MembersJews Supporting Ben & Jerry’s Support Their Own Demise

It’s one thing for American Jews to harbor a death wish for Israel, and quite another for Israelis to do so

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When British food giant Unilever decided to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by announcing it would comply with Ben & Jerry’s demand to “end sales of our ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” it put itself on a collision course with Israel. Foreign Minister and alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who got it right this time, called the decision out for what it is, “a shameful capitulation to antisemitism.”

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, merged with Unilever with one important stipulation, that Unilever will “recognize the right of the brand and its independent Board to take decisions in accordance with its social mission.” What’s that mission? Cohen and Greenfield have long identified with the American Jewish progressive vanguard for the kind of social change demanded by organizations like Black Lives Matter, which among other things are thoroughly antisemitic.

So, for example, following the “murder” of George Floyd, Ben...

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