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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. more

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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  AI: 'Strong evidence' that Israel committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. 'Nobody can claim that they don't know what happened on Friday the 1st of August. We are closer now to justice than we were before.'
     Israeli troops committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during and after 'Black Friday' on 1 August in last year's Gaza war, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture.
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Jewish Terror in Palestine
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Tearing Down The Wall In Al-Ma’sara Palestine Monitor, 7/10/2010: Israeli soldiers dragged the remnants of a symbolic wall from highway 3157 near Al Ma’sara today, halting a popular demonstration on the sixth anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling that construction of the Wall in Palestinian territory is illegal.

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