Texas has added Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever to a list of companies that are “boycotting Israel” over the ice cream company’s decision to stop selling its product in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The firms have 90 days from being notified that they’re on the list to reverse the settlement ban, or Texas will remove about $100 million in pension funds that are invested in Unilever.
While Ben & Jerry’s is accused of boycotting Israel, their policy only applies to illegal settlements in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the ice cream will still be sold in Israel. But Texas has a broad definition of what it considers to be boycotting the Jewish State.
Texas law defines boycotting Israel as “refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel or with a person or entity doing business in Israel or in an Israeli-controlled territory.”
Other states have taken action against Unilver over the settlement ban. Florida and New Jersey have added Unilever to a similar list, and Arizona has already begun to pull millions out of Unilever.
There are over 30 US states with laws against the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that calls for international boycotts to put pressure on Israel over its crimes against the Palestinians. The laws prohibit states from doing business with companies and individuals that are determined to be boycotting Israel. Contractors wishing to do business with these states have to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel.
After Ben & Jerry’s announced its move to stop selling ice cream in the occupied territories in July, Israel launched a “maximum pressure” campaign to influence the US and urged states with anti-BDS laws on the books to take action.
Disclosure: Antiwar.com has received donations in the past from Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s
65 thoughts on “Texas Moves to Divest From Ben & Jerry’s Over Israeli Settlement Ban”
Buy as much Ben Jerry’s ice cream as you can Idiot Texans. Otherwise hope your state drowns in disease infected Haitians. BDS
lein,,you sound like a upbeat person! LOL..,,try getting a life bud.
BDS as if someone’s life depends upon it.
Yes Yes! I love you Texas!
Hopefully you won’t need a Texas pension.
Those are solid companies… er, company. Unilever is buying out B&J.
Texas is worth loving
Texas wishes to force women to bear their rapist’s child.
Not much to love there.
You seem to not like men. That’s okay but many women do. don’t hold it against them
Heh…I’ve been married to one for 40 years.
You seem to be a misogynist.
It seems mysandry is an issue never addressed.
“Disclosure: Antiwar.com has received donations in the past from Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s”
Is anyone surprised that the most backward state in the nation, Tex-Ass, would embrace such an endeavor?
They frequently speak of seceding from the nation: let’em, and good freakin’ riddance. Then Puerto Rico can become the 50th state.
Gypsy, I would like to see that happen, in fact I am for splitting the USA into 3 or 4 independent nations, maybe the only way to stop civil war, bloodshed, and anarchy, and a take over by China and Russia to make sure our nukes are not used by an unstable group. 🙂
Here’s where we agree, Jay. The US is too monstrously large to be governed by one entity.
It needs to be broken up; New England States, Great Lake States, California would qualify as it own nation, PAC NW States, etc. etc.
let us put this to a vote by the people.
Texas is one of the few U.S. states resisting COVID-1984.
They aren’t as bad off as New York or California.
Ben and Jerry are anti second amendment. I learned that years ago. I rather eat homemade ice cream and I have the equipment. I love coffee.
Oooh, they don’t like GUNS. Horrible.
Watch any news lately about yet more mass shootings?
I’m looking forward when millions of firearms begin blasting away. Leftist are parasites and the Republic must live.
If the Palestinians had the 2nd Amendment the there would be no problems. A free people are an armed people.
John,,Amen to that Brother! 🙂
John that’s ridiculous. Do you really believe that Palestinians with guns would fare well against one of the most militarized (quasi) nations in the world?
Amerikkka would just deem them “terrorists” and send Isra-hell another billion to deal with them for fighting back against apartheidism.
The Palestinians got guns too late, true.
It is the Arab world that practices apartheid, whereas there are millions of Arabs living decently inIsrael.
Decent but not equal. By law.
In the US or anyplace else,, does equal by law translate to actual equality??
No, it doesn’t. But we aren’t talking about discrimination, we’re talking about apartheid. Two very distinctive different things.
If everyone in the world had a gun we’d all be “free”? There’s a kazillion laws on our books in this country and we incarcerate more people than anyone else on the planet even though we have millions upon million of guns. I’m a firm believer in the second amendment, as I am the first or fourth or any of the others, but it isn’t the answer to all of our problems and doesn’t ensure liberty.
Exactly, Wars; consider the country we live in!
wars, nor does the Covid shot assure you will not get Covid, just a better chance to survive if you do. Can U dig it?? 🙂
Having guns does no good if they are a lazy way of replacing legit political awareness and activism.
Owning a gun won’t save Americans from vaccine passports and COVID-1984, and a QR-coded future social credit system. Trying to fix those after-the-fact is going to be impossibly messy.
American sheeple are the most artfully lied-to sheeple on the planet, for a reason.
They put too much stock on guns and the 2nd Amendment, and not enough on vetting their officials and politicians at the grassroots level and protecting the First Amendment.
AT, partially true, but look what the VN and Taliban did to the mighty USA, with basically small arms and RPG’s. USA could fall fairly easily, then split into 3 different countries. Political divide, racial divide, and poor, rich and middle class having at it,,all fomented by a certain political party, with some help from the other party, and it all comes crashing down. The great experiment has failed.
Would anyone of good will truly want a divided U.S.A. held by foreign meddlers worse than it is now?
Russia and China would have to more openly duel Europe First forces here, if there were no indigenous sovereign American forces preventing them.
Both Vietnam and the Taliban benefited from an outside benefactor keeping the guns and money flowing.
Vietnam was supported by Russia and China, and France seems somehow to have kept some influence in the country after the Americans left.
The Taliban were supported by the Islamic world. They were never nearly as isolated as presented by the media.
America is the greatest nation on earth, dominating the North American Great Plains – the World Heartland Mackinder never formally mentioned. At least not publicly.
Moreso than the World Heartland, North America is inclined to some sort of unity. The just-right sized Heartland drives that push for efficiency.
This had best be an open, public unity rather than a shadow unity played by shadow European oligarchs sucking the place dry with civil strife and civil war.
Europe did this to themselves before NATO; they know how the Great Game is played. Divide and conquer, but own with soft power and shadow financial force, as many sides as possible.
AT, I am shocked at what has become and been revealed of our federal Gov. since 2016 right up to today, not even to mention the VN war and Iraq. To correct the nightmare major surgery is called for. The abuse of the USA citizen must come to an end and that will take major change to the tyranny that we now have under the DC Ghouls.
The real ghouls are European Oligarchs and their American compradors using the the U.S. Latin American playbook on the U.S..
Dozens of cargo ships are effectively blockaded at California harbors by COVID-1984. The U.S. is blockading itself – a historical first for any nation, to gin up a faux crisis to exploit.
The original U.S. revolution was almost a fluke in that it endured for 200 years, instead of dissolving into Banana Repubicanism among feuding factions beholden to foreign bankers.
Mard, I am not looking forward to such a day,,but the USA under JoBye is quickly moving in that direction, sadly.
Then why upvote that sick sh*t?
So your “solution” is to shoot all the progressives?
You’re one sick individual.
Biden just ordered everyone to get vaxxed or get fired.
COVID-1984 will come at a price once the courts fail to uphold the Constitution again.
33, no one wants that, but the USA is becoming a tinderbox and you must be aware of history. Politicians inflame the situation, now, more than ever, it is the radical, liberal progressives. Scary times…:(
I want leftists to become extinct along with RINOs.
33, I don’t like cars, watch any news lately about more horrible deaths by cars!! The 2nd is a guaranteed right, cars are not, ban them!
Idiotic response. Automobiles aren’t produced to kill. They’re made for transportation.
Guns have one purpose and one purpose only: to take lives.
That’s just plainly incorrect. I know people who own multiple guns and have never taken a life. They enjoy target shooting, skeet shooting, etc.
As for taking lives, do you really care whether that steak you eat was shot between the eyes with a firearm rather than a bolt?
Guns have many purposes. Taking lives is one of them. Ensuring that lives don’t need to be taken because bad people leave you alone when they know you have one is another.
WHAT steak I eat?
Firearms are also a valuable tool in farming; keeping at bay varmints on four legs and two.
Rural crime is a growing problem. The presence f a gun is a vital deterrent. City news just doesn’t report as much on crimes deterred, especially deterred by gun.
Farming has always been a little dangerous, but with bigger farms and small towns disappearing, a lot of farm families are isolated and hours from the nearest police, and separated from each other by work.
I meant “varmints” as you call them-shameful
1. One that is considered undesirable, obnoxious, or troublesome.
2. A pestering animal such as one that kills or harasses a farmer’s livestock.
3. A person who is obnoxious or makes trouble.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
Thomas, I’m not insinuating that everyone who owns a gun intends to take peoples’ lives. Heck, we even have my husband’s childhood shotgun.
But guns are certainly the most efficient way to kill large numbers of people in a short time if one chooses to do so.
33 and the absence of them allows criminals and the Government to abuse citizens at will!
I wasn’t arguing that. I was just pointing out that the statement “Guns have one purpose and one purpose only: to take lives” is false.
Could I please have a hydrogen bomb 2nd amendment ? They haven’t killed anyone. Safer than texas beans.
Passing that nuclear weapons possession safety test would be kind of tough for most people.
Nuclear physics, isn’t rocket science.
Save the skeets!
I think you know what he meant; and I agree with him. This country is pathologically deep into a gun fetish. And the use of the god lethally against other human beings is their supreme index of virility. Our Ministry of Truth is pumping out a constant demented stream of military glorification as well as the Culture Industry. An orgy of graphic killing and destruction- these people, they love it.
Pretty sure Gypsy is a woman. I heard her mention her husband. But maybe it’s a same sex marriage so I could be wrong.
OK, …but I still agree with her.
Thank you Wars, yep, I’m a woman, have been my whole life 😉
Totally wrong! Talk about closed minds.
Take their ice cream and chill in the gun room…
It’s the First Amendment at stake here!
If you want to defeat fascism it takes a coalition. Don’t let some wedge issue interfere with doing the right thing!
Ah…I thought this link was supposed to be about ice cream?
Hmmm. Perhaps defying COVID-1984 comes at a price of political capital.
In Canada, there’s a site called RebelNews that’s also become the leading voice against COVID-1984, but is solidly pro-Israel as well.
Part of the success of Israelism, is always choosing the morally right side in local social conflicts and making themselves indispensable.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned company does business in many totalitarean countries, and its parent company is being sued by an employee for practicing discrimination.
It seems like freedom of speech and freedom of commerce are illegal in Texas.
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