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The Campaign to End Ben & Jerry’s Business with Israeli Settlements
By Mark Hage, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, Counterpunch 4/22/2014
    On March 13, 2013, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched a campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s, a leader of the socially responsible business community, to stop marketing, catering and selling ice cream in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. We also urged the company to issue a statement expressing its opposition to the occupation and Israel’s settlement enterprise, consistent with the principles of its social mission.
    Our demands have not been met, but the campaign is strong and growing.
    Free Cone Day, 2014: Your ice cream is free today—Palestine is not!
    On April 8—this year’s Free Cone Day at participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops—solidarity activists in 12 states (CA, CO, CT, NY, MA, MN, NC, NH, OR, NH, VT, and WA) distributed thousands of leaflets prepared by VTJP on Ben & Jerry’s commercial ties to Israel’s settlement regime. more

Campaign to end Ben & Jerry’s complicity with Israel’s occupation intensifies
    VTJP's campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s to end its complicity with Israel's occupation has expanded and intensified. 151 civil society organizations in the United States and across the globe that share a commitment to international law, human rights, and a just peace in Israel-Palestine have signed a letter to Ben & Jerry’s, Jostein Solheim, urging the company “to stand by its Social Mission and to ensure that its products are not sold, catered and distributed in Israeli settlements” in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
    The letter, organized by VTJP, calls on Solheim “to take all necessary contractual and legal measures to bring your franchise's settlement business to an end in a verifiable way, and to release a public statement of your company's commitment to end its business ties to Israel’s occupation and settlement enterprise.”

    The full text of the letter and list of signatories can be accessed here:
    If your organization would like to add its name to the letter, please go here:

Ben & Jerry’s is Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements and Occupation of Palestine
    Ben & Jerry’s, one of the iconic leaders of the “values based” business movement, trumpets a “progressive, nonpartisan social mission that seeks to meet human needs and eliminate injustices in our local, national and international communities” (See their Social Mission Statement).
    In 2011, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel learned that Ben & Jerry’s franchise in Israel is manufacturing ice cream and selling it in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Additionally, in 2010, as Israel was expanding its illegal settlements and continuing to impose an inhuman siege on Gaza, Ben & Jerry’s opened a new factory in Israel and announced plans to re-establish 16 new stores and kiosks across the country.
    By doing business in Israel and in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, it violates its own Social Mission and engages in unethical practices.

More about Ben & Jerry’s complicity in the Israeli occupation
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Sign the Petition to Tell Ben & Jerry’s: Peace, Love & Occupation Don't Mix!

Until Israel ends its occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands in compliance with international law, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Calls on Ben & Jerry’s to:
  • End the marketing, catering and sales of Ben & Jerry’s products in Israel and Jewish-only settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
  • Stop manufacturing ice cream in Israel.
  • Issue a statement (a) calling on Israel to end its occupation and settlement enterprise and (b) appealing directly to other socially responsible companies
    to do likewise and to cease business operations in Israel and its illegal settlements.

Standing Up to Jewish Settlers in "My Neighbourhood" from Salaam Shalom
This edition of VTJP's Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel highlights the racism, violence and discrimination inherent in the Jewish settler movement, as documented in Julia Bacha's powerful film, "My Neighborhood." The film also demonstrates the power of nonviolent resistance and Jewish-Arab solidarity as Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israeli Jews come together to stop the forced evictions of Palestinians by Jewish settlers in Sheik Jarrah. More about Salaam Shalom.

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