“I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.” Israel Interior Minster Ayelet Shaked cited that passage from the Book of Genesis this week following news that international food conglomerate Unilever had seen its stock prices plummet after effectively boycotting the Jewish state.
Last summer, Unilever informed the owner of the local Ben & Jerry’s subsidiary, Avi Singer, that he could no longer sell the popular ice cream in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria. Unilever said it was standing against the “Israeli occupation.”
The decision sparked a furious response from Israel, which successfully lobbied a number of state governments in the US to take punitive action against Unilever. New York, Illinois, Texas and others promptly withdrew investments and pension funds related to the food giant.
Israel’s Channel 12 News reported this week that the net result has been a 20.7% drop in Unilever’s stock prices, which amounts to a loss of about $26 billion.
Shaked noted that anyone who knows Scripture should not be surprised by this outcome.
“It’s not worth it to boycott Israel,” tweeted the Israeli government minister, alongside the aforementioned Bible verse.
לא שווה להחרים את ישראל.
“וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר” (בראשית) pic.twitter.com/DqZlg3E9pi
— איילת שקד Ayelet Shaked (@Ayelet__Shaked) January 19, 2022
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