Jun 29, 2022

Israel welcomes Ben & Jerry's reversal over West Bank settlements

Unilever said in a statement on Wednesday that it was now selling its Ben & Jerry's business interests in Israel to Mr Zinger. Ben & Jerry's was founded by best friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in the US state of Vermont in 1978.Ever since Unilever bought the ice cream company in 2000 it has retained an independent board with the right to make decisions about its social mission. Image source, AFP. Unilever said the new arrangement followed a review of Ben & Jerry's operations in Israel and an extensive consultation, including dialogue with the Israeli government. Palestinian activists behind the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement praised Ben & Jerry's at the time for what they said was "a decisive step towards ending the company's complicity in Israel's occupation and violations of Palestinian rights". In a statement, Mr Lapid welcomed Unilever's efforts to resolve the dispute, saying: "Anti-Semitism will not defeat us, not even when it comes to ice-cream. We will fight delegitimization and the BDS campaign in every arena, whether in the public square, in the economic sphere or in the moral realm."The Ben & Jerry's factory in Israel is a microcosm of the diversity of Israeli society.

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