I'd like to think that Ben & Jerry's would have been a leader in disengaging from
apartheid South Africa back when; by being a leader now in Israel you would be
supporting the change that is ultimately in Israel's best interests and helping to end
chapter that threatens to grow only more dire should it continue on its present
Sue and John wrote:
I remember buying a Ben & Jerry's Cone in St. Petersburg at the Youth Palace.
you were ambassadors of Peace. Let's try again.
I was just in Israel and Palestine earlier this year and witnessed myself the
injustices the Israeli government inflicts upon the Palestinian people -- bulldozing
Palestinian houses, denying pregnant Palestinian women passage through
checkpoints resulting in their babies being born at the checkpoint, Israeli soldiers
shooting Palestinian children for throwing rocks! I am dismayed and confused by
doing business with Israel.
We bought your ice cream because it is delicious but also because of your ethical
stance and will now stop doing so until we are assured that you no longer have
economic relationship with illegal settlements .
There cannot be complete freedom with oppression. The Israeli settlements deny
basic right. They deny thousands of their basic right to live, prosper and be happy
without fear. Israel is an illegal state that performs heinous crimes against
Please stop your production and distribution of your products. Why grant one kind
people happiness in your ice cream but ignore the dense population of people in
Apparently your social justice focus doesn't extend to the suffering of the
imagine my surprise (and disappointment) to discover that Ben and Jerry?s has a
business dealings with country which is practicing apartheid in our modern day
You can not be selective in your concern for human rights. all human rights
should be condemed.
My wife and I lived in Jerusalem for nearly three months in 2010. We traveled to
many parts of Israel and Palestine. We were terribly shocked by what we saw
heard about the suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israelis:
humiliation, torture, indefinite detention, midnight raids on peaceful protestors and
murder by IDF in Gaza and the West Bank.
So I was disgusted to learn that Ben and Jerry's was so cozy with the settler
population in Palestine. What hypocrisy. What a misguided approach. Your
company, above all others, must demonstrate true values, not just pay lip service
As an American, and a Jew, I am very concerned about human rights and global
justice. I have always admired Ben & Jerry's, and have applauded your socially
responsible ways of doing business. I am really disappointed to hear of your sales
policies in Israel/Palestine. Around the world, businesses are heeding the call of
Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel until that nation recognizes international law
Please end your commercial complicity in Israel's illegal settlements in the West
and East Jerusalem. It is unbecoming. Take social justice seriously.
I am sending this letter as an American Jew who actually believes in ethics and
compassion. I am also well aware of the anti Jewish sentiment that the situation
Israel/Palestine has been creating around the world. I take this very seriously.
If I can give up Ben and Jerry's ice cream, why can't Ben and Jerry give up its
complicity with Israel's illegal, racist policies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem?
I've been an enthusiastic fan of your values as much as your excellent ice cream,
am now concerned that you have abandoned them.
I am sending it as a member of Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago. I do not
Israel's illegal and immoral occupation of Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank.
If you are doing ANY business within the Jewish-only colonies within the
Palestinian Territories, then you are part of the problem. Please be part of the
I have been involved with trying to save a kindergarten in Al Aqaba, West Bank,
Palestine, Area C since 2004 when it was rebuilt by The Rebuilding Alliance. My
husband and I traveled to Wash DC in Feb of 2009 and visited most of the MI
Congressional offices giving them petitions and postcards that said: "I Care About
Peace, I Care About Al Aqaba." Because of this kindergarten (it is still standing
the Israeli Army has dug up the Peace Road twice in 2012 that the school bus
to bring the children from surrounding villages ) we know so much more that
Americans concerning the human rights abuses perpetrated on the peaceful
Palestinians by the Israeli Military and the Israeli Gov't.
Ben & Jerry's is a progressive company, so why are you complicit in the human
abuses in Palestine? Enabling and profiting from illegal occupation is immoral.
that simple. Would you do business in South Africa during apartheid? This is no
Rev. David wrote:
As someone who has traveled multiple times to Israel and the occupied West
and as a person of faith deeply concerned for justice for all parties, I am
distressed to consider that Ben and Jerry's is actually contributing to the imbalance
justice and impeding the possibility of a fair solution to the situation or the formation
I'm Jewish, but I know apartheid when I see it, and I've seen it in the six-plus
I've spent in occupied Palestine.
I'm writing to you as a Jewish American, daughter of a rabbi, and long-time social
justice activist, as you have represented yourselves as being. I was one of many
many Jews involved in the Civil Rights Movement. It's part of what Judaism
be. But I'm very sad to hear that you've let the general American Jewish blind
about Israel cloud your vision.
I drove the "Money Bus" in 1999(?) across the country and it was great to connect
tax dollars with military spending. Now we need to connect our tax (and
Ben & Jerry's) dollars with the horrors of the Israeli occupation.
We would not tolerate doing business with any other body that has laws and
that are based on one's ethnicity.
By selling ice cream in illegal settlements you are violating international law and
supporting the apartheid conditions. I have been to Palestine and Israel and
witnessed the apartheid conditions there. I stayed with a family in a home in Beit
Sahour where water was only available randomly - at the whim of the Israeli
Your labels say all the right things in a clever and attractive format! Your
and support of Israeli presence in the West Bank is neither attractive or
Either drop the social mission bullshit or get out of the occupied West Bank.
It is with fond memories that I met Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield when they
appeared at the opening of their second ice cream store in Saratoga Springs, NY
the 1980s. I was a newspaper reporter at The Saratogian, and though I covered
business story as a reporter, I indulged in talk of social issues with the founders
from then on, was hooked on Ben & Jerry's ice cream forever more.
TODAY, HOWEVER ... I am dismayed to learn that Ben & Jerry's sells its ice cream
illegal Israeli settlements.
I myself am Jewish and support the right of Israel to exist and survive. However, I
cannot go along with its suppression of the Palestinian people, especially in terms
the illegal settlements on their land.
I have decided that I cannot remain on the sidelines; this is not an easy decision!
synagogue is one of the most progressive in the US, yet we are finding it very
to engage our congregation in even talking about BDS. Once we sit down and get
informed though it gets less painful; we share our stories and realize that solidarity
unavoidable if our eyes are opened. I personally stopped using Sodastream and
discovered that I can with a bit of ingenuity, make my own soda.
Please don't make me make my own ice cream!
Rev. Susan wrote:
I myself was recently in Palestine and saw the gross advantages that the Israeli
settlements take of the occupied territories and the Palestinian people.
What a shame! I love your ice cream but will have to stop buying it cold turkey
because of your support for Israel. You have betrayed your customers who
your 1% donation to worthy causes. You have betrayed us all, those of us who
believed you were a socially responsible business. I realize that the original
has been sold. But now you are a sham.
Come on B and J's. We love you for loving the world.
I have been volunteering here in Palestine /Israel for the past six months and
seen the devastating effects of Occupation. Even over here in Palestine I have
encouraging people to buy your Ice Cream, because of its Fair Trade policy, but now
feel compelled to do the opposite.
Why are you doing this?? ...Usually Ben and Jerry's is just and has good sense!!
ice cream) Stop the occupation of Palastine!!!
Selling your ice cream in occupied Palestine to Israeli settlers is wrong; by doing
you are implicitly condoning Israel's policies towards the Palestinians, which
land and home dispossession.
As a Jew who has always strongly identified with the State of Israel, nothing is
repugnant to me than Israel assuming the role of oppressor of another group of
No wonder Putin spits in our face. He gets sanctions for taking a bite out of
but Israel can annex the lovely Golan Heights, Arab East Jerusalem and squats
500,000 Israeli Jews on Palestinian land and not only does our government not
to protest for fear of AIPAC but our till arms and bankrolls these devils.
Practice what you preach.
Don't ruin the reputation you have worked so hard to build.
I worked a few times in Palestine, teaching kids in refugee camps. When I was there
saw Palestinian olive groves burned to the ground, wells defiled, and houses
ransacked, all by Israeli settlers. I stayed in a village which has been attacked so
and so violently by nearby settlers that the entire village fled to Jordan, returning
when church groups organised a permanent observer presence in the village.
A ghetto is a ghetto is a ghetto... Warsaw, Harlem, or Gaza!
I take great hope in the fact that your company seeks to swim upstream against
tide of bottom-line-only thinking. Thus, it is all the more important that you take
seriously these calls for justice in Israel-Palestine.
Running a facility, like Ben and Jerry's, on this occupied land, seems to me to be
height of arrogance.
Love your ice cream. Deplore your support of the illegal settlements.
To say "no" to profits reaped from gross human rights violations would be a
message about corporate social responsibility, that would resonate around the world.
You will be surprised at the enormous support you would have, especially among
I am an old Jewish woman. I love B&J ice cream, but I love justice more, and
patronize B&J until it leaves the settlements.