A march against Ben & Jerry’s anti-Israel decision to stop serving in “Occupied Palestinian Territories” is to be held in New York City on Thursday, 12th of August.
Organized by End Jew Hatred, the march will begin at the New York public library, where protesters will gather, and then move towards a Ben & Jerry’s store in Times Square in support of ending racism “in corporate policies.”
During the Aug. 12 march, activists and community leaders will hand out educational materials about the BDS movement against Israel, while calling for a “week of action” at Ben & Jerry’s locations around the world. Elected officials and religious leaders plan to partake in the march, in addition to private security and officials from the New York Police Department, according to organizers.
The protest has taken roots from last month’s announcement by Ben & Jerry’s claiming, “it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).”
Organizers of the event said, “Ben & Jerry’s illegal boycott is the biggest act of corporate anti-Semitism since Airbnb, which ended up settling multiple lawsuits and reversing its discriminatory policy. Ben & Jerry’s act creates an atmosphere where Jew-hatred is legitimized and emboldens violence against Jews. Just [last] weekend, mobs demanding global violence against Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn. This is a consequence of normalizing Jew-hatred, which is what Ben & Jerry’s is doing.”