Ben & Jerry's will stop selling ice cream in Palestinian territories
July 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Ben & Jerry's will no longer sell ice cream in occupied Palestinian territories, saying it's inconsistent with the values of the socially conscious brand.
New York (CNN Business)Ben & Jerry's will no longer sell ice cream in occupied Palestinian territories, saying it's inconsistent with the values of the socially conscious brand.
The ice cream company, which is owned by Unilever, has been doing business in Israel since 1987.
In December 2020, Ben & Jerry's unveiled a Colin Kaepernick-inspired nondairy ice cream flavor called "Change the Whirled. "
Fans have taken the company to task for doing business in Israel — especially in West Bank settlements, considered illegal under international law — arguing it doesn't align with Ben & Jerry's liberal image.
Ben & Jerry's said it informed its licensee in Israel that its agreement will not be renewed when it expires at the end of 2022.
The company's ice cream will, however, continue to be sold in Israel, "through a different arrangement," Ben & Jerry's said, noting it will update customers on those details in the future.
The country's new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, said that Ben & Jerry's has decided to brand itself as the"anti-Israel ice cream. "
Ayelet Shaked, Israel's minister of interior, tweeted her disdain for Ben & Jerry's decision Monday.