Campaign to End Ben & Jerry’s Business with Israeli Settlements
By Mark Hage, Vermonters for a Just
Peace in Palestine/Israel, Counterpunch 4/22/2014
On March 13, 2013, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
(VTJP) launched a campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s, a leader of the socially
responsible business community, to stop marketing, catering and selling
ice cream in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and
East Jerusalem. We also urged the company to issue a statement expressing
its opposition to the occupation and Israel’s settlement enterprise, consistent
with the principles of its social mission.
Our demands have not been met, but the campaign is strong
Jerry’s is Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements and Occupation
of Palestine Ben & Jerry’s,
one of the iconic leaders of the “values based” business movement,
trumpets a “progressive, nonpartisan social mission that seeks to
meet human needs and eliminate injustices in our local, national and international
communities” (See their Social
In 2011, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel learned
that Ben & Jerry’s franchise in Israel is manufacturing ice cream
and selling it in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem
and the West Bank. Additionally, in 2010, as Israel was expanding its illegal
settlements and continuing to impose an inhuman siege on Gaza, Ben &
Jerry’s opened a new factory in Israel and announced plans to re-establish
16 new stores and kiosks across the country.
By doing business in Israel and in illegal settlements in
the occupied Palestinian territory, it violates its own Social Mission and
engages in unethical practices.
End the marketing, catering and sales of Ben & Jerry’s products
in Israel and Jewish-only settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and
the West Bank.
Stop manufacturing ice cream in Israel.
Issue a statement (a) calling on Israel to end its occupation and
settlement enterprise and (b) appealing directly to other socially responsible
to do likewise and to cease business operations in Israel and its illegal
This edition of VTJP's Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel highlights the racism, violence and discrimination inherent in the Jewish settler movement, as documented in Julia Bacha's powerful film, "My Neighborhood." The film also demonstrates the power of nonviolent resistance and Jewish-Arab solidarity as Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israeli Jews come together to stop the forced evictions of Palestinians by Jewish settlers in Sheik Jarrah. More about Salaam Shalom.
IMEMC - 6 May 2015 - On the 3rd of May, the trial of nine Palestinian fishermen kidnapped by the Egyptian army while fishing in waters of the border city of Rafah, took place in the Egyptian city of Al Arish. ...
IMEMC - 6 May 2015 - The Israeli Supreme Court, on Tuesday, issued a final decision to demolish and displace the people of Atir-Umm Al-Hieran, a Palestinian village which remains unrecognized in the Negev desert of...
IMEMC - 6 May 2015 - A Palestinian truck driver reportedly escaped ambush by a group of Israeli settlers, Tuesday night, while traversing a main road between Nablus and Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank....
IMEMC - 6 May 2015 - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Tuesday denied a false allegation made against it by former head of the Israeli army over an alleged incident which occurred during the 2014...
YNet News - Op-ed: A coalition based on 61 MKs can only survive thanks to prime minister's authority and fear of elections; factions making up Netanyahu's fourth government fear elections, but don't have much respect for prime minister's authority.
Daily Star - 6 May 2015 Creating a humanitarian safe zone in Syria would entail a "major combat mission" requiring U.S. troops to fight Islamist jihadis and the Damascus government, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told lawmakers...
’Any person you see – shoot to kill’: The IDF doctrine which causes the death of innocent Palestinians Ron Zaidel, The Independent
5/5/2015 As a former sniper with the Israeli army, I am calling for for an investigation of the events that took place in Gaza last year. The conflict in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014 was the most violent and destructive round of fighting experienced in Gaza in recent years. According to the UN, 2,205 Palestinians lost their lives, 18,000 homes throughout Gaza were damaged or destroyed and 108,000 Palestinians were left homeless. This unprecedented scale of death and destruction is not a matter of chance and should surprise no one – it is the result of a deliberate change in recent years in the way the Israeli army (IDF) conducts its wars. This change began in 2005, when Professor Asa Kasher and Major General (res.) Amos Yadlin published a paper called “Military Ethics of Fighting Terror: An Israeli Perspective.” This paper offers a radically changed perspective on... -- See also: Breaking the Silence: This is How We Fought in Gaza, Full Reportmore..e-mail Israeli soldiers describe ’losing their sense of morality’ during the Gaza conflict Robert Tait, Jerusalem, Telegraph
5/4/2015 Soldiers who took part in last year's Gaza conflict tell Breaking the Silence, an NGO run by former Israeli soldiers, that they were told "If you shoot someone in Gaza, it's cool, no big deal" Israeli forces may have committed "grave violations" of the international laws of warfare during last summer's bloody Gaza conflict, according to the accounts of soldiers who fought in it. A collection of harrowing testimonies published on Monday by Breaking the Silence, an NGO run by former Israeli soldiers, describes lax rules of engagement that allowed troops wide discretion to open fire in built-up areas - leading to mass non-combatant casualties and devastating damage to homes and civilian infrastructure. Forces operated under the assumption that they were entering areas that had been cleared of inhabitants after the Israeli army launched its military offensive, Operation Protective Edge, last July. Soldiers... more..e-mail This is How We Fought in Gaza 2014 Breaking The Silence
This is How We Fought in Gaza 2014 - Soldiers’ Testimonies from Operation “Protective Edge” Today, May 4th, 2015, “Breaking the Silence,” an organization of Israeli soldiers, is releasing testimonies from over 60 officers and soldiers who took part in Operation “Protective Edge” in Gaza during the summer of 2014. These testimonies paint a disturbing picture of the IDF’s policy of indiscriminate fire, which directly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians. The testimonies collected by Breaking the Silence paint a troubling picture of a drastic change in the IDF’s combat norms. The IDF’s guiding values such as the “Purity of Arms” principle —which mandates that soldiers use the minimum amount of force necessary and “maintain their humanity even in combat”— were devalued and even discarded by the IDF itself. The rules of engagement relayed to the soldiers were the most permissive Breaking the Silence has ever heard... -- See also: Breaking the Silence: This is How We Fought in Gaza, Full Reportmore..e-mail Israeli police violence against Ethiopian anti-violence march Marianne Azizi, Redress
During my visit to Israel to collect material for my new book, it turned out there would be an unexpected chapter. I am writing this article without looking at a single news report from any news channel or reading a single word on social media. I don’t want to be biased. I was there and saw it all with my own eyes. Last night, Sunday 3 May, I arrived in Rabin Square to witness a throng of over 10,000 people who were singing and chanting for change. “Medina mishtara” was the call – “police state”. They were calling for no violence. Their reason to come out on to the streets was, first, in reaction to recent violence by the police against an Ethiopian named Damas Pakada. He was caught on camera having been beaten by police and it was the last straw. Another reason is that over 51 per cent of... more..e-mail
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2015 - By Ramzy Baroud In November 1993, I was on a mission. At the age of 21, I wanted to change the world, starting with Birzeit University, the second-largest Palestinian university in the West Bank, situated near Ramallah, in the heart of the occupied territories. Back then I had made a...more
Save Wadi Foquin The illegal Israeli settlement of Betar Illiit is built mostly on land stolen from Wadi Foquin and surrounding villages. Israel's government has already taken 94% of the village's land, and residents continue to receive more land confiscation orders for the construction of the apartheid wall on the northwest side of the village. The planned route of the wall will cross the green line and take even more land from the village. Fying checkpoints restrict freedom of movement in and out of the village, makiing it very difficult for residents to travel for work or school or to visit family. Help Save Wadi Foquin
Raffoul - Tears Over Palestine Raffoul is a Palestinian rapper and human rights activist from East Jerusalem. In 2012 he graduated from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service on a scholarship for peace. "My music is inspired by the agony of war, suffering, and human loss."
Down The Wall In Al-Ma’sara Palestine Monitor, 7/10/2010:
Israeli soldiers dragged the remnants of a symbolic wall from highway
3157 near Al Ma’sara today, halting a popular demonstration on the sixth
anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling that construction
of the Wall in Palestinian territory is illegal.
The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation - The Real News - Hever: 18 families control 60% of the equity value of all companies in Israel - Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. He speaks to Paul Jay of The Real News Network about his research into the economics of Israel and its occupation of the Palestinian territories. The Real News Network
People & Culture Exploring
the rich and inspiring culture of traditional and modern Palestine
How Israel came to be: The real story, by Miko Peled Miko Peled is an Israeli army veteran and the son of Israeli General Matti Peled, a veteran of the wars of 1948 and 1967. Miko is the author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. In 1997, his beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy pushed Peled to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist.
Mapping Israeli Apartheid in the Palestinian West Bank: Israeli settlements, apartheid wall and fence, closures, and territorial fragmentation. CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL STORY.
Get a daily email digest of news and articles with links to the
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the
material posted on this site are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and
do not necessarily reflect the views of the webmaster or Vermonters for a Just
Peace in Palestine/Israel.