Ben & Jerry's to boycott West Bank settlements, east Jerusalem


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Ben & Jerry's to boycott West Bank settlements, east Jerusalem
"We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)."
JULY 20, 2021

Well-known ice cream company Ben & Jerry's announced on Monday its plan to boycott West Bank settlements and Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, by refusing to allow its products to be sold in those areas. "We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)," the company stated in a notice it posted on its website. The move gives a boost to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has targeted the Vermont-based American company for the last decade. Activist group Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine had been particularly vocal about the issue. The ice cream company, known for taking a stand on social justice issues, clarified that it was not boycotting Israel, just the "occupied Palestinian territories."



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CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Israel: They have been pressuring me for a year and a half
Avi Zinger, CEO of Ben & Jerry's Israel, responds to global company's decision not to sell in Judea and Samaria: I do not intend to surrender.
Elad Benari , Jul 20 , 2021
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Avi Zinger, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Israel, on Monday commented on the global Ben & Jerry’s corporation’s decision to boycott Judea and Samaria, telling Channel 12 News he has no intention of stopping the sales of the ice cream in Judea and Samaria. "It is inconceivable that the company decides to cause harm for political reasons, and mix ice cream and politics," said Zinger.

Zinger said he had been under heavy pressure from Ben & Jerry's global corporation. "I heard about the decision more or less together with everyone," he said, "but I have been under pressure for about a year and hearing demands to stop marketing in Judea and Samaria. Of course, I have been opposed to it all along. Ever since the operation in Gaza the pressure from the company has increased."

"I did not agree to surrender to this and I am not willing to continue to surrender to it," stressed the CEO of Ben & Jerry's Israel. "I have been with them for 25 years, I brought it to Israel. I was informed two hours ago that since I am not willing to cooperate on this issue, they will not extend my agreement in year and a half," said Zinger.


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Also, didn't Ben and Jerry's make a Bernie Sanders inspired ice cream? That alone should have been it. A Bernie Sanders ice cream... A socialist. A socialist being touted by a capitalistic company which benefited the socialist. You know the world is in a really bad shape when the likes of that pompous hypocrite are taken seriously. A Bernie Sanders ice cream... wow.


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I've not been buying Ben and Jerry's ice cream for a long time (this isn't the first time they revealed their true colors). Although, I doubt I am making any difference because I rarely eat ice cream (don't get me wrong, I can binge eat sweets and junk food with best of them). It's just ice cream has never been my thing.

But NEWSFLASH. There are a lot of other companies that make REALLY good ice cream besides Ben and Jerry's. Or so I'm told.

In any case, I feel a little lighter today in terms of my conscience. I cancelled my mother's Netflix account and my own Disney+ account. I really liked The Mandalorian but I am not going to give my business to a company who is so deliberately and shamelessly complicit with China.

I've stopped buying Smithfield bacon (which is produced in my own back yard because they were bought by the Chinese) but you know what? Trader Joe's applewood bacon is far superior anyways.

Dog treats and food, as far as I can tell, or dominated my Chinese companies, but I know the few that are not just Made in America, but also sourced in America (My favorite dog treat label trying to fool people says in HUGE PRINT "MADE IN AMERICA!" And underneath the label, in much smaller print, it reads "Using the world's finest ingredients." Which basically means China.

Alas, I know this was about countries hostile to Israel, so I may have gone a bit off script.

But, to bring it home, I think it is important for people to not spend their money on services or products provided by companies that are anti-Christian or anti-Israel . At least then, you will have done something more than voting or donating to a politician. And, although I have heard a lot of conservative talk shows preach about how they disagree with boycotts (they are often coming at it from a free speech angle, but often, as well, they imply they were ineffective). Well I disagree with them.

Deciding to boycott is an easy decision for me to make.
Actually IMPLEMENTING it is a lot harder.
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They are probably looking for any excuse to withdraw from that market. How much ice cream does anyone seriously think Ben & Jerry's sells to palestinians?


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American farmers are still raising the pigs and I imagine the carcasses are processed in the USA, but I don't know for sure on that...
You make a great point. I am not fully sure either, but if a foreign company can produce it's product (raise pigs and then process them into consumer goods) in a place where the demand is local and strong and both the material costs (food for the pigs) and the distribution costs (gas and delivery trucks) are both far lower in cost due to a far shorter geographical distance, well then, they are doing a great job and I commend that. Additionally, due to the reduced time between slaughter and delivery to your local supermarket, you will be getting a fresher product, all things being equal.

I still object though. For most of my adult life, or about half (let's just say 10 years) I was a Libertarian and wholeheartedly embraced opening up markets to China. The central idea was that through an exchange of commerce, an exchange of culture would ALSO occur, in turn, China would evolve into a modern nation with similar values as our own.

I hate to admit it, but I was a fool. The CCP took full advantage of this situation to accumulate as much technology (often stolen), debt (ours), and money, without ever being partners in good faith.

Anyways, back to YOUR point. You pointed out correctly that Smithfield foods is still probably manned by Americans in spades (90% I am guessing),

But the profit that is generated is not going to be used in our own interest. I can't believe I am saying this, but even BACON, the FOOD OF GODS, isn't worth that.