New York protest planned against Ben & Jerry’s

(JNS) A march to protest Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling its products in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is scheduled for Thursday in New York.

Attendees will rally on the steps of the New York Public Library and then walk to a Ben & Jerry’s store in Times Square to support an end to racism “in corporate politics,” according to grassroots movement End Jew Hatred, who is organizing the event. .

The move comes following a statement posted on the company’s website last month, stating that “it is incompatible with our values ​​for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)” .

The dessert company founded in 1978 by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield was sold to British food giant Unilever in 2000, though the two apparently have their say in social justice action.

During the march on August 12, activists and community leaders will distribute educational materials on the BDS movement against Israel (and free ice cream) while calling for a “week of action” at Ben & Jerry’s locations around the world. whole.

According to the organizers, elected officials and religious leaders plan to participate in the march, in addition to private security and officials from the New York Police Department.

End Jew Hatred said: “The illegal boycott of Ben & Jerry is the biggest act of corporate anti-Semitism since Airbnb, which ended up settling several lawsuits and reversing its discriminatory policy. The act of Ben & Jerry creates an atmosphere where hatred of Jews is legitimized and emboldens violence against Jews. Correct [last] At the 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.

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