Future Ben & Jerry’s Flavors?

 

Ben & Jerry's Palestinian sundaeWhat do you think the next Ben & Jerry’s flavor will be? Might it be Arbeit Macht Frei Almond, or River to the Sea Salted Caramel? Ben & Jerry’s went full anti-Semitic this week, joining the BDS movement with a corporate announcement. Their UK-based parent organization, Unilever, distanced itself but did not disavow the New England leftists’ anti-semitism.

Ben & Jerry’s Will End Sales of Our Ice Cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

July 19, 2021

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.

New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett denounced Ben & Jerry’s, which came despite the Israeli political class finally driving the hated Bibi out of office.

“THERE ARE many ice cream brands, but only one Jewish state,” said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“Ben & Jerry’s has decided to brand itself as the anti-Israel ice cream. This decision is morally wrong and I believe that it will become clear that it is also commercially wrong,” he said.

“The boycott against Israel – a democracy surrounded by islands of terrorism – reflects a total loss of way. The boycott does not work and will not work, and we will fight it with full force.”

Unilever tried to have it both ways in its response to the blowback from Ben & Jerry’s

Unilever statement on Ben & Jerry’s decision
19/07/2021

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a very complex and sensitive situation. As a global company, Unilever’s brands are available in more than 190 countries and in all of them, our priority is to serve consumers with essential products that contribute to their health, wellbeing and enjoyment.

We remain fully committed to our presence in Israel, where we have invested in our people, brands and business for several decades.

Ben & Jerry’s was acquired by Unilever in 2000. As part of the acquisition agreement, we have always recognised the right of the brand and its independent Board to take decisions about its social mission. We also welcome the fact that Ben & Jerry’s will stay in Israel.

Please read Ben & Jerry’s statement here.
Media queries: press-office.london@unilever.com

As John Hinderacker notes on Power Line Blog, Ben & Jerry’s took a stand on the wrong side:

In today’s world, anti-Semitism usually manifests itself as a unique and obsessive concern with the real or imagined–usually imagined–misdeeds of Israel, while ignoring indisputably more significant failings on the part of other states. In my book, Ben & Jerry’s is guilty of anti-Semitism.

Ben & Jerry’s denounces America as systematically racist. They have never given so much as an ice cream social for the young Black lives lost to urban violence. They now traffic in the colonialist Israel smear, while providing cover for the Palestinian Authority thugs and Hamas terrorists dominating the Palestinian people. I guess real oppression of Palestinian Arabs, and the real, abiding criminal violence threat to Black lives in American cities, are issues Ben & Jerry’s don’t care about.

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  1. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Hopefully, they’ll be able to take up the slack by putting extra stores in Pyongyang, Tehran and Havana.

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Let them set up a manufacturing plant in Gaza.  See how long it lasts there.

    Israel should kick them out forthwith.  No reason any profits should come from the Israelis, who can find a better brand of ice cream.

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  3. Jim McConnell Member
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    I’ve always viewed B&J as leftist poseurs, this latest statement is no surprise.

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  4. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    Clifford A. Brown: What do you think the next Ben & Jerry’s flavor will be?

    Fatwa Foie Gras  ?

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  5. carcat74 Member
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    BDS Tunnel Crunch? 

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  6. Jules PA Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Let them set up a manufacturing plant in Gaza. See how long it lasts there.

    Israel should kick them out forthwith. No reason any profits should come from the Israelis, who can find a better brand of ice cream.

    I think the Israeli’s can skip BJ and leave it sit in the market freezer, on their own, without any government mandate.

    I cant remember when I last consumed their ice cream, and surely wont change my mind.

    Their SJW actions would be better received if they actually DID something FOR the Palestinians to help them directly.

    B&J is glowing in their virtue signal.

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  7. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Here’s a couple of flavors

     

    Vladimir Lemon

    Hammer and Pop Sickle 

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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Jules PA (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Let them set up a manufacturing plant in Gaza. See how long it lasts there.

    Israel should kick them out forthwith. No reason any profits should come from the Israelis, who can find a better brand of ice cream.

    I think the Israeli’s can skip BJ and leave it sit in the market freezer, on their own, without any government mandate.

    I cant remember when I last consumed their ice cream, and surely wont change my mind.

    Their SJW actions would be better received if they actually DID something FOR the Palestinians to help them directly.

    B&J is glowing in their virtue signal.

    The board of an Israeli supermarket chain is meeting to consider removing Ben & Jerry’s from their shelves. Plenty of other brands.

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  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown: What do you think the next Ben & Jerry’s flavor will be?

    Fatwa Foie Gras ?

    Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon has a satirical piece about the new flavors targeting the anti-Semite demographic.

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  10. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    Clifford A. Brown: I guess real oppression of Palestinian Arabs, and the real, abiding criminal violence threat to Black lives in American cities, are issues Ben & Jerry’s don’t care about.

    I haven’t bought Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the many years ago when I discovered what appears to be their dislike of the USA. Ordinarily I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and don’t have to agree with me, but they are over the top.

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  11. aardo vozz Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Let them set up a manufacturing plant in Gaza. See how long it lasts there.

    Israel should kick them out forthwith. No reason any profits should come from the Israelis, who can find a better brand of ice cream.

    Having been to Israel, I can tell you that Israel already has better brands of ice cream.🙂

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  12. Percival Thatcher
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    Clifford A. Brown: Ben & Jerry’s denounces America as systematically racist.

    This, from a company based in a state that is 94% white.

    Jeeze, my family isn’t 94% white.

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):
    Let them set up a manufacturing plant in Gaza.  See how long it lasts there.

    It would be a great boon to the Palestinian dairy industry.

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  13. Jules PA Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Let them set up a manufacturing plant in Gaza. See how long it lasts there.

    Israel should kick them out forthwith. No reason any profits should come from the Israelis, who can find a better brand of ice cream.

    I think the Israeli’s can skip BJ and leave it sit in the market freezer, on their own, without any government mandate.

    I cant remember when I last consumed their ice cream, and surely wont change my mind.

    Their SJW actions would be better received if they actually DID something FOR the Palestinians to help them directly.

    B&J is glowing in their virtue signal.

    The board of an Israeli supermarket chain is meeting to consider removing Ben & Jerry’s from their shelves. Plenty of other brands.

    I can get on board with that. That is not the government making boycott demands, but citizens making choices. Ben & Jerry’s is not a nation state. They are 2 guys who ride the wave of people’s enjoyment of ice cream. Too bad they didn’t just leave it about ice cream. 

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  14. Percival Thatcher
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    If my whole family relocated, or rather returned, to Vermont, the state would be more diverse and the average IQ would go up. I am descended from a former Green Mountain Boy who was a citizen of the Vermont Republic before he was a citizen of the United States. He was a quadruple rebel. He rebelled against Great Britain, New York, New Hampshire, and Quebec.

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  15. Percival Thatcher
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    … yet somehow he ended up shooting at Germans, mostly.

    It was the German side of the family that shot at the English.

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  16. James Lileks Contributor
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    Cruelty-free, GMO-free, Gluten-free, Juden-frei

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  17. Lois Lane Coolidge
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    I have never, ever held a company’s politics against that company because I believe that free trade leads to tolerance.  However, that has changed for me in the last year or so with Nike, Disney, and Ben and Jerry’s.  There are plenty of other sportswear companies, movie makers, and tasty treats that can win my commerce.  Come to think of it, I have a pulled hamstring; Black Widow looks horrible, and ice cream makes people fat. 

    Hmmmm…..

    Since obesity is a comorbidity that makes one susceptible to Covid, would it be wrong to call B&J “killers” by default??????  In the way President Biden said Facebook was killing people? 

    That’s probably not fair. 

    People don’t have to gorge on Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to still occasionally enjoy a sundae.  However, I think I can say B&J is completely comfortable with dehumanizing people per a long, persistent, and very active support of killing babies in the womb….  

    These guys are antisemites, too????? 

    Not at all surprised. 

    New Flavor: Ashes in Your Mouth

     

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  18. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    If they use it on pie, would it be called “Allah Mode”

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  19. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    TO BOYCOTT OR NOT TO BOYCOTT

    A large part of the problem is that businesses fear the Left, but don’t fear the Right. Thus, they calculate that their best course is to knuckle under to the Left, which constantly threatens boycotts and other unpleasantness.

    That needs to change. Conservatives need to put their wallets where their values are. Conservatives don’t like to mix politics with consumer choice–or, for that matter, other aspects of our lives. But the Left, as Charlie argues aggressively, has given us no choice. We need to fight fire with fire to get big business back into the middle of the political spectrum.

    This strikes me as one of a number of instances where, if we want to defeat the barbarian onslaught from the Left, conservatives need to toughen up. We have enormous consumer buying power, and we need to put that buying power to work.

     

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  20. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    I don’t get it.  To punish Israel, they are going to stop selling ice cream to Palestinians? 

    I’ve been personally boycotting B&J for decades, since I found out they want us to get rid of our cars and all ride public transportation.

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