Boycotts against Ben & Jerry’s rapidly spreading

July 20, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Boycotts of the Ben & Jerry’s brand are quickly sprouting at several locations around the globe after the company announced it would stop selling ice cream in Israel in an attempt to boycott Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

Yogev Aharon at his  Kosher Kingdom Market in Melbourne

The Kosher Kingdom Market, a huge store in a Jewish area in Melbourne, announced that Ben & Jerry’s is on sale and promised not to buy its products anymore.

In New York, the Morton Williams Supermarkets chain announced it is taking action against Ben & Jerry’s, which is “boycotting Jewish communities that are at the centre of a territorial dispute in Israel, including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem – inhabited by Jews for over 3,000 years.”

Morton Williams Supermarkets resolved to reduce the Ben & Jerry’s products it sells in its 16 stores by 70%, The New York Post reported.

Arons Kissena Farms in New York has removed all Ben & Jerry’s products from its shelves.

A movement has formed in the New York area to have KOF-K, OU Kosher, and CRC Koshe remove their supervision from Ben & Jerry’s.

Conversely, in Israel, the public is being urged to continue to buy the Israeli-produced brand.

Avi Zinger, the Israeli license owner, refused Ben and Jerry’s demand to end the Israeli company’s sale of its product in Judea and Samaria and lost his license, which will end at the end of 2022. Ben & Jerry’s in Israel announced that it will continue to sell the Israeli-produced ice cream throughout Israel and will not succumb to the pressure and boycott by Unilever and the global Ben & Jerry’s.

“Ice cream is not part of politics,” the company said.

Member of Knesset (MK) Simcha Rothman urged Israelis “not to stop consuming Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, as long as Ben & Jerry’s Israel owns the brand.”

The plant in Kiryat Malachi employs some 160 Israelis and other industries such as the local dairy farms.

“They deserve their kudos for the insistence on not boycotting Judea and Samaria,” he said, noting that the owners of Ben & Jerry’s Global are Unilever.

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

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