End Jewish hatred to stage New York protest against Ben & Jerry’s
Grassroots organization End Jew Hatred will hold a march to protest Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop doing business in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory” on August 12 in New York City.
The demonstration, titled “No ice cream for the Jews!” Will take place outside the New York Public Library, where attendees will receive “free ice cream and educational materials on the dangerous” Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to the End Jew Hatred website. Participants “will then walk to Ben & Jerry’s and receive free ice cream from its competitors who do not indulge in Jewish hatred and discrimination.”
“The illegal boycott of Ben & Jerry is the biggest act of corporate anti-Semitism since Airbnb, which ended up settling several lawsuits and overturning its discriminatory policy,” the organization’s website said. “The act of Ben & Jerry creates an atmosphere where hatred of Jews is legitimized and emboldens violence against Jews. Just last weekend, crowds calling for global violence against Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn. This is a consequence of the normalization of hatred of Jews, which Ben & Jerry’s is doing.
Participants include Simcha Eichenstein and Daniel Rosenthal, members of the New York State Democratic Assembly, Kalman Yeger, member of the New York City Council, and various Jewish organizations including StandWithUs, The Lawfare Project and Club Z .
The protest comes after 30 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees in the United States urged the company to reverse their decision in a letter. “This has imposed and will continue to impose substantial financial costs on us,” the letter said, adding that their respective families and communities “have personally shamed us into doing business not only with a controversial company, but with the one. which continues to consider the calculated negative effect on its franchisees as acceptable collateral damage.
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