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  • While the ice cream will not be sold in “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the company will continue to sell its products in Israel through a different arrangement.
  • The move comes after the company, which has often spoken out against racial and social injustice, was criticized for its silence during the recent clash between Israeli armed forces and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in May.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the decision was “morally wrong.”

Vermont-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s says it will stop selling its products in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 

“We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT),” the company said in a release Monday

“We have a longstanding partnership with our licensee, who manufactures Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Israel and distributes it in the region. We have been working to change this, and so we have informed our licensee that we will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of next year,” the company said. 

While the ice cream will not be sold in “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the company will continue to sell its products in Israel through a different arrangement. 


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The move comes after the company, which has often spoken out against racial and social injustice, was criticized for its silence during the recent clash between Israeli armed forces and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in May. 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the decision was “morally wrong.” 

“There are many ice cream brands, but only one Jewish state,” Bennett said

“Ben & Jerry’s has decided to brand itself as the anti-Israel ice cream. This decision is morally wrong and I believe that it will become clear that it is also commercially wrong,” he said. 

Published on Jul 19, 2021