stated it would keep in Israel by way of a unique association. However doing so will likely be troublesome. Main Israeli grocery store chains, the first distribution channel for the ice cream maker, all function within the settlements.

Based in Vermont in 1978, however at the moment owned by shopper items conglomerate Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s has not shied away from social causes. Whereas many companies tread evenly in politics for worry of alienating prospects, the ice cream maker has taken the alternative strategy, typically espousing progressive causes.

The announcement on Monday by the Vermont-based ice cream company was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former leader of the West Bank settlement movement who called it 'an immoral decision and I believe that it will turn out to be a business mistake, too.

The announcement on Monday by the Vermont-based ice cream company was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former leader of the West Bank settlement movement who called it 'an immoral decision and I believe that it will turn out to be a business mistake, too.

Former Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu also slammed the decision

Former Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu also slammed the decision

The announcement on Monday by the Vermont-based ice cream firm was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former chief of the West Financial institution settlement motion who known as it ‘an immoral resolution and I consider that it’s going to turn into a enterprise mistake, too. Former Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu additionally slammed the choice

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also slammed the decision, tweeting that: 'Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy'

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also slammed the decision, tweeting that: 'Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy'

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu additionally slammed the choice, tweeting that: ‘Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to purchase’

Ben & Jerry’s took a stand in opposition to what it known 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 have 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. 

Aida Touma-Sliman, an Israeli lawmaker with the Joint Listing of Arab events, wrote on Twitter that Ben and Jerry’s resolution Monday was ‘acceptable and ethical.’ She added that the ‘occupied territories usually are not a part of Israel’ and that the transfer is a vital step to assist strain the Israeli authorities to finish the occupation.

The West Financial institution and east Jerusalem have been captured by Israel within the 1967 Mideast struggle. 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 treats the 2 areas individually, contemplating east Jerusalem as a part of its capital. 

In the meantime, Israel considers the West Financial institution as disputed territory whose destiny ought to be resolved in negotiations. 

Nonetheless 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 their capital.

Israel lately has turn out to be a partisan situation in Washington, with many Democrats – notably of the celebration’s progressive wing – rising more and more essential over a lot of Israeli insurance policies, together with settlement building, and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s shut ties with former President Trump. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been an outspoken critic of Israel.

The BDS motion – shorthand for a grassroots, Palestinian-led motion that advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions in opposition to Israeli establishments and companies – applauded Ben & Jerry’s resolution as ‘a decisive step in the direction of ending the corporate’s complicity in Israel’s occupation and violations of Palestinian rights,’ however known as upon the corporate to do extra.

‘We hope that Ben & Jerry’s has understood that, in concord with its social justice commitments, there could be no enterprise as ordinary with apartheid Israel,’ an announcement learn.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank. The West Bank and east Jerusalem were captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. Some 700,000 Israeli settlers now live in the two territories - roughly 500,000 in the occupied West Bank and 200,000 in east Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank. The West Bank and east Jerusalem were captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. Some 700,000 Israeli settlers now live in the two territories - roughly 500,000 in the occupied West Bank and 200,000 in east Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters conflict with Israeli troops within the West Financial institution. The West Financial institution and east Jerusalem have been captured by Israel within the 1967 Mideast struggle. 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

Founded in Vermont in 1978, but currently owned by consumer goods conglomerate Unilever, Ben & Jerry's has not shied away from social causes. Founder Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, right, join Jane Fonda at a climate change protest in Washington DC in 2019

Founded in Vermont in 1978, but currently owned by consumer goods conglomerate Unilever, Ben & Jerry's has not shied away from social causes. Founder Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, right, join Jane Fonda at a climate change protest in Washington DC in 2019

Based in Vermont in 1978, however at the moment owned by shopper items conglomerate Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s has not shied away from social causes. Founder Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, proper, be a part of Jane Fonda at a local weather change protest in Washington DC in 2019

The Israeli authorities says the BDS motion masks a deeper goal of delegitimizing and even destroying the whole nation.

The Yesha Council, an umbrella group representing the roughly 500,000 Israelis residing in West Financial institution settlements, stated ‘there is no want to purchase merchandise from firms that boycott lots of of 1000’s of Israeli residents due to the place they select to reside.’ 

It stated Ben & Jerry’s resolution ‘introduced a nasty spirit to such a candy trade’ and known as on Israelis to purchase domestically produced ice cream this summer season.

Ben & Jerry’s transfer on Monday might not be the ultimate chapter within the saga. 

Airbnb introduced in 2018 that it will cease promoting properties in Israeli settlements. 

A number of months later, after coming underneath harsh criticism from Israel and a federal lawsuit by Israeli People who owned property within the settlements, the corporate reversed its resolution. 

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 10th Anniversary Celebration Of Peace Day at The Box in September 21, 2009 in New York

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield at Ben & Jerry's 10th Anniversary Celebration Of Peace Day at The Box in September 21, 2009 in New York

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield at Ben & Jerry’s tenth Anniversary Celebration Of Peace Day at The Field in 2009 in New York

Ben Cohen

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 faculty 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 selecting work as a craft instructor at a non-public college for emotionally-disturbed adolescents. Whereas educating on the Highland Group Faculty, Cohen started experimenting with making his personal ice cream.

Jerry Greenfield

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 buddies till they each graduated and left Lengthy Island to attend faculty. Greenfield selected to pursue a pre-med curriculum at Oberlin School. 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 residence 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 along 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 throughout the summer season of 1977. They determined to enter enterprise with one another in Could 1978, the 2 males opened Ben & Jerry’s Do-it-yourself Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont. They initially meant to begin a bagel enterprise, however discovered the gear prices prohibitive and switched to ice cream as a substitute.

They selected Burlington as a location as a result of it was a distinguished faculty 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 fashion of ice cream was developed to compensate for Cohen’s anosmia, as he stored including bigger and bigger chunks to the ice cream to fulfill his want for texture in meals. Ben & Jerry’s turned fashionable in Burlington. 

Unilever and social activism

Ben & Jerry’s was bought to Marmite and Dove cleaning soap maker Unilever for $325million in 2000. Stories point out that Greenfield pocketed $9.5million whereas Cohen took away $41million. 

Each Cohen and Greenfield are nonetheless paid to characterize the model, although neither has formal tasks.   

Talking in 2015, Greenfield stated: ‘Oh sure, I am undoubtedly an ageing hippy. Many individuals assume the hippies have 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, reminiscent of 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, usually 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 Venture. 

He supported Dennis Kucinich within the 2004 Democratic Celebration presidential primaries. In 2008, he initially supported John Edwards adopted by Barack Obama. Cohen turned a distinguished supporter of Bernie Sanders throughout the 2016 Democratic Celebration presidential primaries.

Cohen debuted a particular ice cream flavour known 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 have 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 ‘sort out systemic and institutionalized racism’, and stated: ‘All lives do matter. However all lives won’t 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 Dwelling 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.



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Bourbiza Mohamed. Writer and Political Discourse Analysis.

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