We call on everyone to boycott Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s has decided not to sell its ice cream it what it refers to as the “Occupied Palestinian Territories,” a place that is the heartland of the Jewish people, a place that may be disputed but has NEVER been Palestinian. Ben & Jerry’s has failed to melt us with its passion for Jew-hatred masquerading as politics. Its half-baked opinion on Jews living in Judea and Samaria is not only absurd coming from an ice cream company, but is offensive to Jews around the world.
Judea is the heartland of the Jewish civilization. The Jewish people come from, and are indigenous to, Judea. The Jewish presence in Israel is not a provocation, but an integral part of our ethnic and cultural identity, and a basic human right. Instead of “achieving equity, opportunity, and justice for communities across the globe that have been historically marginalized,” per its stated mission, Ben and Jerry’s decided to discriminate against Jews living in Judea and Samaria in a one-sided, bigoted, and ignorant way. Jewish people have every right to live in their homeland, and implementing rules aimed at creating a Judenrein so-called West Bank is a modern-day version of Nazi policy. Those behind the decision are clearly oblivious to the fact that the Palestinians could have had an independent Palestinian state a long time ago, living side by side in peace and security with Israel, had they ever simply accepted the myriad offers given to the Palestinians.
By falling prey to cheap platitudes and easy stunts, Ben and Jerry’s is reinforcing the pernicious “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” message that with enough pressure and aggression, Jews can be forced out of our homeland. Quoting Caren Leven, Executive Director of Baltimore Zionist District, "It's shameful that a company founded by two Jewish friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield has now ended up in the worst possible scenario. Turning their backs not only on their own people but in return their homeland.”
We will not tolerate any person or company saying that Jews have no right to live freely in our homeland.
Contact Ben & Jerry’s to demand that they discontinue their discriminatory boycott of the 800,000 Jews in eastern Jerusalem and Judea/Samaria.
Ben & Jerry’s Consumer Telephone: (802) 238-4778
Ben & Jerry’s Twitter: @benandjerrys
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