Following Ben & Jerry’s anti-Israel decision to stop selling its ice cream in “Occupied Palestinian Territories”, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has launched an ad campaign wherein the watchdog group is urging stores to stop selling Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
In an attempt to pressure Ben & Jerry’parent company, Unilever, to confront anti-Semitism within its ranks, the SMC is urging Jewish stores to stop selling their ice-creams.
“Ben & Jerry’s is boycotting Israel. Tell your grocer to stop selling anti-Semitic ice cream,” says the ad, which appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News, one of nine Jewish media outlets running the advertisement. The Center has also pointed out that the company’s current board chair, Anuradha Mittal, who has expressed support for BDS, criticized AIPAC and in her previous job at a think tank posted positive articles about the Hezbollah and Hamas terror groups.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and global social action director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center said, “It was never just about ice-cream sold in East Jerusalem. It is all about Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream company profits being leveraged by an activist anti-Semite who hates Israel and defends Hamas—and the corporate executives at Unilever letting it happen. This is about arrogance and irresponsibility, enabling the odious anti-Semitic BDS movement to use money from a global brand to brand Jews as occupiers in their own land at a time when there is a spike of violent attacks against Jews from Germany to the United Kingdom to the United States.”