Ice Cream becomes controversial

Ben & Jerry’s Israel Boycott

The Ben & Jerry’s controversy isn’t about ice cream. It’s about terrorism and bigotry and the worst type of double standards that demonize the Jewish homeland and the people who live there.

Reprinted from Daily Alert, July 29, 2021

    • Ben and Jerry’s Rejected Pro-Peace Alternatives to Israel Boycott – Shiryn Ghermezian
      Susannah Levin, a graphic designer for Ben & Jerry’s for 21 years, told StandWithUs on Sunday that when she learned that the company was considering divesting from the West Bank, she proposed an alternate plan to a company executive. Levin suggested supporting a grassroots organization that promotes peace and coexistence, or backing Israeli and Palestinian educational organizations fighting hatred and incitement. She also proposed opening a partner shop in Ramallah and Jewish West Bank areas for both Palestinians and Israelis.
      Levin quit after the company moved forward with boycotting Israel. Since then, she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received. “People are calling me a hero. I’m just a Jew. I’m a person with some integrity. I decided to start speaking up because…I want people to know that other Jews or other people who care deeply for the Jewish people, you can speak up….Maybe I had an effect. At least I know that they heard something from the other side.”  (Algemeiner)
    • The Ben and Jerry’s Dispute Isn’t about Ice Cream – Dan Schnur
      The Ben & Jerry’s controversy isn’t about ice cream. It’s about terrorism and bigotry and the worst type of double standards that demonize the Jewish homeland and the people who live there. It’s the latest front in the ongoing battle that uses the threat of economic boycott and sanctions to pressure Israel into agreeing to empower its enemies and expose its citizens to an even greater threat of danger and death. (Los Angeles Jewish Journal)
    • BDS and Jerry’s – Editorial
      We’re not clear how exactly removing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from grocery stores in the West Bank will benefit the Palestinians. The move appears to be primarily an act of guerrilla theater and a demonstration of base prejudice. The most common expression of anti-Semitism is the application of double standards to Jews and the Jewish state.
      There is no comparison between Israeli policy in the West Bank and the practices of the world’s greatest human rights abusers. Unilever happily does business in Northern Cyprus, occupied Tibet, and Xinjiang, home to Uyghur concentration camps. We won’t hold our breath for the ice cream boycott of China. But hey, there are no Jews in Xinjiang. We urge friends of Israel and the Jewish people to vote with their spoons. (Washington Free Beacon)
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