151 global civil society organizations call on Ben & Jerry’s to honor its social mission & stop selling ice cream in illegal Israeli settlements

News Release — VERMONTERS FOR A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL
September 9, 2013

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Mark Hage: 802-272-3554 or mhage56@yahoo.com.

151 Global Civil Society Organizations Call on Ben & Jerry’s to Honor its Social Mission & Stop Selling Ice Cream in Illegal Israeli Settlements

151 civil society organizations in the United States and across the globe that share a commitment to international law, human rights, and a just peace in Israel-Palestine have signed a letter to Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein Solheim, urging the company “to stand by its Social Mission and to ensure that its products are not sold, catered and distributed in Israeli settlements” in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The letter, organized by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP), calls on Solheim “to take all necessary contractual and legal measures to bring your franchise’s settlement business to an end in a verifiable way, and to release a public statement of your company’s commitment to end its business ties to Israel’s occupation and settlement enterprise.”

Further, the letter asserts that by ending its commercial complicity with Israel’s occupation, Ben & Jerry’s “would help to expose the devastating consequences and illegality of Israel’s settlement enterprise. It would also set a powerful example of socially responsible engagement in Israel/Palestine for other companies to emulate.”

In March 2013, VTJP launched an international campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s to end its commercial complicity with Israel’s occupation and settlement regime. Marc Estrin, a VTJP activist, said, “We hope Ben & Jerry’s will be persuaded by the strong worldwide support our letter has garnered to sever its commercial ties to Israel’s settlements. VTJP looks forward to working with the organizations who signed the letter to expand our campaign.”

The text of the letter is embedded below. To access the letter with the complete list of signatories, click here: http://www.vtjp.org/icecream/internatletter.php.
For more information about Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, click here.

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  • Sandra Bettis

    how about start selling to the little stores right here in vt – all of a sudden, it is not profitable enough….

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