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Recently, in Burlington, Vermont, a woman was seen walking on Church Street in “blackface,” yelling racial slurs randomly at people. She posted her irrational and racist outbursts on Reddit, which included references to Palestinian suffering being denied recognition and support because of the mass protests devoted to the suffering and oppression of African-Americans in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police.

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine does not know the woman in question, nor do we know why she behaves in this deeply offensive and troubling way. She is not associated with our organization nor, as far as we know, with any cause or movement fighting for justice in Palestine.

There are strong, long-running bonds of solidarity and mutual aid between the Black liberation movement in the U.S. and the national liberation struggle in Palestine. VTJP is committed to deepening them, and to resisting racism and xenophobia in all their manifestations.

About us:
Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTJP)
was founded on the belief that Justice is a necessity before Peace can be achieved.

Mission Statement: Vermonters for Justice in Palestine works to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for human rights and to end the illegal, immoral, and brutal Israeli occupation through education, advocacy, and action. We are committed to the principles of self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and full civil and political rights for all Palestinians in order to promote the equality and safety of both Palestinians and Israelis

 

Ben & Jerry’s condemns racism in America, condones it in Palestine

US Police train with the Israeli occupation forces

Does this look familiar?

In a recent statement these are Ben & Jerry’s own words about the current anti-racist demonstrations:
" We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression … the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture.
We must embark on the more complicated work of delivering justice for all the victims of state sponsored violence and racism.
We can’t continue to fund a criminal justice system that perpetuates mass incarceration while at the same time threatens the lives of a whole segment of the population."

As explained here and here, about 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis put on by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the FBI and Minnetonka police in 2012.

There they learned the violent techniques that Israeli forces have been seen to use as they terrorize people in the occupied Palestinian territories under the guise of security operations.

(Two University of Vermont Police chiefs have also participated in such training in Israel).

That Ben & Jerry’s can’t hear the contradiction, or more likely, REFUSE to hear the contradiction with their operations in Israel and Palestine.

Not the first time – in October 2016 Ben & Jerry’s served up a humble statement of support for Black Lives Matter, while remaining silent about the systematic oppression of Palestinian people that they support by having ice cream from their factory in Israel sold in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territories.

 

 

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