The Israeli authorities had been left fuming at US-based ice cream firm Ben and Jerry’s resolution to withdraw their product from Occupied Palestinian Territories.
In response to Al-Jazeera, Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett frostily declared that Ben & Jerry’s would face “critical penalties” for the transfer, and Israel would “act aggressively” in opposition to “boycott actions directed in opposition to its residents”.
Bennett has stated he has spoken with Unilever’s CEO — the mum or dad firm of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which was purchased in 2000 on the proviso the ice cream maker had a stage of autonomy from the mega company to guard the corporate’s “social mission”.
Livid Israeli international minister Yair Lapid additionally weighed in on the choice, taking to Twitter to accuse the favored ice cream outlet of “surrendering to anti-semitism”, and stated he could be asking 30 US states — which have handed anti-Boycott Divestment Sanctions laws — to behave in opposition to Ben & Jerry’s.
Over 30 states in the USA have handed anti-BDS laws in recent times. I plan on asking every of them to implement these legal guidelines in opposition to Ben & Jerry’s. They won’t deal with the State of Israel like this with no response.
— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid🟠 (@yairlapid) July 19, 2021
He stated in a tweet: “Ben & Jerry’s resolution represents shameful give up to antisemitism, to BDS and to all that’s mistaken with the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish discourse. We won’t be silent.”
He continued: “Over 30 states in the USA have handed anti-BDS laws in recent times. I plan on asking every of them to implement these legal guidelines in opposition to Ben & Jerry’s. They won’t deal with the State of Israel like this with no response.”
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Nonetheless, the BDS motion have embraced this transfer as a candy victory, and welcomed the choice, however has nevertheless referred to as for Ben & Jerry’s to stop all commerce in Israel.
It stated in a press release posted on Twitter: “We hope Ben and Jerry’s has understood that, in concord with its social justice commitments, there could be no enterprise as ordinary in apartheid Israel,” BDS stated in a press release.
— BDS motion (@BDSmovement) July 19, 2021
Ben & Jerry’s have been vocal about its help for the Black Lives Matter motion, and different social justice actions, and has been topic to a longstanding marketing campaign to cease promoting its iconic ice lotions in occupied land.
It stated in a press release posted on the web site: “We consider it’s inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be bought within the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). We additionally hear and recognise the issues shared with us by our followers and trusted companions.”
The ice cream firm will proceed to commerce with Israel precise underneath a brand new settlement, however won’t be renewing its present licence settlement.
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