Ben & Jerry's Anti-Israel Move Prompts Retailers to Ditch Their Ice Cream
Ice cream company faces massive backlash
Ben & Jerry’s decision to boycott the so-called West Bank in Israel is causing retailers to ditch their ice cream as part of growing backlash against the increasingly 'woke' company.
Ben & Jerry’s on Monday announced they would no longer be selling their ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
Their statement read:
“We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)."
"We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners."
The company added:
“Although Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the OPT, we will stay in Israel through a different arrangement."
"We will share an update on this as soon as we’re ready."
Ben & Jerry’s will end sales of our ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Read our full statement: https://t.co/2mGWYGN4GA pic.twitter.com/kFeu7aXOf3— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) July 19, 2021
But just to note, there never was a country of Palestine; what is known as the West Bank was part of Jordan prior to the 1967 Six-Day War.
Prior to that, the British controlled it following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.
Because Jordan and its Arab allies lost to Israel in 1967, the West Bank is occupied.
Jews do have a solid claim on the land, which includes Jerusalem going back to times of the bible.
Editor of Alpha Investor and host of “The Charles Mizrahi Show," Charles Mizrahi told The Western Journal that Ben & Jerry’s is prohibited from excluding its products from certain parts of the country under Israeli law.
“Not only is Ben and Jerry’s boycott outrageous and blatant anti-Israel, it’s illegal," he said.
"Israeli law requires the local distributor to sell in all of Israel. The distributor doesn’t have the option to pick and choose where their product is sold,” said Mizrahi.
“Additionally, there are 35 U.S. states that have passed legislation making it illegal to boycott Israel,” he further noted.
“This also hurts the local economy, impacting both Israelis and Palestinians. It’s yet another example of anti-semitic activists pursuing their … hate-filled agenda without any concern about who really is impacted.”
Ben & Jerry’s boycott prompted several American grocers to pull the company’s product from their shelves.
Co-owner of Morton Williams Supermarkets in New York City, Avi Kaner, was one of the stores who responded.
“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,” he 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. https://t.co/IFoJhSBSWM— Avi Kaner (@AviKaner) July 20, 2021
Other New York City stores have stated they will be ditching Ben & Jerry’s.
Kosher Kingdom Food Market— The Mossad: The Social Media Account (@TheMossadIL) July 20, 2021
Aron's Kissena Farms
Glatt Express Supermarket
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted:
“Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy.”
Israel's prime minister said the country would take "strong action" against boycotts.
Naftali Bennett warned the US firm's parent company, Unilever, of other legal consequences.
Over 600,000 Jews live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid branded the move a "disgraceful capitulation" to anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a complete boycott of Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.