Ben And Jerry’s ‘Woke’ Boycott Harms Palestinians

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Illustrative. An Israeli works at the Ben & Jerry's ice-cream factory in the Be'er Tuvia Industrial area, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

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Ben & Jerry’s “woke” decision to give in to pro-Palestinian groups, who freely alter history and facts to match their agenda, will harm Palestinians more than Israelis.

Chen Yisraeli, the vice president of the main Ben & Jerry’s distributor in Mishor Adumim in the Shomron, told Ynet that “Ben & Jerry’s decision to end distribution of their products in Yehuda and Shomron will greatly harm the Palestinian workers.”

Yisraeli said that his Palestinian workers from nearby villages receive the same working conditions and salaries as the Jewish workers and would be unable to find similar conditions and pay in the Palestinian Authority, that is – if they could find work at all.

This won’t be the first time that Palestinians are harmed by those who claim to be vouching for them. After the SodaStream factory conceded to pressure from BDS supporters in 2015 and moved its factory from Mishor Adumim to inside the Green Line, thousands of Palestinians lost their jobs. A Palestinian manager at Soda Stream told Yisrael Hayom that the “BDS campaign has caused more harm to the Palestinians than good.”

Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, addressed this issue in a Times of Israel article, quoting another Palestinian manager at a Rami Levi supermarket in Mishor Adumim, who said: “They want Rami Levy to close his stores, but I ask — ‎who will employ Palestinians instead? The Palestinian Authority ‎has failed to offer jobs to the Palestinians who worked in ‎SodaStream. I don’t understand why the world keeps donating ‎‎[to the PA] when it fails to even provide its people with jobs.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


5 COMMENTS

  1. yay Nate you got bsd just where it hurts. I reckon they’ll think twice before boycotting again, if it means you won’t have ice cream to eat.

  2. Ben and Jerry ice flavoured cream are closer to cake than ice cream. There’s a lot of saturated fat and cheap, jumbled, unhealthy ingredients in their ice flavored cream. Plus they charge top prices for a little pint. In this era, there are many purer, fresher, healthier and tastier real ice cream products the B & J.
    B & J products are disgusting to anyone appreciating Real Ice Cream

  3. Ben and Jerry ice flavoured cream taste like cake and not ice cream. There’s a lot of saturated fat and cheap, jumbled, unhealthy ingredients in their ice flavored cream. Plus they charge top prices for a little pint of gook. In this era, there are many purer, fresher, healthier and tastier real ice cream products than B & J.
    B & J products are disgusting to anyone appreciating Real Ice Cream

  4. Profit-maximizing firms hire the best qualified workers from the local labor pool, and as Eretz Yisrael (including the Medinah, and all parts of the West Bank and Gaza, regardless of political status) is roughly half Palestinians and half Israelis, it will end up hiring a large number of Palestinians workers (especially since Palestinians are over represented among blue collar jobs). Thus any boycott of Israeli companies seriously impacts on Palestinians. There is no hiddush in that.

    Whether it will hurt any workers is another matter, since I seriously doubt Israelis will stop eating ice cream (switching, for example, to almonds or oranges for desert), and the factory can easily switch to another brand, e.g. Binyamin and Yirmiyahu Ice Cream, with no risk of violating Unilever IP as long as they don’t export the product, and ice cream by its nature is not suitable for export.