One Year On: The campaign to end Ben & Jerry’s complicity with Israel’s occupation By Mark Hage, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel,
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/12/2014 On 13 March 2013, Vermonters for a
Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched an international campaign
calling on Ben & Jerry’s, an iconic 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.
One year later, we have not yet called for a full boycott, because our thrust is still to convince Ben & Jerry’s to recognise that it cannot be a company famous and respected for ethical business practices and also be complicit with Israel's military occupation. 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.”
& 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
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.
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.
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