Siding with Israel and the Jewish community, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio showcased an open criticism towards popular ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, who has now pledged to stop the sale of its product in “Occupied Palestinian Territory”.
Saying on Tuesday that he “will not be eating any more Cherry Garcia for a while,” (referring to a popular flavor of the ice cream brand), de Blasio criticized Ben & Jerry’s for their anti-Israel stance.
Meanwhile, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York also condemned Ben & Jerry’s, urging Unilever “to reject this decision, to disavow the BDS movement and to invest in programs that bring Israelis and Palestinians together to build an atmosphere of peace and cooperation. Peace will only be achieved through dialogue, not boycotts.”
De Blasio was supposedly responding at a morning news briefing, where a reporter reminded him that he is on record as an opponent of BDS. “That’s sad to me,” the Democratic mayor said of the company’s decision. “BDS is a movement that will undermine peace in the Mideast. It’s as simple as that. You cannot have peace if you undermine the economic reality and create divisions. I just believe that’s absolutely the wrong approach and Ben and Jerry shouldn’t be doing that.”