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Ben & Jerry's
By Micah Halpern

Friday July 23, 2021
I've Been Thinking:

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is owned by a gargantuan company called Unilever. The company is headquartered in England.

Unilever bought the ice cream company in 2000 and by some quirk, they allowed Ben & Jerry’s to maintain its own independent board – a special board to deal with social issues.

That board decided to stop selling ice cream to Israelis living in the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria. With that decision, Ben and Jerry’s, and by extension Unilever, is subscribing to the BDS boycott. BDS stands for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel, not other countries, just Israel.

Boycotts are illegal in the United States and almost 35 states have enacted laws preventing states from doing business, making investments or assisting companies that boycott Israel.

Here is one example of those laws, from Illinois, passed in 2015. The language is very simple and very clear and it reads: “‘Boycott Israel’ means engaging in actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with the State of Israel or companies based in the State of Israel or in territories controlled by the State of Israel.”
That is the exact definition of the decision made by Ben and Jerry’s.

Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever should pay the price for their mistake. Texas and Florida are already investigating how they can divest from Unilever and do it ASAP.

That is how you answer BDS.

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26 July 2021 11:27 AM in Thoughts

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