Ben & Jerry’s Wanted To Boycott Israel Entirely, Unilever Is Opposed

In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, the logo for Unilever appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file); Ben & Jerry's ice cream. (PR)

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Ben & Jerry’s board is demanding to boycott all of Israel rather than just the “occupied territories” but the move is opposed by its parent company Unilever, NBC News reported on Monday.

The ice cream company’s board is furious that Unilever issued a statement on Monday clarifying that it will be continuing to sell ice cream inside Israel.

Anuradha Mittal, Ben & Jerry’s board chair, told NBC that Unilever’s statement that it is continuing sales in Israel proper was made against the wishes of the board and in violation of a legal agreement made when it bought Ben & Jerry’s in 2000.

“The statement released by Ben & Jerry’s regarding its operation in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory does not reflect the position of the Independent Board nor was it approved by the Independent Board,” read a statement by the Ben & Jerry’s Independent Board of Directors.

Although Ben & Jerry’s was acquired by Unilever in 2000, the companies signed a unique acquisition agreement legally vesting an independent board to maintain control over Ben & Jerry’s “social mission, brand integrity and policies,” NBC explained.

Of course, Unilever’s determination to continue selling Ben & Jerry’s in Israel stems from business interests as scores of Unilever products apart from ice cream are sold in Israel and in Yehuda and the Shomron, including Hellmann’s, Telma, Lipton, Knorr, Bagel Bagel, Vered HaGalil and others.

As the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Israel, Avi Zinger, said on Tuesday: “Unilever operates in Yehuda and the Shomron. They have factories and hundreds and thousands of workers. They can’t deny the situation.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, from Bernie Sanders WHITE State of Vermont, are the types of “Jews” who would of been the first to rat out fellow Jews to the Nazis. Self hating Jews is an understatement.

  2. Anuradha Mittal, Ben & Jerry’s board chair, is it virulent antisemite and Uber leftist. Perhaps one can put together the pieces here and see how this low life piece of trash excrement wanted to stop everything in EY but she was outwitted by the folks at Unilever. I believe from looking at this from a slight distance, that this is a ray of sunshine. I wonder if something like this would be grounds for Ben and Jerry to leave Unilever but I doubt it. This disgusting piece of excrement went ahead and ripped Unilever for being a sexist, racist, you name it type of company, because when a leftist is enraged, they automatically pull the race card.

    May it be the will of the One alAbove, that she meet a quick ending at this company.

  3. Why not boycott Unilever? Very simple — Because Unilever had nothing to do with this decision, and is unable to do anything about it. Boycotting it would be unjust, and that itself should be a sufficient reason. The only ones responsible for this decision, and the only ones who can reverse it, are the members of Ben & Jerry’s independent board.

  4. Unilever is not boycotting Israel, the semi autonomous Ben and Jerry’s board are. My question is should Chaf-K drop company for Kashrut Certification in the USA?