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J 07-21-2021 CBN News Jerusalem Emily Jones
ERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli leaders are on the offensive after Ben & Jerry’s announced it will no longer sell its ice cream on Israeli settlement communities in the West Bank – biblical Judea and Samaria – and eastern Jerusalem.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, sent a letter to 35 US state governors that have enacted legislation against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement urging them to take action against Ben & Jerry’s.
“I ask that you consider speaking out against the company’s decision, and taking any other relevant steps, including in relation to your state laws and commercial dealings between Ben & Jerry’s and your state,” the letter reads. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1417541212316315652&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww1.cbn.com%2Fcbnnews%2Fisrael%2F2021%2Fjuly%2Fisraeli-ambassador-urges-35-us-states-to-take-action-against-ben-and-jerrys-over-boycott&sessionId=6d44c641e84723c75bbab012b60fb4ba1a9f196b&siteScreenName=CBNNews&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px
Erdan said he viewed Ben & Jerry’s decision to no longer sell its products in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” by the end of 2022 as the “de-facto adoption of antisemitic practices and advancement of the de-legitimization of the Jewish state and the de-legitimization of the Jewish people.”
He also claimed that the ice cream company’s decision would “significantly harm Palestinians” who work and shop at Israeli supermarkets in the West Bank.
In a phone call with the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett vowed to have a “vigorous” response to the company’s settlement boycott.
Bennett stressed that the decision has “serious legal and other implications,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Tuesday.
Ben & Jerry’s also raised concerns in the US.
US State Department Spokesman Ned Price reiterated the Biden administration’s opposition to the BDS movement against Israel.
“I don’t have a reaction to offer regarding the actions of a private company. More broadly what I would say is that we firmly reject the BDS movement, which unfairly singles out Israel,” Price said during the daily briefing.
“While the Biden-Harris administration will fully and always respect the First Amendment rights of our citizens, of the American people, the United States will be a strong partner in fighting efforts around the world that potentially seek to delegitimize Israel,” he added.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, blasted Ben & Jerry’s boycott.
“BDS is a movement that will undermine peace in the Mideast. It’s as simple as that,” he said during a morning news briefing. “You cannot have peace if you undermine the economic reality and create divisions. I just believe that’s absolutely the wrong approach and Ben and Jerry shouldn’t be doing that.”
Several US kosher stores, including the Jewish-owned supermarket chain Morton Williams, said they would discontinue or limit the sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
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