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

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