Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is Sold in Israel’s Illegal Settlements in Occupied Palestine

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Organizations Worldwide Sign a Letter Urging Ben & Jerry’s to Honor its Social Mission

They call on Ben & Jerry’s to end its complicity in Israel’s occupation and illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

Jostein Solheim, CEO
Ben & Jerry’s
30 Community Drive
South Burlington, Vermont 05403-6828

September 9, 2013

Dear CEO Solheim:

Ben & Jerry's has long advocated for peace and human rights. Your Social Mission articulates a commitment to the welfare, security and dignity of all communities, local, national and international. And yet Ben & Jerry products are being sold in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Their existence is predicated on systematic repression, racial segregation, land dispossession, the unlawful expropriation of water, and pervasive violence against Palestinians.

We who have signed this letter share a commitment to international law and human rights principles. Therefore, we are writing to urge Ben & Jerry's to stand by its Social Mission and to ensure that its products are not sold, catered and distributed in Israeli settlements. Taking this action would help to expose the devastating consequences and illegality of Israel's settlement enterprise. It would also set a powerful example of socially responsible engagement in Israel/Palestine for other companies to emulate.

The call for companies to cease doing business in the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) has had tremendous success throughout Europe and is growing on American college campuses nationwide. The call has been echoed in the United Nations and supported by mainline Protestant denominations in the United States and Canada.

In January, a United Nations' fact-finding mission issued a report calling on private companies doing business in Israeli settlements "to assess the human rights impact of their activities and take all necessary steps – including by terminating their business interests in the settlements – to ensure they are not adversely impacting the human rights of the Palestinian People in conformity with international law as well as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights."

In May, 2012, the United Methodist Church passed a resolution denouncing Israel's occupation and settlements, and beseeching "all nations to prohibit the import of products made by companies in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land." Shortly thereafter, in July 2012, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for " the boycott of all Israeli products coming from the occupied Palestinian territories". The rationale for the resolution noted that "Since the occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967, Israel has used its military rule to the advantage of Israeli corporations and economic interests, many times to the detriment of the Palestinian economy under its control. "

Although Ben & Jerry's Israeli franchise is not manufacturing ice cream in the settlements, by selling to settlement venues it is a corporate beneficiary of Israel's military and economic domination of the oPt.

We cannot reconcile Ben & Jerry's Social Mission and support of progressive causes with your franchise's commerce in Israeli settlements. Thus, consistent with international law and Ben & Jerry's Social Mission, we call on you 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.

Signed,


1 14 Friends of Palestine, Marin. - San Rafael, California
2 ACAT France (Action des Chrétiens pour l'Abolition de la Torture/Christian Action for the Abolition of Torture) - Paris, France
3 Action Group at KTH for Academic Boycott of Israel (Sweden)
4 Amanah Tuition, Birmingham , UK
5 American Friends Service Committee. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6 American Friends Service Committee-Iowa. - Des Moines, Iowa
7 American Jews for a Just Peace. - Boston, Massachusetts
8 American Muslims for Palestine. - Palos Hills, Illinois
9 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. - Washington, D.C.
10 Americans Committed to Justice and Truth , Oregon
11 Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East. - Santa Barbara, California
12 Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights. - Portland, Oregon
13 Artists Against Apartheid. - artistsagainstapartheid.org
14 Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine. - New Zealand
15 Bay Area Women in Black. - Oakland, California
16 BDS Slovenia, Lubiana, Slovenia
17 BDS Slovenia. - Slovenia
18 BDS South Africa. - South Africa
19 BDS-LA for Justice in Palestine. - Los Angeles, California
20 Boycott From Within. - Israel
21 Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine. - Brooklyn, New York
22 Brooklyn for Peace. - Brooklyn, New York
23 Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
24 Bubbes & Zaydes (grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East, Philadelphia Pa
25 Building More Future Opportunities and Capacities (BMFOCA) Foundation. Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria
26 Bumblebee Global Connections. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
27 Campagne BDS France [French BDS Campaign](France)
28 Carlisle Peace College. - Pennslyvania
29 Chicago Divests. - Chicago, Illinois
30 Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy. - Chicago, Illinois
31 Chico Palestine Action Group, Chico, California
32 Christians Witnessing for Palestine. - Rochester, New York
33 Christ's Way Church. - Portland, Oregon
34 Citizens for Justice in the Middle East. - Kansas City, Missouri
35 Citizens for Palestinian Self-Determination, Lincoln, Nebraska
36 Clark University Students for Palestinian Rights. - Worcester, Massachusetts
37 Coalition for Peace with Justice. - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
38 Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel. - Albuquerque, New Mexico
39 Code Pink Peace. - Phoenix, Arizona
40 Code Pink Taos. - Taos, New Mexico
41 Code Pink, Los Angeles, CA
42 Code Pink, San Francisco, CA
43 Code Pink, Washington, D.C.
44 CodePink,Washington State
45 CodePink,Washington State - Quilcene, WA
46 CodePinkHayward - Hayward, California
47 CodePinkTennessee Summertown, TN
48 Collectif 69 de Soutien au Peuple Palestinien [The '69 Collective' Supporting the People of Palestine] (Lyon, France)
49 Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine [Alliance of Arabs, Jews and Citizens for Palestine](Strasbourg-France)
50 Colorado Coalition Against Attacking Iran, Boulder, CO
51 Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. - Oak Park, Illinois
52 Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ), New York, NY, USA
53 Committee for Palestinian Rights (Howard County, MD). - Columbia, Maryland
54 Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine. - Connecticut/New York
55 Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine. - Ithaca, New York
56 Council for the National Interest, McLean, VA
57 Culture and Conflict Forum, SAN JOSE, California, USA
58 DC Statehood Green Party. - Washington, D.C.
59 Delaware Neighbors Against the Occupation (DelNATO), Wilmington, DE
60 Dorchester People for Peace. - Boston, Massachusetts
61 Episcopal Bishop's Committee for Israel/Palestine. - Seattle, Washington
62 Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network. - Ithaca, New York
63 Fire Brigades Union, Scotland, UK.
64 Free Palestine Movement. - El Cerrito, California
65 Free Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild (New York, NY)
66 Friends of Deir Ibz'ia. - San Francisco, California
67 Friends of Palestine Wisconsin. - Germantown, Wisconsin
68 Friends of Sabeel-North America. - Chicago, Illinois
69 Friends of Sabeel-North America. - Denver, Colorado
70 Friends of Sabeel-North America. - Portland, Oregon
71 Friends of the Disabled Association, Mechrif, Monte Liban, Lebanon
72 Global Peace and Justice. - New Zealand
73 Hammerhard MediaWorks (Chicago IL)
74 Helena Service for Peace and Justice. - Helena, Montana
75 Hilton Head for Peace (South Carolina)
76 Home for Peace and Justice. - Saginaw, Michigan
77 Human Rights Today. - Washington, D.C.
78 If Americans Knew, Vancouver, Washington
79 In the Name of Humanity. - Rocky Mount, North Carolina
80 Inter-Denominational Advocates for Peace (IDAP). - Ann Arbor, Michigan
81 International Socialist Organization. - Chicago, Illinois
82 International Solidarity Movement - Northern California. - El Cerrito, California
83 International Women's Peace Service. - Deir Istiya, Occupied West Bank
84 Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. - Ireland
85 Israel/Palestine Task Force California Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church.- Stockton, California
86 Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - USA
87 Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - USA - ( New York)
88 Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. - Finland
89 Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland
90 Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)-Westchester, Westchester County, NY
91 Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego Chapter, San Diego, CA
92 Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles, California
93 Jewish Voice for Peace, Tacoma, WA
94 Jewish Voice for Peace. - Berkeley, California
95 Jewish Voice for Peace. - Boston, Massachusetts.
96 Jewish Voice for Peace. - Sacramento, California.
97 Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, New York, NY
98 John Jay Students For Justice In Palestine. - New York, New York
99 Just Foreign Policy, Urbana
100 Justice First Foundation. - West Kingston, Rhode Island
101 Justice for Palestinians. - Houston, Texas
102 Justice for Palestinians. - San Jose, California
103 Kairos USA. - Portland, Oregon
104 Karama, Arab and Islamic world information center, San Diego, CA
105 Keep Hope Alive. - San Francisco, California
106 Kia Ora Gaza. - New Zealand
107 L.A. Jews for Peace. - Los Angeles, California
108 LatinosAndLatinAmericans for Palestine, New York, New York
109 Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East. - Louisville, Kentucky
110 Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, a Ministry of Central Lutheran Church in Portland, Oegon
111 Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land. - Portland, Oregon
112 Madison-Rafah Sister City Project. - Madison, Wisconsin
113 Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. - Buxton, Maine
114 Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. - Washington, D.C.
115 Medical Aid for Palestine, Montreal, Canada
116 Meta Peace Team. - Lansing, Michigan
117 Methodist Federation for Social Action. - Washington, D.C.
118 Middle East Children's Alliance. - Berkeley, California
119 Middle East Crisis Committee. - West Haven, Connecticut
120 Middle East Crisis Response. - Woodstock, New York
121 Middle East Peace Now. - Bloomington, Minnesota
122 Middle East Policy Advisory Committee. - Oakland, California
123 Middle East Research and Information Project. - Washington, D.C.
124 Middle East Study Group. - Martinez, California
125 Mid-East Just Peace. - Michigan
126 Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign. - St. Paul, Minnesota
127 Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights. - Minneapolis, Minnesota
128 Minnesota Peace Project. - Minneapolis, Minnesota
129 MRIHR. - Watertown, Maine
130 NCBDS North Carolina Boycott Divestment Sanctions. - Durham, North Carolina
131 Netherlands Palestine Committee (NPK), Netherlands
132 New York University Students for Justice in Palestine
133 NH Veterans for Peace. - Auburn, New Hampshire
134 Nicaragua Center for Community Action, Berkeley, CA, USA
135 NorCal Friends of Sabeel. - Berkeley, California
136 North Coast Coalition for Palestine. - Santa Rosa, California
137 North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice - Ipswich, MA
138 Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine. - Boston, Massachusetts
139 Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, Northfield, Minnesota, USA
140 Northwest BDS Coalition, Washington State USA
141 NYACT | New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (New York, NY)
142 Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative - Beit Sahour, Palestine
143 Open Shuhuda Street. - South Africa
144 Palestine Israel Action Group. - Ann Arbor, Michigan
145 Palestine Solidarity Committee - Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
146 Palestine Solidarity Committee - Seattle. - Seattle, Washington
147 Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, Vienna, Virginia, USA
148 Palestinians for Peace & Democracy. - Houston, Texas
149 Park Slope Food Coop Members for BDS, Brookline, NY
150 Partners for Peace, Hartland, MI
151 PAUSE / Palestine Action Unionsquare East (New York, New York)
152 Pax Christi Maine. - Maine
153 Pax Christi. - South Portland
154 Peace Action. - Silver Spring, Maryland
155 Peace Committee of West Hills Friends Church. - Portland, Oregon
156 Peace Tax Foundation. - Washington, D.C.
157 PEACEWORKERS, San Francisco, CA USA
158 People for Justice in Palestine - Iowa City, IA
159 People for Peace. - Canada
160 People of Faith. - West Hartford, Connecticut
161 Peregrine Forum of Wisconsin. - Madison, Wisconsin
162 Philly BDS. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
163 Portlanders Opposed to the Occupation of Palestine
164 Portsmouth/S Downs Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Portsmouth, UK)
165 Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. - Stony Point, New York
166 Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. - Olympia, Washington
167 Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. - Racine, Wisconsin
168 ranumpowerplay.com
169 Rebuilding Alliance. - San Mateo, California
170 Red Wing Veterans for Peace. - Red Wing, Minnesota
171 Refugee Advocacy Group (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
172 Rock Hill for Peace, Rock Hill, SC USA
173 Sacramento BDS, Sacramento, CA
174 Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights. - Sacramento, California
175 Salaam Shalom. - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
176 Salem Peace Committee - Salem, MA, USA
177 San Jose Peace and Justice Center. - San Jose, California
178 Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign. - Seattle, Washington
179 Socialist Workers of Anchorage, Alaska (Anchorage, AK., United States)
180 South Somerset Palestine Israel Peace Group, UK
181 Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Southampton, UK)
182 Sporty K9, Ltd, Delray Beach, FL USA
183 St Johns Presbyterian Church. - San Francisco, California
184 St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace. - St. Louis, Missouri
185 St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee. - St. Louis, Missouri
186 St. Louis Women in Black (St. Louis, MO)
187 Strength Through Peace. - Fort Collins, Colorado
188 Students for a Free Palestine. - Oberlin, Ohio
189 Students for Justice in Palestine - Suffolk University, Boston, MA
190 Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island. - Staten Island, New York
191 Students for Justice in Palestine at Hunter College. - New York, New York
192 Students for Justice in Palestine- UC San Diego. - San Diego, California
193 Students for Justice in Palestine, Rutgers University. - New Brunswick, New Jersey
194 Students for Justice in Palestine. - Staten Island, New York
195 Students for Justice in Palestine--University of Houston. - Houston, Texas
196 Students for Justice in Palestine--University of New Mexico. - Albuquerque, New Mexico
197 Students for Palestine (Southampton, UK)
198 Sussex Friends of Palestine (Brighton, UK)
199 The Alternative Information Center (Jerusalem/Beit Sahour Palestine/Israel)
200 The Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec
201 The Palestine Human Rights Campaign. - New Zealand
202 The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS)
203 Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) (New York City, NY)
204 Tiffin Area Pax Christi. - Tiffin, Ohio
205 Tree of Life Educational Fund. - Lyme, Connecticut
206 Tucson Women in Black. - Tucson, Arizona
207 UJP Palestine Task Force. - Massachusetts
208 Une Autre Voix Juive [A Different Jewish Voice](France http://uavj.free.fr)
209 Union Juive Française Pour la Paix [Jewish-French United for Peace](France)
210 Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East. - Plymouth, Michigan
211 United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network. - Cleveland, Ohio
212 United Methodist Church. - Buffalo, New York
213 United Methodist Kairos Response. - Middletown, Ohio
214 United Methodist Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel of UNY Conference.- Horseheads, New York
215 United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force. - Culver City, California
216 University of Denver Students for Justice in Palestine. - Denver, Colorado
217 Upper Hudson Peace Action. - Albany, New York
218 US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. - California
219 US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. - Washington, D.C.
220 US Citizens Against War. - Florence, Italy
221 US North West Regional BDS Coalition, Seattle, WA, USA
222 US Peace Council. - New Haven, Connecticut
223 Vancouver for Peace. - Vancouver, Washington
224 Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
225 Veterans For Peace (San Francisco California, U.S.A.)
226 Vrouwen in het Zwart (Women in Black), Amsterdam, NL
227 Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. - Washington, D.C.
228 Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment. - Watertown, Massachusetts
229 Watford Friends of Salfeet - Palestine, Watford, UK
230 WeAreWideAwake.org. - Clermont, Florida
231 Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club. - Berkeley, California
232 WESPAC Foundation (Westchester, NY)
233 Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. - Black Mountain, North Carolina
234 Wisconsin Middle East Lobby Group. - Wisconsin
235 Women in Black (Vienna), Vienna, Austria
236 Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section - Boston, MA
237 Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. - Boulder, Colorado
238 Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. - Santa Cruz, California
239 Yallah English (Dallas, Texas)
240 Yeshurin - Judaism Against Zionism (Antwerp - Belgium)

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