Ben & Jerry’s To Stop Selling Ice Cream In Occupied Palestinian Territories
The brand said that their business in Israel does not align with their socially conscious values.
In 2015, Ben & Jerry’s posted that they were “keenly aware of how complex the local market can be” in response to a rise in Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
In June 2020, the Vermont-based company posted a statement about investing their money “in community-driven solutions that foster real health, peacekeeping and safety.”
The company’s license in Israel will expire in 2022, meaning their ice cream will no longer be sold in Palestinian territories after then.
But, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will still be sold in Israel “through a different arrangement,” according to the company.
Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s minister of interior, tweeted in response to the ice cream brand’s decision: “Your ice cream is not in line with our taste. We will manage without you.”
ההנהלה של בן אנד ג׳ריס העולמי בחרה ללקק לטרור ולארגונים אנטישמים, יש לנו שנה וחצי לשנות את ההחלטה הזו.
תמשיכו לקנות גלידת בן אנד ג׳ריס בישראל. pic.twitter.com/3ONLzNLuSC
— איילת שקד Ayelet Shaked (@Ayelet__Shaked) July 21, 2021