SEE THE VIDEO: NYC Mayor DeBlasio Suggests He May Join Boycott AGAINST Ben & Jerry’s

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As the backlash against Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream continues to grow, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio is suggesting that he may join the boycott against the company, after they joined the anti-Semitic BDS movement.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Veteran Hamodia reporter Reuvain Borchardt asked DeBlasio the following question:

“Ben Jerry’s yesterday announced it’s joining the BDS movement,” the reporter asked. “A bunch of stores in the New York area in response said they’re taking Ben & Jerry’s off their shelves. As a prominent progressive anti-BDS figure, I’m just wondering what you think, if you want to comment on this, and whether you’ll be sticking to Häagen-Dazs?”

DEBLASIO RESPONSE: “I can say I will not be eating anymore Cherry Garcia for a while,” de Blasio replied. He then criticized Ben & Jerry’s announcement, saying, “That’s sad to me. I don’t know them well but I’ve met them over the years and I think they’re good people — literally Ben and Jerry. I think they’re good people with good values, but this is a mistake. They shouldn’t do this.

“BDS is a movement that will undermine peace in the Middle East. It’s as simple as that. You cannot have peace if you undermine the economic reality and create division. I just believe that’s absolutely the wrong approach and I don’t think Ben and Jerry’s should be doing that. I think they’ve been involved and they’ve done a lot of good in the world, but they should stand back from this, because really what we need, and for the first time, as interesting as the Israeli government is, it at least is a different government, and the potential for a different path forward exists now – but not if the economy doesn’t work. Because the path to peace is going to have to involve economic justice for Israelis and Palestinians alike. And that won’t work if the economy doesn’t function. So I think BDS is just absolutely mistaken, and I’m sorry to hear that news.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday spoke with the CEO of Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s parent company, and made it clear that he will take legal action against the company in the wake of the ice cream company’s announcement that it is boycotting Jewish communities in Yehudah and the Shomron.

As YWN has been publishing on our @theyeshivaword Instagram account, many Jewish stores have announced that they will no longer be carrying the Ben & Jerry’s brand.

It is not the first time a company has tried to stop doing business in what they call “the occupied territories”. In 2018, Airbnb announced that it would stop advertising properties in Israeli settlements. Several months later, after coming under harsh criticism from Israel and a federal lawsuit by Israeli Americans who owned property in the settlements, the company reversed its decision.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Best thing is to ignore entities like Bend and Jerry.
    To boycott them in return is to give them too much attention.
    There are other ice creams on Earth so da heck with them.
    And, nobody really cares what this genius deblazzio does anyway….

  2. Business is business. These stores have the right to choose which products to carry. If B & J wants to play politics with business, others can, too. Sorry, but this shoild cost them a big enough share of the business to hurt them.

  3. Boycott not just Ben & Jerry’s.
    We all need to know that Bryers ice cream is also owned by Unilever!

    Besides Bryers ice cream…
    Unilever also owns Fudgecycle, Klondike AND Popsicle!!

    But did you know that Unilever also owns:
    Hellman’s
    Lypton tea and ice tea
    Red Rose
    Tazo
    Dove
    Degree
    Axe
    Sunlight
    Telma breakfast cereal!!

    These and many other brands are owned BY THE SAME COMPANY: Unilever.

    YIdden, we need to SWITCH brands. Not just ice cream (which isn’t cholov yisroel anyway), but also switch our brands of soap, deodorants, tea, detergent etc.

    Ben and Jerry’s is just the tip of the iceberg!

    We need to boycott ALL UNILEVER PRODUCTS!!!!

  4. The whole “stand with Israel” thing is very bizarre coming from frum Jews. The Zionists and their State of Israel are as anti-Jewish as anything.

    So, it is sad to see the knee-jerk Zionism on display by these stores, but I guess it’s all politics and business.

    To keep things in perspective, this is about ice cream, not life-saving medicines. Therefore, there is nothing anti-Jewish about this Jewish-owned company taking a stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, therefore, there is no Jewish reason to boycott them, only Zionist idolatry.

  5. HaKatan, you keep proving your name apropos:

    1. Zionism by far precedes the modern political movement. By several thousand years.. Yidden living in EY is a wonderful thing, and this modern state, imperfect as it is, has been the vehicle that has enabled us to achieve this.
    2. Don’t be fooled. Anti Zionism on the part of leftist going is a form of antisemitism. It isn’t Israel they hate, it is all of us, even you.

  6. DO NOT BOYCOTT UNILEVER. Unilever is not responsible for this decision, and can’t prevent it, so boycotting its products is unjust. Ben & Jerry has an independent board, and it made this decision. Unilever has no power to interfere.

  7. Itchik, Zionism has never been our people’s aspirations until the modern Zionists came along. Jews never felt the need to sacrifice Jewish lives for sovereignty over a land we have lost due to our sins. Jews never felt the need to violate the three oaths delineated by the Gemarah Kesubos by claiming self-government and building a military in a land we are no longer worthy of owning. But your unabashed self-identifying as a Zionist probably means you will just deny three thousand years of Jewish history, along with the rest of the Zionists.

    Hakatan, you couldn’t be more right. When Jews the world over quickly stand in solidarity with the state of Israel against an ice cream company, it tells the world loud and clear that Judaism and Zionism is one and the same. This means that Jews the world over can be punished for the actions of the Jewish state, whether they live in Ashkelon, Melbourne, France, or Los Angeles. This is why random college students in America are harassed every time Israel is in the news simply for being Jewish, even if they never stepped foot in the Middle East.

    Jews must be unequivocal that while they stand with their brothers and sisters living in Israel, they do not stand with the Zionist regime who claims to talk in the name of the entire Jewish nation. When a company boycotts the state of Israel, we shouldn’t be any more concerned than if someone boycotts any other country that has a significant Jewish citizenry.

    When people like Itchik insist that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is the same thing, they have only themselves to blame for the world conflating the two concepts.