Boycott Ben & Jerry The “occupied Palestinian territories” represent “a new form of terrorism,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said on Wednesday.
“Boycott Israel is a new type of terrorism, economic terrorism,” the newly installed president said, according to a report in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.
“Terrorism tries to harm Israel’s citizens and Israel’s economy,” Herzog said. “We must oppose this boycott and terrorism in all its forms… It targets the Israeli economy.”
The comments come a day after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned the British owners of the US company, Unilever, that boycotting the ice cream maker “is an act” have serious consequences“And said Israel can ‘act forcefully’.
Bennett said those actions could include legal challenges against the company.
Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s announced Monday that it will freeze the sale of the popular ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” – the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
The company said the move comes amid customer protests and the decision to sell their products in those areas, often described as areas occupied by Israel since 1967, are “inappropriate”. with our values.”
Ben & Jerry’s said it will continue to sell ice cream in the rest of Israel.
But Bennett, in his comments Wednesday, called the decision “morally wrong.”
“There are many brands of ice cream,” he said. “But we only have one country.”
Unilever said in a statement this week that buying Ben & Jerry’s in 2000 included the understanding that it would be allowed to run its own business.
In an email Wednesday, officials at Ben & Jerry’s declined to comment beyond their initial statement about the boycott and the company’s values.
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