JERUSALEM: Unilever’s ice cream maker Ben & Jerry has banned the supply of ice cream to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestine.
According to a report by a foreign news agency, the sale of ice cream in the Israeli settlements in Palestine has been stopped by the American company Unilever’s ice cream company ‘Ben & Jerry’ on which the Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett strongly criticized the company. Indicates legal action.
The Israeli prime minister has warned the US company, which owns Ben & Jerry, that it will face legal and other consequences.
The Israeli foreign minister said in a statement that Ben-Jerry’s decision was tantamount to a boycott of Israel and a knee-jerk anti-investment movement that works for a complete boycott of Israel.
The move by the ice cream company has drawn strong reactions from Israeli citizens, but the Palestinians’ decision has been well received.
The company banned the sale of ice cream in illegal Israeli settlements, saying its sales in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were not in line with its “values.”
West Jordan and northern Jerusalem have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 and now have more than 140 Jewish settlements with more than 600,000 Zionists. Ben & Jerry’s said the decision was made keeping in mind the concerns of “ice cream enthusiasts and trusted partners”.
Following the company’s decision, the Ben & Jerry franchise in Israel will close next year, but the company will continue to operate in other ways.