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Ben & Jerry’s to end ice cream sales in ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’

Ice cream moves along the production line at Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream, in Waterbury, Vermont. on March 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot/File)
Ice cream moves along the production line at Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream, in Waterbury, Vermont. on March 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot/File)

The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream giant announces it will no longer distribute its products in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” though the flavors will remain available in Israel.

“We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.

“We have a longstanding partnership with our licensee, who manufactures Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Israel and distributes it in the region. We have been working to change this, and so we have informed our licensee that we will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of next year.

“Although Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the OPT, we will stay in Israel through a different arrangement. We will share an update on this as soon as we’re ready,” it says.

Ben & Jerry’s didn’t specify what the Occupied Palestinian Territory was.

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