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Israel Seeks To Invoke US Anti-BDS Laws Against Ben & Jerry's

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:05 PM EDT

Israeli leaders are furious with the American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s for announcing that it will stop selling products in the occupied Palestinian territories of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the US, sent letters to the governors of the 35 US states that have laws on the books against the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that calls for a global boycott to pressure Israel over its occupation and other human rights abuses.

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"I ask that you consider speaking out against the company’s decision, and taking any other relevant steps, including in relations to your state laws and the commercial dealings between Ben and Jerry’s and your state," Erdan said in the letter that he sent Tuesday, which he coordinated with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Erdan said Israel views Ben and Jerry’s decision as "the de-facto adoption of antisemitic practices." Lapid made similar comments on Twitter. "Ben & Jerry’s decision represents shameful surrender to antisemitism, to BDS and to all that is wrong with the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish discourse," the foreign minister wrote on Monday.

Lapid also vowed to contact US governors in states with anti-BDS laws. "Over 30 states in the United States have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent years. I plan on asking each of them to enforce these laws against Ben & Jerry’s. They will not treat the State of Israel like this without a response," he said.

The anti-BDS laws, which Israeli officials lobbied states to pass, deny state funds to those who advocate for the boycott of Israel and require state contractors to sign oaths pledging not to boycott the Jewish state. The laws are a clear violation of the First Amendment and are always ruled unconstitutional when brought to court.

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Adam Reynolds 4 days ago Member's comment

I find it ironic that to support the Palestinians, B&J is going to ban the sale of their ice cream in Palestinian areas, but still sell it in Israel. Seems that the only one they are punishing here is the Palestinians. Where's the logic? Not the brightest people are they?

Ayelet Wolf 4 days ago Member's comment

Agreed. But it's also racist - they are targeting Israel. Name one other country they are boycotting? There are so many country with horrid human rights violations, even the ethnic cleansing of their own people (Turkey, Syria, etc.). Why don't they try to boycott for the Arabs in those countries? Better yet, why don't they invest in these areas to encourage peace, rather than denying them ice cream, of which is readily available from other companies.

Now many people are boycotting Ben & Jerry's as a result. This will turn out to be a very bad business decision for them.