Jul 20, 2021

Israel PM warns Ben & Jerry's owner Unilever of consequences over sales ban

Israel's prime minister will take "Strong action" against boycotts, after Ben & Jerry's decided to stop selling ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The BBC's Tom Bateman in Jerusalem says Ben & Jerry's is widely popular in Israel, its ice cream coming in special flavours to mark Jewish festivals or national events. Unilever said the decision was taken by Ben & Jerry's independent board, and that it remained "Fully committed" to maintaining a presence in Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called Ben & Jerry's move a "Disgraceful capitulation" to anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which calls for a complete boycott of Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. BDS called Ben & Jerry's decision "a decisive step towards ending the company's complicity in Israel's occupation and violation of Palestinian rights".

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