The iconic, famously woke ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s announced on Monday that it will no longer sell its product in “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” As the company explained, “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).” However, they added, “Although Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the OPT, we will stay in Israel through a different arrangement.”
Put another way (and to read between the lines), “We will continue to sell our ice cream to the evil oppressors in their own apartheid state, one that was founded on genocide and ethnic cleansing and one that exists to this day on stolen Palestinian land. But we will not sell our ice cream to these evil oppressors who live in illegal settlements in other portions of equally stolen land.”
How righteous. How consistent. How just.
Had I not given up eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream seven years ago (for health reasons, along with lots of other foods I dropped), I would be losing my taste about now.
The responses to Ben & Jerry’s announcement have been as predictable as they have been telling.
From the Israeli side, the new prime minister Napthali Bennett said, “There are many ice cream brands, but only one Jewish state.”
Israelis can do without the ice cream but not without their state.
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, “Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy.”
From the anti-Israel side, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement tweeted, “Following years of #BDS campaigns @benandjerrys has announced it will end sales of its ice cream in Israel’s illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land.
“We warmly welcome their decision but call on Ben & Jerry’s to end all operations in apartheid Israel.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Michael Brown