"The ignorance and hypocrisy of Ben and his partner Jerry are screaming to the skies," Israel's ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Ardan responded today (Monday) following the interview of the founders of Ben & Jerrys at AXIOS in which they rejected criticism of the boycott of Judea And Samaria.
"Part of the definition of anti-Semitism is precisely to demand from Israel what is not required of any other entity in the world, and Messrs. Ben and Jerry have no problem with their ice cream being sold to supporters of terrorism as well, but they are boycotting Israel," he said. "More countries will include Ben & Jerry's and Unilever on their blacklist until this despicable boycott is stopped."
As mentioned, the two founders of Ben & Jerry's, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, addressed the storm surrounding the boycott of the sale in localities in Judea and Samaria.
"There was no surprise from the reaction, but it still hurts," they said.
"We are fine with the claims of customers who have said that the move is antisemitic. It is ridiculous."
"What, I'm against Jews?"
"I am a Jew, my family is Jewish, my friends are Jews. I understand why people are upset about it, it is a sensitive issue for many people. It is a painful issue for many."
Regarding the question of what led to the decision right now, they replied: "We have always been in favor of a two-state solution, the actions of the Israeli government, which would have adopted the settlements, make it difficult to implement this solution."
Cohen and Greenfield added that "we do not see this as a boycott. We do not want our products to be sold in Judea and Samaria. It is not something big, not at the economic level - but at the policy level. We supported the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Mater movements, and continued Grow and grow. "
Regarding the sale of the company's shares in Arizona and New Jersey, they said: "It is disturbing because it is based on incorrect information. Ben & Jerry's and Unilever are marked as boycotting Israel, and that is not the case."
They said of the State of Israel that "we do not support US policy either, but we will not stop selling it."
"We fully support Israel's right to exist, but we do not agree with some of its policies."
You support voting rights. Why are you still doing business in Georgia? Or in Texas, after the abortion laws there?
You support voting rights.
Why are you still doing business in Georgia?
Or in Texas, after the abortion laws there?
"I do not know," the two replied.
"This is a good question," added Ben Cohen, who spoke throughout most of the interview.
"It is not clear to me how it will affect. We are dealing with these issues, but we still need to think about it. That is a good question."
Ben & Jerry's Israel CEO Avi Singer said in response to the interview that "Unilever and Ben & Jerry's Global continue to speak with two voices, and as they continue to tell the world that they are not antisemitic and are not working against Israel, they are working hard against the State of Israel and its citizens. And do tremendous service to the BDS movement and our haters around the world.
"Ben & Jerry's Israel will continue to act against the illegal decision that discriminates against and harms many of the country's citizens, and we call on the Israeli government to intervene and take action, as have many countries around the world that have joined the fight against Unilever policy and announced severe economic sanctions against it."
As you may recall, in July, Ben & Jerry's Global announced that it would stop selling its products in Judea and Samaria.
In that decision, the company caused itself numerous damages, including New Jersey State sanctions that led to a decline in its stock value.
Also, the states of Arizona and Florida halted their investments in Ben & Jerry's last month.
The only honor, if you can call it that, that the company made for its decision, is the "Oscar" of the boycott movement.