Cuomo forced to sever ties between New York and Ben and Jerry’s over Israel sales ban – .

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Cuomo forced to sever ties between New York and Ben and Jerry’s over Israel sales ban – .


Governor Cuomo faces mounting pressure to take action against Ben and Jerry’s and parent company Unilever after the ice cream supplier announced it would no longer do business in parts of Israel.

Under Cuomo’s own executive order of 2016, New York State is prohibited from doing business with any company engaged in the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel – and critics say it is time to be silent.

“I call on him to enforce his order banning New York State from doing business with companies that engage in the anti-Semitic BDS movement,” Schuylerville representative Elise Stefanik told The Post.

“With so many new members in the Legislature and the worrying increase in anti-Semitic attacks in our city, it is extremely important for the state to strengthen its position and show its support to members of our Jewish community,” added Staten Island Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

An ultra-Orthodox Jew walks past Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream in Jerusalem on July 20, 2021.
An ultra-Orthodox Jew walks past Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in Jerusalem on July 20, 2021.
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Dozens of US states have anti-BDS laws in effect.

When asked for a response, a representative for Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, told The Post only that “this is under legal review.”

Cuomo’s silence so far stands in stark contrast to his longtime rival Mayor de Blasio, who condemned the ice cream company earlier this week.

Israelis walk past a store selling Ben and Jerry's ice cream in Jerusalem on July 20, 2021.
Israelis walk past a store selling Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in Jerusalem on July 20, 2021.
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“You cannot have peace if you undermine economic reality and create division. I just believe it’s absolutely the wrong approach and I don’t think Ben and Jerry’s should be doing this, ”Hizzonner said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Empire State institutions and municipalities are already taking action against the ice cream maker and its parent company.

The New York State Mutual Fund, the state’s main workers’ pension fund, sent a letter to Unilever on Friday warning it was considering restricting investment in the company on the matter .

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo faces pressure to take action against Ben and Jerry’s and parent company Unilever.
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Hempstead city supervisors Don Clavin on Thursday promised to purge all Unilever of public buildings in the city of Long Island, ABC7 reported.

The decision will go far beyond ice cream and will include items such as Lipton tea bags, Dove soap and Hellman mayonnaise.

“We’re going to go through every department and every contract is going to be reviewed and we’re going to hold them accountable for their support for this anti-Israel action,” Clavin said.

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