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Ben & Jerry’s appears intent on destroying its bottom line not only in Israel, but here in the U.S., with its announced boycott of the so-called West Bank. On Monday, the ice cream maker proclaimed it would no longer be selling in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners,” the statement read in part. “Although Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the OPT, we will stay in Israel through a different arrangement. We will share an update on this as soon as we’re ready,” the company added. Well isn’t that big of them? At least some Israelis can continue to partake in Ben & Jerry’s. As a brief historical refresher, there never was a country of Palestine. What is currently known as the West Bank was part of Jordan prior to the Six-Day War in 1967. Before that, it was controlled by the British following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. So to the extent that the West Bank is occupied, it’s because Jordan and its Arab allies lost to Israel in 1967.

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