Israeli Ambassador Urges 35 US States to Take Action Against Ben & Jerry’s Over Boycott

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream in Israel Photo Credit: CBN News

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream in Israel Photo Credit: CBN News

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.

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. 

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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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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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