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Human Rights Watch blasts Unilever for undermining Ben & Jerry’s boycott

Pro-Israel demonstrators protest in New York City against Ben & Jerry's, over its settlement boycott on August 12, 2021. (Luke Tress/Flash90)
Pro-Israel demonstrators protest in New York City against Ben & Jerry's, over its settlement boycott on August 12, 2021. (Luke Tress/Flash90)

Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir lambasts UK conglomerate Unilever for “undermin[ing] the principled decision of Ben & Jerry’s to boycott Israeli settlements.

Unilever has sold its Ben & Jerry’s business interests in Israel to Avi Zinger, the Israeli manufacturer and distributor of the brand, who will now be independent.

“Ben & Jerry’s won’t be doing business in illegal settlements. What comes next may look and taste similar, but, without Ben & Jerry’s recognized social justice values, it’s just a pint of ice cream,” Shakir says in a statement.

Ben & Jerry’s Israel will be allowed to sell its products on both sides of the Green Line, but it will be barred from using the Ben & Jerry’s English label.

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