STATEMENT FROM THE ZIONIST FEDERATION OF UK & IRELAND FOLLOWING BEN & JERRY’S ANNOUNCEMENT
We, the Zionist Federation of UK and Ireland are profoundly concerned at the boycott introduced by Ben & Jerry.
The Israeli licensee of Ben & Jerry’s is to be applauded rather than penalised for their commercial practice, meeting the highest standards of environmental, social and governance standards, including providing employment and commercial opportunities to Israelis (Jews and Arabs) and Palestinians. It is most disappointing that a company which prided itself on decent working practices and mutual respect for all peoples should be drawn into the divisive world that is represented by the BDS movement. Boycotting will do nothing to promote the peace process in Israel. We are also concerned that Ben and Jerry’s actions will serve only to aggravate the already high levels of anti-Semitism across the UK and globally. The Zionist Federation calls upon those responsible to reconsider their position and reverse this retrograde action.