PM Bennett Warns Ben & Jerry’s Of ‘Serious Legal Repercussions’

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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.

Bennett made it clear to Unilever CEO Alan Jope that Israel views the boycott with the utmost severity and will take aggressive action against any boycott against their citizens.

“As far as the State of Israel is concerned, this move will have serious repercussions, both legal and otherwise, and Israel will act aggressively against any effort to boycott its citizens,” Bennett told Jope.

In the US, Israel’s Ambassador Gilad Erdan is urging US states with anti-BDS laws to take legal action against Ben & Jerry’s as its announcement violates anti-BDS laws in 35 states.

Erdan sent a letter to the 35 governors of US states that have laws against BDS, calling on them to take legal action against Ben & Jerry’s in accordance with their state laws.

“We’ll make it clear to Ben & Jerry’s that their despicable decision will have consequences,” Erdan wrote on Twitter.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


6 COMMENTS

  1. In the US, Israel’s Ambassador Gilad Erdan is urging US states with anti-BDS laws to take legal action against Ben & Jerry’s as its announcement violates anti-BDS laws in 35 states.

    No, it doesn’t. The announcement doesn’t violate ANY of these laws, and even if they eventually carry it out at the end of 2022, as they said they would, it still wouldn’t violate ANY of these laws.

  2. Boycott not just Ben & Jerry’s.
    We all need to know that Bryers icecream is also owned by Unilever!
    Besides Bryers icecream, Unilever also owns Fudgecycle, Klondike AND Popcicle!!

    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 icecream (which isn’t cholov yisroel anyway), but also switch our brands of soap, deoderant, tea, detergent etc.

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

  3. Israel can revoke the B&J trademark rights in Israel from Unliver/B&J and assign them to its current domestic licensee, via an act of the Knesset by declaring it a BDS violation.