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Wed 21 July 2021:

Palestine on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the U.S.-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s to halt its sales in the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, Xinuha reported.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement that the American company’s decision is “moral and legal,” adding that the decision is “consistent with the rules of international law.”

The statement said that international law “refuses to deal with the illegal and immoral system of settlements that Israel is entrenching and expanding in the land of Palestine.”

It called on companies working directly or indirectly with Israeli settlements “to take similar actions immediately and stop dealings and business and be consistent with human rights principles and international law.”

“The ministry will do everything possible through the rules of international law to hold accountable those who still insist on violating the rights of our Palestinian people,” the statement said.


The brand announced its decision on Monday, saying: “We believe it is incompatible with our values ​​that Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners. He said sales to Israel will continue.

Ben & Jerry’s said it informed its licensee in Israel that its agreement will not be renewed when it expires at the end of 2022. After then, Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the Palestinian territories. The company’s ice cream will, however, continue to be sold in Israel, “through a different arrangement,” Ben & Jerry’s said, noting it will update customers on those details in the future.
Israeli politicians blasted the decision by the ice cream brand. The country’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, said that Ben & Jerry’s has decided to brand itself as the”anti-Israel ice cream.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke over the phone with the CEO of Unilever Alan Jope, warning that the “anti-Israeli move “has severe consequences, including legal” as Israel will “take strong action against any boycott directed against its citizens.”





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